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Tracking Grocery Prices

January 27th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Rich Slick at Get Rich Slick has a post, Deflation Hits Grocery Store that I read  last week, showing periodic prices of staple items, and comparing them.  I decided that I am going to start tracking similar items at both of the stores we shop at, Aldi, and Sullivans, a regional grocery chain.  These prices are for Central, somewhat rural, Illinois.

Item 1/24/2009
Aldi Sullivans
1 Dozen Eggs 1.29 1.75
1 Gallon Milk 1.99 3.09
16/ 14.6 Oz Box Cereal 1.89 3.99
Loaf of Bread .89 1.19
12 oz Bacon 2.29 3.89

There are a couple changes from Rich’s: regular milk instead of organic; I don’t think I have ever even seen organic milk around these parts. The other is I left off the steak. Aldi does not carry steak (at least here,) and we buy all of our meat a half a cow at a time, to save money.

The majority of these prices have stayed the same the last couple of months, according to my unscientific memory.  Most of these items we buy at Aldi, which is obviously cheaper.  No one in the family can tell the difference between the Aldi milk and the “name brand” milk.  We also haven’t bought bacon in a while because we were able to purchase a ten pound box of “irregular” bacon pieces very cheaply.  All bacon looks irregular to me, so it suited me and my frugal ways just fine.

I’ll keep updating these prices so I can see where they are going also.

  1. August 31st, 2009 at 16:28 | #1

    I just moved to Cairo as my partner is studying here… The groceries are pretty cheap for me but I have heard they are going up steadily in price so it may be worth me doing some tracking.

    Thanks,
    Forest.

  2. August 31st, 2009 at 16:29 | #2

    I forgot to mention the difference in price between Western supermarkets and local markets too… A whole fridge of veggies could cost the same as a jar of peanut butter!

    Thanks,
    Forest.

  1. January 27th, 2009 at 10:12 | #1