by Jen L.
There's at least one in every town. (3 in mine.) A "hometown" grocery store without a fancy chain name associated with it. Sometimes they are known for their killer deli lunches. One of the small stores in our town, Lucky's Foodland, has built an annex just for serving lunches. Their meat-and-two-veggie lunch special can't be beat. Inside the store, you'll find the best pork prices and products in town. They have a huge selection of ribs, perfect pork roasts and great chops. I like that they sell 1/2 pound packs of ground beef.
Lately, I've been shopping at Publix, mostly because of their produce. This past weekend, however, we returned from a couple of weeks out of town and literally had no food in the house. I decided to give one of the "cheapo" stores a go and headed to Food World. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I visit this store. Their produce is pretty good--you can always find decent apples and berries, and this time, I hit the melon jackpot and also scored a bunch of fresh local peaches. The veggies looked great and the meat was at least 30 cents cheaper per pound than I would have found in other places. This store also does 10/$10 deals, so I scored several things on my list for a buck. I haven't been able to find quarts of Silk soymilk at Publix for nearly a year, but this store had a ton in a variety of flavors. The one thing they didn't have that I needed was my son's Yo Kids vanilla yogurt. (I got that on a trip to Target a few days later.)
My "cheapo" grocery stores also double coupons and offer perks like points you can earn toward rewards. (Free gas cards right now!) I've got to remember to keep my cheapo grocery store in mind.
Does your town have a version of the Cheapo Grocery Store? Do you shop there?
(Photo from: Publix)