What if you could save on your everyday groceries without ever leaving your house? The Problem Solvers tested a new website that promises to save time and money.
It’s called MySupermarket.com. At the website you can shop for thousands of non-perishable products and compare prices on the following websites:
The website lets you know if you can save money by switching to a different size or comparable substitute. And it optimizes your cart to try and qualify for free shipping with the different stores.
But how does this kind of shopping compare to a warehouse store like Costco?
To find out, the Problem Solvers went shopping for seven items on the website and compared the prices to a local Costco warehouse.
These products were cheaper online:
Duracell 9-volt batteries
- Unit price: $1.50 per battery at mysupermarket.com
- Unit price: $2 per battery at Costco warehouse
Charmin toilet paper
- Unit price: 18-cents per 100 sheets at mysupermarket.com
- Unit price: 24-cents at Costco warehouse
The other five items on the list were cheaper at the Costco store:
- Cetaphil Skin Cleaner
- Cliff Kid Organic Fruit Ropes
- Head and Shoulders Shampoo
- Lysol Toilet Cleaner
- Tully's Coffee K-Cups
At the final checkout, the seven items on the website would have cost $134.34 compared to $108.86 at the Costco warehouse. That’s a difference of $25.48, or about 19% more.
Of course, there is the issue of time. You may decide having groceries delivered to your door instead of going to the store is a better option for you.
Keep in mind, you do need to pay an annual membership fee at Costco stores.