Where to Shop?
I’m lucky enough to live fairly close to a variety of grocery stores. Sometimes I find myself going to too many stores, which can be time-consuming (and expensive!). In fact, I was hesitant to start shopping at Aldi because that is adding one more errand to my list.
So here’s where I buy food:
Lots of staples for less money
Inexpensive produce that so far has been good quality
Parking is great at my store
Store isn’t crowded on weekday mornings
They don’t have specific items like xanthan gum or rice flour
Limited selection of items and brands
You have to remember the quarter and your bags
Bagging your own groceries in a separate area but I barely count this as a con because I end up bagging groceries pretty much everywhere
Learning curve on how things work there
If you are looking for obscure ingredients, this is the place to go
They have decent sales
Large selection for vegan and gluten-free items
Can be expensive
Impressive offerings for gluten-free and vegans
Good produce selection
Good selection of non-food and beauty products
I feel like prices have gone up over the past year since they opened
I’ve seen a lot of expired items on the shelves, especially yogurts
TJ’s has the best employees and when it’s not packed, I love shopping here
Lots of “treat” foods, but a pretty good selection and prices for basics
Good return policy – I’ve only used it a couple of times when I bought something someone had tampered with
Some items are seasonal, like their mango tea. Some items get retired from the shelves.
My TJ’s is often crowded and parking is a nightmare
They are often out of items, especially on Sunday night
Not a one-stop shop because of limited selection
For me there was a learning curve on what to buy here and how the store was organized
Limited brand selection
I don’t think they accept coupons
I’ve accidentally bought several things that someone had opened
There are a lot of Teeters around me and the closest is 4 minutes away
Do they still offer Super Double coupons? I saved a ton of money when I was into coupons.
Prices are high
Produce quality has taken a nosedive since HT was bought by Kroger. I can smell rotten food as soon as I walk in and it’s actually so bad that my partner notices it. We’ve gotten sick twice from bad produce.
Often doesn’t have what I’m looking for
Limited gluten-free selection
Also a lot of expired stuff on the shelves – I now check the dates and tamper seals on everything
I avoid Harris Teeter if I can
I enjoy shopping here
Produce quality is A+
Fairly good selection for gluten-free
I don’t think their coupon program is as good as Harris Teeter
That awkward moment when the bagger insists on helping you to your car and you feel guilty
Good place to find specific ingredients
Can be affordable if you stick to sale items
It’s not called “Whole Paycheck” for nothing
This store is 30 minutes away from me so I rarely shop here
They’ve renovated their stores in the past few years to make them easier to navigate. I used to avoid it when I had both kids in a stroller because of the way the store was set up.
Lots of specialty items
Definitely not a one-stop shop
Convenience. I can buy food and my kids socks at the same time!
Prices are pretty good
Can get basic stuff here, usually. They have frozen fruit, almond milk, and snacks
Definitely not buying everything we need here
What’s your favorite place to shop for food?