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Monday, 31 August, 2009 3:11 PM

Exclusive: Where To Find The Cheapest Lunch Foods in Metro Detroit

Photo credit: www.crossroadsgrocery.com

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

 

Last month, we told you where to find the cheapest breakfast foods that you can prepare at home. This month, we are tackling lunch foods that you can prepare on your own. We're talking frozen meals, canned tuna, soup and bread to go with it.

Do you know where the lowest prices are? You may think the cheapest prices will be at the grocery store. Our exclusive investigation will surprise you. I visited 10 different retailers to compare prices on the same 10 lunch foods that you can make without leaving your house.

The stores that I visited were Hillers, Busch's, Kroger, Meijer, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreen's, Target, Kmart and Wal-Mart. I visited all the stores during the week of July 25 - 30, 2009. All the prices that I compared were regular prices. I did not take sale prices or clearance prices into consideration.

If a store didn't have the product I was comparing, you will notice a N/A in that column. It could also indicate the store didn't have the size I was looking for. The store may have a smaller or larger sized item, but the price will be significantly different than the products I am comparing.

Here's the results to my exclusive investigation that can be found only on AmericaJR.com:

PRODUCTS
Hot Pockets 2 pack Pepperoni
Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese 12 oz.
Tyson Chicken Wings Hot 'n Spicy 14 oz. (changed to 32 oz. in 2008, 25.5 oz. in 2009)
Stouffer's Corner Bistro Panini Turkey Club 6 oz.
Stouffer's French Bread Pizza 2 pack Pepperoni
YEAR
2007
2008
2009
2007
2008
2009
2007
2008
2009
2007
2008
2009
2007
2008
2009
Hillers
$2.99
$2.99
$2.99
$1.99
$1.99
$1.99
$4.59
N / A
N / A
$3.39
$3.59
$3.49
$3.29
$3.39
$3.39
Kroger
$2.25
$2.47
$2.14
$2.49
$2.34
$2.06
N / A
N / A
$9.99
$3.09
$2.91
$2.88
$3.49
$3.49
$3.49
Busch's
$2.39
$2.47
$2.29
$2.45
$2.39
$2.49
N / A
$9.79
$7.59
$2.85
$3.65
$3.65
$3.49
$3.75
$3.65
Meijer
$2.25
$2.69
$2.50
$2.49
$2.69
$2.06
N / A
$8.59
$7.99
$3.29
$2.85
$2.98
$3.32
$3.42
$3.00
RiteAid
$2.99
$3.49
$3.69
$2.49
$3.49
$3.29
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
$3.99
$4.49
$3.59
$3.99
$4.19
Walgreen's
$2.99
$2.99
$2.99
$2.59
$2.59
$2.59
$3.99
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
CVS
$3.59
$3.89
$3.89
$2.69
$2.99
$2.99
$4.99
N / A
N / A
$3.99
$4.29
N / A
$3.89
$6.79
$4.29
Target
$2.19
$2.59
$2.19
$2.29
$2.59
$1.97
$3.69
$8.49
N / A
$2.89
$3.09
$2.54
$2.54
$2.69
$2.69
Kmart
N / A
N / A
N / A
N/A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
Wal-Mart
$2.33
$2.16
$2.00
$1.76
$1.88
$1.75
N / A
$7.28
$7.48
$2.37
$2.68
$2.50
$2.37
$2.68
$2.50

Lowest Prices are in BOLD.

 

PRODUCTS
Digorno Pizza 28.3 oz. Pepperoni
Kraft Parmesan Cheese 8 oz.
Bumble Bee Chunk White Albacore Tuna 6 oz. (changed to 5 oz. in 2009)
Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup 10-3/4 oz.
Wonder Bread Classic White Loaf 20 oz.
YEAR
2007
2008
2009
2007
2008
2009
2007
2008
2009
2007
2008
2009
2007
2008
2009
Hillers
$6.49
$7.49
$7.89
$2.99
$5.99
$3.49
$1.79
$1.79
$1.89
$1.19
99¢
95¢
$1.59
$1.79
$2.99
Kroger
$4.85
$8.29
$7.69
$5.15
$5.49
$5.09
$1.89
$1.89
$2.09
$1.79
85¢
71¢
$2.39
$2.69
$1.99
Busch's
$4.99
$7.89
$8.29
$2.99
N / A
$3.49

$2.05

$1.85
$1.99
87¢
85¢
79¢
$1.79
$2.69
$1.99
Meijer
$4.85
$5.69
$5.75
$3.49
$4.29
$4.99
$1.25
$1.25
$1.79
87¢
85¢
85¢
$2.39
$2.69
$1.99
RiteAid
$3.49
$6.29
$6.49
N / A
N / A
N / A
$1.79
$1.79
$1.99
$1.19
$1.29
$1.39
$2.29
N / A
N / A
Walgreen's
$5.99
$6.99
$6.99
$4.79
$5.99
$5.49
$1.59
$1.69
$1.69
$1.19
$1.29
$1.39
N / A
$2.49
$2.79
CVS
$5.99
$6.79
$6.79
$4.59
$5.99
$5.79
$1.49
$1.79
$1.99
$1.19
$2.19
$1.49
$2.39
$2.69
$2.79
Target
$4.99
$5.54
$4.29
$2.99
$4.29
$3.79
$1.32
N / A
$1.59
64¢
6
69¢
$2.09
N / A
N / A
Kmart
N / A
N /A
N / A
N / A
$5.29
$4.99
$1.69
N / A
$1.49
99¢
$1.19
$1.29
$2.39
$2.69
$2.99
Wal-Mart
$4.98
$5.75
$5.75
$2.82
N / A
$3.44
98¢
78¢
$1.08
64¢
68¢
68¢
$1.57
$1.88
$1.78

Lowest Prices are in BOLD.

 

A lot has changed in a year when I last did this investigation at around the same time. Many of the products that I checked the prices on are now in smaller packages. Some of the packages are in larger quantities.

As you may have noticed, Kmart does not sell frozen food items. I believe this is a huge distraction for the customer. It may also keep shoppers from visiting Kmart because those items are not available. Kmart made a bad business decision because they could be cashing in on frozen foods. As restaurants raise their prices, more people are eating at home instead.

The store with the most lowest-priced lunch items is Wal-Mart. It had the cheapest price on nine out of the ten items. Target had the lowest price on the Digorno frozen pizza. This indicates that Wal-Mart has done more price checking with it competitors and then lowered its own price thereafter.

Another interesting point is that CVS has raised some of its food prices by 10 to 20 cents. That is the case for two items, the Bumble Bee Chunk White tuna and the Wonder Bread classic loaf. CVS lowered the price of it's Stouffer's French Bread pizza from $6.79 in 2008 to $4.29 in 2009. CVS also lowered the price of Kraft Parmesan Cheese from $5.99 in 2008 to $5.79 in 2009.

Speaking of the Tyson Chicken Wings, most of the stores offer different quantities of the same product. Kroger, Busch's, Meijer and Wal-Mart are selling the 25.5 oz. Hillers and RiteAid sell the 10 oz. package. Target is the only store selling the 32 oz. package.

However, the size of the Kraft Parmesan Cheese went from an 8 oz. container to a 7 oz. container at Busch's and Wal-Mart in 2008. Now, all 10 retailers are selling 8 oz. size. Hiller's lowered its price on the parmesan cheese from $5.99 in 2008 to $3.49 in 2009. The cheapest price is $3.44 per container at Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart dropped its prices on many items by a few cents. For example, prices went down on the Hot Pockets, Stouffer's Mac and Cheese, Stouffer's Corner Bistro Panini, Stouffer's French Bread Pizza and the Wonder Bread classic loaf. Wal-Mart raised its prices on the Tyson Chicken Wings, Kraft Parmesan Cheese and Bumble Bee Tuna.

The price of Digorno frozen pizza went up by four dollars at Kroger in 2008 from $4.85 to $8.29. It must have really impacted their sales because the grocery chain lowered its price to $7.69 in 2009.

Hillers had the lowest price on a 20 oz. classic loaf of Wonder White Bread in 2008 for $1.79. However, Wal-Mart is now a penny cheaper at $1.78 per loaf in 2009. Wal-Mart was the cheapest in 2007 at $1.57 per loaf but then the retail chain raised its price the next year.

Hopefully, this report will influence your shopping decisions. If you are on a budget, now you know where to get the best deals on lunch foods for your family. Even if you aren't on a budget, this report should make you think twice about where to get the best value for your money.

This proves that the grocery store doesn't always have the cheapest price on groceries. To summarize: Wal-Mart has nine of the lowest prices and Target has one. If you are looking to save money, the place for you is Wal-Mart.

Related Story: Exclusive: Where To Find The Cheapest Breakfast Foods in Metro Detroit

 

RETAILERS Location Visited for this Investigation
Hillers 15455 Haggerty Road (at 5 Mile Road), Plymouth, MI 48170
Kroger 17447 Haggerty Road (north of 6 Mile Road), Northville, MI 48168
Busch's 37083 6 Mile Road (at Newburgh Road), Livonia, MI 48152
Meijer 20401 Haggerty Road (at 8 Mile Road), Northville, MI 48167
RiteAid 37399 6 Miile Road (at Newburgh Road), Livonia, MI 48152
Walgreen's 17001 Newburgh Road (at 6 Mile Road), Livonia, MI 48154
CVS 40900 Ann Arbor Rd. E (at Haggerty Road), Plymouth, MI 48170
Target 20100 Haggerty Rd. (near 8 Mile Road), Livonia, MI 48152
Kmart 40855 Ann Arbor Rd. E (at Haggerty Road), Plymouth, MI 48170
Wal-Mart 13507 Middlebelt Road (at I-96), Livonia, MI 48150

 

 

 

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