Today I took on a project that I’ve been wondering about for quite some time. With the frustrations of shopping at the Commissary on base (limited selection, ALWAYS busy, long lines and often unhappy/rude employees), I got to wondering how other grocery stores really compare; and I wanted to do the research myself, not just hear-say from others. So today, I visited the Corry Station Commissary, Winn Dixie at the corner of Hwy 98 & Blue Angel, and the Publix in Bellview Plaza on Mobile Highway. I used a generic list of items that I typically shop for on a regular basis, then I added in a few things that I buy less often, like paper towels and the great big box of Goldfish! I tried my best to compare exact products, but some were not offered at every store, so I chose a comparable product. Check out what I found!
Although Publix has the biggest variety of options and very nice employees, I still can’t justify paying over $100 more a month. For now, I’ll just suck it up and continue shopping at the Commissary and visit Publix for specific things that the Commissary doesn’t carry.
*Disclaimer: The 5% Commissary Surcharge is included. Florida does not have sales tax on food, so in this chart the average state and local sales tax of 6.62% is added only to the Starbucks K-cups and paper towels. No coupons, BOGO offers etc. are included. I realize that this is not an all-inclusive list or comparison, but I am simply working with what I have access to. This comparison is meant to give you a general idea of the differences between typical prices.
Where do you shop the most often? Why do you shop there as opposed to other grocery stores? Please leave your comments 🙂