Our grocery list is a yellow pad of paper that sits on our kitchen console table. It’s realtime. By that I mean it gets updated as we discover we’ve run out of something or (ideally) when we use the last of something. Here is the complete list of things we put on the list from Fri, May 27 to Thurs, Jun 2. Yes, yes, a couple of things were added in the week.

Legend
The rows shaded in beige are the items we couldn’t find on GoodGuide.
The rows shaded in yellow are the items we couldn’t find in our local stores.

Item

Usual Brand (Rating) Usual Price Good Brand (Rating)- or the brand we bought because we couldn’t find the Good Brand Good Price Price Change

(+/-)

Mac and Cheese Kraft (4.9) $1.79 Annie’s Home Grown (6.3) $2.59 $0.80
Cream Cheese Philadelphia Lite (7) $5.79 Philadelphia Lite (7) $5.79 $0.00
>>> We actually looked for Nancy’s Organic (6.2) because it scored higher on the environment and society categories, but we couldn’t find it. Philadelphia was still an acceptable option.
Rice Cakes Quaker (5.9) $2.29 Lundberg (8.1) $3.79 $1.50
O-Shaped Cereal Cheerios Multigrain (7.1) $3.99 Nature’s Path Heritage O’s (8.6) $4.49 $0.50
2% Milk Baxters – owned by Saputo (3) $5.99 Northumberland (unrated) $5.99 $0.00
Skim Milk Baxters – owned by Saputo (3) $5.99 Northumberland (unrated) $5.99 $0.00
>>> Milk was an interesting one. GoodGuide suggested Clover Stonetta, Lactaid or Stonyfield – none of which are available here. We’ve always bought Baxters because it’s local. I actually used to work there. However, it has since been bought by Saputo, which had horrible scores for other products on GoodGuide. That left us with Neilson Organic or Northumberland. Buying organic milk isn’t such a big deal in Canada as growth hormones are prohibited in all milk, so we opted for local Northumberland in the hopes that this would reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. More investigation on Northumberland is required.
Dish Soap Green Works (8.1) $2.79 Seventh Generation (8.3) $2.79 $0.00
>>> We tried to find Method(9.2) and Miessence(8.7) before settling on Seventh Generation.
Sweet Potato Fries McCains (6.8) $4.99 Alexia (5.8) $4.99 $0.00
>>> This was our only real mistake in my opinion. Locally owned McCains scored alright overall, but had poor scores for toxic spills, which really bothered me. It pained me to turn my back on a local employer. Nonetheless, we tried to find Ore Ida(7.5) at 4 different stores before settling for Alexia(5.8) from the organic section at Superstore. When we got home and checked it on GoodGuide, it scored worse than McCains in both the environment and society categories. I guess we fell prey to good product placement on this one. Never again though! Going forward, we’ll find a better alternative or start making our own fries.
Cheddar Cheese No Name (unrated) $9.19 No Name (unrated) $9.19 $0.00
>>> We looked for Organic Valley(6.6) and Lucerne(6.1) before settling for our unrated No Name brand.  No Name is Superstore’s discount private label. More investigation on store brands is required.
Baby Teething Biscuits Baby Mum Mums – owned by Want Want Foods (unrated) $3.19 Healthy Times (7.3) $2.99 -$0.20
Diapers Pampers (5.8) $16.99 Pampers (5.8) $16.99 $0.00
>>> Alright, this is my big confession area. We cloth diapered our daughter and we now cloth diaper our son. Cloth diapering is an eco-friendly alternative and saves us a bundle on diapers. The only problem, our son wets A LOT at night time and we can’t seem to stuff enough inserts into the cloth diapers to keep him dry. We’ve tried Seventh Generation(8.4) along with several other brands, but nothing keeps him dry all night except Pampers Baby Dry. So, I’ll admit that we could have bought Seventh Generation diapers – and we would have if we used diapers in the daytime – but I am not willing to get up in the night more than I already do to change wet pajamas and crib sheets. So, we bought Pampers Baby Dry. So sue me.
Crackers Nabisco Vegetable Thins (4.8) $3.29 Kashi Heart to Heart (7.7)

 

$4.69 $1.40
Black Beans No Name (unrated) $1.29 Eden Foods (8) $2.69 $1.40
>>> I’d just like to add that these were the most delicious black beans ever and well worth the extra $1.40 for taste alone.
Peanut Butter Kraft Organic (5.5) $4.99 Kraft Organic (5.5) $4.99 $0.00
>>> We tried to find Santa Cruz(7.3) and Kettle Foods(7) before settling on our usual Kraft Organic. Kraft scores above average in the environment and society categories, so we felt alright about this.
Hamburgers PC Blue Menu (unrated) $9.99 PC Blue Menu (unrated) $9.99 $0.00
>>> We tried to find Applegate Organic(6) before settling on our usual unrated PC Blue Menu burgers.  PC, or Presidents Choice, is Superstore’s premium private label.  More investigation on store brands is required.
Sugar Redpath (unrated) $3.39 Redpath (unrated) $3.39 $0.00
>>> I think I mentioned that sugar was missing from GoodGuide altogether. More investigation on Redpath is required.
Baby Food – Purees Earth’s Best Organic (6.7) $0.99 Baby Gourmet $1.49 $0.50
>>> I was very surprised to see that the Earth’s Best brand didn’t score well in the environment and society categories. We looked everywhere for Homemade Baby(7.8), Plum Organics(7.6), HappyBaby(7.4), Petite Palate(7.4) and Nature’s Goodness(7.1) before settling on a new local brand called Baby Gourmet. More research is required on this brand.
Rice Cereal Heinz (6.2) $3.69 Tasty Baby Tasty Dream (7) $3.99 $0.30
Barley Cereal Heinz (6.2) $3.69 Tasty Baby Tasty Dream (7) $3.99 $0.30
Vanilla Soy Milk So Good Lite (unrated) $2.15 Edensoy (7.5) $2.99 $0.84
Baby Juice No Name (unrated) $1.49 No Name (unrated) $1.49 $0.00
>>> We tried to find Beechnut(6.9) and Bolthouse Farms(6.7) before settling on our unrated No Name brand.  No Name is Superstore’s discount private label. More investigation on store brands is required.
Ketchup Heinz (6.2) $3.99 Heinz (6.2) $3.99 $0.00
>>> I think I mentioned that ketchup was missing from GoodGuide altogether.
Frozen Corn No Name (unrated) $3.49 Green Giant (6.3) $3.99 $0.50
Total Cost: $105.43 $113.27 $7.84

Note: We also had 7 produce items on our list, which we’ve removed for analysis purposes.

 

Item

Usual Brand (Rating) Usual Price Good Brand (Rating)

- or the brand we bought because we couldn’t find the Good Brand

Good Price Price Change

(+/-)

Mac and Cheese Kraft (4.9) $1.79 Annie’s Home Grown (6.3) $2.59 $0.80
Cream Cheese Philadelphia Lite (7) $5.79 Philadelphia Lite (7) $5.79 $0.00
We actually looked for Nancy’s Organic (6.2) because it scored higher on the environment and society categories, but we couldn’t find it. Philadelphia was still an acceptable option.
Rice Cakes Quaker (5.9) $2.29 Lundberg (8.1) $3.79 $1.50
O-Shaped Cereal Cheerios Multigrain (7.1) $3.99 Nature’s Path Heritage O’s (8.6) $4.49 $0.50
2% Milk Baxters – owned by Saputo (3) $5.99 Northumberland (unrated) $5.99 $0.00
Skim Milk Baxters – owned by Saputo (3) $5.99 Northumberland (unrated) $5.99 $0.00
Milk was an interesting one. GoodGuide suggested Clover Stonetta, Lactaid or Stonyfield – none of which are available here. We’ve always bought Baxters because it’s local. I actually used to work there. However, it has since been bought by Saputo, which had horrible scores for other products on GoodGuide. That left us with Neilson Organic or Northumberland. Buying organic milk isn’t such a big deal in Canada as growth hormones are prohibited in all milk, so we opted for local Northumberland in the hopes that this would reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emmissions. We’ll continue to research this one.
Dish Soap Green Works (8.1) $2.79 Seventh Generation (8.3) $2.79 $0.00
We tried to find Method(9.2) and Miessence(8.7) before settling on Seventh Generation.
Sweet Potato Fries McCains (6.8) $4.99 Alexia (5.8) $4.99 $0.00
This was our only real mistake in my opinion. Locally owned McCains scored alright overall, but had poor scores for toxic spills, which really bothered me. It pained me to turn my back on a local employer. Nonetheless, we tried to find Ore Ida(7.5) at 4 different stores before settling for Alexia(5.8) from the organic section at Superstore. When we got home and checked it on GoodGuide, it scored worse than McCains in both the environment and society categories. I guess we fell prey to good product placement on this one. Never again though! Going forward, we’ll find a better alternative or start making our own fries.
Cheddar Cheese No Name (unrated) $9.19 No Name (unrated) $9.19 $0.00
We looked for Organic Valley(6.6) and Lucerne(6.1) before settling for our unrated No Name brand. More research is required on this one.
Baby Teething Biscuits Baby Mum Mums – owned by Want Want Foods (unrated) $3.19 Healthy Times (7.3) $2.99 -$0.20
Diapers Pampers (5.8) $16.99 Pampers (5.8) $16.99 $0.00
Alright, this is my big confession area. We cloth diapered our daughter and we now cloth diaper our son. Cloth diapering is an eco-friendly alternative and saves us a bundle on diapers. The only problem, our son wets A LOT at night time and we can’t seem to stuff enough inserts into the cloth diapers to keep him dry. We’ve tried Seventh Generation(8.4) along with several other brands, but nothing keeps him dry all night except Pampers Baby Dry. So, I’ll admit that we could have bought Seventh Generation diapers – and we would have if we used diapers in the daytime – but I am not willing to get up in the night more than I already do to change wet pajamas and crib sheets. So, we bought Pampers Baby Dry. So sue me.
Crackers Nabisco Vegetable Thins (4.8) $3.29 Kashi Heart to Heart (7.7)

 

$4.69 $1.40
Black Beans No Name (unrated) $1.29 Eden Foods (8) $2.69 $1.40
I’d just like to add that these were the most delicious black beans ever and well worth the extra $1.40 for taste alone.
Peanut Butter Kraft Organic (5.5) $4.99 Kraft Organic (5.5) $4.99 $0.00
We tried to find Santa Cruz(7.3) and Kettle Foods(7) before settling on our usual Kraft Organic. Kraft scores above average in the environment and society categories, so we felt alright about this.
Hamburgers PC Blue Menu (unrated) $9.99 PC Blue Menu (unrated) $9.99 $0.00
We tried to find Applegate Organic(6) before settling on our usual unrated PC Blue Menu burgers. More investigation on store labels is required.
Sugar Redpath (unrated) $3.39 Redpath (unrated) $3.39 $0.00
I think I mentioned that sugar was missing from GoodGuide altogether.
Baby Food – Purees Earth’s Best Organic (6.7) $0.99 Baby Gourmet $1.49 $0.50
I was very surprised to see that the Earth’s Best brand didn’t score well in the environment and society categories. We looked everywhere for Homemade Baby(7.8), Plum Organics(7.6), HappyBaby(7.4), Petite Palate(7.4) and Nature’s Goodness(7.1) before settling on a new local brand called Baby Gourmet. More research is required on this brand.
Rice Cereal Heinz (6.2) $3.69 Tasty Baby Tasty Dream (7) $3.99 $0.30
Barley Cereal Heinz (6.2) $3.69 Tasty Baby Tasty Dream (7) $3.99 $0.30
Vanilla Soy Milk So Good Lite (unrated) $2.15 Edensoy (7.5) $2.99 $0.84
Baby Juice No Name (unrated) $1.49 No Name (unrated) $1.49 $0.00
We tried to find Beechnut(6.9) and Bolthouse Farms(6.7) before settling on our unrated No Name brand. More research is required on store labels.
Ketchup Heinz (6.2) $3.99 Heinz (6.2) $3.99 $0.00
I think I mentioned that ketchup was missing from GoodGuide altogether.
Frozen Corn No Name (unrated) $3.49 Green Giant (6.3) $3.99 $0.50
Total Cost: $105.43 $113.27 $7.84

 

Note: We also had 7 produce items on our list, which we’ve removed for analysis purposes.

4 Responses to Carl and Andrea’s Grocery List

  1. Julie says:

    Wow, Andrea! This is really interesting. I recently was diagnosed with a variety of food allergies and I’m currently doing an elimination diet to rid my system of those allergens, so I’ve been investigating a lot of foods. It would be interesting to see the different brands available in Oregon versus Toronto area. And I love Eden beans too! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi Julie. Thanks so much for your comments. Please keep them coming. GoodGuide is California-based, so I’m guessing you might have better luck finding the brands in Oregon – not really sure though. If you try it, will you let us know how you make out? I’m curious.

    I’m sorry to hear about your food allergies. As an aside, a close friend just started seeing a naturopath for treatment of the allergies he’s had all of his life. They’re doing acupuncture and its working! You may already be aware of all these techniques. If not and you would like more details, drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with him.

  3. I love the way you presented your post above. You are a blog ruler!

  4. Andrea says:

    Thanks so much for your comment. I hope the information was useful.

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