Consumer Price Watch
By SUSAN CATLING
Prices for regular unleaded gas as of Feb. 4:
Airport Mobil 2.599
Depot Corner 2.599
Edgartown Mobil 2.659
Tisbury Shell 2.599
Up-Island Automotive 2.459
Menemsha Texaco 2.239
Massachusetts state average (source: AAA) 1.86
There were no free cookies with a fill-up at Depot Corner this week but Up-Island Automotive continues its 10 per cent discount on Sundays.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Consumer Price Index for all food is expected to rise three to four per cent this year, compared to a 5.5 per cent increase from 2007 to 2008. Historically the most volatile prices occur with eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables. The list this week includes a subtotal for eggs, bananas and red delicious apples and will track them over time.
Valentine’s Day is next week; we tried to shop for chocolate but found comparables impossible, so instead we shopped with a color theme.
On Feb. 4 we shopped for:
Post Cranberry Almond Crunch cereal (13-ounce box)
Beef for stew
Ocean Spray cranberry juice (64-ounce bottle)
Newman’s Own Sockarooni pasta sauce (24-ounce jar)
Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea (20 bags)
Healthy Request tomato soup (10 3/4-ounce can)
Sugar free strawberry Jell-O (3-ounce box)
Low sodium V8 (46-ounce bottle)
B& M red kidney beans (16-ounce can)
Progresso red clam sauce (10.5-ounce can)
Dannon Fruit On The Bottom cherry yogurt (6-ounce cup)
Red delicious apples
Grade A eggs in one-dozen carton
The total cost* before tax for each order was:
$38.40 at Reliable,
$39.79 at Stop & Shop,
$52.30 at Cronig’s without Our Island Club card, or
$47.07 at Cronig’s with the card.
The cost for eggs, bananas, and apples was:
$4.37 at Reliable,
$4.97 at Stop & Shop,
$5.41 at Cronig’s without Our Island Club card, or
$4.87 at Cronig’s with the card.
*Stop & Shop had Post cereal, red peppers, Jell-O, and Celestial Seasonings tea on sale 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.
These prices represent a snapshot in time only; on any date prices may vary.