If you are looking to get a good value on household items, then hold tight to your shopping carts. Souqalmal.com compared grocery bills at 6 supermarkets to find the most cost-effective option for shoppers.

Carrefour is the cheapest store for some basic household grocery staples and Al Maya the most expensive, a new survey of six supermarkets by Souqalmal.com has found.

The survey, provided exclusively to The National, was conducted on 11 household items, from bread and milk to Dettol All-Purpose Cleaner and a 21 pack of size 1 Pampers diapers, creating an average bill of Dh168.81 across all six locations surveyed.

Carrefour was 11 per cent cheaper than the average, with a bill of Dh149.75, while Al Maya’s bill was 11 per cent more expensive, at Dh187.50. Choithrams trailed close behind at 9 per cent, or Dh183.30.

Here is what Ambareen Musa,  Founder & CEO of Souqalmal.com, had to say.

“The fact that Carrefour emerged as the cheapest and Al Maya as the most expensive could come as a surprise to many shoppers,” she says. “When it comes to choosing value-for-money supermarkets, UAE consumers often decide where to bargain shop based on past experience, recommendations or even hearsay. Rather than relying on the assumption that XYZ supermarket is always cheaper than others, shoppers can now see how prices at their favourite store stack up against those at others.”

For full article go to The National.