After 3 months of living in BC & always wondering if the "closer, more convenient" (Save-On) grocery store was THAT much more expensive than the "seems cheaper, but farther away" (Superstore) store I decided it was time to make a list. And make a list I DID! I wrote a big list of the regular type things that I buy from the store, sometimes I get these groceries from Costco since it is so much closer than when we lived in PEI, but here's what I found...
On my list was:
Magnum Ice Cream Bars
Vanilla Ice Cream
Soup for Cooking (cream of mushroom)
Soup for eating (Italian Wedding)
Butter Chicken Sauce
I compared the same sized items, & priced according to the brand I would normally pick if I was shopping at that store. I only put the full price of the item on the list so I wasn't comparing sale prices I then added all the prices as if I had bought one of each item at both stores & compared the final cost.
The results were...
Save-On-Foods (with 6 store brand items) $203.04
SuperStore (with 5 store brand items) $168.64
Individually, the only items cheaper at Save-On were bread & broccoli. I did not compare other produce, but I'd be interested to know if that is cheaper. I don't really like the selection at Save-On for produce though... I was shocked at some of the price differences!
Brown Sugar Superstore $4.98 Save-On $6.49
Peanut Butter Superstore $8.97 Save-On $11.88
Salsa Superstore $6.99 Save-On $12.89
I'll still shop the flyers since I know Save-On have good sales on some of my regular items (Magnum Ice Cream Bars!), but I definitely will aim for Superstore more often now!