Price Scrimmage Part 4: Comparing Produce

December 8, 2011 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Couponing, Shopping
Where can you buy your produce for the least amount of money? Shannen Bayless, our expert coupon blogger shows us in Price Scrimmage Part 4!

You can see her other "Price Scrimmage" posts here:

You're going to love Shannen's juicy details in the post below!

Happy shopping!

:) Heather

This week I focused on comparing produce at several stores in my area. I shopped the local grocery store in my town, Sullivans, as well as HyVee and Super Walmart and compared their produce prices with Aldi’s.

Penny-Pinching Produce Shopping Comparison:


Here’s what I found:
HyVeeSullivansWalmartAldi
fresh mushrooms-8 oz.$2.692/$3$1.98$1.59
head lettuce$1.69$1.69$0.94$1.09
bag iceberg lettuce$0.99$1.88$1.00$0.99
bananas$0.54/lb$0.58/lb$0.54/lb$0.44/lb
strawberries$3.99$4.99$2.98$2.99
3lb bag apples$4.992/$4$4.47$3.69
grapes$1.99/lb$2.99/lb$1.78/lb$3.69/ 2lbs
pears$1.48/lb$0.88/lb$1.37/lb$1.99/2lbs
salad kits4/$5$2.50$2.88$1.99
cauliflower$3.29$2.99$2.18$1.99
3 lbs onions$2.88$1.49$2.98$1.49
Total$29.25$27.36$26.25$21.94


The items highlighted in yellow were items that were on sale this week. The items in orange are produce items that were the same price or cheaper at Aldi.

As I suspected Aldi, definitely “wins” this comparison.

Overall, their produce prices are lower, but when supermarkets run sales, their prices are often lower (like for salad kits, apples, and pears this week). I like to shop at Aldi for a lot of my produce items. One thing I have found is that often their produce is very ripe, so you need to plan to eat it right away or it may not last. I don’t know if this is true of all Aldi stores or not, but if you can shop Wednesdays or Fridays you often get the best produce selection. This is when my store gets their deliveries.

Bargain Buys

Target is giving $5 gift cards back when you buy 2 select Pantene products. They also have deals this week on Triaminic fever medicines, Nivea lip care, & NYC mascara. At Walgreens, their Jingle Cash offers are back again this year. Spend $30 get $5 back, spend $50 get $10 back, spend $75 get $15 back, spend $100 get $10 back. Look for deals on Finesse hair care, Revlon nail polish, Triaminic, Schick razors, and Nivea lip care. CVS also has gift card promotions this week. If you spend $30 on select products, you can get a $10 gift card. Also, when you spend $12 on Glade, Oust, Scrubbing bubbles, or Pledge products, you can earn $4 in Extra Care bucks. Look for “free” candy canes, and bargains on Schick razors and shaving gel, and Triaminic.

FatWallet tip: This post is part of an ongoing series of posts for the couponers and those who wanna be couponers! You may access all the posts on Shauna's author page. Please be sure to check out the grocery coupons and deals forum here on FatWallet to get great deals and connect with other couponers!
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