I had the day off so I drove over to Henry’s, filled the tank, and gave him a $5 tip. He was confounded, didn’t know what to make of it. I didn’t want to tell him about my pursuit of Safeway Gas Rewards escapade, so I just said – “take it Henry, we need to treat our neighbors like kin. See ya later guy!”
I was off to conduct a research study. Is Whole Foods costlier than Safeway? Half of FigVille believes it is, while the other half couldn’t care less. Simply because Whole Foods uses Apple’s iPhone to distribute recipes does not necessarily mean their food is more costly than Safeway’s food.
Makes one wonder, though, why Safeway doesn’t distribute a cup of Starbucks to its customers. After all, Safeway does its gig with Starbucks coffee and Whole Foods digs Apples. Maybe Safeway Twitters instead. I’ll check it out and get back to you. You Tweet?
Speaking of “tweets,” I had a bag filled with home-made fig squares and munched the whole way, windows wide open, music playing — free as a bird.
Right! I’m getting to the scientific price comparison study. So I picked up from both stores the following list of items (weight and quantity equivalent):
Butter, Milk, Pasta, Cereal, Cheddar Cheese, Dishwashing Soap, Paper Towels, Hand Sanitizer, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Chocolate Bar, Coffee, Cream, Prune Juice, Bathroom Cleaner, Corn on the Cob, Chicken, Ice Cream, Crackers, Smart Water, Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup, Olive Oil and Salmon Steaks.
Ready for the results? Whole Foods Receipt: $164.11 (not including Tax)
Safeway: $112.18 minus club card savings = $92.18 (not including Tax)
You can do the math.
A few side notes. Whenever possible I bought the store Organic brand, i.e., “365” from Whole Foods and Safeway’s “O.” I guess the Whole Foods marketing team didn’t think about leap years. In addition, I did not break out prices item per item because I plan to scan and upload the receipts as soon as my scanner can scan again (song lyric?)
You’re probably wondering what I did with all that food. Maybe not. I’ll tell you anyway. I stopped at a local food bank and donated both loads. I’ll also tell you why I donated all of it. I was, at first, going to haul all that food home because I placed value on Whole Foods, and spending more for food than normal… so, I wanted to hoard it. When I examined my thinking about that, I realized the error in my thinking. Rather than dwell on it, I figgered I’d let it go.
I did keep the chocolate bars, don’t want those kids to eat too much sugar!
Whole Foods vs. Safeway Comparison (Two of Three, so far) Here ya go for Part 2
RIP FF and MJ