Posted by: Bruce | August 17, 2009

The Price of Puffins

This is not quite a stock market report, but it is an interesting barometer of local food prices.  As of this morning, Barabara’s Puffins cereal (a delightful corn-based breakfast cereal that our kids seem to enjoy–ok,  I enjoy it too) costs $4.49 at our local Price Chopper.  I called the Hadley Trader Joe’s where the price of Puffins in $3.49.  But the story gets better.  For $4.49 at Price Chopper, you get a 12 oz. box, but for $3.49 at Trader Joe’s you get an 18 oz. box.  Here’s a little household math: 37 cents an ounce at Price Chopper vs. 19 cents an ounce at Trader Joe’s–nearly twice as much locally!

By the way, this isn’t “new math.”  I did this calculation about a year ago and while the price has risen in both stores, the 2:1 ratio has remained the same.



  1. I would like to have a separate “board discussion” section on this site to list our FAVORITE Trader Joe items. This might be fun, and certainly could let others know about he things that we love to eat from TJ’s.
    I’ll start off with my short list:
    1) Gorgonzola Gnocchi (frozen food) – Grind some fresh pepper over it and serve with some crusty bread and a baby greens salad…oh, and some great wine.
    2) TJ’s Bay Blend coffee – It comes in a tall, blue can. I stock up on six large cans each trip.
    3) Candy Cane Trader Joe Joes Cookies – only available during the Winter season. YUM!

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