The Proof Is In The Price

By Brian Friel

February 1, 1997

Prices posted on common items found on the shelves of government and commercial supermarkets in Northern Virginia shortly before Christmas show why the military prizes its commissary shopping privileges.

Item Supermarket Commissary
Deodorant Solid XX
Baby Fresh 1.7 oz.
$2.19 $1.09
Big G Basic 4
Cereal
$3.99 $1.99
Folgers Instant Coffee
Regular 8 oz.
$5.49 $3.19
Hidden Valley
Original Ranch
1 oz.
$1.25 $0.59
Kraft Cheez Whiz 16 oz. $3.99 $2.19
Nabisco Air Crisps
Cheese Nips
$2.69 $1.39
Nestle Mini Morsels
12 oz.
$2.49 $1.39
Ocean Spray
Whole Cranberry
Sauce 16 oz.
$1.19 $0.79
Orville Redenbacher
Microwave
Butter Popcorn
3 pack
$2.59 $0.99
Shake N Bake
Buffalo Wings
$2.19 $1.33
Tylenol Extra Strength
Caplets 50 ct
$5.99 $3.99
SOURCE: Military City Online

By Brian Friel

February 1, 1997

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