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Grocery Prices

One night in November, I spent 5 hours comparing product prices at my local Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart stores. Here’s what I found:

3-Nov Hy Vee Wal-Mart
Dairy    
Skim Milk 2.49 (1 gal, Country Fare) 2.25 (1 gal, Great Value)
Grated Parmesan 2.99 (8 oz, Crystal Farms) 2.56 (8 oz, Great Value)
Feta Cheese 3.89 (8 oz, Crystal Farms) 2.24 (6 oz, Treasure Cave)
Cheddar/Blend 2.19 (8 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.88 (8 oz, Great Value)
Cottage Cheese 2.29 (24 oz, Country Fare) 1.88 (24 oz, Great Value)
Fruits    
Frozen Blend 3.28 (16 oz, Hy-Vee) 2.84 (16 oz, Great Value)
Apples 1.77/lb (select varieties) 1.27/lb (select varieties)
Banana .69/lb (Dole) N/A
Canned Mandarin Oranges .79 (11 oz, Hy-Vee) .72 (20 oz, Great Value)
Canned Tropical Blend 1.22 (15.25 oz, Dole) 1.14 (15.25 oz, Great Value)
Canned Pineapple .99 (20 oz, Hy-Vee) .92 (20 oz, Great Value)
Applesauce 2.19 (50 oz, Country Fare) 1.46 (50 oz, Great Value)
Vegetables    
Frozen Blend 2.28 (16 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.68 (16 oz, Great Value)
Frozen Spinach 1.18 (10 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.27 (16 oz, Great Value)
Frozen Blend w/Broccoli 1.89 (16 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.68 (16 oz, Great Value)
Tomatoes 1.88/lb (Roma) 1.18/lb (Roma)
Spinach 2.50 (9 oz, Dole) 1.98 (10 oz, Marketside)
Lettuce 1.88 (Dole Iceberg head) 1.28 (Iceberg head)
Baby Carrots 1.88 2/lb (Grimmway) 3.00 2/lb (Bolthouse)
Broccoli 2.88/pack 1.68/lb
Cauliflower 2.99/each 2.78/each
Onions 1.28/lb (Jumbo White) .98/lb (white)
Red Onion 1.48/lb (Italian Red) 1.08/lb
Cucumber .99/each .56/each
Zucchini 1.88/lb  1.58/lb
Yellow Squash 1.88/lb 1.58/lb
Acorn Squash .49/each 1.00/lb
Celery 1.88/each (Dole) 1.46/each
Bean Sprouts 2.48 (8 oz, Sunsprout) N/A
Alphalfa Sprouts 2.48 (4 oz, Sunsprout) 2.28 (4 oz, Life Food)
Minced Garlic 3.99 (8 oz, Spice World) 1.88 (4.5 oz, Spice World)
Canned Jalapeño 1.69 (12 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.24 (8 oz, Great Value)
Canned Corn .66 (15.25 oz, Country Fare) .78 (15.25, Great Value)
Canned Tomatoes .79 (14.5 oz, Country Fare) 0.63 (14.5, Great Value)
Vegetable Stock    
Beans    
Black .78 (15 oz, Hy-Vee) 0.74 (15.25 oz, Great Value)
Chickpea .98 (15 oz, Hy-Vee) 0.66 (15.25 oz, Great Value)
White .78 (15 oz, Hy-Vee) 0.66 (15.25 oz, Great Value)
Hummus 3.29 (7 oz, Athenos) 1.98 (8 oz, Tribe)
Pasta    
Orzo 2.39 (16 oz, Gia Russa) N/A
Spaghetti 1.39 (13.25 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.22 (13.25 oz, Heartland)
Breakfast    
Fortified Cereal 3.99 (18.25 oz, Total Raisin Bran) 3.58 (18.25 oz, Total Raisin Bran)
  3.99 (12.8 oz, Multigrain Cheerios) 2.98 (16.2 oz, Multigrain Cheerios)
  4.32 (25 oz, Post Raisin Bran) 2.62 (25 oz, Post Raisin Bran)
Oatmeal 2.12 (42 oz, Country Fare) 2.24 (42 oz, Great Value)
Whole Wheat Bread 1.99 (22 slices, Hy-Vee) 1.47 (20 slices, Great Value)
Spices    
Sweet Basil 1.89 (0.63 oz, Hy-Vee)  
Italian Blend 1.99 (1 oz, Country Fare)  
Oregano 1.48 (0.63 oz, Hy-Vee)  
Seasoning Salt 1.19 (4.5 oz, Country Fare) 1.58 (8 oz, Lawry’s)
Snacks    
Crackers 3.69 (8 oz, Special K) 2.84 (8 oz, Special K)
Popcorn 4.79 (12 bags, Hy-Vee) 2.00 (8 bags, Pop Weaver)
Raisins 3.29 (24 oz, Hy-Vee) 2.58 (24 oz, Great Value)
Dried Cranberries 1.89 (6 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.68 (6 oz, Great Value)
Pecans 6.24 (10 oz, Hy-Vee) 5.48 (12 oz, Orchard Fresh)
Almonds 5.99 (16 oz, Diamonds) 5.48 (12 oz, Orchard Fresh)
Walnuts 4.85 (16 oz, Hy-Vee) 5.48 (12 oz, Orchard Fresh)
Combo Mix 8.49 (32 oz, Hy-Vee) 8.18 (34 oz, Great Value)
Soup 1.86 (18.6 oz, Hy-Vee Vegetable) 1.17 (10.5 oz, Great Value Vegetable)
  1.97 (18.6 oz, Campbell’s Select Harvest Italian Veg) 1.72 (18.6 oz, Campbell’s Select Harvest Italian Veg)
  1.97 (18.6 oz, Campbell’s Minestrone) 1.72 (18.6 oz, Campbell’s Minestrone)
Miscellaneous    
Soy Crumbles 3.99 (12 oz, Light Life Smart Ground) N/A
Tofu 2.88 (18 oz, Melissa’s) N/A
Red Wine Vinegar 2.69 (17 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.18 (12.7 oz, Great Value)
Balsamic Vinegar 3.89 (17 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.58 (8.5 oz, Great Value)
Lemon Juice 1.89 (8 oz, Real Lemon) .88 (4.5 oz, Real Lemon)
Spicy Brown Mustard 1.99 (12 oz, Hy-Vee) .96 (12 oz, Great Value)
Salsa 2.28 (16 oz, Hy-Vee) 1.68 (16 oz, Great Value)
Pesto Sauce 1.87 (0.5 oz, Knorr Dry Mix) 1.96 (8.1 oz, Classico)
Marinara Sauce 1.09 (26.5 oz, Country Fare) .98 (26.5 oz, Hunt’s)
Tortillas .93 (12 count, Hy-Vee) 1.92 (20 count, Mission)
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