Comparing grocery prices during case lot sale season takes hours of my time, but it sure is an eye opener. Because Fresh Market is having their case lot sale this week I've put their prices in the spreadsheet. And gathered the regular prices of Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco as well as food storage companies such as the U.S. LDS Home Storage Centers, Emergency Essentials (March sale going on now), Shelf Reliance - Thrive (Utah), and Blue Chip (Utah). I don't think it matters much that I don't have the other grocery store case lot prices yet. I think the numbers speak for themselves.
Personally I only buy a few case lot items during case lot sales as you will see you can get similarly priced items all the time at Walmart, and sometimes Costco or Sam's Club.
I found it very interesting that Walmart prices hardly went up since last August. I talked with a Krafts food representative at the store while I was there and he said his items have been creeping up in price. I believe your food storage can still be affordable if you put the basics aside.
It's always funny to me how official I look to people when I walk around with a clipboard in my hands. They usually ask me if I can help them find an item in the store. :-) I know I should get paid for this, but that would take the fun out of it and make it a job instead of a service. A little thank you is all I need.
Spring 2010 Grocery Store Case Lot Sale & Food Storage Price Comparison list pdf or excel