Here is a second installment of the NJ SPICE Grocery Index. This time I compared pricing on two common pantry staples, Dijon mustard and soy milk. Not surprisingly, since it is such a high volume item in their stores, Whole Foods offers good pricing on the latter, especially if you buy their store brand. But Stop & Shop was a pleasant surprise, too; their selection was minimal, but the pricing excellent.
|Store||Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard 8 ounces||Soy Milk (Organic)|
|McCaffrey’s, Princeton||$2.49 Everyday Value||Eden Soy-$3.39 plain /$3.69 fortified
WestSoy-$2.89 plain or fort.
|ShopRite, Montgomery||$3.19||Eden Soy-$2.99 plain or fort.Westsoy-$2.79 fortified|
|Stop & Shop, So. Brunswick||$2.99||EdenSoy-$2.50 plain or fort.WestSoy-$2.00 fortified|
|Whole Foods, West Windsor||$3.19||EdenSoy-$2.69 plain/$2.99 fort.WestSoy-$2.39
(Note store brand is $1.49)
Information gathered September 1-13, 2008. Please note that this is not a “scientific” survey. I do my best, but errors can occur, plus every store has its own way of labeling sale items and there are many types of promotions.