Walmart vs Target Grocery Shopping Comparisons – 2013

In last years battle between the two retail giants, I discovered rather unsurprisingly that Walmart had an edge across the board in overall pricing.  I also discovered Walmart’s stock is much bigger and the store stays busier perhaps helped by the fact that Target tends to close at 10 while Walmart basically stays open around the clock.  In addition, I also made note of the fact that while things were generally cheaper at Walmart, Target was certainly cheap enough and had a big enough inventory that if one wanted to do their grocery shopping there, they certainly could.  With that said, how do the two rivals compare to each other as well as last year’s pricing?  Let’s find out…

(Note: * = a change in outcome from last year; ** = newly listed grocery item that wasn’t listed last year)

Round 1: Health Care

Suave 22.5 oz Shampoo: $1.50 – Walmart (compared to $1.46 in 2012)

Suave 22.5 oz Shampoo: $1.52 – Target (compared to $1.49 in 2012)

Head and Shoulders 14.2 oz Shampoo: $4.97 – Walmart (compared to $4.97 in 2012)

Head and Shoulders 14.2 oz Shampoo: $4.68 – Target (was the lowest price for the Head & Shoulders that worked as a replacement for one of the Suave varities; compared to $4.49 in 2012)

Crest Cavity Protection 6.4 oz Toothpaste: $1.96 – Walmart (compared to $1.96 for an 8.2 oz Toothpaste of the same variety in 2012; that’s 30.6 cents per ounce)

*Crest Cavity Protection 8.2 oz Toothpaste: $2.49 – Target (compared to $2.49 in 2012; that’s 30.3 cents per ounce)

Oral B Floss (50 M): $2.27 – Walmart (compared to $3.37 in 2012 for 40 meter floss)

*Oral B Floss (50 M): $1.99 – Target (compared to $3.39 in 2012 for 40 meter floss)

Scott Toilet Paper (4 Rolls): $3.98 – Walmart (compared to $3.98 in 2012)

Scott Toilet Paper (4 Rolls): $3.99 – Target (compared to $3.99 in 2012)

Health Care Total: $14.68 – Walmart (compared to $15.74 in 2012)

*Health Care Total: $14.67 – Target (compared to $15.85 in 2012)

Round 2: Cats

Fancy Feast Cans: $0.53 – Walmart (compared to $0.58 in 2012)

Fancy Feast Cans: $0.55 – Target (price cut; compared to $0.77 in 2012)

Temptation Treats .98g: $1.50 – Walmart (compared to $1.74 in 2012)

Temptation Treats .98g: $1.52 – Target (compared to $1.54 in 2012)

Cats Pride 20lb. Cat Litter (Cheapest): $6.92 – Walmart (compared to $6.22 in 2012)

*Boots & Barkley 20lb. Cat Litter (Cheapest): $6.49 – Target (compared to $7.29 in 2012)

Cats Total: $8.95 – Walmart (compared to $8.54 in 2012)

*Cats Total: $8.56 – Target (compared to $9.60 in 2012)

Round 3: Cleaning Supplies

Gain Powder Detergent (40 Loads): $5.97 – Walmart (compared to $6.84 in 2012; $5.97 comes out to 15 cents per load)

Gain Powder Detergent (80 Loads): $9.99 – Target (compared to $10.99 in 2012 for 68 loads; $9.99 comes out to 12.5 cents per load)

Gain Dryer Sheets (80 Sheets): $3.97 – Walmart (compared to $3.97 in 2012; $3.97 comes out to 5 cents per sheet)

Gain Dryer Sheets (120 Sheets): $4.89 – Target (compared to $4.89 in 2012; $4.89 comes out to 4 cents per sheet)

Clorox 35 Wipes: $2.48 – Walmart (compared to $2.48 in 2012)

*Clorox 35 Wipes: $2.24 – Target (compared to $2.64 in 2012)

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner (24 oz): $1.97 – Walmart (compared to $1.97 in 2012; $1.97 comes out to about 8.2 cents an ounce)

Clorox Bathroom Cleaner (30 oz): $2.79 – Target (compared to $1.97 in 2012 for the Toilet Bowl Cleaner.  I simply could not find it this year; $2.79 comes out to 9.3 cents an ounce)

Dawn 38 oz Liquid: $3.97 – Walmart (compared to $3.97 in 2012)

Dawn 38 oz Liquid: $3.99 – Target (price cut; compared to $2.55 in 2012 for a 24 oz bottle of Dawn)

Pledge Wipes (24 wipes): $3.37 – Walmart (compared to $3.37 in 2012)

Pledge Wipes (24 wipes): $3.39 – Target (compared to $3.39 in 2012)

Purex Crystals (28 loads): $4.76 – Walmart (compared $4.76 in 2012 for 32 loads)

Purex Crystals (28 loads): $4.79 – Target (compared to $4.89 in 2012 for 32 loads)

Windex: $2.87 – Walmart (compared to $2.87 in 2012)

Windex: $2.49 – Target (compared to $2.49 in 2012)

Cleaning Supplies Total: $29.36 – Walmart (compared to $30.23 in 2012)…While I reward Walmart with this round, keep in mind that some of the items at Target actually end up saving you money because it’s in larger quantities.

Cleaning Supplies Total: $34.57 – Target (compared to $33.81 in 2012)

Round 4: Breakfast Items

*Eggo Waffles (10 waffles): $2.38 – Walmart (compared to $2.38 in 2012)

Eggo Waffles (10 waffles): $2.54 – Target (compared to $2.34 to in 2012)

Roddenbery’s Northwood’s Original Syrup (24 oz) (cheapest and less expensive than store brand): $2.18 – Walmart (compared to $1.67 in 2012)

Market Pantry Syrup (24 oz) (cheapest/store brand): $2.39 – Target (compared to $2.54 in 2012)

Sunny Meadows Eggs (1 dozen): $1.88 – Walmart (compared to $1.68 in 2012)

*Market Pantry Large (1 dozen): $1.69 – Target (compared to $2.79 in 2012 for a dozen of Eggland’s Best Eggs).

*Great Value Bacon: $3.48 – Walmart (compared to $2.98 in 2012 for Carolina Pride Bacon)

Market Pantry Fully Cooked Bacon: $3.59 – Target (compared to $2.54 in 2012 for what I believe to be the store brand as well)

Breakfast Items Total: $9.92 – Walmart (compared to $7.04 in 2012 for very similar items)

Breakfast Items Total: $10.21 – Target (compared to $7.67 in 2012)

Round 5: Meats 

(Note: Target does not have as big of a selection of meats so I just tried my best to make the most similar comparisons that I could)

Hamburger 1lb. (80/20): $3.68 – Walmart (compared to the lowest price for hamburger that I could find that was also $3.68 in 2012)

Hamburger 1lb. (80/20): $3.69 – Target (compared to $3.59 in 2012)

Cube Steak: $4.49 – Walmart (compared to $3.74 in 2012 which was the lowest price at the time)

Beef for Sandwich Steak: $5.27 – Target (compared to $5.98 in 2012)

Boneless Pork Chops: $3.68 – Walmart (compared to $4.16 in 2012)

Boneless Pork Chops: $4.99 – Target (compared to $4.22 in 2012)

Eye of Round Steak (about 8 pieces): $10.41 – Walmart ($1.30 per piece; compared to $6.89 in 2012 for the lowest priced of same type)

Chuck Tender Steak (4 pieces): $5.99 – Target ($1.50 per piece; compared to $5.39 for price cut steak in 2012)

**Tyson 23.2 oz Chicken Breast: $6.98 – Walmart

**Gold’n Plump 20 oz Chicken: $6.99 – Target

Meat Total: $22.46 + **$6.98 =29.24 – Walmart (compared to $18.47 in 2012 for everything minus the chicken)

Meat Total: $19.94 + **$6.99 = 26.93 – Target (compared to $19.18 in 2012 for everything minus the chicken)…Technically Target did come out cheaper but again Walmart has a bigger selection and in the case of steak, there was more pieces in the pack so that’s something to keep in mind.

Round 6: Snacks

**Lay’s Potato Chips (8.5 oz) (all varieties): $2.68 – Walmart (compared to $1.80 for 9 oz Wise Chips in 2012)

Lay’s Potato Chips (10 oz) (some varieties): $2.50 – Target (compared to $3.00 for price cut Lay’s in 2012)

Lays Potato Chips Variety Pack (20 count): $5.98 – Walmart (compared to $6.48 in 2012)

Lays Potato Chips Variety Pack (20 count): $6.99 – Target (compared to $5.99 price cut Variety Pack in 2012)

Goldfish (6.6 oz): $1.98 – Walmart (compared to $1.98 in 2012)

Goldfish (6.6 oz): $1.99 – Target (compared to $1.89 in 2012)

Snacks Total: $10.64 – Walmart (compared to $10.84 in 2012)

Snacks Total: $11.48 – Target (compared to $11.38 in 2012)

Round 7: Beverages

Coca Cola Drinks (2 Liter): $1.38 – Walmart (compared to $1.28 in 2012)

Coca Cola Drinks (2 Liter): $1.00 – Target (compared to $1.89 in 2012)

Pepsi Drinks (2 Liter): $1.48 – Walmart (compared to $1.48 in 2012)

Pepsi Drinks (2 Liter): $1.25 – Target (compared to $1.79 in 2012)

Powerade (32 oz): $0.80 – Walmart (compared to $0.88 in 2012)

Powerade (32 oz): $1.02 – Target (compared to $1.02 in 2012)

**Gatorade (32 oz): $1.00 – Walmart (I’m 99% sure that the price was also a $1 in 2012)

**Gatorade (32 oz): $1.29 – Target

Gold Peak Sweet Tea (59 oz): $2.00 – Walmart (compared to $2.00 in 2012)

Gold Peak Sweet Tea (59 oz): $2.59 – Target (compared to $3.14 in 2012)

Seagram’s Ginger Ale (2 Liter): $1.00 – Walmart (compared to $1.00 in 2012)

Seagram’s Ginger Ale (2 Liter): $1.00 – Target (compared to $1.99 in 2012)

Beverages Total: $7.66 – Walmart (compared to $7.64 in 2012)

Beverages Total: $8.15 – Target (compared to $9.83 for everything in 2012 minus Gatorade)

**Round 8: Dairy

Yoplait Yogurt (6 oz): $0.60 – Walmart (compared to $0.58 in 2012)

Yoplait Yorgurt (6 oz): $0.59 – Target (compared to $0.50 in 2012)

**Sargento 8 oz Mild Cheddar Shredded Cheese: $2.58 – Walmart

**Market Pantry 8 oz Shredded Cheese: $2.59 – Target

Great Value Milk (1/2 Gallon, any kind): $2.36 – Walmart (compared to $2.46 in 2012)

Market Pantry Milk (1/2 Gallon, any kind): $2.59 – Target (compared to $2.39 in 2012)

Great Value Milk (1 Gallon, any kind): $3.85 – Walmart (compared to $3.46 in 2012)

Market Pantry Milk (1 Gallon, any kind): $3.89 – Target (compared to $3.49 in 2012)

Dairy Total: $9.39 – Walmart

Dairy Total: $9.66 – Target

Overall Individual Record for Walmart: 25-13-1 (compared to 22-14-1 record in 2012)

Overall Individual Record for Target: 13-25-1 (compared to a 14-22-1 record in 2012)

Rounds won by Walmart: 5 (compared to 7 in 2012)

Rounds won by Target: 3 (compared to 0 in 2012)

Quick Observations:

  • Target has sales so their prices are more likely to vary.
  • Walmart still has a wider selection of items but Target has made progress.
  • If you’re able to afford to do so, I always recommend to buy in high quantities.  Examples where this is beneficial is to go to Target for detergent and Walmart for steaks as both have a higher quantity of product that will last you longer.

Well that’s all for this addition of Walmart vs Target comparisons.  Thanks for reading.

Update (2/12/14): I see a lot of people are viewing this blog entry.  Is anyone finding any use in my findings?  I haven’t really gotten much feedback.

Update (2/27/14): I will be doing more price comparisons between Walmart and Target for 2014 so if anyone has any requests in terms of what products or what categories I should do a comparison for, I would certainly be willing to do that.

Update (3/31/14): The 2014 Edition has been published!

10 thoughts on “Walmart vs Target Grocery Shopping Comparisons – 2013

  1. Thomas Bailey says:

    I’m surprised this doesn’t have as many comments as it should… This is great information! I see that Walmart beats Target on a lot of prices– by .01… I’ve always gone to Walmart because its ingrained in my head that Walmart has cheaper prices, but it sure doesn’t look like it. Especially with the Target RED card.

    • You’re exactly right, Thomas. I am finishing up my 2014 comparisons and I’ve noticed that Walmart tends to undercut Target by a penny on a number of different things. But the Target Red Card is certainly an interesting x-factor to consider when making a decision as to which store you may want to go to, if either. Thank you very much for visiting and leaving your insightful comment. I certainly appreciate it!

    • You are very welcome, Kristi! I am actually in the process of creating a 2014 edition with all of the products in this 2013 edition and many more products that I’ve added for the 2014 edition. It should be published later on this month.

  2. David says:

    We shop at Target and use the free target loyalty card (5% off purchases). Is there any similar program by Walmart? If not the price gap would be even narrower.

    • Yeah you’re right, David. That is another factor to take into consideration is the fact that Target does have a loyalty card. To my knowledge, Walmart doesn’t have anything like that but their prices do tend to remain a little more consistent than Target. That’s something I’ve observed while doing a price comparison between the two. Thank you for the feedback, David! I certainly appreciate it.

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