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Buying Groceries at the Drugstore

Don't do it. Supermarkets are usually cheaper

What price convenience? With more drugstores stocking grocery items and touting them in weekly fliers, it certainly saves time to buy food where you get your prescriptions. But such one-stop shopping can be a budget-buster, a Boston-area comparison finds.

See also: Save money on groceries with online coupons.

If you buy groceries in a drugstore you'll end up paying more.

Grocery shopping in drugstores ensures that you'll end up paying more. — Photo by Floresco Images OJO/Newscom

An Oct. 2 survey of prices of the same 25 items at three drugstores and three supermarkets found that the average drugstore receipt was $102.94 while the supermarkets averaged $75.60, reports the website ConsumerWorld.org.

Overall, Rite Aid was the most expensive drugstore for groceries, at $107.96, followed by Walgreens at $102.75 and CVS at $98.12.

Prices may change day to day, but here are some of the survey's findings as of Oct. 2:

Eggs, large white dozen

  • Drugstore: $1.89 to $2.89
  • Supermarket: $1.59 to $2.19

Special K Cereal 12 oz.

  • Drugstore: $4.19 to $5.29
  • Supermarket: $2.99 (sale price) to $3.39

Maxwell House Coffee 11.5 oz.

  • Drugstore: $5.49 to $6.99
  • Supermarket: $3.49 to $4.99

Campbell's Chunky Beef Soup

  • Drugstore: $3.29 everywhere
  • Supermarket: $1.67 (sale price) to $2.99

Tide 100 oz.

  • Drugstore: $15.29 to $17.49
  • Supermarket: $11.99 (on sale at each)

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Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.

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