Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Price Check #3

I shopped at Giant Eagle; this trip I bought mostly staple items.  Where a brand is not specified, I bought the store brand.

Rice, 5# bag - $9.29
Ground coffee, 12 oz. - $5.99
Starbucks whole bean coffee, 12 oz. - $8.99
Mustard, Steel City spicy brown, 8 oz. - $2
Bob's Red Mill Vital Wheat Gluten, 1.5# - $6.99
Robin Hood Flour, 5# - $2.79 (not what I wanted, but it was all they had)
Whole roasting chicken w/giblets - $1.99/# (these were BOGO so I actually paid half this price)
Raisins, 1.5# canister - $3.99
Mariani dried apricots, 6 oz. - $3.50
Dole chopped dates, 8 oz. - $2.99
Oreo cookies - $3

Gas is $3.15 a gallon for regular unleaded.

I got two chickens, one was $11.48 and the other was $11.54 (got the less expensive one free with my discount card).  I mentioned in a post to an online community where we've been talking about food prices that the last time I bought a whole chicken it was close to $8.  I think I haven't bought a whole chicken in a while!

I'd be interested to know how much my readers pay for some of these staple items, and what part of the country you are in (you can just put 'midwest' or 'deep south' if you don't want to be specific about location).  I suspect that the prices for food here are some of the highest.


  1. That is what I paid for a roasting chicken in September here in Michigan. It was for Adam's birthday. It is cheaper to buy 2 rotisserie chickens, already cooked but not quite as good as mine.

  2. You know, it's cheaper to do that here too. (rotisserie chickens) And if you go to the store really late and they have them left over, sometimes you can get them for $2 each instead of the normal $4.99.

  3. You won't get any fuel perks there...but I think I've purchased dried apricots (8 oz?) & dates (also figs) (10-12 oz) at Aldi for between $2-3. I think raisins are pretty cheap there, too. I use them all for granola & trail-mix. I also bought a few of those BOGO roasting chickens at the Big Bird. They are great for cooking in the crock put & s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g them over a few meals, plus making bone broth. Good mustard & coffee are a must! ;o)

  4. Which reminds me, I need to stop at Aldi soon and pick up some vanilla extract and olive oil.....