Click HERE to see my shocking findings of what the "normal" prices are for fruits and vegetables at Shaw's, Stop & Shop, some Roxie's and eventually BJ's.
Here's some info on my "project":
- I recorded prices at a Stop & Shop in a more affluent community. The Shaw's I recorded at was in more of a working class community.
- I recorded all REGULAR prices of popular fruits and veggies. I did start some basic meat, but forgot to track at Shaw's last night. I'll be there again by week's end so I'll update then.
- I talked previously about only buying fresh veggies and fruits when they are in season and on sale. But honestly, I had ZERO idea of what "normal" prices were for these things. I mean, I just bought 3 1 lbs containers of Strawberries on sale for $1.67 ea. For all I knew, the normal pricing of these could have been $1.79 and I wasn't saving a whole lot. But now I know!
- I recorded all standard quality - no organics.
- All prices are recorded by pound, except where noted. Like Cantaloupes, Pineapples, Cucumbers, Lettuce and Blueberries are all by item or container.
- I was honestly shocked that overall, Stop & Shop's regular prices on fresh produce are lower than Shaw's.
- This is a good list to keep to compare to sale prices. For instance, this week, I think both Shaw's and Stop & Shop have cabbage on sale for 25 cents a pound. Normally cabbage is 69 cents a pound! What a savings!
- Remember that your stores could be different. I live south of Boston and these are probably pretty accurate for the Boston Metro region. I always thought the prices in "higher class" communities were higher, but my little experiment proved otherwise. At least for here. Or maybe S&S just has lower prices like they boast!
- I hope to get on the ball and research BJ's - but most of the time at BJ's I find that I do not need 10 lbs of potatoes or 10 lbs of oranges. I'd rather spend a little more per pound to get a quantity that suits our family.
- I hope to update in a couple months. It's actually kind of fun to walk around the produce department with my kids and talk about fruit. It's like a free field trip. We're weird though.