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Walmart at bottom of supermarket ratings

Consumer Reports surveys subscribers about grocery store satisfaction

Walmart may be America's largest grocer, but bigger may not be better.
Walmart may be America's largest grocer, but bigger may not be better.

Walmart may be America's largest grocer, but bigger may not be better. 

Walmart landed at the bottom of the ratings of 55 supermarkets, according to a Consumer Reports survey of 27,000 subscribers.

Readers were asked about overall satisfaction, price, cleanliness, quality of perishables and service.

Walmart got low marks for meat and produce quality.

"Many people were drawn to Walmart because of its low prices, but when we surveyed out subscribers, we found that people thought that the prices were as low or even lower at other grocery chains," said Consumer Reports' Tod Marks.

Wegmans, an east-coast store, got the highest rating of 88, on a scale of 0 to 100.

Trader Joes came in second, earning a score of 87. Shoppers particularly liked the prices and service there.

"It's definitely a lot cheaper, especially for young college students, "said San Antonio shopper Rene Hyde.

Costco and Sprouts got an 84 while HEB got an 81 and Whole Foods got an 80.

Target scored a 77 out of 100 while Walmart scored the lowest at 67.

No matter where you shop, there are ways to cut costs.

If you buy store brands, you'll save about 20 percent.

Skipping cut up fruits and vegetables can save money.  A cantaloupe that costs $1 a pound whole can be $4.99 a pound cut up.

And the best way to determine which package is the better deal, check the unit pricing.


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