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.
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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.