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Old 01-24-2010, 08:44 AM   #1
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Which stores do you use most, and why?

I live in a quite small town and, unless I want to go to Dubuque (a half hour, not a big deal in summer, but a bear in winter), or heaven forbid, Chicago, the Quad Cities or Madison, my daily choices are a Piggly Wiggly and Wal-Mart. In other words, it is them, or mail (or on-line) order. But for those of you with wider choices, which stores do you find yourself returning to, and why?


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Old 01-24-2010, 08:52 AM   #2
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Krogers.. good selection and good prices.
Walmart... for good prices on staples.
Couple local Asian markets... the BEST prices on some produce,
oils and flavorings (and cuz I cook a LOT of oriental.)
And Costco for a few items I buy in bulk.

And that's about it. Whole Foods et al are too expensive. Trader Joe
is always too crowded, and I don't generally find much there that I can't
get for less elsewhere. The other grocery stores are on average
more expensive than Krogers, or don't carry some items I use a lot of.


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Old 01-24-2010, 08:54 AM   #3
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We go to ShopRite because it is the closest and go on Wed. because of 5% for seniors that day. Sometimes we go to Wegmans and Sam's Club for stuff ShopRite does not have, but maybe once every 2 or 3 months. There is a Mr. Z/Weis store nearby but it is more money than ShopRite. I will go there on a Tues when they have their 5% for senior and only if they have something on sale that I need. Since hubby is retired , we are more careful about spending.
There is not TJ or Costo , or Whole Foods near us , so never been there.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:21 AM   #4
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Wal Mart because of the convenience and when I need stuff other than just food, Kroger has a great selection and I like the quality of their store brands over other store brands, Food Lion because there is usually one on my errand route somewhere, Sam's club for frozen food, bulk and paper goods.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:32 AM   #5
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King Cullen is our favorite because we like the quality and variety of their foodstuffs but they are a local (Long Island) chain. We also buy at IGA; sometimes their storebrand stuff is of good quality and reasonably priced. I think IGA (Independent Grocers Association) is also a regional (NE Atlantic) thing. For bulk purchases (eg rice, peanut oil, coffe filters) we go to BJ's (a so-called wholesale club).
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:48 AM   #6
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Thumbs up SAVE MART shopper

I now buy all my groceries at SAVE MART Supermarket. They have a great selection and low prices.

I used to shop at RALEY'S because of their wonderful food selection. However, their higher prices forced me to shop at SAVE MART. I now save at least $25 - $30 each week.
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:10 PM   #7
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I buy in bulk at Costco, but most of my fresh stuff comes from Publix.

I make an occasional trip to Sarasota to Whole Foods or Fresh Market, but not often. Sometimes I hit Mazarro's in St.Pete.
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:51 PM   #8
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I don't drive and I work full time, so I buy all my groceries locally and have them delivered. That said, I like a bargain and don't mind shlepping, so I have a system of sorts.

Of course, you have to know what you need and what the prices are at your stores. Anything I can get at a bargain store, like Family Dollar or Mr Closeouts, I do. If I need to pay full price for it, I go to Target or Ralph's rather than a CVS or Duane Reade. If it's food, I go to Whole Foods if my local supermarket doesn't have it. Or if it's cheaper there.

I shop Lands End, JC Penney, etc only with discount shipping or other coupons. And I get at Amazon and ebay if the price is right, too.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:01 PM   #9
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vons market for food. walmart (not a super store near by) for some foods and goods i need. i shop on line for almost everything else. vons, walmart, amazon, target and many other web sites. when they have little or no shipping charges. i have a mr. coffee pot in the delivery pipeline right now straight from mr.coffee site.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:30 PM   #10
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LAM (local Asian market) for must have right now fresh food items.
Costco, Vons, Ralphs, Amazon, Home Depot, OSH, and Lowes for everything else...

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