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Comparison Shopping Gloucester’s Big Three Supermarkets Stop and Shop, Market Basket and Shaws

I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.  Real world comparison of staple items that I always buy and have on hand.  The 5 items were selected ahead of time, not knowing what the prices would be at all three places and without prejudice as to what I thought might be cheaper at one store or another.

The 5 items are Granny Smith Apples, Chobani Yogurt, Store Brand Almonds, Store Brand Plain Soy Milk, Store Brand Peanut Butter.

Round 1: Chobani Yogurt-

Stop and Shop $4.99

Market Basket $4.99

Shaws $6.49

Round 2: Granny Smith Apples

Stop and Shop $1.69 Lb

Market Basket .99 Lb

Shaws $1.17 Lb

Round 3: 40 Oz Store Brand Peanut Butter

Stop and Shop $5.19

Market Basket $4.99

Shaws $5.69

Round 4: Almonds Store Brand

Stop and Shop $8.98 Lb (On Sale) Normally $9.98 Lb

Market Basket $5.05 Lb

Shaws $10.87 Lb

Round 5: Plain Soy Milk Store Brand

Stop and Shop $2.79

Market Basket $2.50

Shaws $3.49

Again remember I did not pre-scout these items to select things that would have outrageous price differences but picked them before I entered the first stop.

My guess that Market Basket was most often much cheaper was confirmed and confirmed by a mile.

If you bought one unit of each of these items at each of these stores your total would be

Stop and Shop $23.64

Market Basket $18.52

Shaws $27.71

The difference of $9.19 more money for the five items at Shaws over Market Basket is ASTOUNDING.  That is nearly 50% more money.  It would cost you 27% more to purchase the same items at Stop and Shop over Market Basket.

I don’t know about you but when the banks pay you what amounts to negative returns on your money after fees, 27% or 49% savings on your money is HUGE!

This took a while to compile and label each image, I hope it helps you make informed decisions on where to shop.