What we bought Commissary H-E-B Walmart
3 apples $1.03 $1.85 $1.46
Bacon, 1 lb. $2.59 (sale) $4.28 $4.28
Bread, 24 oz. $1.31 $0.88 $0.88
Cheese, 16 slices $1.19 $0.98 $1.25
Eggs, dozen large $1.19 $1.67 $1.68
Ground beef, 1 lb. $2.80 $4.48 $3.98
Ketchup, 24 oz. $0.85 $0.88 $0.92
Mayonaise, 30 oz. $1.99 (coupon) $2.98 (coupon) $2.88
Milk, gallon 2% $2.81 $3.18 $3.18
Paper towels, 3-pack $1.99 $1.40 $1.94
Pasta sauce, 24 oz. $1.29 (sale) $1.29 $1.33
Peanut Butter $1.99 (13 oz.) $2.34 (18 oz.) $2.34 (18 oz.)
Spaghetti, 1 lb. $0.91 $0.88 $0.82
Toilet paper, 4-pack $2.12 $0.99 $0.86
Turkey, 1 lb. $2 $2.50 (coupon) $2.50
Coupon savings $1 $2 $0
Surcharge, 5% $1.30 $0 $0
Sales tax $0 $0.20 $0.23
TOTAL $26.36 $28.78 $30.53

To compare using the various brands available at each store, the Herald purchased the cheapest item of the same quantity. The only product that was hard to match in size was peanut butter. The size purchased at the first store, the commissary, was unavailable at H-E-B and Walmart.

 

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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