Aldi's, dollar general store, and my local grocery store are are fairly comparable here. the local grocery store gets 4 lb bags on sale for $1.39 at least once a month. Aldi's and dollar general are slightly more expensive, but both are cheaper than walmart.
I don't know about your local area, but perhaps my experience will help.
We decided to buy about 100 pounds of sugar, which isn't enough to get a bulk price on in our area, and there wasn't a group buy going on. We expected that buying in a 25 or 50 pound bag would be cheaper, but when we checked, we discovered the warehouse club prices on 25 and 50 pound bags was the same per pound as 5 pound bags in most of the grocery stores. Surprisingly, in some stores larger bags actually cost more per pound than smaller bags. Nobody seemed to have a sale going on, so we went with the grocery store that had the lowest per-pound price.
We figure we have enough to take our two hives through the year, and for next year will be jumping on the opportunity if our local group does a group buy.
My point? Make sure you do the math. The places you expect to be cheapest may not be.
Certainly not at WalMart! Our local WM store sells sugar at $0.65+/ lb., while the local Dillons (Kroger) is around $0.45-$0.50. They are the best deal in this area, anyway. Those of you in ornear metro areas have more options that we do.
Village Market (grocery store) in Wellington has it on sale for $1.99 for a 5 lb. bag once in a great while . . . just be sure to leave me some! I've also bought 4 lb. bags on sale for 1.99 once in awhile just about everywhere else. I stock-up on the 5 pounders when I can. Christmas cookie making season seems to be the best time to get the best prices on sugar around here.
Costco has been the lowest price, consistently, in thes parts.... generally around 24.00 or so for a 50# bag. Plus, the cashiers don't look at you funny when you roll up with that much sugar in your cart!
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