We all know about the supermarket new deals from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and more – but a new Asda meal deal has made it to the market.
There is nothing quicker and easier when you’re at work and fancy a bite, to pop down to the local supermarket for a meal deal.
It might not be the cheapest option for lunch, but it saves time and it’s cheaper than ordering food from a café.
But this new meal deal, offered by Asda, might be cheaper than every other supermarket. So if you wanted a bite for lunch, it might be the place to go.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Asda meal deal (from £1.60)
Up until now, Asda served sandwiches, drinks and snacks that can be eaten for lunch, but you never had a multi-buy saving for purchasing all 3.
But that has now changed, as with selected lunch items at Asda, it’s 3for2 when you purchase any drink, snack, or sandwich. That means the cheapest item of the 3 will be free.
This can mean a saving of anywhere between 40p to £4 (depending on what you buy).
It’s valid on all items in its “food to go range”, which includes over 300 items. It’s also available online (but a limited selection).
You can get the discount by purchasing any combination of the items on offer. So if you wanted to, you can purchase 3 drinks and get 1 free. 3 sandwiches and get 1 free. Or 3 snacks and get 1 free.
This can mean on a standard lunch meal, of a sandwich, snack and drink, your snack will be free, saving you between 50p to £1 (depending what you buy).
Here are some examples of what you can buy, and how much it will cost you after the discount:
- Ham Sandwich (norm £1)
- Asda Mineral Water (norm 38p)
- Walkers Crisps (norm 60p)
Total: £1.60 (38p saving)
- Prawn Mayonnaise Sandwich (norm £2)
- Coca Cola Zero Sugar (norm £1.37)
- Hula Hoops BBQ Beef Grab Bag (norm 80p)
Total: £3.37 (80p saving)
- 3x Oasis Summer Fruits Drink (norm £1.29 each)
Total: £2.58 (£1.29 saving)
- 3x Cheese and Onion Sandwich (norm £1 each)
Total: £2 (£1 saving)
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How good is this?
The new Asda meal deal is supposed to rival the giants such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco. However there are pros and cons with each.
With other meal deals (such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s), it doesn’t matter what you’re buying, the total always be £3. However with Asda‘s new meal deal, it can end up costing you more than that.
You may have seen newspapers promote it as the ‘cheapest meal deal’, but this can vary. It’s only the cheapest if you purchase the cheapest items (£1 sandwich, 60p crisps & 38p drink).
If you purchase two expensive items, and then one cheap snack, you’ll only be saving a few pence.
There is an opportunity to save a lot with this deal, but only if you purchase the right items together.
It’s also worth noting, Asda don’t have express or miniature stores, so the only way to get the deal, is to go to a superstore (which might not be near you or your place of work).
So unless you are looking to purchase three expensive sandwiches at £2+ each (and maybe save 2 for later), then it’s perhaps not worth going out of your way to get this.
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Where is this valid?
The deal can be found at over 600 Asda supermarkets nationwide, you can find your nearest here.
You need to head to the ‘food to go’ section, and make sure you have 3 items in your basket to get a discount.
There is no coupon required, and the discount comes off automatically at the till when you pay.
How to max it
You can purchase more than one of these meal deals in one transaction, however the cheapest items will be free. So if you wanted to get several meal deals, you might want to split up your transactions.
For example, if you wanted to get 3 Asda meal deals, for you and 2 friends, instead of putting them all in one transaction, split them to get the most amount of money off.
This will mean putting all of your sandwiches in 1 transaction, all of your drinks in 1 transaction, and all of your snacks in 1 transaction.
That way you get the cheapest sandwich, drink, and snack free, instead of getting all 3 snacks for free (which will usually be the cheapest item).
While this may be a good deal, always factor in what you are likely to be buying, and how far away the nearest supermarket is to you.
If you’re travelling further to save money, you might counteract the savings you make.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Boots meal deals can offer similar good value if you’re just looking for something cheap and quick.
I hope this saves you money as always, let me know if you bag a cheap lunch with this new Asda meal deal.