Feb 182011
 

On Wednesday I took my boys around the city shopping, which they are thankfully getting used to. In the morning I take the two youngest boys to Target, CVS and Publix, then I drop my middle son off at school before picking up my oldest son. I then head to Aldi and another Target store with my oldest son and my middle son, and if the little one is napping, my oldest son and I get to spend some bonding time. I know, bonding over grocery shopping might not be fun for many, but in a house full of boys, believe me it is very special to get mom’s undivided attention, even if it means going shopping.

So while I am out doing a the weekly grocery shopping, I bring my grocery price comparison list with me, I update prices, and I look out for great deals to share. The past couple of weeks I have noticed quite a price jump at every store, which I guess might be due to the increases in gas prices, but the way that Target has increased their prices seems a bit strange. For the past couple of weeks, they have had a price jump on an item one week, and while it would normally go back to regular price once the sales period is over, it instead goes to an increased regular price.

Some examples:

Market Place Apple Juice 64 oz was on sale at $1.74, the regular price was $1.84, but it is now $1.94.
Market Place chips was on sale at $2.49, the regular price was $2.69, but it is now $2.79.

This is something I have never really paid close attention to, but with the work that goes into the ever expanding and constantly changing grocery price comparison list, I pay attention to the smallest price change.

The prices at Publix seem to just keep on increasing, and they too will have a sale, only to increase the regular price the week after. Two weeks ago they had the morningstar veggie burgers on sale, but they did not have the Spicy Black Bean burgers that I love, so I got a rain check for these. However, when I went back to get them the next week, the regular price had increased $0.20.

While Aldi’s prices constantly fluctuate, and continues to go up as most of the competitor’s prices, one thing that does not change is Aldi’s position on the price comparison list. They always seem to be below the competitor prices by a certain percentage.

The below price comparison list is based on my local South Florida prices, and prices may vary by region.

Product Size Publix Aldi  Target Walmart
White Bread 20 -24 oz $1.29 $0.89 *$0.99 $1
Whole Wheat Bread 20 oz $1.69 $1.19 *$2.39 $1.64
Hamburger buns 12 -13 oz $1.19 $0.79 $1.02
Hot dog buns 12 -13 oz $1.19 $0.79 $1.02
Bagels Store Brand 6 ct $2.59 $1.37 $1.24
Flour Store Brand  5 lb $2.29 $1.49 $1.77 gold $2.12
Sugar Store Brand 5l lb $3.19 $2.89 *$2.54 $2.54
Brown Sugar Store Brand/Cheap 32 oz $1.99 $1.29 $1.52 $1.36
Powdered Sugar (Store Brand) 32 oz $1.99 $1.29 $1.52 $1.36
Salt  26 oz $0.49 $0.33 $0.57 $0.38
Baking Powder 10 oz $1.49 $1.27
Baking Soda (lowest price) 16 oz $0.59 $0.45 $0.49
Pure Vanilla (lowest price) 2 oz  2 oz 1.99 $3.49
Baking Cocoa 8 oz Nestle $2.79 $1.99 $3.49
Corn Muffin Mix 8.5 oz $0.35
Store Brand Peanut butter 18 oz $2.39 $1.29 $2.04 $2.22
Peter Pan Peanut butter 16 oz $2.59 n/a *$1.75 *1.88
Skippy Peanut butter 16 oz *$1.99 n/a $1.89 $2
Jif Peanut Butter 18 oz $2.19 $2.22
Grape Jelly (Store Brand) 32 oz $1.99 $1.39 $1.84 $1.67
Strawberry Preserves (Store Brand) 18 oz $2.09 $1.88
Strawberry Preserves (Store Brand) 32 oz $2.99 $2.34 $2.08
Honey (Cheapest) 12 oz $2.59
Store Brand Corn Flakes 18 oz $2.09 $1.29
Kelloggs Corn Flakes 18 oz $3.99 n/a $2.99 $2.98
Store Brand Honey Nut Cereal 12.25 oz $2.69 $1.59 $2.49
GM Honey Nut Cheerios 12.25 oz $4.53 n/a $2.89 $2.68
Crunch and Oats Cereal 14.5 oz $1.99 $3.19
Store Brand Instant Oatmeal  10 pk $2.49 $1.39 $1.87 $1.68
Quaker Instant Oatmeal 10 pk $3.89 n/a $2.75 $2.72
Quick Oats Store Brand  42 oz $2.99 $1.99 $2.49
Quick Oats Store Brand  18 oz $1.59 $1.32 $1.18
Eggs  12 Large $1.89 $0.99 $1.57
Eggs  18 Large $2.46
Milk  1 gallon $3.39 $1.99 $3.09 $2.98
Silk Soy Milk 64 oz $3.19 $3.04
Soy milk (Store brand) 64 oz $2.39 $2.99 $2.50
Lactose Free Milk (Cheapest) 64 oz Lactaid $3.69 n/a $2.99
Lactaid Milk 64 oz $3.69 $3.59
Sour Cream Store Brand 16 oz *$1.19 $0.99 $1.34
Cheese Singles Store Brand 13 -16 oz *$2.00 $0.99-1.49 $0.26 $2.50
Cheese Singles Kraft 12-16 oz $2.99 $2.54 $2.98

You can see the full grocery price list at the Aldi Spot, it is updated every week.

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