My favourite finds (at the time, and that hasn't changed now I have calculated the table) were the big tubs of herbs. After calculating the table my biggest disappointment has been the confectionery.
|Description||Makro price||Tesco price||Saving|
|Dried basil||£1.99 / 170g||£1.38 / 90g||62p|
|Freeze-dried basil||£2.99 / 27g||£1.68 / 3g||£12.13|
|Schwartz mixed herbs||£1.99 / 100g||£1.49 / 21g||£5.11|
|Napolina tomatoes 4-pack||£1.99||£2.39||40p|
|Dr Pepper can||£6.57 / 24||£2.19 / 6||£2.19|
|Diet Coke can 24-pack||£5.63||£6.75||£1.12|
|Diet Coke bottle 500ml||£11.50 / 24||77p||£6.98|
|Tizer bottle 500ml||£3.28 / 12||74p||£5.60|
|Cadbury's buttons||£14.09 / 48||82p / 3||–97p|
|Mars Delight||£10.33 / 36||£1.48 / 5||33p|
About basil: I don't recall ever seeing the 90g version in Tesco; it's usually 42p for 14g which makes a saving of £3.11. I also don't recall seeing freeze-dried basil in Tesco, so I'm going off the online price of "Schwartz premium basil" which looks outrageously expensive.
About mixed herbs: the big tub seems to have a slightly different blend compared to the small jars.
About tomatoes: we actually got 6 cans in each pack as it was on special offer, making the saving £1.59 (and we got four packs). But similar offers can no doubt be found occasionally in Tesco too.
About Diet Coke: we bought Diet Coke with Lime, which isn't available in Tesco so I'm going off the plain Diet Coke price. Note that the price for 2 litres would be £1.41 based on the cans or £1.92 based on the bottles, so it would still be cheaper to buy it in 2 litre bottles (£1.32) were they available. I think the Coke was on special offer, so it's probably normally more like the price of the Dr Pepper, which makes it not quite such a saving (on the other hand, they probably won't retail the lime one in 24s even when it does become available).
About Tizer: we bought it on special offer, so it's listed at half price. At full price the saving would be £2.32, but the price per 2 litres would be £2.19. The 500ml bottles are by far the least economic way to buy drinks.
About buttons: Since neither the bags themselves nor the descriptions at tesco.com state the actual content it's hard to make a comparison. However, the bags in the 48-pack appear to contain 32g each and I'm guessing these are the same ones which are available at Tesco in packs of 3 for 82p. Alternatively, the 15-pack we buy at Tesco for £1.96 is listed at 206g which makes the 48-pack just 52p cheaper. Either way, the multipacks of buttons and Mars Delight are certainly not the bargains you might expect them to be.