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?