Originally created 07/11/01

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BEST BUYS: Each Wednesday The Chronicle offers a comparison of sale items promoted in the grocery advertisements inserted in this week's newspaper.

We select one item from each store's advertisement and compare its sale price to the cost at other stores. Food Lion, Bi-Lo and Kroger sales apply only to customers who have the store's discount card.

STOUFFER'S ENTREES

8- to 12-ounce Homestyle, Cafe Classics, or Lean Cuisine meals

Winn-Dixie sale price: Two for $4 ($2 each, regularly $2.89 each)

Food Lion: Three for $5 ($1.67 each, regularly three for $5.99 or $1.99 each)

Kroger: $1.91 (regularly $3.19)

Publix: $2.79

RED BARON PIZZA

Premium or Bake to Rise

Publix sale price: Two for $5 ($2.50 each, regularly $4.79)

Winn-Dixie: Two for $6 ($3 each)

Bi-Lo: $4.79

Food Lion: $4.79

Kroger: $4.99

RAGU SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Assorted varieties, 16- to 26.3-ounces

Kroger sale price: $2.19, buy one, get one free ($1.10 each)

Food Lion: $1.79

Winn-Dixie: $1.79

Bi-Lo: $1.89

Publix: $2.09

BREYERS ICE CREAM

56- to-64 ounce package

Bi-Lo sale price: $1.99 with coupon (regularly $4.89)

Publix: Two for $5 ($2.50 each, regularly $3.99)

Food Lion: $4.89

Kroger: $4.99

Winn-Dixie: $4.99

HAMBURGER HELPER

6.25- to 9.3-ounce boxes

Winn-Dixie sale price: 99 cents (regularly $2.19)

Publix: $1.99, buy one, get one free (99 cents each)

Bi-Lo: $1.89

Food Lion: $1.89

Kroger: $1.99

POPSICLE ICE POPS

28.8- to 42-ounce package

Publix sale price: $3.39, buy one, get one free ($1.70 each)

Winn-Dixie: Two for $5 ($2.50 each)

Bi-Lo: $2.99

Kroger: $3.09

Food Lion: $3.29

NOTE: When items are grouped (i.e., two for $5), the customer can buy one and get the sale price ($2.50 each). That also applies at most stores to buy-one, get-one-free offers. For example, if two bags of chips are $4, the customer can buy just one bag for $2. The exceptions are meat at Kroger and all items at Winn-Dixie, where shoppers must purchase both items to get the buy-one, get-one-free discount.



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