Consumer Price Watch
By SUSAN CATLING
Prices for regular unleaded gas as of Jan. 27:
Airport Mobil 2.59
Depot Corner 2.599
Edgartown Mobil 2.659
Tisbury Shell 2.599
Up-Island Automotive 2.369
Menemsha Texaco 2.239
Despite gas prices tumbling since the summer, it still pays to shop around and, yes, even check for special deals. The cost/benefit analysis is up to the buyer.
Want a cookie? At Depot Corner in Edgartown, a 10-gallon fill-up earns a giant cookie valued at $1.75 — the varieties on Tuesday included oatmeal raisin, triple chocolate chip, vanilla chocolate chip, and Reese’s peanut butter.
On Sundays, Up-Island Automotive gives a 10 per cent discount on the price of gas.
If a trip to Menemsha for cheap gas is combined with a stop at the fish market, is it worth the drive?
Speaking of fish, a “No Fish Today” sign could have hung over down-Island towns this week. Fish shoppers wheeling into Tisbury Market Place were confronted with a “Closed” sign on the Net Result’s windows. According to their phone message, they expected to reopen yesterday while Edgartown Seafood remains closed for renovations and will reopen “ASAP.”
On Jan. 27 we shopped for:
Grade A eggs in one-dozen carton
Boneless chicken breasts
Cream of Wheat cereal
Tropicana orange juice (half-gallon)
Two per cent milk (half-gallon)
Prince thin spaghetti (one-pound box)
Scott 100 toilet paper (six-roll pack)
Green Giant frozen niblets corn and butter sauce (10-ounce box)
And for a Super Bowl party:
Boar’s Head deli Virginia ham
Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise (30-ounce jar)
Pringle’s potato chips
Cracker Barrel sharp white cheddar cheese (10-ounce bar)
The total cost* before tax for each order was:
$53.73 at Reliable,
$56.91 at Stop & Shop,
$60.16 at Cronig’s without Our Island Club card, or
$54.14 at Cronig’s with the card.
* Stop & Shop had orange juice, spaghetti and corn on sale only with their free frequent shopper card; sales run from Friday to Thursday. Cronig’s gives a 10 per cent discount to Our Island Club cardholders, which charges an annual fee.
Reliable had cluster tomatoes and Cracker Barrel cheese on sale; sales run from Friday to the following Saturday. They do not have a discount card.
These prices represent a snapshot in time only; on any day prices may vary.
Besides the Big Three — grocery stores not automakers — Tisbury Farm Market at 342 State Road carries a selection of organic milk and produce along with some canned goods and meats. By the end of February, owner Elio Silva will open at 294 State Road in the former Natural Food Barn as a specialty store patterned on Trader Joe’s.