By -Magee Walker
I was warned when I moved to Whistler that groceries up here are more expensive than groceries in Vancouver. Newly poor, I sought advice on which grocery store was cheapest. One friend swore by Nesters, but another said IGA had the best all-around prices and that Nesters was only worth it for sale items. Everyone said that The Grocery Store in the village was for tourists and suckers. But which grocery store truly offers the best value? I undertook an intensive investigation to unveil the truth.
I assembled a basket of several basics, ranging from a dozen eggs to two litres of milk (skim) to a box of classic Honey Nut Cheerios. I discovered the following:
- In both the “regularly priced” category and “overall price including sales”, Nesters wins. IGA is runner up in the regular priced category, but is actually slightly behind Creekside Market when sales are accounted for. Nobody should be shocked that The Grocery Store comes in last place across the board. They’ve got to make up for those village rents somehow.
- You know that block of cheddar cheese priced $9.33 with a sticker that it’s actually only $6.99? It’s the same everywhere.
- Only a fool pays full price for chips, it seems. While we’re at it, you know when it says “2 for $5.00”? That’s code for “1 for $2.50”. You don’t HAVE to buy two. My friend who works in a grocery store told me this little trick.
- The chicken at Nesters is a relative steal!
Another mystery of Whistler solved! See you at Nesters.
The Grocery Store
|Honey Nut Cheerios||$ 6.99||$ 6.55||$ 6.99||$ 6.99|
|$ 5.69||$ 4.99|
|Two Litres of Milk, Skim||$ 3.49||$ 3.59||$ 3.99||$ 3.59|
|Dempster’s Whole Wheat Bread||$ 4.19||$ 4.35||$ 4.59||$ 4.59|
|$ 1.49||(I actually forgot to look here, but I’ll assume it’s same as Creekside)|
|One Block of Cheddar Cheese||$ 6.99||$ 6.99||$ 6.99||$ 6.99|
|Lays Chips, Salt and Vinegar||$ 3.39||$ 4.55||$ 3.99||$ 3.99|
|$ 2.50||$ 2.66||$ 3.00|
|Dipps Granola Bars, Peanut Butter||$ 4.49||$ 4.15||$ 4.49||$ 4.39|
|$ 2.74||$ 3.99|
|Apples, Granny Smith ($ per pound)||$ 1.59||$ 1.59||$ 1.69||$ 1.69|
|Bananas ($ per pound)||$ 0.89||$ 0.89||$ 1.19||$ 0.99|
|A Bag of Baby Carrots||$ 2.79||$ 2.49||$ 1.99||$ 1.99|
|Chicken Breasts ($ per kg)||$ 16.99||$ 21.80||$ 21.99||$ 19.99|
|Dozen Large Eggs||$ 3.29||$ 2.92||$ 3.29||$ 3.99|
*italics indicates sale price