This is something that everyone has – so make the most of it! At least around us, the basic local grocery offers a good selection of everything you expect a grocery store would have, but usually the prices are at a big mark-up. We basically look at our grocery store as a source for some essential staples and beyond that, it’s an opportunity to go bargain-hunting when things go on sale. The running challenge is to save more than we spend from the sales – we’ve hit the mark a few times, but you have to try really hard.
National name brands, good selection, predictable, bargain-hunting opportunities, cheap beer (we’re not too good for PBR and High Life), prevelant almost everywhere.
High mark-up when items are not on sale, possibility of less-than-fresh produce and meats, larger store can mean a larger hassle, usually not-so-friendly staff.
WHAT WE BUY AT OUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE:
- Better for Bread Flour
- Cheap beer
- Ice Cream
- Meats (only when they’re on sale)
- Produce (when on sale and looking fresh)
- Basic condiments
- Cooking oil (not olive oil)
- Soy sauce
- Texas Pete
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T BUY AT YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE:
- Olive oil
- Not fresh produce
- Bread (make it instead!)