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Mustafa vs NTUC Part 2: Is it Really a Good Idea to Buy Your Groceries at Mustafa?

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Ah, Mustafa… a magician’s hat filled with low cost goodies. Whenever someone asks where to buy cheap electronics, change currency at a good rate or save money on their toiletries, somebody is sure to mention Mustafa.

It’s like a religion—nobody questions the fact that Mustafa offers the best rates in town. For those who’ve been thinking of ditching the local supermarket for Mustafa, here’s the lowdown on whether some of these popular products are really that much cheaper.

Product

Mustafa

FairPrice / Unity Pharmacy

Fisherman’s Friend

$1.60

$1.60

Oral-B Essential Floss

$4.80

$5.60

Cetaphil cleanser

$14.90 (473ml) / 2 for $27.80

$21.50 (500 ml)

Dove Shower Cream

$4.50 (500ml)

$10.70 (1l) (on offer $21.50 for 2 x 1l)

Gillette Venus razor cartridges

$11.90 (4 pack)

$15.50 (3 pack)

Gillette Venus Embrace razor

$18.90

$19.50

Nutella

$7.90 (825g)

$9.95 (on offer $8.20) (750g)

San Remo spaghetti

$2.50

$2.40 (on offer 2.05)

Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Oyster Sauce 510g

$3.70

$3.70

Granulated Palm Sugar 200g

$1.85

$1.90

Dilmah Tea 100 bags

$5.30

$6.30 (on offer 4.45)

Lipton Yellow Label Tea 100 bags

$4.90

$5.65

Twinings Pure Camomile 25 bags

$7.50

$7.50

Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 litre

$20.45

$21.70

Borges Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 litre

$14.30

$16.20 (on offer 13.90)

Marigold Fresh Milk 2l

$5.45

$5.95 (on offer 5.15)

Meiji Fresh Milk 830ml

$3.10

$3.05  (on offer: buy 2 and get 0.55 off)

The Verdict

Based on the above survey, it appears that the base prices of many of Mustafa’s basic grocery items are indeed cheaper than NTUC’s. The strength of NTUC, however, is that items go on sale so often that prices often dip below Mustafa’s.

NTUC does have another advantage, though—while many of its branded items are slightly more expensive than Mustafa’s unless they’re on sale, it has the advantage in the form of their house brand for many products.

On the other hand, Mustafa tends to sell certain things like spices and condiments in bulk. For example, you can get a whopping 1 kg’s worth of chilli powder for just $6.90 at Mustafa.

Bottom line? If you just want the cheapest item and don’t care about brands, stick to NTUC house brands. Also, if you are focused on using your credit card for grocery savings, there’s a higher chance you’ll be rewarded at NTUC.

If you’re buying branded items, check the NTUC Fairprice website to see if what you want is on sale, and then hit up Mustafa if it isn’t.

Unless, of course, you do your groceries at 3am like I do.

Do you buy groceries at Mustafa? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

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