A customer shops for groceries ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 — Chinese New Year is just two weeks away, so which supermarket is offering the best prices for the essentials that will make it a celebration that does not burn a hole in your pocket?
Well, Malay Mail did a spot of window shopping to provide our readers with an idea as to where in the Klang Valley you can get the cheapest beer, soft drinks, cooking oil and groundnuts.
This is not a definitive list but we hope our snapshot helps. The supermarkets we scouted around on February 1 were Giant Amcorp Mall, Tesco Paradigm Mall, Aeon Big Tropicana City, Village Grocer at Bangsar Village, NSK Trade City Kota Damansara, and Econsave Damansara Damai.
NSK and Giant have the best prices going around, with others including Tesco, Aeon Big and Econsave running close behind.
For 24-beer can cartons, the best price is Anchor at Giant for RM103.88, which also has Carlsberg for one ringgit more.
Tiger is going at RM105.88 at both Tesco and Econsave, Heineken for RM128.88 at Tesco and NSK, and Guinness Stout for RM127.88 at Giant and Econsave.
It's evenly split between NSK and Giant for 24-soft drink can cartons with F&N selling for RM13.50 at NSK. But Giant has the most attractive offer for 100 Plus at RM23.88, with four extra cans. Other brands include Coca-Cola for RM22.98 at NSK, Sprite at RM23.88 at both Giant and NSK, and A&W for RM 21.88 alongside Pepsi for RM18.48 at Giant.
Aeon Big and Econsave have the best prices for 24-pack drink cartons, with Drinho going at RM11.88 at both locations. Econsave has the edge as Seasons is also offered at the same price. NSK offers both Yeo's and Marigold at RM13.68 and RM12.88 respectively, while Pokka's best price is at Tesco at RM16.88. Homesoy is going for RM16.88 at both Giant and Tesco.
The seasoned cook preparing the reunion dinner will need to ensure there is enough cooking oil in the pantry.
Giant scores for the best prices among 5kg cooking oil bottles, with Knife going for RM21.68. Neptune comes in second place with RM22.75 at Econsave, followed by Helang at RM23.38 at Giant.
Chinese New Year is incomplete without groundnuts, as you share a beer or a soft drink. Or when dinner is not yet ready.
The perennial favourites Cap Tangan and Pagoda has the best price at RM2.38 at Tesco and Giant, respectively. This is followed by Camel for RM2.98 at Village Grocer, and Tong Garden at NSK.