[00:00:00] All right, let’s talk about what to buy at inexpensive grocery stores. So these are the stores like Walmart, WinCo, grocery outlet, all these things like that that typically do not have an ad that comes out compared to the expensive grocery stores. So in these inexpensive grocery stores. One of the great ways to save money is to use it for buying the filler purchases.
[00:00:28] It’s all the stuff that you can’t buy or you don’t buy at the expense of grocery stores. So for me, I go to WinCo and I love using that store as. The place to go and get my inexpensive items, like I’ll buy my eggs there. Migraines, like I use their bulk section for steel-cut oats, organic oatmeal, things like that.
[00:00:58] And. [00:01:00] I use higher-end stores to buy my meat and other things, but for WinCo, I do love using that store and getting their deli meat is substantially cheaper than going to Albertsons or Fred Meyer. One thing to note, overall, I am not a big fan of Walmart grocery stores for a lot of reasons, but overall, Walmart.
[00:01:26] Prices are not that amazing. It is more on the lower end, but if you have other options to go grocery shopping, I would look at other cheaper alternatives and start comparing and looking at the prices and the quality of the food. At other grocery stores and seeing if Walmart is the right place for you to use as your filler purchases.
[00:01:49] So another thing I like to buy at the inexpensive grocery stores, and that’s the paper, good product. So like buying tissues and paper towels and bags [00:02:00] and paper plates. At the inexpensive grocery stores are typically way cheaper than going to the expensive grocery stores. A lot of people like going to Costco and different big box stores for that, which you could do that, but just make sure that you’re actually gonna use the amount because you might not want a store like 20 tissue boxes unless you have.
[00:02:22] A lot of runny noses in your family. Okay. Another thing to note is buying medicine and toiletries a lot of times is a lot cheaper at those inexpensive grocery stores, and when you combine them with coupons, which I know I talked earlier that I’m not a huge fan of coupons, but one area of coupon that is worth it to meme is using it on.
[00:02:48] Um, like beauty products and medicine, you’ll find that these coupons will be really high. Like I, I like using the big Solei um, [00:03:00] razors. They’re disposable ones. They’re like a three or four blade, I can’t remember, but I’ll typically find a coupon that comes in the mail. It was like the newspaper that comes to us and it’s a free newspaper and it’s normally a $4 off coupon.
[00:03:17] And so I bought the pack costs like $4 and 97 cents at Walmart. So I’m buying a pack of razors for 97 cents. So it’s a crazy deal by using those kinds of coupons. So you’ll see those higher coupons are not going to be like 25 cents. And so that really helps save on some of those expenses. When you’re at these inexpensive grocery stores, it’s really important to have a list because if you’re using it as.
[00:03:51] A way to fill up all of the, the rest of the things that you need to buy. Those are those staples that you, you really can’t live without. And [00:04:00] so having a list helps you to not forget them. For me, I actually spend more time in. Inside of these inexpensive grocery stores than I do in those expensive ones.
[00:04:11] Because the expensive ones, I know exactly what I need. The inexpensive grocery stores, I normally have more items to get in different places. And um, I also do more comparison shopping. So definitely check the unit price to see what is a good deal and what’s not. And if you find an item at the grocery store that you’re like, you know, this is still a little too expensive.
[00:04:34] You can pass and don’t buy it. That’s what I do. Like my phrase is, that’s not good enough, and my kids know that. I hear them say it frequently of like, you know, that’s not good enough. You can also note that at a lot of inexpensive grocery stores, they’ll actually have a tag color that changes when it is on sale or clearance without actually having a clearance sign.
[00:04:55] Like in WinCo, you know that something is on [00:05:00] sale or it’s just marked off. Without having a reduced price sticker like you would see at a regular, like more expensive grocery store. It’s just a green tag. And so the price is on a green tag instead of a yellow one. And that helps me to see like, okay, that’s on sale.
[00:05:18] They even do that for produce items. And so some stores have that kind of thing. So it’s really helpful to look at that. Some inexpensive grocery stores like grocery outlet and Aldi’s. The items change pretty frequently. And so it’s a lot of, it’s seasonal, like whatever is in there, and it’s hard to actually use a list for those kinds of stores, but you’ll typically get some amazing deals.
[00:05:44] And so it’s kinda hit or miss. You don’t know what’s going to be there, which is thrilling but also can be nerve-wracking for some people. So it depends, on what you feel like with. Going grocery shopping. I really like that. I don’t know what I’m going to get, but [00:06:00] typically I find something that I know I’m going to need and I’ll use up.
[00:06:05] For one, like a grocery outlet. I found some jam and I’ve been really going through and looking at ingredients and it’s so hard to find any type of jam that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it. And they had some, that was from Germany. I don’t remember what the brand name was. And it didn’t have high fructose corn syrup.
[00:06:31] It didn’t have any like scary sugar substitutes, things like that. And I liked the ingredients that are in it and it was a dollar 50 a jar. And I, for me to go and find something comparable to that at a regular grocery store, it would be more than double that price. And so I bought up, I looked at when they expired and I bought I think like eight jars.
[00:06:55] And we’re on our last jar right now and it’s going to expire at the end of [00:07:00] this month and we’ll have it eaten before then. And so it worked out for us. And so look at like what you actually spend money on, what you want to have. Like I really like going to grocery outlet and getting yogurt, Sarah, because my family will eat them really quickly and you can get amazing deals on it.
[00:07:19] And then I don’t feel bad when my kids won’t eat a yogurt every day and it’s okay. So figure out what, what is important to you and, and use those inexpensive grocery stores to fill up those items that are your everyday prices that just will help you get what you need and then use those expensive grocery stores to buy everything else.