Prices for regular unleaded gas as of March 31:
Airport Mobil $2.699 Depot Corner $2.699
Edgartown Mobil $2.759
Tisbury Shell $2.659
Up-Island Automotive $2.609
10 per cent discount on Sundays
Menemsha Texaco $2.599
Massachusetts state average (source: AAA) $1.983
With grocery prices expected to rise three per cent this year according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we shopped for the same list of groceries that we shopped for on Jan. 27. Interestingly, two of the stores had a slight decrease in price while the one increase was only one-half of one per cent.
On April 1 we shopped for:
Grade A eggs (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 1000 toilet paper (six-roll pack)
Green Giant frozen niblets corn and butter sauce (10-ounce box)
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:
$53.46 at Reliable,
$57.15 at Stop & Shop,
$59.45 at Cronig’s without Our Island Club card, or
$53.50 at Cronig’s with the card.
*Stop & Shop had spaghetti and orange juice 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.
In January the prices were:
$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.
These prices represent a snapshot in time only; on any date prices may vary.