Grocery Hunt: Searching for the best part of waking up

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Hello! Welcome to Week Eight of the Grocery Hunt, Manchester Ink Link’s guide to Manchester-area grocery stores.

Earlier this week, we asked our readers to give us five specific grocery items and five separate Manchester-area grocery stores so we could find the prices and availability of those items.

We’re also tracking the prices and availability of each item week by week with the hopes of finding the local grocery store with the best prices and best availability for items that our readers are looking for.

Before we begin, here are some caveats.

  • All prices were checked on Thursday, Feb. 23 from approximately 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Prices and item availability may change without notice.
  • Items may have been available during the aforementioned time but could not be found. Within this column, all efforts available to an ordinary grocery shopper were made to find the item. If you see an error here, please e-mail a picture of the item and the price tag to andy@manchesterinklink.com
  • Unless asked for a specifically-sized item by a reader, situations where stores have different amounts of the exact same item will be compared by weight or volume. If stores have multiple sizes of that item, the average cost per weight or volume will be used. Averaged prices are rounded to nearest hundredth of a cent.
3D Doritos are located at entrance of Hannaford.

3D Doritos

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – 2 for $5

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – n/a

Shaw’s: 570 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH – n/a

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – n/a

Aldi: 1111 S. Willow St., Manchester, NH – n/a


Walmart had the best price for Eggland’s Best during Week 8.

Egg-land’s Best Eggs (one dozen)

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – $2.67

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – $2.89

Shaw’s: 570 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH – $3.79

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – $3.99

Aldi: 1111 S. Willow St., Manchester, NH – n/a


Shaw’s had the best prices on beef short ribs this week.

Beef Short Ribs

Shaw’s: 570 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH – $6.99 lb.

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – $7.99 lb.

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – n/a

Aldi: 1111 S. Willow St., Manchester, NH – n/a

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – n/a


Folgers Ground Coffee

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – $0.28 per oz. ($2.99, 10.3 oz.; $6.95, 25.4 oz.)

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – $0.29 per oz. ($2.99, 10.3 oz.)

Shaw’s: 570 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH – $0.38 per oz. ($4.99, 11.3 oz.; $9.99, 30.5 oz.)

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – $0.32 per oz. ($3.92, 11.3 oz.; $3.98, 10.3 oz.; $6.96, 24.2 oz.; $9.96, 37 oz.)

Aldi: 1111 S. Willow St., Manchester, NH – n/a


The Market Basket octopus is located in the freezer between the seafood section and the meat section.

Octopus

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – $5.99 lb.

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – $7.99 lb.

Shaw’s: 570 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH – n/a

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – n/a

Aldi: 1111 S. Willow St., Manchester, NH – n/a


Times with Best Price (Year-to-Date) (After Week 8)

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – 13.5

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – 6

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – 3.5

Aldi: 1111 S. Willow St., Manchester, NH – 2.5

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – 1.5

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – 1

Hannaford: 7 Kilton Rd, Bedford, NH 03110 – 1

Shaw’s: 570 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH – 1

Hannaford: 140 Bicentennial Dr, Manchester, NH – 0

Target: 220 S River Rd, Bedford, NH – 0

Bunny’s Superette: 75 Webster St., Manchester, NH – 0

Saigon Asian Market: 476 Union St., Manchester, NH – 0

Year-to-Date Item Availability Scores (After Week 8)

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – 25

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – 20

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – 19

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – 8

Aldi: 1111 S. Willow St., Manchester, NH – 6

Shaw’s: 570 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH – 6

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – 4

Hannaford: 7 Kilton Rd, Bedford, NH 03110 – 3

Hannaford: 140 Bicentennial Dr, Manchester, NH – 2

Target: 220 S River Rd, Bedford, NH – 2

Bunny’s Superette: 75 Webster St., Manchester, NH – 1

Saigon Asian Market: 476 Union St., Manchester, NH – 0

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