ABC27 goes shopping for best Thanksgiving grocery prices

Economists say food prices are climbing, especially for meat and grain items.

With customers reaching for the shopping carts as Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, ABC 27 News went price hunting to find the best grocery values.

“It’s a busy time of year,” shopper Deborah Hershey said as she browsed through Wegmans in Silver Spring Township. “It’s hard to keep my head straight. I guess everyone has the same problem.”

Other shoppers agreed the holidays can become too hectic to hop from store to store. That’s why ABC 27 did a price comparison amongst three stores on the West Shore; Karns, Giant and Wegmans.

To make the process fair, store brands and per-unit prices were used on common Thanksgiving items: sweet potatoes, boxed stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned corn, fresh rolls, canned pumpkin, baby carrots and turkey.

Karns had the best value for turkey at $1.55 per pound.

For everything else, Wegmans had the lowest prices. Sweet potatoes were $0.99 per pound, baby carrots were $0.93 per pound, fresh rolls were $2.50 per pound, canned corn was $0.61.9 per pound, boxed stuffing was $2.64 per pound, jellied cranberry was $1.13 per pound, and canned pumpkin was $1.38 per pound.

At Giant, sweet potatoes were $1.49 per pound, baby carrots were $1.99 per pound, fresh rolls were $2.51 per pound, canned corn was $0.76.1 per pound, boxed stuffing was $3.71 per pound, cranberry sauce was $1.43 per pound, and canned pumpkin was $1.92 per pound.

At Karns, sweet potatoes were $1.29 per pound, baby carrots were $1.79 per pound, fresh rolls were $2.51 per pound, canned corn was $1.49 per pound, boxed stuffing was $4.24 per pound, cranberry sauce was $1.52 per pound, and canned pumpkin was $2.34 per pound.

Other tips to save money when you shop: buy in bulk for the best value, buy vegetables whole instead of pre-chopped, and stick to a pre-determined shopping list.

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