June 18th, 2012
In these times of austerity, most holidaymakers need to reduce what they spend during their self catering holiday. Best way to do this is to cut down on eating out and take advantage of the facilities in your villa/apartment..
When you are in your home town, you know from experience where to go for the best priced food and drink. Once you’re arrive in Spain however , very few are in the know.
Now I am going to tell you a few tips to shop like a Spaniard!
Very many Spaniards shop in Mercadona. Not only because it is probably the best value but also because it has an own brand range that is really very good quality. Called Hacendado, for its food own range, Bosque Verde , for cleaning range and Deliplus for children/babies products.
Prices comparisons in Euros: Mercadona International supermarket brands
1 little of fresh semi skimmed Milk 0.80 1.68
Wholegrain Bread 0.65 2.10
Wholemeal Spaghetti 0.99 2.24
Kg of Langoustines 6.50 11.00
Bottle of Brut Cava 1.45 2.99
Baby nappies size 4 pk 36 5.40 1.80
Solcare tanning Milk Sp6 4.10 9.60
Anything from beauty products to floor cleaner, their own makes are excellent value. Mercadona also sells excellent fresh salads and fresh meat/fish at prices well below the international supermarkets.
Wines: There are some excellent cheap wines in not just Mercadona but in many supermarkets. Cheap as chips is LIRIA , their Sauvignon Blanc can be found around €1.50 per bottle and its not at all bad. There is also a cheap Tempranillo called Los Molinos at about €1.70 which is really nice and smooth. Mercadona’s exclusive Cabres & Sabate Cava at €1.45 is a real bargain. Hacendado range of soft drinks are also really good, at €0.59 per 2 litres
You have to believe me when I tell you , I don’t work or have shares in this supermarket and I am sure there are other Spanish supermarkets offering similar value for money, but if you need some help to keep to your holiday budget this year, I can recommend Mercadona wholeheartedly.