Frugal Family: Comparison Shopping in Georgetown
So you need a half gallon of milk quickly...where do you go?
It happens more often than we like to admit, the milk in the refrigerator has gone bad and the kids need cereal in the morning. Where can you quickly go for a half gallon of milk and maybe some orange juice without breaking the bank?
Here is a price comparison of local Georgetown markets and stores that sell food. I picked a half-gallon of milk as the standard. At each location, I selected the lowest priced milk and I tried to get a half gallon of orange juice too. Unfortunately, orange juice was not always available or was only available in an individual serving.
CVS on Wisconsin Avenue and O Street has a lot of options at a good price. A half-gallon was priced at $4.39. Orange juice was $4.39 or $2.88 on special with a CVS card.
Dean & DeLucca's on M Street, not surprisingly, is the most expensive. A half-gallon of milk is $6.50. Clearly this is not an everyday supermarket.
Marvelous Market on Wisconsin Avenue and P Street is the least expensive, which surprised me. At $2.99 (I looked twice!) for a half-gallon of milk, it was a significant deal. No large orange juices.
Georgetown Safeway on Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street beats everyone except Marvelous Market at $3.79 or $3.49 with a Safewaymember card. Safeway also stocks orange juice at $3.89 or $3 for members.
Sara's Market on Q Street carries a half-gallon of milk at $4.99, but no orange juice.
Finally, Scheele's on 29th Street has both, with milk running $5.69 for a half-gallon and a half-gallon of OJ costing $4.99.
Running to your neighborhood market may cost you about $1.00 to $1.50 more then going over the hill to Safeway. However, I can not quantify the warmth I felt at each place I shopped. Every time I walked into one of the neighborhood stores I was greeted with a "hello" and "can I help you?" Each local store had a different feel and clearly identified me as a neighbor and friend.
I think I am going to alternate between the chains and the neighborhood stores for my milk so I can keep my family healthy and keep Georgetown healthy.