Stretching your food dollar

HOUSTON We compared prices on the food staples we all need, like bread and milk. We hit four different kinds of stores -- a discount super store, a grocery store, a drug store and a convenience store. We didn't clip coupons or look at weekly ads, we simply stopped to shop. At each store, we looked for the cheapest price we could find.

A gallon of whole milk:

  • Kroger - $3.00 on sale
  • Target - $3.69
  • Walgreen's - $3.99
  • Sunshine Grocery - $4.99
  • Dozen large eggs:

  • Walgreen's - $1.50 on sale
  • Kroger - $1.68
  • Target - $2.04
  • Convenience store - $2.89
  • Loaf of bread:

  • Walgreen's - $1.69
  • Target - $1.99
  • Kroger - $2.79
  • Convenience store - $2.79
  • Toilet paper - six double rolls:

  • Target - $3.99
  • Walgreens - $4.79
  • Tide laundry detergent:

  • Corner store - $6.79 (16 load bottle)
  • Target - $6.84 (24 load bottle)
  • Total:

  • Target - $18.55
  • Kroger - $19.46
  • Walgreens - $19.96
  • Convenience store - $19.96
  • While our totals did not vary all that much, the biggest price difference seemed to be with the milk. So for that, it definitely serves you to shop around.

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