Where to Find the Best Grocery Store Prices in America
Our survey results show 13 standouts among 96 national and regional chains
If you're looking for the lowest grocery store prices, here's a baker's dozen of national and regional chains where you'll find them.
According to our Consumer Reports grocery stores and supermarket report, 13 national and regional chains, ranging from traditional markets to vast warehouse clubs to two upstarts from Europe, have the most competitive prices. The report is based on a survey of more than 75,000 Consumer Reports members.
Here's the lineup, in alphabetical order.
13 Standouts for Grocery Store Prices
• Aldi. This fast-growing, no-frills import from Germany has been expanding westward from its base in the eastern half of the U.S.; now you'll also find Aldis in southern California.
Its stores are on the small size—they're about one-third the size of a typical American grocer—and sell a limited selection of mainly private-label goods.
For Easter, the outlet near Consumer Reports' headquarters was selling spiral-sliced ham at 95 cents a pound, down from $1.69, and fresh blueberries at $2.49 a pint.
• Costco. Who could pass up a 3-pound rotisserie chicken for $4.99 at this venerable warehouse club, cheaper in some cases than a raw bird of the same size? Our survey respondents also gave the national retailer top marks for meats and poultry quality, and store-brand quality.
• Crest. "Home of Rock Bottom Prices" is the slogan of this Oklahoma-based chain, and our members agreed.
The company says it saves customers money because, among other reasons, it has low overhead, buys direct from manufacturers, and doesn't spend much on advertising.
Among the attractions: Customers can self-serve from the store's bulk containers of fresh-ground peanut butter, flavored vinegars, honey, nuts and trail mixes, and dried fruits and vegetables.
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