Which Store Beat the Price?
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that my husband and I set aside a few hours one night to comparison shop. We made a simple table that we inserted into a word document. Down the left-side, we listed a #variety of products that we typically purchase when we go grocery shopping. The items we looked at included:
- Bounty Paper Towels
- Tuna Fish
- Tomato Sauce
- Toilet Paper
- Red Beans in cans
- Paper Napkins
- Dishwasher Detergent
Across the top of the chart, we typed in the following stores: @Walmart; @Costco; @BJ’s; @Amazon Prime; and @Target. We wanted to include @Publix and @Winn-Dixie, but we could not find any #online published prices for their goods.
In our small sample conducted during the last week of December 2017, the clear winner on almost all products was Walmart. Consider @Bounty Towels. Here are the prices for a bulk supply:
- Walmart $14.47 18 Regular Rolls (bulk rolls)
- Costco $27.99 with a limited time $4 off coupon for $23.99 12 Rolls
- Amazon $27.99 18 Rolls
- BJs $29.99 12 Pack
- Target $14.49 18 Regular Rolls (bulk rolls)
We continued to do this for each of the products. There were isolated instances where Walmart did not beat a store, but, it should be noted that the brands were not the same. Costco had a 12 count case of 15 oz. tomato sauce for less, but it was from a brand called Kirkland, not from the name-brand, Hunts. Here are the results for tomato sauce:
- Walmart $10.56 for 12 – .88 for each 15 oz can of Hunts
- Costco $9.49 15 oz. 12 count ( @Kirkland Brand was the only available brand I found )
- Amazon $39.96 – Hunts, sold in packs of 3
- BJ’s $10.59 for Hunts 15 oz 12 pack
- Target .$10.68 for 12 – .89 for each 15 oz. can of Hunts
In some cases, it was difficult to find the exact same product, and when that happened, we simply used some basic math skills to compare equal amounts.
What amazed me, was the prices at the #club stores where we held memberships that cost between $40 to $60 a year, were not consistently better. If you do not want to spend time visiting more than one store a week, and need a single reliable store for low prices, and do not have the time to visit multiple stores each week, Walmart would be my recommendation.
Now, bear in mind, this was an admittedly small sample. As time goes on, I will continue this dectective work with other products. Here is an updated comparision from last weekend. However, with this initial bit of research, it appeared that, all in all, for our standard grocery shop, we were wise to use Walmart.
In my next blog, I will share a few more factoids that more fully sealed the deal (like the Walmart Savings Catcher Program and the substitution policy), but, even before I learned all the ways Walmart could save me time and money, I was planning my next shop there!