Supermarket Sweep

October 18, 2013 by Michelle

It’s been a long day, as I learned today that garage sales and October don’t mix in Chicago.  The foot traffic reflected that.  Fortunately, I was smart and brought out a little heater to keep me from freezing entirely.  And speaking of being smart, remember my grocery challenge yesterday?

I got what felt to me like a ton of great food that I enjoy eating that will do nicely for the wee ones and for me for the next few days, but I’m still surprised each time when I see the total at checkout from my local store.  As fresh as the food is and as great a variety as they have, I’m consistently shocked – in a good way – at how competitively priced everything is.

So my total?  $17.40

That included

  • 1.26 lb Spanish onions
  • 0.15 lb garlic
  • 2.95  lb bananas
  • 1 lb organic carrots
  • 0.34 lb store made honey roasted ham
  • 0.50 lb Boar’s Head hard salami
  • Italian French bread (that’s the store’s name, and it cracks me up every time)
  • 1 bunch curly parsley
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2.5 lb baby spinach
  • 1.32 lb Macintosh apples
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 pint Zima yellow grape tomatoes
  • 10 lb russet potatoes

No.  Really. See?

grocery store receipt

How do you not love a store like this.  I’m curious though.  What would a similar basket cost at your favorite grocery store?  Maybe I’m happy over nothing – and jaded by the overpriced major chains in Chicago.  Dominick’s announced last week that they were leaving, driven out by their poor management and obnoxious prices.  I have one within walking distance of me, and I go there only in the most dire emergencies, which should tell you (and them) something.


  • Angel the alien

    I haven’t gone to Dominicks in years… but I recently started going there again once I learnedly that they sell my very favorite snack that I can never find anywhere else in Illinois. And now they’re closing!

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