It took several weeks to compile, but I have finally finished comparing organic food grocery prices with non-organic competitors. I went to Costco, Wegman’s and Harris Teeter to compare organic prices. For non-organic competitor products, I compared Walmart and Harris Teeter’s prices. The results might surprise you – 1/3 of the organic groceries from Costco were within $0.25 of non-organic, bare bone staples from Walmart.
If you’re wondering how the products on this list cut the mustard, it’s because these products are the basic food staples in my refrigerator and pantry.
Below are my key findings:
1) Two organic products bought from Costco were within a few pennies’ price of non-organic, Walmart branded products (wheat bread, apples). One organic product from Costco was substantially cheaper than Walmart (extra virgin olive oil).
2) Organic chicken is much more expensive than generic chicken from Walmart (in fact, the chicken at Walmart was the cheapest chicken I could find and didn’t have any brand name on the package), but only $1 more per pound when compared to my neighborhood grocer’s (Harris Teeter) non-organic chicken.
3) Organic frozen vegetables are slightly higher priced than their non-organic competitors. At Harris Teeter, they charge $0.50/pound more for frozen organic vegetables. If you buy those organic veggies from Costco, you only pay $0.20-0.30 more per pound than non-organic vegetables from Walmart.
4) When buying organic products, beware of buying them from Walmart.
Although I did not list the price on my chart, Walmart carried one of my family’s core grocery staples, Pacific Natural Foods Organic Pepper and Tomato soup. You can buy this soup for $1.97/quart at Costco. At Walmart, a quart of the same soup costs $11.47!
5) Green denotes the least expensive organic price for that item.
A few notes:
- Whenever possible, I used the same brands to compare organic food prices. With non-organic, I used as many Walmart and Harris Teeter private label products, because they were often the cheapest products to compare with organic food prices.
- Package sizes varied. For comparison purposes, I converted everything to the same units of measure. Costco’s package sizes are typically larger than grocery store competitors.
- It is important to note that Costco charges an annual membership fee. However, if you have an ‘Executive’ membership, Costco gives members ‘cash back’ in the form of a Costco check at the end of every year (that you can use in the store). We haven’t had to pay a dime for our annual membership for 3+ years now.
- This study was conducted without any sponsorship from any of the grocers mentioned above.
-What are your thoughts on our findings?
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