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.
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
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.
To clarify, prices for one pint, or 16 ounces, of Hood Heavy Cream are as follows:
Market Basket Hood Heavy Cream – $2.19
Stop and Shop Hood Heavy Cream – $2.39
Shaws Hood Heavy Cream – $3.69
I did not have time this morning to compare the individual store’s in-house brands of cream however, when I was passing through the produce department at Market Basket, their price of a box of the brand Darling Clementines caught my eye. Currently, as of today, the price of Darling Clementines is 2.00 higher at Market Basket than at Stop and Shop. When I ran into Stop and Shop the day before Christmas to purchase heavy cream and Clementines my total came to Hood 16 oz. heavy cream, 2.39 + Darling Clementines, 3.99 = $6.38. If I had run into Market Basket for the exact same items the cost would have been Hood 16 0z. heavy cream, 2.19 + Darling Clementines, 5.99 = 8.18. Total savings to our household by shopping at Stop and Shop = $1.80.
I find both Stop and Shop and Market Baskets prices competitive and that we all have the potential to benefit from competition between the two markets.
Yesterday while picking up cream for our holiday pies I was reminded of Joey’s post from several weeks ago, “Can this tiny thing of heavy cream really cost $3.69???,” where he pointed out the ridiculous cost of the 16 ounce Hood heavy cream from Shaws, priced at $3.69. GMG reader Jenna commented that the Market Basket price was $2.99. Yesterday, the 16 ounce container of heavy cream at Stop and Shop was $2.39. I am glad to see these more competitive prices from both Stop and Shop and Market Basket. For the grocery items I purchase for my family, Stop and Shop’s prices are consistently the least expensive of the three chains.
With Market Basket opening Wednesday morning at 7am, the grocery price wars will be beneficial to all of us. Shaw’s and Stop and Shop have some great deals this week. I think I’ll be shopping the sales. How about you? Will you be heading for MB or checking out the flyers for the best prices?
I can’t believe how bad Market Basket is spanking our supermarkets’ asses. This place was jammed! I counted 15 check out lanes with their lights on and at least 3 people deep. when was the last time you saw that at one of our local super markets?
The fact that they don’t allow a Market Basket at The Drive-In location is like having an additional tax to our local residents. You easily save 25-30% on your groceries not to mention gas money if you had a Market Basket in Gloucester.