I was shopping recently and got inspired to do a comparison of the three stores where I grocery shop. I wanted to know where I was spending more and by how much. I did my comparison using store brands first and then if that was not an option, I took the next cheapest option. I learned that just because the store is advertised as the “cheaper” option it isn’t always true.
This research was done based on the grocery list 1 dinner for 4 weekly dinner menu. It was comprised of prices from on-line grocery pickup options provided from Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Aldi. The in store prices may be cheaper due to sale items. It is also important to note this was done on March 12, 2022 and prices may have increased or decreased since this date.
Grocery Pickup (on-line prices) as of March 12,2022
Aldi requires the buyer to purchase 3 bulbs. It breaks down to $0.63 a bulb.
Aldi requires the buyer to purchase 3 green peppers. It breaks down to $0.85 a pepper.
Aldi requires the buyer to purchase 2 pounds of lemons causing the higher price.
Aldi does not offer fresh rosemary.
Aldi offers 14 oz. bag not the 16 oz. bag. Calculated per oz a 16 oz bag would be $1.60.
Aldi offers 2 pound bag. Calculated per pound a 3 pound bag would be $3.29
Aldi does not offer whole chicken.
Aldi offers 16 oz. as the smallest size causing the price to be higher.
Aldi offers 32 oz. as the smallest size causing the higher price.
Aldi does not offer onion soup
Aldi offers 8 oz. cans at $0.35. So we need to buy two to meet the 15 oz.
Aldi does not offer mexican stewed tomatoes
Wal-Mart does not offer mexican stewed tomatoes
*Missing Aldi items total:
*Missing Wal-Mart item total:
I was not able to do all of my shopping at Aldi because they did not offer 4 of my grocery list items. The missing grocery list items are:
- fresh rosemary
- 2 whole chickens
- 1 box of onion soup mix
- 1 can of mexican stewed tomatoes.
I could not complete my grocery list at Wal-Mart either. The missing grocery list item was mexican stewed tomatoes.
Kroger had all the items on the grocery list.
Because I was not able to do all of my shopping at Aldi or Wal-Mart. I would need to go to Kroger for the missing item(s). After purchasing the missing items the totals of the grocery bill would be:
- Wal-Mart if you did the remainder of the shopping at Kroger $78.45
- $77.45 + $1.00 = $78.45
- Aldi if you did the remainder of the shopping at Wal-Mart and Kroger totals: $87.04
- $74.28 + $14.76 + $1 = $87.04
- Aldi if you did the remainder of the shopping at Kroger totals: $88.52
- $71.28 + $17.24 = $88.52
- Kroger had all the items totaling $89.92.
Wal-Mart gives the consumer the most savings.
Wal-Mart requires the shopper to buy 1 missing item from Kroger to complete the grocery list. After buying this item Wal-Mart is $11.47 savings over Kroger and $8.59 savings over Aldi.