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Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« on: June 18, 2011, 10:47 pm »
Regardless of the shopping experience, anyone else think Publix is WAY higher in prices? I go to Publix because it's easier to get into and out of, and they're just nicer, but I'm thinking the prices are so freaking high that I'm consigned to the third-world experience just to reduce the food bill.

Anyone else have a preference, based solely on price (don't want this to be another "I like xxx better because of yyy thread")?
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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2011, 10:51 pm »
I do the bulk of my shopping at Publix.  In general, they say that the sale cycle (regardless of the store) is about 6-8 weeks.  You really can't get much better than the BOGO deals at Publix.  I get the best deals by buying about 6 weeks worth of items that I use when they are on sale at their lowest price.  Throw a few coupons in there and you're really talking.

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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2011, 10:51 pm »
I think it depends on the items you're getting, too. There are some things I've found that are cheaper at Publix sometimes. I also check out their flyer online for their bogo items.
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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011, 11:13 pm »
it depends on what you're buying.  i'd say most of the things that i pay any attn to are very close to the same prices, but the sales are often better at publix, so as Allyson said, throw in some coupons, and you're really doing well to save.  Living so close to both, there's some things I go to for one over the other, either b/c of price or availability,  but I'd say price-wise, I actually do much better at publix the vast majority of the time.  but then again, i'm not often buying much in the way of speciality items.  if you are, that must certainly make a difference.   and not to get too into the X vs Y thing, like you said, but publix is MUCH better for using coupons.  they've now changed their policy so while they accept competitors coupons, they now only take from within a certain geographic proximity...which is not a huge big deal, but they're much nicer about it and don't look at you like you're evil for making them scan coupons. 
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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2011, 11:20 pm »
I think it depends on the items you're getting, too. There are some things I've found that are cheaper at Publix sometimes. I also check out their flyer online for their bogo items.
Agreed. I tend to buy the same stuff and at one point saved receipts from Kroger, Publix and Walmart. Each place had some of my regular items higher and others lower. I didn't add it up, but it wasn't enough for me to give up the convenience of going to Publix. I should note that I'm not shopping for a family and don't really cook more than breakfast and one or two dinners each week.
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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2011, 11:26 pm »
I've compared the items I buy regularly and they tend to be a little cheaper at Publix.  Plus I will buy Publix store brand items but will never by the Kroger store brand stuff because I find the quality sucks.

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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2011, 07:22 am »
What we really need to do is get a membership to Costco and then go to the Farmer's Market.

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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2011, 07:38 am »
Shopping the sale cycles is still cheaper than costco.

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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2011, 07:47 am »
This is Opti's thread and he's the one doing the shopping, so I won't jack it too much.  :)

Sales and coupons make sense if you eat what is on sale and what is on coupon.  And if you have time to keep up with that stuff.  We don't tend to buy a lot of packaged product.  And if Opti can keep up with a "sales cycle" and find room in our pretty small kitchen to store the stuff, more power to him! 

I've noticed lately that Publix prices are creeping up pretty substantially on the stuff we actually buy compared to Kroger.  So, is this to support putting the stuff on the "sales cycle?" or are prices going up across the board?

For instance, the Greek yogurt we buy has gone up by a pretty big margin.  So has organic chicken broth. 

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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2011, 07:58 am »
Aldi's first,sales and coupons at Kroger and Publix,main shopping at Wall Mart.

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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2011, 08:07 am »
Everyone has to do what works for them.  But, I would place big money on the fact that you have more storage room than I do, though...Personally, I make a note of which stores have the lowest prices on the things we like.  And when I'm at that store I get a decent supply of that item.  I'm not shopping at every store every week, but working them through a rotation.

I know, for instance, that Publix's prices on organic cane sugar are better than Kroger's, YDFM, or Whole Foods.
I go to Kroger for pasta, dental floss, organic lemonade, or other items that end up being pretty close to free when they're on sale with a coupon.
I go to Whole Foods for the 365 cereal bars and their one day sales.
YDFM for produce, spices, yeast, flour, whole grain mustard.

I'm not sure about regular price on Greek yogurt because I only get it when it's on sale.  And for broth I either make my own or use the better than bouillon (which is cheapest at YDFM and not bad a Publix).

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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2011, 08:13 am »
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I really admire people who can keep up with this stuff, Allyson.  I'm only capable of getting in the car and driving to the store.  The older I get the more I'm like my mom.  She NEVER shopped with a plan.  She did it the European way:  go to the store daily and see what's there.  :)  Used to drive me crazy as a teenager because we never had grab and go food.  You wanted to eat?  Get out a saucepan.  LOL

We actually don't have very good storage room.  For the size of house we have a small kitchen and a ridiculous pantry.  Doesn't help that (see above) the pantry is full of "ingredients" and not "food." 


Everyone has to do what works for them.  But, I would place big money on the fact that you have more storage room than I do, though...Personally, I make a note of which stores have the lowest prices on the things we like.  And when I'm at that store I get a decent supply of that item.  I'm not shopping at every store every week, but working them through a rotation.

I know, for instance, that Publix's prices on organic cane sugar are better than Kroger's, YDFM, or Whole Foods.
I go to Kroger for pasta, dental floss, organic lemonade, or other items that end up being pretty close to free when they're on sale with a coupon.
I go to Whole Foods for the 365 cereal bars and their one day sales.
YDFM for produce, spices, yeast, flour, whole grain mustard.

I'm not sure about regular price on Greek yogurt because I only get it when it's on sale.  And for broth I either make my own or use the better than bouillon (which is cheapest at YDFM and not bad a Publix).

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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2011, 09:06 am »
What we really need to do is get a membership to Costco and then go to the Farmer's Market.

I LOVE Costco!  We go about every other week - load up on tuna and a couple of other things.  Unfortunately, living in a condo, we don't have a lot of room for their massive quantities of paper towels etc... If I had a family, I"d be shopping there for everything.

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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2011, 10:48 am »
I would like trying to shop at a Costco just to see what they offer. Can you get massive amounts of paper goods that are made from recycled paper? Can you buy huge canisters of plain oatmeal?

I shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joes, and am no longer attached to either. We shopped at them mainly because they had taken a No-GMO pledge, and offer a good selection of healthier gluten free basics. We do not buy many traditional "groceries" such as canned, bagged or boxed foods that are already prepared. I'm more raw ingredients girl except for a few things like pasta, corn chips and crackers.

I really want to look around a Costco sometime, I have never been to one in the US. Probably would not shop it enough to warrant a personal membership though.

Allyson, thanks for the tip on the sugar. I have been having trouble finding it at a really good price.
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Re: Publix vs. Kroger - Prices
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2011, 11:02 am »
FL, I'd be more than happy to take you to Costco sometime!  We won't be going next week, but most likely the Saturday after... or we could go on a Sunday, or after work.  I'll check and see on the recycled stuff - I've never bought paper towels there.  Yes, pasta would be a great thing to get there as well as corn chips and crackers, especially if you want to buy large quantities.