Several weeks ago I visited 5 Utah stores in 2 days, comparing everything from prices to service. I visited Winegars, Dick's Market, Smith's, Walmart and Target. Go here to see my reviews of those stores.
Smith's had the lowest price on 7 out of 22 products, as did Walmart.Target had the lowest price on 6 out of 22 products.Dick's and Winegars both had the lowest prices on 4 out of 22 products each.Smith's had the highest prices on 4 out of 22 products.While both Walmart and Target had the highest prices on only 2 out of 22 products each.Dick's had the highest prices on 5 out of 22 products.Winegars had the highest prices on a whopping 11 out of 22 products. Half.
Dick's had the lowest average price for fresh & frozen meat.
Target had the lowest average prices on produce and other perishables.
- Even though Smith's is somewhat inconsistent, they still managed to have the lowest overall prices than any of the other 4 stores. I will probably start shopping there more often.
- Like the big box stores? Don't worry, as expected both Walmart and Target have consistently low prices. Even though they didn't come in #1, they came in a close 2nd and 3rd and I still consider them great places to shop.
- Winegar's shoppers, forget shopping sales or using coupons, you can simply save 10% on your grocery bill by switching to Smith's!
Disclaimer: Obviously this wasn't a professionally done survey. I'm sure there are flaws in my methodology. This isn't meant to be a professional analysis of each store's pricing, rather a snap shot of prices of common items at one point in time. While the analysis isn't professionally done, I still think the information is interesting and useful, so I posted it!