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Stacie Wells

Augusta Grocery Store Comparison

I’m usually not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I have decided to be a little more purposeful this year with both my time and my money. I’ve spent the past several weeks thinking about the upcoming year and how I’d like for it to be different.   I’ve decided that I’d like a …

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I’m usually not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I have decided to be a little more purposeful this year with both my time and my money. I’ve spent the past several weeks thinking about the upcoming year and how I’d like for it to be different.

 

I’ve decided that I’d like a little more planning, less flying by the seat of my pants, saving money where I can so that I have more to spend on the important things, and making better use of my time and energy. In an attempt to save both time and money, I’d like to do a better job of meal planning this year. Getting to the end of a long day and being tired, hungry, and having no idea what to do about dinner gets old…quickly. It also leads to spending more money on the food budget than we’d like to.

 

Maybe you’re interested in trimming your grocery budget, or maybe you’ve just moved to Augusta and are trying to find the best places to shop while saving money on your grocery bill. Either way, take a look at this. I created a random grocery list of 35 items that have possibly ended up in my grocery cart at one time or another. (Don’t judge.) Then I decided to compare regular (non-sale) prices at three different stores: Publix, Kroger Marketplace, and Walmart Supercenter.

 

Here is the item list that I used for the price comparison:

  • King’s Hawaiian rolls (12 ct.)
  • Lipton iced tea bags (24 ct.)
  • Progresso soup (18.5 oz. can)
  • Starbucks ground coffee (12 oz. bag)
  • Pepperidge Farm goldfish (6.6 oz. bag)
  • Mahatma rice (1 lb. bag)
  • Kraft grated parmesan cheese (8 oz.)
  • Newman’s Own spaghetti sauce (24 oz. jar)
  • Barilla spaghetti (1 lb.)
  • Wheat Thins (9.1 oz. box)
  • Newman’s Own salad dressing (16 oz. jar)
  • Heinz ketchup (32 oz.)
  • Cholula hot sauce (5 oz. jar)
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce (18 oz.)
  • Cheerios (12 oz.)
  • PopTarts (8 ct.)
  • Bisquick (40 oz. box)
  • Nestle chocolate chips (12 oz. bag)
  • Tostitos (13 oz. bag)
  • GT’s kombucha
  • Noosa yogurt (8 oz.)
  • Tide liquid (77 oz.)
  • Dawn detergent (21.6 oz.)
  • Charmin Ultra Soft mega roll (6 ct.)
  • Crest Complete (6.2 oz.)
  • Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal Multi-Cat (14 lb. box)
  • Purina Puppy Chow (4.4 lb. bag)
  • California Pizza Kitchen pizza
  • Blue Bell ice cream (1/2 gallon)
  • Simply Orange (1.75L)
  • Jif peanut butter (16 oz.)
  • Nutella (13 oz.)
  • Smucker’s strawberry (18 oz. jar)
  • Coke (2L)
  • Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (32 oz.)

 

and here are the results:

Publix: ($148.76)  The best deals at Publix, in my opinion, are their BOGO’s. I found Blue Buffalo dog food this week as a half price/BOGO item. SCORE.

Kroger Marketplace: ($141.74) To me, Kroger sales aren’t as easy to navigate and aren’t advertised as well as Publix. You also frequently have to buy groups of 4 – 6 items to get the sale price. TIP: check the Kroger website or app for e-coupons including their Free Friday coupon which is usually available for download each Friday.

Walmart Supercenter: ($116.95) If you’re not one to shop sales or use the occasional coupon, it looks like Walmart is the clear winner. TIP: you can also scan your Walmart receipt and use their Savings Catcher to automatically price match. If a better price is found, the difference will be credited to your Walmart Pay account.

Finally, if you need to make some serious grocery budget cuts, check out Southern Savers. They’ve done all the hard work of finding the best weekly deals, and they frequently have links to matching coupons.

 

If I’ve overlooked your favorite store or money-saving technique, please share! As always, if you ever have questions about our community or the real estate market, I’d love to hear from you at stacie@staciewells.com or 706-945-7649.