Cheapest Groceries

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 8:58am

You may have been shopping all over the place to find cheap groceries. These days, you can find groceries everywhere from drug stores to gas stations.

Consumers are frustrated over the cost of groceries these days.

Just in the last year grocery prices went up six percent according to government statistics.

But you don't just have to drive to another supermarket.

You can try a discount store like Target or Walmart or even a drug store like CVS.

All are offering groceries, but can these new grocery destinations save you any money.

So we decided to find out if our presumptions about the cost of groceries are correct.

Is food most expensive at convenience stores, drug stores, and specialty groceries?

Are groceries cheapest at discount stores and big grocery chains?

We put together a simple list of simple staples: eggs coffee, milk, soup, mac-n-cheese, butter, cheerios, bread, bacon, laundry detergent, and bananas.

We went to Safeway, Walmart, CVS, Target, Whole Foods, and Seven 11.

We shopped on the same day and bought the same brands when possible and same sizes.

We bought on sale when possible.

Most of the high prices were at Seven 11.

Most of the low prices were at Walmart.

But there were some big surprises.

For example: a dozen eggs, the most expensive place we bought them was at Safeway for 2.59.

Same day at Target a dozen large eggs 1.89.

On the day we shopped a gallon of whole milk was most expensive at CVS for 4.29, and the Whole Foods 3.49.

Another surprise?

A can of condensed chicken noodle soup, you might expect the highest price would be 1.79 at seven 11, but Walmart was charging 1.25 for that can the same day Safeway had it on sale for 50 cents.

When it came to a pound of butter-expensive at seven eleven at 4.99-cheapest 2.98 at Walmart and just one penny more, 2.99 at Whole Foods.

And there was a big difference in the price of Cheerios.

A 14 ounce box-grab it at Whole Foods and pay high price of 4.09.

Who had it the cheapest the day we shopped? CVS! 2.75 for the same box of Cheerios.

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