All grocery stores advertise low prices...but can they always back up that claim?  

As grocery stores battle for customers, price is a big weapon. Channel 3 went on a shopping spree and compared the prices of three local grocery stores.

We shopped at the new Food City, Publix and Walmart and our total expense was different at each location.

The day started the same as many of yours-- creating a shopping list of bread, milk, eggs, cereal and peanut butter.
We only purchased store brand items and all items in the same size, and no bonus cards.

The first stop was Publix -- we couldn't take our camera inside - but that trip ended with a bill of $13.22.

Next stop --- Walmart.
This store charged only $11.52 for the same five items all in their Great Value brand.

Finally we were off to Food City -- a chain taking over all local Bi-Lo stores. 

Here we shopped the same routine buying the same five items.
Our total at checkout time was $14.43 without their bonus card. With the bonus card, the price would be $11.10. The other two stores do not use bonus cards for pricing. 

The result: with bonus card Food City was the cheapest on this day for these items. Without the card it would have been the most expensive. The company says nearly all customers use a bonus card to receive that lower price.
On Monday, a Food City executive in town promised many prices will be dropping compared to the previous Bi-Lo prices.

"A can of Maxwell house coffee drops $3.50, a jug of Tide drops $4.00, a box of Cheerios drops $1.20 a pound of Oscar Mayer bacon drops, there's some huge price declines," said CFO Jessie Lewis.