Win at Winco and Save even more at Costco
Buying at Costco and Winco will probably save you 25% on your grocery bill!
Comparing gala apples to gala apples and, using the same products and methodology outlined in my earlier post on which local stores sell the cheapest groceries, Winco wins hands down but Costco could be even better. (See table below fold for data.)
Carefully pricing the same items used in the earlier post, the identical products could be purchased at Winco for $54.22. This represents a substantial price savings from its nearest competitor, the Fortuna Safeway at $71.61. At $17.39, that is a difference of nearly 25%. Multiply similar savings across a typical (see earlier post) grocery bill of $175 per week and the average family would save about $40 per week from the nearest competitor! Or $160 per month.
Costco is more difficult to quantify. It does not sell items in the same sizes and often has a limited selection of brands to chose from. However, as seen in the table below, there were several of the same items (though most must be purchased in larger, bulk sizes.) But if one is able to use the bulk sizes, there is over a 10% savings between those items I am able to compare between Winco and Costco.
So, the most economical deals can be found at Costco but sizes and brands may not fit every need. They do however have a growing selection of organic items. Winco contains most major brands and in a variety of sizes but has limited organic and natural items (though the produce section was very fresh and well stocked.)
So, for the best financial deal, buy at Costco in bulk (if you have room to store your massive load of purchases and can use items before they go to waste) and fill in missing items from Winco. This will save you at least 25% over Safeway which is the next best buy.
|Milk Humboldt ½ gal.whole||1.88||none|
|Bread Brio Rustic Ital 16 oz||3.27||none|
|Cheerios 8.9 oz||2.38||1.42|
|Eggs Ray’s orgc val 12 brn eggs omega||none||none|
|1/2 gal Trop pulp free||3.56||2.65|
|Hamburger Lean ground not over 19% fat||2.58||none|
|Dreyers tangeringe fruit bars popsicles||3.28||none|
|Foster Farms Fryer||1.18||0.99|
|palmolive original dish soap||2.38||none|
|tp Quilted northern 12 double rolls||6.48||none|
|Bien Padre tortillas 12||1.72||none|
|newman’s own balsamic vinager 16 fld oz||2.78||none|
|signature coffee organic dak french 12 oz||none||none|
|Oro Wheat Double fiber muffins||3.23||none|
|total||54.22||Note prices are for this week and are compared to the other stores several weeks ago. This may have some effect on the prices though probably not much.|