Which grocery stores do you shop at and why?

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  1. Dinner

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    I admit I have always been a bargain hunter and I never want to pay full price unless there is a damn good reason (like a special occasion dinner or something) or I just have to have something special (like dry aged meat or something) but those special occasions are rare. That is what makes them special. For regular day to day groceries I want good quality at the lowest price possible.

    For most of my day to day shopping I tend to shop at the following markets as they tend to have low prices on every day goods:

    Aldi - Yes, the selection is limited by the small format stores, yes, it is mostly store brands, but, the store brand is usually made by the big name brands and sold under Aldi’s store brand. Plus prices are rock bottom. A regular box of Honey Nut Cheerios is often $4 in California but Aldi’s Honey O’s which is exactly the same (the box is even the same colors) is just $1.09 and the kid can’t tell the difference. A dozen eggs are $0.79 and a gallon of milk is $2.49 hormone free. Those are excellent prices in California.

    Winco - I love this place but I wish they had locations closer to where I live. Prices are almost as low as Aldi’s selection is larger and they especially love to sell meats at low prices. Spiral cut hams, frozen turkeys, frozen chickens, Australia leg of lamb, all can be found at the lowest prices any where.

    Costco - Everyone knows why you go to Costco.

    Trader Joe’s - Mostly for speciality items but they often have good deals on what other stores charge high mark ups as “premium” or “luxury” foods. Plus they have a lot of unique store brand offerings.

    Walmart - Believe it or not Wally World has gone in big on the whole organic thing and brought prices way down. It is also close and convenient. It is a shame about the crowds.

    Smart & Final - Pretty good prices on some basics like pasta and cheeses as long as you don’t mind buying bulk. A three pound block of extra sharp aged cheddar cheese for $10? Yes, please.

    Food4Less - Another low cost leader which I will drive eight miles away to shop at. Winco is better but Winco is twenty something miles away so sometimes food4less wins.

    The regional traditional American style grocery chains like Vons, Ralphs, Lucky’s, and the like I only go to if I absolutely need something right now or if something is marketed as being on sale in their flier. Other than that their prices are high.

    Lastly I check out the ethnic grocery stores but mostly if I see something good in their fliers. The Mexican markets often have good deals on meat, the Asian ones of fish or noodles, the Japanese and Korean ones never seem to have good prices but do offer stuff you can’t buy any where else. Even the Indian market has some decent stuff sometimes. North Park Produce (Mideast owned market focusing on Mideast and Eastern European foods) has dirt cheap produce but you have to sort through to find the decent unbruised stuff.

    Where do you folks shop and why?
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  2. Dinner

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    Oh, I forgot about GTM. It is a local chain which basically is a reseller of stuff they buy at auctions or in bulk. They sell everything, stuff that got returned from major department stores, stuff major chains just wanted to clear out, clothing, dishes, furniture, pots and pans, housewares, clothing, and dry goods. You have to dig to find stuff and to make sure the sets are complete but you will find lots of new stuff still in box for 70%-80% off retail.

    It is kind of like a scavenger hunt.
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    whatever store is easy to out of in heavy traffic when I am done shopping. If I can't make a right hand turn or get to an actual traffic light I won't shop there. Luckily there are several stores that fit this criteria on my way home, when I do most of my shopping.

    That said some stores don't carry certain items, or in the quantities or brands I like, so I have to use different stores depending on what I need to buy. Price is never the deciding factor in my shopping choices.
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    there's a fruit and veggie shop across the street from me for fresh produce... Tony and Theresa's... there's an actual name, but that's what everyone calls it. The building has been in the family for about three generations now, so they aren't going anywhere.

    most of our bakeries have folded around here, but there's a Caribbean place I like for the hard dough bread. Not the greatest, but it's familiar to me as Wonder is to more than a few around here, I'm sure.

    Meat, I get in a few spots... there's a local guy with great chorizo sausage and I can still get a nice roast from, but I've been hitting the new Freshco's lately. They have some good deals on "last day/last chance" steaks and bulky stuff.

    I probably shop differently than a lot of folks. I don't keep more than a few days worth as there are so many options available to me. Being single, it's often almost as cost effective to get take out a few times a week.

    The real estate boom here has closed up a lot of the family businesses the neighbourhood has relied on for generations. Last year was especially hard as both Casa and Mama Reg's (dry goods) had their rents more than doubled, forcing them out after 55 and 40 years, respectively. The place that took over Casa and it's cafe tried to expand to being exclusively a cafe flopped within 10 months despite all the investors involved, while the "pastry lab" that took over Mama's tiny little niche is little more than a cake decorator's, umm... studio? Nobody buys anything there... they just pick it up.
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  6. ed629

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    I usually use Kroger. It's convenient and has good prices. And with their app, I can add coupons to my Kroger Card. As an example, two-three weeks ago I stopped in to buy a few items. When I went by the cheeses, I saw they had Kroger brand cheese 5 for $5. So I opened the app, added the coupon to my card and bought 5 8oz bricks of cheese. They're $2.59 or something like that. Kroger tends to do a 5 for $5 om products here and there. The nice about that, you can buy as many as you want in multiples of 5 on different transactions.

    When I do go shopping for food, I tend to stick to what's on sale. I'll buy something if I need it, but usually do sale items. It does add up though, my receipt will show a total of $35, and my savings on the receipt will usually show anywhere from $15 to $25, or sometimes $30-$35. I think last year my total savings war around $1800 or so.

    There's also an Aldi's about 12 miles from me, I do go there if I'm in the area, usually get stuff like cereal, chips, pasta sauces, etc. And I'll also get some eggs, milk, meat if I know I need them.

    There's also an International Market that about an hour or so away, I'll hit that up once in a while. I get large containers of spices, herbs, raw sugar, and other stuff that I can't find at Kroger. They also have a great seafood department, so I'll buy some seafood that I'll cook over the next 3 or so days. They also have a great meat department, I'll buy steaks since their prices are 1/2 or 2/3's as well. I'll also pick up their in store made chorizo, andouille sausage, italian sausage and their in store made pork rinds. I usually spend around $150 - $200 each time.

    The Publix, I'll stop in if I need one or two things since it's on the way home from work. But generally never go there, prices are a lot higher as in $35 there comes out to about $20-25 at Kroger.

    Anad Walmart, only if I absolutely need to.
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    Safeway
    Target
    (once in a great while) Trader Joe's
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    Same here.
    I have Safeway, A Red Apple Market or IGA, Walmart and an organic store. I shop at all of them. Oh and Ace Hardware sometimes for cleaning supplies.
    Walmart for bathroom items, rarely food unless it is a snack item as I am shopping.
    Safeway-I shop there less and less, but they have the brand coffee creamer I like and some meat selections that are suitable for me.
    IGA-for all veggies, supper great, local selections.
    Bear Foods-same as above and specialty items.
    I also hit up the farmer's markets and fruit/veggie stands in the summer. Those are the best.

    I tried doing the local community garden-but found it was too hot to commit to gardening. : ( I don't handle the heat well. (90 and above)
  10. Dinner

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    My 'hood borders one of Toronto's three or four chinatowns... eating the neighbour's cat is usually called General Tso Chicken.
    @ Mirah slightly different experience. I live here where it's much more a traditional shopping experience. Like, I remember when the meat we had for dinner likely ate breakfast that day....
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    I sure as fuck don’t shop at the local farmer’s market where some dipshit thinks his “organic” onions (which probably means he provides no toilet facilities to his farm workers so they have to shit in the fields) cost $1 each where as down the street I can get three pounds of onions for $1.
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    Walmart Neighborhood market is a half-mile down the street. Great prices (compared to Florida), clean and employees are friendly. Selection sometimes is limited. If I want a few things that Albertson's (which was founded in Boise) has a better selection and brighter decor, but prices are higher. I go there occasionally just to try to preserve a little competition. Winco (also based in Boise) is almost as close as Walmart, but shopping for myself I really don't need the large quantities and the warehouse ambiance isn't my favorite. It's open 24/7, so it's great for late-night shopping when it's not crowded. During the day it's a madhouse.
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    Food Lion, it’s cheap, it’s a half mile from home. Safeway, it’s got shit Food Lion doesn’t have. Target, only when I happen to be in the area. Walmart, open 24/7 shopping for introverts.
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    I shop almost exclusively at a regional chain whose only real competition locally is Walmart and Super Target and it's better than both of them combined. I rarely go to Walmart at all, but I refuse to buy food from there because the lighting and color scheme makes it look unappetizing.

    We have Costco and Sam's Club memberships but I only shop for a few food items there.
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    Stop & Shop. The Shop Rite near us is one of the worst-arranged and worst-run stores in the galaxy (it's true!). A friend was the night-shift stock manager there and he said he could have shut the place down with one call to OSHA. Things like pool chemicals on a shelf above candy. It's also the store where a friend was run over and killed in the parking lot. Sooo we prefer Stop & Shop.

    Hey, did you hear Stop & Shop was going to merge with A&P stores? Yeah, they were gonna call it Stop & P.
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    There used to be a chain of convenience stores here called Stop-N-Go, which everyone called Stop-N-Rob because holdups. :lol:
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    Mostly Target because it’s right by my house, it’s very clean, and I always seem to need non-food items too. It’s handy to be able to get food, socks, a birthday gift for someone, and cookie sheets all in one stop.

    Occasionally I’ll brave all the old folks at Hy-Vee if I’m making a nice dinner and want a better selection of fresh produce/meats.
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    We have Kum & Go here. :calli:
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    Speaking of grocery stores....I happened into this place the other day, not knowing that the owner displays all of his taxidermed animals on top of the shelves:

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    Food Lion generally has the worst selection, but a Food Lion happens to be the very closest grocery store to my house since the nearest Bilo closed down. I go there when I realize at the last minute that I need something. Grocery stores are closing all the time around here - there is a lot of competition!
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    I hate BiLo, though they have an alright deli section. Here’s a real deep cut for southerners, Ingles or A&P.
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    Fred Meyer almost exclusively, and by extension, I'll hit up QFC and other Kroger owned stores when I'm in those respective divisions.
    Rarely, I'll visit Fubonn, an Asian grocery store near my house, for more eclectic items.
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    No Ingles in my town but I have seen them here and there throughout the south. My mom used to shop at A&P when I was a kid in Illinois because (if memory serves) she got cigarette coupons like you would get gas discounts these days. Raleigh cigs I believe!
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    Like most people in my tax bracket I shop at the AMPM mini mart. The one near the freeway.
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    The town where I live only has two grocery stores. Food Lion and BiLo. If I need something quick, and/or am not feeling picky, I go to the Food Lion, because the BiLo is usually more crowded. If I need something halfway decent, or harder to find, I drive a town over and go to Ingles. If I want something nice, I drive two towns over to go to Harris Teeter (Krogers). If I want something really fancy that either can't make myself or don't want to, I drive to the next county to go to the Fresh Market. In any case, I go to Sam's club for bulk stuff and their meat counter.
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    There's a Giant just a quarter-mile from my front door, and Giant is a pretty decent chain. So that's where I do the majority of my shopping. After that, CostCo and BJs for nonperishable nongroceries, like laundry detergent and kitty litter and whatnot.
    Then there's Wegman's. Oh how I do love Wegman's. They're a bit pricey, but that have stuff that no-one else around me has. Hell, their cheese shop alone is bigger than Giant's whole deli department. Plus there's a pretty decent buffet if you want some quick lunch.
    Used to go to Aldi's a lot more than I do now. I just never think of it for some reason.
    Rarely, I go to Safeway. Sometimes they're the only chain stocking a particular item or variation of an item.
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    I go to this place a lot because it's close and the prices aren't bad.

    There's also this Polish market I go to because they have the only decent meat department in the area, they have a bunch of weird European candy, and it's the only place I know of that carries kvass. They also have a buffet thing that always has stuffed cabbage. It's probably the worst stuffed cabbage I've ever had, but, stuffed cabbage is hard to screw up and I still give it 7/10.

    Chain stores, I usually go to Meijer. Meijer is a Great Lakes area chain that's similar to Walmart but is 18% less shitty.
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    Don’t you have a Korean wife? I bet you guys are at HMart fairly regularly. They have good quality and nice selection but their prices are a bit on the high side. Zion Market seems to be the better priced Korean grocery store and their entire aisle of instant noodles is something to be hold. Who knew there were so many different brands and choices when it came to instant noodles?
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