If you're anything like me, you understand that every penny counts. Whereas I know a lot of people who just shop at the nearest grocery store because it's convenient, I'm the type of guy who will scope out all the stores in a certain radius, and know what places have the best prices for certain items. For instance, I get a lot of my produce from either the Latin market down the street or the local farmer's market (but only on Wednesdays for that).
That's why I was absolutely overjoyed when I found these amazing charts from the Passionate Penny Pincher which compares prices for a whole bunch of everyday items at Target, Walmart, and Aldi. While I'd always assumed that Target would be a little pricier, I was surprised to see that Walmart was actually more expensive than Aldi!
These lists can also be helpful if you live somewhere that doesn't have these particular chain stores. These prices can help you figure out a general average price for a lot of staple goods so you can see if you're really getting a decent deal.
Just be aware of the following rules when consulting this chart:
- These prices are based on everyday prices, not sale prices. Items on sale may be significantly cheaper than these estimates.
- The team did their best to base the prices based on comparisons of the in-house brands for each retailer (Walmart’s "Great Value" and Target’s "Up & Up"). In some cases, however, this was not possible.
- Sam's Club, Costco, and other wholesale outlets may have better per unit prices on some products. Passionate Penny Pincher put together a separate, printable guide for those stores.
The charts below feature just a few key product categories, but you can find the full list here.
Besides Walmart and Target, the blog also has comparisons for Aldi, Sam's Club, and Costco in separate guides. Some of these can be seen below.
If you're debating between getting a membership to Costco or Sam's Club, for instance, these guides could be really useful in making your decision. It's interesting to note that each store has certain things where they've got the cheapest price, so no one store comes out as being the obvious winner. It all depends on what you're trying to get. For instance, aluminum foil is really cheap at Costco, but you're better off getting bread and jelly at Aldi.
Check out the comparisons for some key product categories below:
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