The flu knocked me completely out of commission first thing Friday morning, so I missed out on some great moneymaking deals at Walgreens, as well as some other deals I was hoping to get before the end of the week. I’m disappointed, but I’ll get over it, and I’m grateful that we’re in a good place financially so that missing a few deals and eating out a lot (the rest of the family, not me) doesn’t break our budget.
By this morning, we’d come to the point where we’d run out of a lot of perishable staples, so a grocery trip was in order. I’m feeling better, but not up to my usual round of two or three different stores to get the lowest prices on everything.
At times like this, it’s good to have a “go-to” store that maybe doesn’t have the lowest price, but has a pretty low every-day price. For me, that store is Trader Joe’s, because they carry a lot of hormone and antibiotic free meat and dairy, and their every-day price on almost everything is low enough. I picked up enough groceries to last us for the week, although I’m hoping I’ll feel well enough tomorrow to hit Ralphs and Vons before their current sales end.
Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s isn’t ubiquitous and not everyone has access to one. But Aldi is apparently owned by the same company, and like TJ’s, has low every-day prices. I would recommend Target as a go-to store, if the one near you has an expanded grocery section – it seems like all the Targets near us have gotten the expansion, but I don’t know if that’s a national or local trend.
Do you have a go-to store?