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When Buying Groceries, Do You Visit More Than One Store?

These days, it seems as though food prices are creeping higher on everything from corn to sushi. Since I'm no stranger to a budget, I've increased the amount of time I spend shopping by heading to different stores for certain items.

For instance, I frequent Chinatown and farmers markets for produce, a large-scale grocery store for packaged foods, and a gourmet shop for seafood and specialty items. What about you?


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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I go between Kroger and Publix here, there are some things are way cheaper at each store on a regular basis so I pick up those items here and others there.
OChottie OChottie 9 years
Grower's Direct then across the street to Trader Joe's. Also Costco, Von's, and farmer's market.
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
I do shop at different places, but not to save myself money, quite on the contrary, I probably spend more, but I want the best, food is important to me, it has to be fresh and preferably organic, I spend a lot of my money on what I put inside me.
luvluvg luvluvg 9 years
The only reason I'd go anywhere else is if there was something I REALLY wanted and it wasn't at Kroger.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I feel lucky to have a Sunday morning farmers' market less than half a block from my place :jumpin:
mominator mominator 9 years
I miss having a farmers market. You are so lucky Bizzybee. I end up having to go back and forth from stores trying to get the freshest but cheapest deals. Thank goodness I do have great competitors beside one another.
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Farmer's market for produce and then a supermarket for regular items and an occasional stop in at the neighborhood corner for small things that I've run out of like eggs or 1/2&1/2. I tend to run my errands in a row as I've got my routine all lined up to save gas and time. It's just how I am but it's really beginning to make cents/sense now with the gas prices :P
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I always go to Aldi for most of my staple items like all my baking supplies and my basic veggies and just about anything else I need. If they don't have it at Aldi, I look for it at Walmart. If they don't have it at Walmart, I go to Pick N Save. And I try to hit up the farmers' market for seasonal veggies, fresh eggs, and cheese.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
there are times that i'll go to more than one place. i usually like to go to the store that i get the best deal (ok...cheapest) but there are times that i'll also go to whole foods to get specific products. sometimes you need a better quality
meesha meesha 9 years
I'm absolutely spoiled for grocery stores within a one-mile radius of my house, so I can be picky. I use Trader Joe's as my starting point, because it's almost always decent quality for a low price. But they don't always have everything I need. So I'll round out my shopping at a traditional retailer like Ralphs or Safeway. But for fish and some meats, I prefer to go to the nearby upscale grocer, which has the best-quality seafood and butcher. It's more expensive, but worth it for quality, IMO. Of course, I can't do all my shopping there because the store also charges through the nose for staples. So yes, this sometimes means I wind up going to three stores. Like I said, they're all within a mile so I don't feel too crazy doing so. And I'm familiar enough with each store's layout that I can hit all three and get my week's shopping done in about an hour.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
If I'm only picking up a couple things I go to the store nearest to my house. But I live near 4 Trader Joe's, 3 Ralphs, 2 Whole Foods, 5 Vons, 2 Albertsons, 2 Bristol Farms, 3 Smart & Final, Costco, and 3 small produce markets. It definitely pays to scour the grocery ads and know what's cheapest at which stores. Sometimes I'll make 3 or 4 shopping lists and make an afternoon of it. Off the top of my head, I can tell you: Smart & Final usually has the cheapest ground turkey, tomatoes, and lettuce Trader Joe's for bottled water, eggs, vitamins, and cottage cheese Albertson's for most dairy, potatoes, and seasonal fruit Either Albertson's, Ralphs, or Vons will have soda and meat on sale each week Bristol Farms is a waste of time unless you want lox and caviar Whole Foods is fun, but their deli counters are the most expensive Farmers markets have more produce and it's sometimes cheaper, plus snacks like homemade granola and trail mix If you buy DVD box sets, a Costco membership will pay for itself
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 9 years
I go to 4 different places, but it's not to save money they just have different things I like. I go to the farmer's market for produce, Pavilions for seafood, Henry's for their raw milk, and Trader Joe's for everything else on the cheap since it's closest to me. I usually go on different days.
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
Dang this is a close poll! :) I go many, many places. But with the rising prices in gas, it may not be actually saving me money anymore.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Not really. I buy certain things at Costco because them come in bulk but that is about it. I wouldn't be saving money driving all over the place.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 9 years
Ahhhh yes, Costco and Sam's.:) "The Land of the $100 Paper Towels", my dad called it. LOL :) My folks lived in San Diego and would go to Costco to buy one or two necessities, but could never leave without spending at least a hundred dollars.;) Costco and Sam's were a blessing back then, though, because we had 8 people at home and we used a LOT of paper towels and TP.;) And it took a lot of peanut butter sandwiches and frozen burritos to fill up the teenagers. Good thing they weren't finicky.:)
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 9 years
In Southern CA, I make the rounds between Costco and Trader Joe's (they are with in a mile of each other) and then hit Ralph's if I need something either one of them doesn't have or maybe Henry's. In OR where I live in the summer there is only a local village market near me so I go there in a pinch but usually I drive into Bend and hit Costco, Trader Joe's and Ray's. Would like to go to the Farmer's Market more often.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I forgot to mention, I read the weekly specials for ALL the grocery stores before I go. That way, whichever one has better deals, or more things on sale I need, that's the ONE I'll go to!
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
Yep sure do. We go to Costco to load up on the items that we always keep around (water, vitamin water, paper towels, meats, frozen fruit, pastas..whatever else...) and then the grocery store for other items that we dont need in bulk, ya know? Seafood is always purchased in Chinatown. Freshest EVER and great prices. Fruit (of the non-frozen kind) is always bought at the local fruit stands...
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I buy most of my groceries online, and run to the store near me if I run out/need something else/my online grocer doesn't carry it.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
First stop: Trader Joe's. Then Ralph's. The ones I visit are right next door to each other, so it's convenient anyway.
lovehenry lovehenry 9 years
I usually hit up Trader Joes first - the stuff is cheap and really good. What I can't find there, I get at my local grocery store. I usually buy the same stuff every week so I can pretty much do this with my eyes closed!
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
We go to Costco for all the stuff we go through constantly - milk, bagels, cereal, pasta, meat (freeze and defrost when needed) etc. Then we do the regular grocery store for the smaller stuff - produce, deli meat & cheeses, etc. Sometimes we even go to Trader Joe's for specialty stuff, but not too often (for some reason, their cottage cheese tastes better than anyone elses). The nice thing is that TJ's is right next door to Costco, and everything is within a couple of miles of the house, so the hardest part is keeping my daughter interested as we shop :)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I want to, and I make lists of where to buy what, but in the evenings when it is time to run those errands, it saves gas (even though I have 4 grocery stores within a mile from my apartment, traffic to get to all but one eats up my gas) I just go to the one. I did recently go to an international market to get some tomatillos that weren't surrounded by fruit flies though. Honestly, I probably go to the most expensive grocery store in my area...Harris Teeter, beucase their produce and fruit is usually top quality, and they are friendly, the floor space is more open and clean, and everyone is always friendly...AND they speak good english so I don't have to get frustrated when I am trying to ask a question to someone and they dont' know what I am saying.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Yes. Depends on the sales for the week.
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