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Who knew grocery shopping could be so fun? But how will the new options affect your budget?

Jenn Scott October 26th, 2011

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (and if you are, I’m here to help), then you’ve caught wind of two new grocery chains offering a wider array of items geared toward healthier living.

Whole Foods, 6001 N. Western, and Sunflower Farmers Market, 6410 N. May, are new and shiny, and who doesn’t like that? But how will they affect your pocketbook? Let’s find out!


PANTRY REQUISITES

Everyone’s “staples” might look a bit different, but here’s a general rundown of items that you’ll need regularly:

EGGS (ORGANIC, CAGE-FREE DOZEN) WHOLE: $3.99 SUNFLOWER: $4.69

right, Whole Foods.

MILK (GALLON) WHOLE: $3.19 SUNFLOWER: $3.69

CHICKEN (PER POUND) WHOLE: $7.99 SUNFLOWER: $7.99

SALAD (PER POUND) WHOLE: $5.99 SUNFLOWER: $4.99

BREAD WHOLE: $2.99 (FRESH FRENCH BREAD) SUNFLOWER: $1.59 (FRESH BAGUETTE)

BANANAS (PER POUND) WHOLE: $0.69 SUNFLOWER: $0.58

RED POTATOES (PER POUND) WHOLE: $1.69 (ORGANIC ONLY) SUNFLOWER: $0.88

BROCCOLI: (PER POUND) WHOLE: $1.69 SUNFLOWER: $0.99

TOTAL WHOLE: $28.22 SUNFLOWER: $25.40

GETTING FANCY

If you’re like me, your tastes far exceed your budget. Lucky for your taste buds, these new stores provide you with a whole new world of culinary delights. Not so lucky for your pocketbook sometimes, but let’s assess the damage caused by upgrading a few of your staple items or adding a few treats:

MANCHEGO CHEESE (PER POUND) WHOLE: $17.99 (AGED 12 MONTHS) SUNFLOWER: $15.99 (AGED 6 MONTHS)

ROASTED TURKEY AT DELI COUNTER (PER POUND) WHOLE: $11.99 SUNFLOWER: $9.49

ORGANIC BROCCOLI (PER POUND) WHOLE: $2.99 SUNFLOWER: $1.50


ALMONDS (PER POUND) WHOLE: $6.99 SUNFLOWER: $5.99

right, Sunflower Market

ICE CREAM (PINT) WHOLE: $4.39 SUNFLOWER: $5.99

COFFEE (BREAKFAST BLEND, WHOLE BEAN, PER POUND) WHOLE: $12.99 SUNFLOWER: $8.99

TOTAL WHOLE: $57.34 SUNFLOWER: $47.95

Want to avoid two stops? You may not be aware of all the options available. Take some time to meander around.

TOOTHPASTE (TOM’S OF MAINE) WHOLE: $6.99 SUNFLOWER: $6.99

MAKEUP (MINERAL FUSION MAKEUP) WHOLE: $29.99 SUNFLOWER: $29.99

TOILET PAPER (SEVENTH GENERATION, FOUR ROLLS) WHOLE: $3.39 SUNFLOWER: $4.49

DOG FOOD (NEWMAN’S OWN, 25 POUNDS) WHOLE: $35.99 SUNFLOWER: $39.99

TOTAL WHOLE: $76.36 SUNFLOWER: $81.46

GRAND TOTAL WHOLE: $161.92 SUNFLOWER: $154.81

How does it measure up with your grocery budget? Can you live without specialty items and organically grown produce? No matter your answer, the options now are undeniably broader.

Prices are accurate as of Oct. 19; sale prices were not used.

Photos by Shannon Cornman

 
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10.26.2011 at 10:27 Reply

Good article Jenn! Thanks for the info!

 

 
 
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