I went to M&S with only £16 – and I wont be returning to Tesco any time soon

A man admitted he won't be heading back to Tesco anytime soon – after he bagged amazing food in Marks and Spencer for £16.

The trusted Tesco shopper couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the bill at the checkout, which was a lo less than he was expecting.

Lately M&S has been impressing shoppers with its prices – as it has even been beating its budget rival Aldi when it comes to the prices of some of its products.

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When it comes to what the grub tastes like, Manchester Evening News discovered the quality of M&S food tends to be better than a lot of other supermarkets.

M&S also worked to improve its own brand products recently, which enables people to bag their favourite foods at lower prices.

Known as the "Remarksable Value" range, the budget brand is helping people to bag more food on a budget.

Dan, a reporter from our sister site MyLondon, decided to bin his usual trip to Tesco, and take to M&S to see what he could get for his money.

He headed to the shop with just £16 in his pocket, and documented his findings.

Dan said: "Having caught wind of this I felt I had to go and check the range out for myself, so I headed down to my local food hall in Finsbury Park to see what all the fuss was about.

"I decided I'd get the items I needed for a pair of simple recipes, incorporating as many of the value ingredients as I could to make the most of the range.

"The recipes were a beef and bean chilli with jacket potatoes and a simple slaw, and sausage and broccoli spaghetti."

He also noted he picked up some large white bread rolls for 95p, and he said he's seen them priced the same at Tesco.

After this promising start he began to notice bargain after bargain – he bought some spaghetti for less than a pound, eggs for £1 exactly and eight pork sausages for just £1.50.

Meanwhile the beef mince was £1.80, and he managed to buy a week's worth of veg for just over £6.

"I started to wonder whether I'd walked into Aldi or Lidl by mistake," he added.

"Gradually though, I became very aware of my surroundings as some more expensive outliers began entering my basket, red kidney beans for 75p felt particularly egregious and £2.75 for 350g of cheddar is pretty hard to take, the 'value' option in the cheese range a £4 block of 550g.

"The total shop ended up coming to £16.19 overall, and should sort my lunches and dinners until at least the end of the weekend.

"Whilst there were a few regrettably expensive items, I do feel like the value was approaching what you get at an Aldi or Lidl, and certainly better than your local Tesco."

Dan also warned that even though there are many items available in the "Remarksable Value" range, he wouldn't say there was enough variety to be able to do a full weekly shop at the store.

But he said you'd be able to pick up some reasonable basics, and he was still very impressed with what he managed to get for his money.

He added: "I was impressed, and it left me certain of one thing – I wouldn't be returning to Tesco for a while."

A Tesco spokesperson told Manchester Evening News its current prices for the items featured are as follows:

  • Large white rolls – 80p
  • Spaghetti – 23p
  • Eggs – £1.15
  • 8 pork sausages – £1.20
  • Beef mince – £1.79
  • Kidney beans – 33p
  • Cheddar- £2.65

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