4.21.2013

Today I Am Wiser...

Today I am wiser... and a smarter consumer. Gone were the days when an advertisement would lure me to purchase the product I didn't really need. I admit, my occasional wants are sometimes hard to resist. For example, when I go to the supermarket, I hear my name being called by the goods especially in the junk food aisle, lol. Instead of getting a large pack, the smallest would satiate me and do me good. More so, it is enough to give me an instant lift!


As an employee, I value every centavo that passes through my hand to purchase even a piece of hard candy. I try my best to spend my hard-earned money within a budget and live within my means. As a wise consumer I recently compared prices of some commodities from various supermarkets you and I frequently visit. To my horror, prices vary - a lot!


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With the above comparison, I wonder why the  government has failed to implement a regulated price for all goods sold whether in the supermarkets, in convenient stores or in your friendly sari-sari store? Why are the brand companies allowing their products to be sold in different prices if the acronym SRP (suggested retail price) exists?



Prices were collated from March to April 2013

52 comments :

  1. Always have to look around to be sure you get the best bang for your buck! Same thing with pharmacies I've learned...talk about a difference in prices...call to check on those! Wow!

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  2. That's a good and legitimate question for sure!

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  3. Wow Ida! It does vary! Thanks for sharing this! The supermarkets I frequent are PureGold, Save More and SM Supermarket. Between Puregold and SM/Save More, the latter is more pricey. But looking at your chart, Cherry Foodarama appears to have the lowest price. There's one in Pasig I might check that out. Thanks again!

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  4. Wow, ang mahal pala sa Puregold?! Lagi pa naman ako bumibili dun when I was there. Thanks for this reminder, Ida. Mejo magastos ako the past few months. Pero lately, I realized I should spend wisely. And save for the kids' education. Before I know it, baka college na pala sila... :)

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  5. Farida this is what marketing and free competition is all about I think, it's up to us as consumers to protect ourselves.

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  6. This is very helpful! Hmmm.. mukhang its nice to check Cherry!

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  7. i used to shop in Shopwise too.... since that's the one nearest our apartment before.... although i know kinda kasing mahal nya si SM pero whatever il save compared with going to a cheaper groceries e mababawi ko lang sa gastos sa pamasahe and hassle hehehe :D

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  8. Oo nga. I don't know why some supermarkets have higher price. Nakakalito tuloy. Parang gasoline lang, hehe.

    Mommy Maye2

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  9. That's great! Maybe we should also do that.

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  10. Im a cherry foodarama customer. My parents and I always get our groceries there.

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  11. I have the same question in mind for a long long time. The regulating body or commission must do a better job to check product prices.

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  12. Wow this is an eye-opener! Thanks for sharing this! :) Yeah, I wonder what's the reason for the difference in prices. Supplier-middle-man issues?

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    1. Could be? And maybe the very high mark-up of the groceries?

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  13. I hope I canalso say, today I am wiser in the near future..

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  14. Cherry Foodarama has a lot of cheaper items but if it is far from your place, it may not be worth choosing it over the others.

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  16. this great post! I do compare prices on different store and it save me some money for my weekly budget.

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  17. hi farida.. your name sounds like the malays or is it quite common there? anyway, i've never been to philippines so far and i never knew that the country has fantastic beaches. they're just amazing! interesting posts overall ;)

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  18. Ang laki ng difference ha. I hope the supermarkets would stick to the SRP!

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  19. I find it hard to budget....with different prices in each store and the price of gasoline fluctuating. It is at time a no win solution.... :(

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  21. I am learning from your post po especially with comparing the prices. In my case, dito sa rural area, I do groceries sa maliliit na grocery stores and the price varies from cents to 5 pesos, kaso when I feel lazy, whichever the first store na mapasukan ko dun nako naggogroceries. hehe. You are indeed wiser today, I have the same decision with how I spend my money these days.

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  22. the 12% EVAT should be scrap to prevent the increase of prices and regulate the consumer goods

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  23. Mura sa Cherry Foodarama. I used to buy groceries there when we lived nearby. Mahal ang SM!

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  24. i believe there is more savings when buying the bigger packs. your mini research is an eye opener.

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  25. There are so few honest people left in this world.


    /Avy

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  26. i think majority of the commodities in Sm is higher than puregold.
    I observed that some of the prices in the supermarket is lower than the SRPs shown in some ads.

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  27. Those cents counts especially when put together.

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  28. mura sa Cherry Foodarama! hays ang layo lang namin

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  29. SM supermarket seems to sell most things more expensive then other places. Glad that you made a comparison so now you know which are the best place to get the items.

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  30. I am not the main shopper in our household but I make it a point to save in things I buy. Every cents is really worth saving.

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  31. Cherry Foodarama gives the best prices pala. Just that it is more convenient for me to go to Puregold as it is just one ride going there. If I would be buying lots of stuff, I think I'd go for Cherry, but for few items, I'll settle for one that's nearer

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  32. Hala ang galing! Did you compile that yourself, Farida? I should do that, too, for Davao-based consumers!

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    1. Yes Maan :) Go, do it na. I'm sure your blogger friends will thank you for it.

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  33. We need Cherry Foodarama here in Baguio! haha Everything just costs much here, even gasoline. Is it because delivery trucks have to go through long and winding roads?

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    1. How expensive is gasoline there? Yes sis, I think they add up all the expenditures including the gasoline for transporting the product.

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    2. It is much more expensive by a peso per liter . sometimes more pa nga. If hubby and I go to the lowlands, we gas up at La Union full tank.

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    3. That's a wiser move, sis! Kami rin we compare prices of gas here in Manila at iba-iba rin ang presyo.

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  34. I think I'd do all my shopping at Cherry Foodarama! Goodness!
    It's like that here, too. Various stores have different prices. Another thing they do is run a great special on a few items to draw you in but are higher on most items in the rest of the store. Smart shopper! :)

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  35. I usually compare prices too especially milk formulas. So far Save More is cheaper compare to other supermarket in the city. Pero hanggang milk lang ha. The rest of the items in SM Savemore are expensive compare to Gaisano.

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  36. Wow, did you compile that? Galing galing naman! I think i need to do that too! We only frequent SM here in QC. But I think I could try exploring other groceries baka may mas mura! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes Van, I compiled those prices. Thank you :)

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  37. Oh. that's a big difference in price ha. We don't have that Cherry Foodarama either in our place. I normally shop at Puregold and SM Super Market.

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  39. Prices really vary among supermarkets. I want to shop in the store that is nearest our place, though perhaps it's a little bit more expensive than those farther. I just factor in the time and gas in the total cost.

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  40. Such a nice post! Interesting, it's a good lesson! : )

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  41. I think I'll do this on other items as well. :)

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  42. We buy bulk grocery items from Shopwise, the rest from Save More Supermarket. Prices of grocery items also vary between those two but the latter is just walking distance from our house and I don't need to factor in transpo and parking expense when buying just a couple of bagfuls of items. Still, you're right. Retail prices should be regulated.

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  43. wow. you're one wise consumer! now we should know where to buy :)

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  44. With varying prices like that, it's hard to just stick to one supermarket to buy everything. But, it's also not practical to go to a far one just to buy for a lower price.

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