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Grocery Store Prices in the Wichita Metro, comparing Aldi, Dillons, Walmart - Valentine's Day 2024 Edition

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Where do you prefer to grocery shop?  Aldi, Walmart, the mainstream grocery store? 

Shoppers tend to be loyal to a particular store, we're creatures of habit after all. Some folks like Aldi because of the consistently low prices and name brands aren't a concern. Others favor Dillons because of the loyalty card and fuel points. Then there are those who do their regular grocery shopping at Walmart liking the one-stop shopping convenience for clothes, home & garden, and other general merchandise.

Here's this week's side-by-side Wichita Metro comparison of grocery store prices for Aldi, Walmart, and Dillon's (Kroger, a.k.a. the mainstream grocery store), plug in the name of the mainstream grocery store in your neck of the woods here, ie., Meijer, HyVee, Publix, Albertsons, etc.   Odds are that mainstream is going to be the most expensive of the three from week to week.

Covering the basics with a focus on store brands, this week's list, dated February 5, 2024, has an additional item - Valentine's Day Chocolates - pushing the item count up one for a total of 26 items reviewed for this Wichita Metro grocery shop edition.    

Of note, in a same-store comparison to the previous review of January 3, 2024, prices are mixed (not including the Valentine's Chocolate purchase).  Aldi shoppers would have spent $0.40 less for the same items purchased a month ago.  Dillons shoppers paid $0.80 less, and Walmart shoppers spent $0.62 more with this shop.  In a year-over-year comparison, the average price for a cartload of groceries is down 1 percent, but keep in mind, that February 2023 was a time when egg prices were still quite high and just starting to drop, averaging $4.59 per dozen in the Wichita area (down from $4.99 per dozen in January).  

Prices stated are online prices and for items available at the time of the review. Remember that the featured items are the store brand for each respective store unless otherwise labeled. Prices can vary from store to store, as store managers have the flexibility to adjust prices, lower or higher. Aldi does not have the flexibility of the other stores reviewed. Prices are good as of this writing and could change by the time you make that grocery run.

  • Aldi:  8011 E Kellogg Ave, Wichita, KS 67207
  • Dillons: 9450 E. Harry St., Wichita, KS 67207
  • Walmart: 11411 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67207

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Takeaways from this week's price review:

  • Aldi remains the lowest in online pricing of the three stores, it's consistent week over week. Keep in mind their online prices are higher than in-store prices, so you'll spend even less than what's listed when shopping in-store. Aldi uniquely does this to cover their employee cost of personal shopping for your delivery or pickup order.  Check out the price for chicken.  It's the same chicken as the other stores, Tyson does the private labeling for Aldi under the Kirkwood brand.  Also of note, get your Valentine's Day Chocolate at Aldi!  Not only do they have the lowest price at $9.98, it's a bigger box!    
  • The Dillons online pricing is the same as in-store.  Dillons is always the highest-priced grocer overall from week to week.  The price gap in this grocery shop, Dillons vs. Aldi was $8.07.  The Dillons price gap with Walmart was $4.09.  Dillons shoppers probably won't make up the gap with loyalty card savings and fuel points vs. Aldi, but will come close vs. Walmart.  If you're curious about how the Dillons loyalty card plays a role, check out the related article link, "Mainstream Grocery vs. Discount Grocery: Dillon's (Kroger) vs. Aldi.   Of note, Dillons has the best price for eggs, onions, and canola oil.  They also have Heritage Farms boneless/skinless chicken breasts priced at $2.99 per pound, but the brand does not have favorable reviews compared to Tyson, citing smaller breasts, and lower quality chicken.
  • The Walmart online pricing is the same as for in-store.   Walmart consistently finishes second in overall price from week to week and in this review, they have the best prices for chicken broth, milk, and sugar. 
  • Egg prices back on the rise:  Overall egg prices are up, which have been trending that way since June.  June 2023 prices for a dozen eggs were $1.06 at Aldi, $1.39 at Dillons, and $1.14 at Walmart, respectively, an overall increase of about 44 percent.

Don't see some essential items that you think should be on the list?  Please comment.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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