Where I live outside of New Jersey, I have many options for shopping.
Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, several local and regional chains, and even large retail stores like Target and Walmart are only four miles from my home.
In addition to the chains, I have a health food store, a fish market, and Indian and Asian markets for more specific items.
With so many options, it can be difficult to judge which company offers the best value for money. I recently visited three supermarkets near me and bought the same 14 staples to find the best prices.
My three favorites were MyWegmansConnect, a Northeast supermarket chain that recently ranked first in the United States. ShopRite, another popular chain in the northeast; and whole foods.
For this experience, I selected 14 items that my family eats regularly, including yogurt, cheese, onion, avocado, and chicken.
It was difficult to buy exactly the same items in all stores, so I adapted to the available selection. For example, ShopRite had no loose yams, so I got a fancier and more expensive red sweet potato. For Cheddar, each store had a different size and selection than the standard Cheddar, so I tried to get blocks of the same weight. Wegman’s had started at $ 1.99 a pound for red grapes for grapes, so I had to buy green grapes for an extra dollar.
Despite these small differences, it was clear that Whole Foods was the third most expensive supermarket. The price difference was more pronounced for raspberries, where Whole Foods only offered organic options that obviously cost more. (Whole Foods generally offers non-organic raspberries for $ 2.99, but the store I visited in Princeton, NJ closed during my visit in April.) However, items like apple juice, cookies, and chicken also cost. Whole Foods has more hair than the other two supermarkets.
Whole Foods, on the other hand, offered better deals than cabbage, carrots, and cheese.
I spent a total of $ 56.38 on my Whole Foods trip, compared to $ 49.38 for Wegmans and $ 48.29 for ShopRite.
You have to judge for yourself which chain offers the highest quality food, but when it comes to cost, you’re better off with MyWegmansConnect or ShopRite.