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Aldi, Tesco and Sainsbury’s customers slam price of own-brand butter

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Customers who frequently shop at Tesco, Aldi, and Sainsbury’s say they have “given up” due to how much own-brand butter costs now. Earlier this year, shoppers were shocked when the price of Lurpak jumped up to as much as £9.35 per pack in some shops.

As a result, some people decided to make their own butter as a cheaper alternative.

Others chose to save money by purchasing supermarket own-brand butter instead of name-brands.

But lately, the price of own-brand butter has risen in some supermarkets, reports Manchester Evening News.

Posting on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group, a user named Theresa Berry shared how she had been to visit several shops and noticed that £1.99 was the “going rate” now for own-brand butter.

Alongside snaps of Sainsbury’s unsalted butter, costing £1.99 (an Aldi price match), she shared an image of Country Life butter costing £2.50.

Theresa wrote: “Been to several supermarkets and £1.99 seems to be the going rate for a packet of own-brand butter now!! Crazy times!!”

Currently, a 250g block of own-brand butter costs £1.99 in Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Aldi.

The same product is priced at £2 in Asda, and £2.15 in Morrisons on their websites, while Lidl currently seems to be the cheapest, charging just £1.75.

More than 150 people replied to the post, with many sharing their frustrations and some saying the prices made them want to “give up”.

One person said: “I sent my husband a picture of butter at Tesco for £1.99 earlier as I was so annoyed. I bet the farmers aren’t even seeing an increase in their profits either. It was £1.45 at the beginning of the year!”

Another replied: “It’s totally unjustifiable how is it possible for the price to rise soooo much within less than a week.” A third posted: “Even Aldi butter has gone up.”

Someone else added: “I’m sure it was £1.20 only a few months ago.. and I thought that was expensive.”

This comes after one mum recently went viral for sharing how she makes her own butter for just 36p.

Jo Rourke from Manchester got a tub of whipping cream from Tesco reduced from £1.20 to 36p and poured it into a mason jar.

The 40-year-old popped on the lid, gave it a good shake for a couple of minutes, then added salt and shook it up some more.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “With costs going up, we are working hard to keep prices low.

“We are investing over half a billion pounds to ensure the items people buy most often are on the shelves at the best prices and we are confident our Sainsbury’s Quality, Aldi Price Match campaign and Price Lock promise are making a big difference to our customers.

“In stores and online customers can now find new, low prices on everyday staples – from chicken breasts to mincemeat, butter, onions and strawberries.

“The bold steps we are taking to focus on value means all our customers will find great deals when they shop with us and do not need to go anywhere else to get the best prices on their weekly shop.”

Express Online has contacted Aldi and Tesco for a comment.

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