I bought the same groceries at Wegman's, Whole Foods, and ShopRite, and one was clearly the most expensive
- I bought the same 14 groceries at three famous supermarkets: Wegmans, ShopRite, and Whole Foods.
- I ended up spending the most money at Whole Foods, although a few items were cheaper there than at the others.
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Where I live in suburban New Jersey, I have plenty of options for buying groceries.
Within just four miles of my house, my options include Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, multiple local and regional chains, and even big-box retailers like Target and Walmart.In addition to the chains, I have a local natural food store, a fish market, and Indian and Asian markets for more specific items.
With so many options, it can be hard to judge which store offers the best bang for your buck. I recently visited three supermarkets in my area and bought the same 14 basic grocery staples to see which one had the best prices.
For this experiment, I chose 14 items that my family eats on a regular basis, including yogurt, cheese, onions, avocados, and chicken.
Here's what the prices looked like at each store:
But despite these slight variations, it was clear that Whole Foods was the most expensive grocery store of the three. The price difference was most evident with raspberries, which Whole Foods only offered in organic options, which naturally cost more. But items like apple juice, crackers, and chicken also cost a hair more at Whole Foods than the other two supermarkets.
On the other hand, Whole Foods did offer better deals than the others on kale, carrots, and cheese.
All in all, I spent $56.38 on my trip to Whole Foods, compared to $49.38 at Wegmans and $48.29 at ShopRite.
You'll have to judge for yourself which chain offers the highest-quality groceries, but as far as cost goes, you're better off at Wegmans or ShopRite.