Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Grocery prices up up and away!!

ET at Titus 2:3-5 is asking how much other people spend on groceries. I figured I'd pitch in considering I'm a horrible grocery shopper. I can get any toiletry, cleaning product, candle, OTC meds, etc for either very cheap, free, or get paid to walk out of the store with them. But groceries.. totally different story. I'm getting better but I still have a lot to learn.

Here are my prices. I live in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs.

4L milk (or a gallon) $1.49 was the lowest sale price, normally $2.29 at Aldi
5lbs potatoes $1.99 Aldi
price per lb for fruit -
apples, not sure
oranges, not sure
bananas 39 cents per lb at local family owned produce store
average price for produce -
lettuce, 25 cents a head for iceberg other types depends
cucumber, 2/$1
tomatoes, free been getting them from friends gardens so not sure
carrots 99 cents bag baby carrotts or a bag of regular
price per lb of ground beef, depends on the fat content
chicken, skinless/boneless 99 cents lbs lowest sale price $1.49 sale price $1.99 regular sale price
pork chops $1 each for 1 5oz chop at local Jewel allthough I figured out there are stores with much better deals than that.. I just buy them because they are 10/$10
price per lb/gms of cold cuts like ham or roast beef lowest was Krakus for $3.50 lb or some no label brand for $3 lb
block of cheese (put in size) 3 8oz bricks for $4
lb of butter or margarine not sure don't buy often I think $1.49 - $1.69 for a lb of butter
box of mac and cheese like KD 50 cents at Wal-Mart
pkg of cookies like Oreo not sure don't buy often
can of beans 45 cents at Aldi
can of tomatoes 45 cents at Aldi
pkg of pasta (put in size) go on sale for 10/$10 and I use $1 coupons so free
pkg of frozen veggies like peas or corn (put in size) go on sale for 10/$10 and I used $1 coupons
tin of coffee (put in size) don't drink no clue
12 double roll toilet paper $4.99 was the most I paid

Gas per gallon $3.54

As you can see I'm lucky to have an Aldi close to me.. actually several close to me.. in fact I'll do regular grocery shopping getting name brand items as cheap as possible and anything I know I can get for a better price at Aldi I'll stop on the way home and grab the remaining items.

What do your grocery prices look like near you?


Precious said...

I miss Aldi's I had one in NY when I lived there and the prices were terrific! I wish we would get some in AZ!

Anonymous said...

Does Aldi take coupons?

Lisa B. said...

I love Aldi's but it's not in my local area. I stop in to them when I have to go into the city.

Do you use coupons for your grocery items?

BTW, I tagged you, don't beat me over the head. Details are on my blog.

Queen of the Urban Jungle said...

oh my crap i wish i had an aldi! those prices are great! our local prices, for the stuff i know the prices of:

apples--$.99/lb (more expensive when it's not apple season
ground beef--$2.99/lb and up
chicken--best sale, $1.99/lb normally $3.79/lb
deli meat--$4.99/lb and up
8oz cheese--$2.49
pound of butter--$2.49
mac and cheese--$1.09
can of tomatoes--$1
can of beans--$0.79
box of pasta--$1 (on sale)
small box frozen veggies--$1
coffee--$8.99 for 33 oz tin, $3.99 for 12oz tin (this used to be a pound, it's shrunk considerably)
12 rolls of TP--$4.99 and up
Gas as of today--$3.12

i'm in southeastern MA. i don't know the prices of the veggies because i grow them & freeze a ton for use over the winter. the prices above are grocery store prices, not walmart/target/wholesale club prices. i shop at all of them to try and spend the least amount

TLC said...

Thanks for dropping by my site. I checked out your ww story - woohoo, that is so great!!! I don't know you but I'm proud of you!!

I don't have a price book (I guess I really should), I just get stuff as I need it and go to the local stores and get their loss leaders with my coupons (they know me by sight :-) so I have a pretty good start on my stock pile of grocery items - I get my paper & cleaning products, basically almost everything but food at CVS. I've just started on the grocery stores - figuring that "game" out.

I've got CVS down pat now (at least I do mostly) and I still don't have Wags down - I usually spend way too much when I go there so I don't go there unless I have a really good deal worked out.

I live in a smaller city of about 30,000 (& losing folks everyday - we've lost almost all of our factories). I have 2 CVS's and 2 Wags in town. My local grocery stores are Walmart, Aldi's (no coupons - boohoo, but great for basics), Lances (mid level prices, double q's, sometimes triple), and Marsh (hi prices but great "deals" like bogo & overages, double q's). We are getting a Meijers that I am totally excited about cas I've heard you can get some great deals there - can't wait!!

Well thanks again for droppin' by! And best wishes for your continued success in ww's!!

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

I have never heard of Aldi, and now I am sad that we don't have one! Your prices are amazing. I will be back reading about how you get all sorts of stuff for free - you may just be my new pretend BFF! :) Thanks for joining in.

Mom2fur said...

My friends from other states have Aldis, and I am jealous! I sure wish they'd build one here!

Kathie said...

I love Aldi's.

It was interesting to see your prices compared to ours here in NJ. Our prices are significantly higher than your's. For example, your $1.99 bag of pototoes at Aldi's is $2.89 here.

Gas, on the other hand, not too bad right now - $2.99/regular


For "anonymous" - No, Aldi's does NOT accept coupons. Stinks, I know. However, for their prices, you really cant get much lower. ;)

BarbaraLee said...

We don't have an Aldi's close to us either. It's about 50 miles away. Not worth the gas.

Heather said...

I'm jealous! Most of our local store prices are nearly double of yours! I saw milk on sale here for $3.59..and that was a sale! And I am in Northern Indiana, that far from you...