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Old 06-30-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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Hi All,

I was just wondering your thoughts on which supermarket / grocery store is the cheapest, and which is the most expensive?

Thanks,
Stefanie.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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As usual it boils down to: you get what you pay for.

Publix is the highest price, but has more upscale selections and greater variety. A wonderful in-store bakery and fresh seafood and meat counters. They have more interesting items like various lamb cuts and rabbit (though the latter is frozen). Their stores are clean, smartly arranged and they have great customer service. If you watch their ads, especially BOGO's, you can save a little.

Our Winn Dixie isn't nearly as nice, but prices generally a bit lower, not to mention their great Gas Perks program. We tend to buy our wines there as our local WD has a great selection of decent wines at decent prices. Our local WD lacks a fresh bakery; others may have one??

Walmart Neighborhood Market is maybe a tad lower than WD, but it's a crapshoot at our local one. Inventory up/down like a yo-yo, never know what they'll be out of. Produce can be stellar at times; other times it's a disaster.

Luckily all 3 of these stores are within the same long block for me. Usually, we only eat lunch at home and it's just the two of us, so my shopping list is pretty short. Understand that for larger families, groceries are a major expense. Not so much for us.

Oh..Sav A Lot is nearby too. It's......odd. More like a Dollar Store with some produce (much of it grade B) and a little meat (no seafood). Doesn't work for us.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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Here's something else to note - the Winn-Dixie stores which are former Sweetbay locations seem to be a bit nicer than the previously existing Winn-Dixie stores. The one near me seems to have a greater selection than the "old" Winn-Dixie I used to shop at.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Walmarts where I live will give you BOGO deals that the other stores offer - might bring in the ads to support your claim, but I think most of the cashiers seem to be aware of the ads.

Save A-Lot is the least expensive, but poor choices, and sometimes the stores look a mess, imo.

Sweetbay was the most expensive - haven't price stuff in Winn Dixie since they took over. I find WD over prices a lot of their items as does Publix.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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Yes, the WD we go to in S. Pasadena is a former Sweet Bay....it has an Olive Bar which we very much appreciate! Alas, no fresh bakery, though it does carry some interesting ethnic boxed baked goods including pizzelles (Italian waffle cookies) and chruschiki (Lithuanian bow-tie cookies).
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:35 AM
 
Location: South Tampa
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So obviously WholeFoods and Fresh Market are going to be higher than places like Publix or Winn Dixie.

I feel like Publix is right on par with the everyone else when you shop smart there with the BOGO deals. Coupons make it sweeter.

The Winn Dixie near me just seems much higher than the previous Sweetbay that was in its place. The gas perks are nice, though.

That is pretty much the only option as we gave up shopping at Walmart quite some time back. Prices are favorable, but it's always a madhouse in there with 3 cashiers serving 30 customers in line.

We buy most of our meat from Sanwa market on Hillsborough.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Terra
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Least expensive: Walmart
Most expensive: Whole Foods/Fresh Market/Publix Greenwise
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:31 AM
 
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Thanks for your replies!
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Here's something else to note - the Winn-Dixie stores which are former Sweetbay locations seem to be a bit nicer than the previously existing Winn-Dixie stores. The one near me seems to have a greater selection than the "old" Winn-Dixie I used to shop at.
The opposite happened at the one in Seffner.
The WD was remodeled about year ago. When they finished buying out/closing Sweetbay across the street, they moved into that one which looks like it hasn't been remodeled in 10 years, and closed the newly remodeled one. Guess the rent in the Sweetbay plaza was cheaper.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:50 AM
 
Location: USA's #1 MSA 4 Years Running
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Hi All,

I was just wondering your thoughts on which supermarket / grocery store is the cheapest, and which is the most expensive?

Thanks,
Stefanie.
Walmart is the cheapest, as they will price match and accept coupons and BOGOs. However choices are limited and the shopping experience is lacking.
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