[00:00:00] All right, so where should you be shopping at? This will help you save the most money on groceries. It’s so important to pay attention to where you’re shopping. So I like to look at grocery stores in two categories, the higher-end grocery stores and the lower price grocery stores. And it’s good to go to different grocery stores, so higher-end grocery stores.
[00:00:26] Here’s a couple of examples, and depending on where you live, you might be like, I’ve never heard of this store, and that’s totally okay. So here’s some higher-end grocery store examples. Albertsons, Kroger, jewel, Fred Meyer, whole foods. You probably. Have heard of one of those or multiples. Hey, those are those grocery stores that you know are going to be more expensive, but they typically have ads that have some good deals in there.
[00:00:54] There’s lower-priced grocery stores, and here’s some of those examples. Walmart, [00:01:00] WinCo, Aldi’s grocery outlet. Those are some of those lower price grocery stores. And those ones, you’ll typically get a lot of your items, everyday items that are cheaper than you would find at Albertsons or at Fred Meyer at whole foods.
[00:01:18] So the caveat here is that if you buy everything at a higher-end grocery store, you’re going to overpay. But if you shop at a lower price grocery store, you also are going to be overpaying on a lot of the items. So what is the best way to get the best of both worlds? And that’s to shop at some higher-end grocery stores and lower-end grocery stores, those lower-price places.
[00:01:49] But you need to know what to buy at which stores. And that’s where it becomes a little bit trickier. And that’s why I want to help you navigate this so that way you know where to [00:02:00] shop for what. Okay. So higher-end grocery stores are able to have really good deals on items because all the rest of their prices are higher and they have the margin to be able to do that.
[00:02:17] So those higher-end grocery stores are going to have ads. And typically those ads will come out on Wednesdays and you’ll see what those new deals are. And let me just tell you that when you go through the ads. Not everything is a good deal. I would actually say that more than 75% of the items that are in a grocery ad are not on sale.
[00:02:45] Which you think like, why do they put them in the ad? They put ’em in the ad because they’re strategic. They think, well, this will draw people into our store, and if it’s in an ad, the people are going to be more likely to think it is a good deal [00:03:00] because they have no idea the prices of grocery items. So that’s where you need to be educated and know what you are willing to spend on different items that you actually buy.
[00:03:11] So that way you are not, you know. You don’t get confused and you go to this grocery store and you end up spending way more thinking. You’re getting a good deal when you really aren’t.
[00:03:25] So how do you make time to shop at more than one grocery store? And I know a lot of people, they just feel like I just don’t have the time. And for me, I have been shopping at multiple stores. My whole life and I have really taken advantage of the sales and I’ve been able to figure out how to make this work.
[00:03:47] But at higher-end grocery stores, I am in and out of those stores so fast, even with kids. And the reason why is because I know exactly what I’m going to get. I go in and I go out and [00:04:00] because I look at the grocery ad before I walk into the store, I’m not. And I know where the reduced price items are as well.
[00:04:09] It helps me to just hit those areas and then be in and out of the store in like 15 minutes or less. And that really helps me to stay focused. So I’m going to just walk you through some of the different things that I do to make grocery shopping less of a chore or a burden so you don’t have to go grocery shopping at a higher-end and a lower end grocery store.
[00:04:33] Every single week, like you don’t have to be a slave to going to all these grocery stores. Like that doesn’t have to be the case at all. So what I like to do is I look at the grocery store ads on Wednesdays when they come out on my phone, and you can download the store app. So like I have the Albertsons app, I had the Fred Meyer app, and I just quickly go through them.
[00:04:55] And I see is there anything worth my time to go to those [00:05:00] grocery stores? And if it’s not, then I don’t go there. But I also don’t designate a day to go and buy groceries. And I know a lot of people, what they do is they’re like, oh, I’m going grocery shopping every Monday. Or they just make it into a routine for me is I just try adding grocery shopping into something I’m already going to do.
[00:05:22] So let me just give you an example. So going home from the library, I drive by Albertson’s. If I know there’s a couple of things I want to pick up at Albertsons because it’s on a sale and I want to stock up on, maybe they have chicken breasts for a dollar 49 a pound, and I want to get some of that. And they have a couple other things.
[00:05:41] Maybe their, um, their cutie oranges are four 98 for five pounds. I want to pick up two bags of those. I will go to the library and on my way home, I go to Albertson’s and I pick up the, the few items that I want to get. I go [00:06:00] into the store, I get those things, and I go out. I don’t go to the store just to go and buy those things.
[00:06:05] I do it as I’m going on a different, um. As I’m going home. Another example that we typically do is we have a pass to the zoo and I will pack a cooler in the back of my vehicle, and this is a winter time, so that helps because it’s already cold. And I’ll put, um, like the freezer packs in there as well. And we’ll go grocery shopping at grocery outlet beforehand, or we’ll go to.
[00:06:37] WinCo because it’s right next to it, and I’ll, we’ll go there before the zoo opens. We’ll do all our grocery shopping for less than an hour. I’ll put the stuff that needs to be refrigerated into the cooler. Everything else I don’t, and then we go to the zoo and. [00:07:00] Like it just makes it easier that I’m not just going to the grocery store to go grocery shopping and it just becomes part of our routine and it just works more with our lifestyle and it helps save on gas because I was already going to the zoo and instead of waiting till it opens at 10 I’ll go to the grocery store a little bit before then.
[00:07:24] So for me, I typically go grocery shopping one to two times a week, and it’s just while I’m going to get something like going to the library, going to the zoo, going to whatever I need to do, and I very seldomly go to the grocery store just because I need one item and that really helps me save time and money.
[00:07:47] So don’t feel like you have to go to the grocery stores, like make it like a full-time job or a part-time job like it. It doesn’t have to be stressful.