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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kroger and CVS vs. Wal-Mart and Target

Bottom line is that when you are going to a regular supermarket or a drugstore, you are paying a premium for the convenience.  I recently observed that 625 Q-Tips (Q tip brand) cost more than a dollar more at CVS than at Target (regular price; $4.79 vs. $3-something), and that a two-pack of energy saver lightbulbs costs about $3 more at CVS.  The 30% off sale price of some make-up brought it to roughly the same price as Target's regular price.  A Kroger, a Pillsbury cake that cost $2.99 at Wal-Mart was $4.29.  It adds up.

The one "exception" to this rule (that I've seen, in my very limited experience) is the one noted a few posts ago:  for some reason, I can buy low-quality Tofu for $1 per 16 oz package at Shoppers Food Warehouse, whereas it costs $2.38 at Wal-Mart.  Again, that suggests that you need to watch Wal-Mart closely as well, which is a shame.

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