My little princess consumes a lot of milk. I buy an average of 2 cans a month and more. The reality is that milk takes up a large portion of the family’s budget. I’ve been thinking lately of hoarding milk so my budget on my baby’s milk stays at a fixed cost.
Sadly, we are often subject to inflation, and manufacturers often pass on this additional cost to unsuspecting consumers.
I did a short but detailed canvass limited to Unimart, Cherry, SM, Mercury Drug and Cash and Carry. We were able to come up with a fair tally for popular infant and toddler formula milk.
I limited the choices to 900 g cans. The data below is based on current items that were displayed on shelf today and limited to the stores that were covered today.
Best Places to Buy Milk at a Bargain Price:
|RANK||GAIN 2||SRP||NO STOCK|
|6||CASH AND CARRY||0||NS|
|RANK||GAIN 3||SRP||NO STOCK|
|6||CASH AND CARRY||632.5|
|RANK||GAIN 4||SRP||NO STOCK|
|3||CASH AND CARRY||573|
|6||CASH AND CARRY||848.7|
|RANK||ISOMIL 2||SRP||NO STOCK|
|6||CASH AND CARRY||764.4|
|RANK||NAN HA1||SRP||NO STOCK|
|4||CASH AND CARRY||0||NS|
|6||CASH AND CARRY||867.4|
|6||CASH AND CARRY||0||NS|
|5||CASH AND CARRY||629.5|
|RANK||PROMIL GOLD||SRP||NO STOCK|
|2||CASH AND CARRY||723.5|
|3||CASH AND CARRY||829.5|
|2||CASH AND CARRY||609.95|
|RANK||S26 LACTOSE FREE||SRP||NO STOCK|
|5||CASH AND CARRY||0||NS|
In terms of winning the distinction of having the most affordable prices for milk. Unimart ranks #1 on our list. They are followed by Cherry Foodarama at #2 and SM at #3 . They stand out as one of the most value for money place to shop for milk powder. Rustan’s, Cash and Carry and Mercury Drug prices are more or less similar to each other and fluctuate as some products are priced either higher or lower.
In terms of availability of products and reliability, Mercury Drug won the category for best supply chain management. They have the most complete range of milk available in the market and limited stock outs.
Cherry Foodarma follows a close 2nd. Cash and Carry is #3 on our list. Unimart and SM both rank number #4. Rustan’s lags behind at #5 and wins the distinction of having the most out of stock items in the milk category.
In terms of the brands of milk availability, there only two brands that we found that are available in all stores: Pediasure and Gain 3.
Difficulty level of getting stocks for certain milk brands.
Easy to Find brands: Gain 2, Isomil and Promil. These brands with only 1 store out of 6 with out of stocks.
Gain 4, Similac, S26 and S26 Lactose free are the brands which have 2 out of 6 stores having stock issues.
Hard to find brands : Nan HA1, Isomil 2, and Promil Gold. These brands are not available in 50% of the stores we check out .
Most Difficult to Find: Progress. This brand are not available in 66% of the stores we covered.
The reality is that It’s more cost efficient to actually stock up on milk for several months than to go out and buy milk last minute at convenience stores which tend to mark-up higher as the consumer pays for the convenience.
I’ve been guilty of buying 1 or 2 cans a month just to stay within the allocated budget. But when I run out of milk, I end up spending more since I have no choice but to go to places like Mercury to buy since the baby needs to drink milk. : )