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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990 - Page 15

Daily shopper
scouts for bargains
Prices of student staples at campus-

area

grocery

stores

compared

One sunny day in May, an anonymous Daily reporter walked across campus, from store to store, bearing nothing
but a small notebook and a keen eye for bargains. Here's what he/she learned:

Bread
Mac'n'Cheese
Pop Tarts
Yogurt
1/2% Milk
Corn Flakes
Ramen
Spaghetti
Ragu Sauce
Peanut Butter
Lettuce
2 Liter Coke
Nutter Butters
Orange Juice
Tomato Soup

White Village Stop Blue Campus
Market Hop-In Corner 'n'Go Front Corner
1.25 1.29 1.29 1.29
0.85 0.65 0.73
1.85 1.79 1.55 209 1.99 1.89
0.73 0.7. 0.69 0.69
1.55 1.59 1.59 1.45 1.49
...3 1.87
0.29 0.29 0.29 03

5

Kroger
0.89
0.53
1.33
0.65
1.41
1.37
0.20
0.85

1 .0 2 5 4
1 .5 4 ... .. ..
2.92 3q49

1.05
1.43
2.77
0.89

1.35
1.79

1.19 1.29

1.69
3.19

1.17

3.09 1.99
0.69 09
1.59 1.29

AMY FELDMAN/Daily

1.39 1.19 1.09
2.. 1.99
2.16 2.25
0.54 09 0.46

2.19

Reflections
Choosing the right store to buy groceries from can be a big job. Here, a student reflects on his choices at Bluefront
The Daily Shopper treked halfway acroos campus and back to enlighten you with price information. Take his/her
words to heart and you can't go wrong.

1.89

*~~O.S9.

2.09
0.59

2.29
1.69
0.35

Numbers in bold signify the lowest price found for each item (not including Kroger). Numbers in gray box
signify the highest price for each item. A blank space means the store didn't have the item.
NOTE: White Market, Blue Front, and Campus Corner rate UNACCEPTABLE due to the lack of Nutter Butters on their
shelves. Statistics from these stores were included for the sake of completeness, but do not share the greater
external validity of the remainder of the figures.
Conclusions:
If you shop at any of the small on-campus groceries, expect to pay about 30% more for your groceries than you
would at Kroger, Meijer, or Farmer Jack, Ann Arbor's traditional megafoodstores. With the exception of Village
Comer, none of the smaller stores really came that close to the prices at a legitimate grocery.
Like Kroger, Meijer, and Farmer Jack, the "convenience" stores Hop-in and Stop'n'Go are open 24 hours most
of the time. The difference is that, with few exceptions, Hop-in was more expensive than every other store for any
given item.
Of the large groceries, Kroger is closest to campus, with one store 3 blocks from the athletic campus, and one
store 3 blocks from the medical center. If you're going to Farmer Jack, you better be driving. If you go to Meijer,
not only should you drive, but bring camping gear as well. Known to Meijer marketing types as "Thrifty Acres,"
Meijer stocks more different items on more floor space than any store you'll see before or since. Out-of-state
checks? 8 "managers" will converge on you and take thumb-prints, but it's a small price to pay for a trip to a place
where frozen bagels and VCRs are only a few aisles apart.

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MEMORIAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
(Disciples of Christ)
730 Tappan at Hill
(Across from School of Business Administration)
Serving the U of M
Community for 100 years.

Student Fellowship Kick-Off Supper
6:00 p.m., Sunday, September 16
MR A. Join us for worship and fellowship
.STADIUMOpen to persons of all denominations
1958 L .und utrei Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Church School; 10:45 a.m. Worship
Russell M. Fuller, Pastor Office: 662-4245

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