Friday, May 15, 2009

Beating the prices at Fairway

My wife went to Costco for our weekly visit on Wednesday and bought Kirkland brand Real Eggs for $8.19. She got six small cartons, not four as I said in the previous post, for a total of 96 ounces of egg whites. That's three times the quantity of Original Egg Beaters I bought at Fairway for $5.89.

That dramatic difference is no surprise. Smoked wild salmon is $13.99 a pound at Costco, about half of what it would cost at Fairway. A pound of Earthbound Farms organic spring mix is $4.79 at the warehouse store, $6.99 at Fairway. On a previous visit, I saw chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at Fairway for $8.99 a pound, but there was no indication it had been aged 24 months like the same cheese at Costco for $9.99 a pound.

Where Costco lags is in the availability of drug-free chicken parts (it stocks only organic, skinless thighs) and drug- and hormone-free beef and pork.

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