The average family of four spends about $150 a week on groceries, according to Gallup surveys, so it would be great to get the most bang for your buck.

As an occasional feature, I am going to do a spot check on select items at various stores to get a snapshot of how much things cost during any given week.

Today's is a grocery bag of staples a small family might buy.

I chose the cheapest of each item, which was often the store brand.

Some product sizes varied, so I adjusted the prices by figuring out the price per ounce and multiplying it by the number of ounces that matched the other stores.

Prices - listed below with regular price first, followed by club card price when applicable - were recorded on Wednesday and Thursday.

Next up: I'll check out prices of spring cleaning supplies.

Star reporter Angela Pittenger shares tips, ideas and news about how Tucson consumers can find value and stretch their budgets. Send suggestions, ideas or questions to her at or 573-4137. Plus, join the discussion with Pittenger on her blog, at, where she shares her progress in trying to save more money this year for her family.