Which stores offer the best grocery deals? How much money can you save by shopping at the lowest cost stores? Which supermarkets offer the highest quality produce and meats? Our comparison of area supermarkets walks you down a lot of aisles to tell you how your favorite stores—and maybe stores you haven’t met—stack up for price and quality. To compare prices, Checkbook’s researchers used a 150+ item list—and lots of energy—to shop area stores. To evaluate stores on quality of products and service, we surveyed area consumers. Check out our ratings and the articles below to find out how area stores stack up, how much you can save by shopping at warehouse club stores, and ways to save at the supermarket no matter where you shop.
Here are key findings from our surveys that rate area supermarkets for quality and price. Many families will find they can save more than $1,000 by switching to a lower cost option.
Trader Joe’s prices were about the same as Safeway's and about seven percent lower than the average prices we found at surveyed Giant stores. Aldi’s prices were an astounding 45 percent lower than the Giant/Safeway average.
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