Convenience stores are one of the easiest and most convenient places to buy some groceries, but they will blow your wallet to smithereens with their high prices.
The national drugstore chains — CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens — are growing gangbusters with thousands of locations. They’ve become a fixture of suburban life. Some intersections even have all three chains represented!
As they’ve grown, all three are dedicating about 25% of their square footage for grocery items, creating almost like a mini-supermarket with soft drinks, bread, milk, eggs, canned soups and more.
But a ConsumerWorld.org survey found that the national drug store chains are up to 36% more expensive on grocery-type items than traditional supermarkets.
Meanwhile, independent drug stores are not necessarily more expensive for over-the-counter (OTC) meds and prescriptions than the chain drugstores.
I recently needed an OTC medicine and I had the choice to get it at a national drug store chain or a Dollar General. I picked the latter and got it for $2. Later on, I found out the equivalent store brand at the national drug store chain was $4.79.
I’m not trying to diss on the chains. But if money matters to you, the chain drug stores are not friendly to your wallet.