On Your Side: Grocery Wars, Part 2

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

Groceries...we all have to buy them, and most of us are looking for the best deal to save money on them.

Last night, we showed you which stores on the Georgia side of the border have the cheapest groceries.

12 On Your Side reporter Jeff Anderson found which stores in South Carolina are the best bargains.

It's the battle of the broccoli. The French fry fight. We call it the Grocery Wars.

Which store is the cheapest?

The story in the Palmetto State isn't that far off from how things are in the Peach State.

Buying groceries is just a part of living, and unless you can afford to eat out all the time, you're probably loading up a shopping cart every week or two.

The deals catch your eyes. Buy one get one free on frozen meals, two cans of cheese whiz for five bucks, ten jars of peanut butter for $10...wait, who really needs 10 jars of peanut butter?

Once you weed past the specials, what store has the best price?

Well, let's find out. Once again, we priced 15 common items that you might use to feed your family--things like orange juice, rice, bread and, of course, ice cream.

This time we went to four South Carolina grocery stores to find the lowest prices.

First stop: Publix. It has the cheapest gallon of milk at $2.50, but that half gallon of ice cream? $2.59.

Then there's Wal-Mart. A dozen large eggs is very affordable at just over a dollar, but that loaf of white bread is a little pricey at $1.07.

Moving to Bi-Lo, a whole chicken is just under a dollar per pound, but a gallon of orange juice is around $4.50, more than 50 cents higher than anyone else.

Lastly is Kroger. It has the cheapest ice cream at $0.99, but a pound of red delicious apples is just shy of $2, at least 30 cents more expensive than anyone else.

So who is the winner?

Wal-Mart wins once again. Kroger is a little more than a dollar behind in second place, followed by Publix and then Bi-Lo.

If you're wondering who won the two-state competition, that'd be Wal-Mart in South Carolina, by about a dollar. On the whole, the stores in the Palmetto State were cheaper, but not by more than a dollar or two.


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