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Target vs Walmart Grocery Price Comparison on over 30 Common Groceries

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When it comes to groceries, we’re all seeing the prices go up which has made me wonder, Target vs Walmart, which one is cheaper? I compared them and the results are very interesting!

I will update this post monthly as prices keep changing.


Why Target vs Walmart?

Target and Walmart have been rivals for many years. Typically Walmart is cheaper, but sometimes Target surprises me! As both stores have turned from small grocery sections to a full grocery store within a clothing and other necessities store, the competition continues to increase!


Grocery Price Comparison

We all want to pay the least amount of money for everything, even groceries! It doesn’t make sense to spend more money, especially if you have a Walmart and a Target nearby.

While I wouldn’t suggest going to both stores to save a few dollars on certain items because that’ll mean more hassle and more gas you’ve used (more $$), if you are wondering which store you should pick this week depending on your shopping list, this will help you decide!


Target vs Walmart Grocery Prices

If prices are more than $0.10 different, I’ve put a * next to the cheaper option.

All items are off brand/generic unless one wasn’t available. Prices are from Target and Walmart’s websites. Prices may vary from in-store and from region to region.

ItemTargetWalmart
Off Brand Almond Milk – 64oz$2.59$2.44*
Off Brand Yogurt – 6oz$0.79$0.72
Off Brand Yogurt – 32oz$3.69$2.36*
Muffins – 4 pack$4.99$3.98*
Off Brand Lunchmeat – 9oz$3.99$3.56*
Ground Beef – 93%$6.99$6.97
Multicolored Peppers – 3pk$2.99$2.98
Off Brand Peanut Butter$1.99 (16oz)*$2.16 (18oz)
Strawberries – 1lb$3.69$2.98*
Off Brand Hamburger Buns – 8 count$1.49$1.46
Off Brand Vanilla Wafers$2.89$2.58*
Off Brand Diced Tomatoes – 14.5oz$0.99$0.96
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls – 12ct$4.99$4.68*
Fuji Apples – 3lb bag$4.49$4.36*
Unsweetened Applesauce Cups – 6ct$2.29$2.24
Family Pack of Chicken$2.79/lb$2.69/lb*
Wheat Bread$1.39*$1.97
Gluten Free Bread$6.99 (18oz)$6.67 (18oz)*
Cheese Slices (count)$2.29 (12ct)$2.22 (12ct)
1 Gallon of 2% Milk$2.69$2.69
Frozen Mixed Veggies (12oz)$0.99$0.98
Eggs$1.99$1.48*
Cheese Cubes$2.59$2.37*
Bagels$2.29 (5ct)$1.98 (6ct)*
Shredded Cheese (16oz)$4.19$3.98*
Baby Carrots (16oz)$1.39$1.38
Bag of Frozen Chicken Breasts$8.49 (40oz)*$9.74 (48oz)
Almonds – Lightly Roasted$6.89 (11oz)$5.98 (16oz)*
Peanuts$2.69$2.48*
Raisins – 20oz$4.49*$4.72
Dried Cranberries$1.99 (5oz)$1.96 (6oz)
Total$102.99$97.70
All items in table are generic.

And The Winner Is…

WALMART is less expensive than Target overall by about $4 for the cart above.

As of February 2024, several items changed prices at Target and Walmart, mainly reductions in price. They remain about $5 apart in overall cart cost, with Walmart continuing to be cheaper than Target.

As of January 2024, only a few items changed at Target and nothing at Walmart. Walmart remains a bit cheaper than Target but not by much.

As of December 2023, Walmart remains the overall lowest price by just about $4. Eggs are increasing in price at both stores, as are strawberries.

As of November 2023 Walmart remains the overall lowest price by $5 for the cart above. Not many groceries changed in price from last month to this month, milk, eggs, and strawberries seem to change monthly.

As of October 2023 only one item changed in price at Target and 5 changed at Walmart, all increased. Walmart is still about $5 less expensive than Target for the groceries listed.

As of September 2023 there weren’t many items that changed price significantly from last month. Walmart is still the cheaper option between Target and Walmart when it comes to groceries by about $5.

As of August 2023 there are only 3 items that cost $0.10 or more less at Target than Walmart. Walmart is surely less expensive than Target with 17 items being less expensive at Walmart than Target. Walmart didn’t have many price changes this month but Target did.

As of July 2023 only 2 items changed in price at Target and 3 at Walmart. Only 4 items are less expensive at Target and 17 are less expensive at Walmart by $0.10 or more.

Between May and June only 4 items changed price at Walmart and 3 at Target, which is a huge change from previously. Eggs have gone down significantly over the past few months which is great to see! There are 18 items that are $0.10+ cheaper at Walmart than Target and only 3 that much cheaper at Target than Walmart. Walmart continues to be the winner.

As of May 2023 there are still 19 items that are $0.10+ cheaper at Walmart than Target. Prices aren’t changing as much as they were in months past and are lower overall.

As of March 2023 there are 19 items that are $0.10+ cheaper at Walmart than Target and only 3 that are cheaper at Target.

As of February 2023 there are 21 items that are more than $0.10 cheaper at Walmart than at Target. Some of which are over a dollar different!

As of January 2023, there are 5 items that are cheaper at Target, some by $2. I’m assuming that Target’s prices will climb soon on those items.

We don’t have a Walmart near us so I’m going to stick to Target because gas isn’t cheap, but if you have both near you, it may be worth switching to Walmart if you have the option.

I do have to say though, that over the years I have noticed that Target is becoming more like Walmart in that they have their own brands, they have clothing at much lower price points than previously, and are trying to be more of a one-stop-shop than ever before. I do like a lot of Target’s brands, though some of them that I liked the most have been discontinued in terms of clothing, but they are constantly evolving.


Drive Up & Delivery Options

Both Walmart and Target have free drive up and pick up options at their stores where someone else will pick your order for you and bring them to your car or to the service desk for you to pick them up. We use this a lot with Target.

They both have delivery options as well, for a fee.

Target Delivery via Shipt

If you’d like to have your groceries and other essentials delivered from Target, I highly suggest singing up for a Shipt Membership. The membership is $99 a year for unlimited deliveries on orders of $35 or more.

We have a Shipt Membership and use it almost every week, at least once a week which equates to less than a $2 per delivery. You can’t even get a pizza delivered for that! If you want to have items delivered just once in a while it’d be about $10 a week so even if you think you’d use it once in a while it’s worth signing up for.

You can also tip your driver through Shipt but it’s not required. We do tip since we use the service so heavily and really, really appreciate the convenience.

Worried about food quality? We order a lot of produce, meat, and specialty foods that are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free and have found the quality to be great! The Shipt shoppers do a great job at picking great produce, meat, and helping find alternatives when what we have on our order isn’t available.


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