Comparative Shopping

I somehow neglected to mention in my last post how sore I am from bootcamp yesterday. OMG. My butt and hamstrings are crying. I texted Jaime and she said the same thing. We figured it was from the combination of the lunges and the stair climbs, but really from everything.

I got bored today so made a trip to both Target and Whole Foods for some goodies.

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I find that in order to get the best prices, I have to shop at a bunch of different grocery stores. Sometimes I’m too lazy, but usually if I’m at..say Kroger, I won’t buy things at I know are cheaper at Trader Joe’s until I go there. Here’s a rundown of a few things that I like to buy on a regular basis and which store has the best prices.

Kashi Products – these go on sale a lot at both Kroger and Publix, but when they are not on sale, Publix is definitely cheaper. They are also reasonably priced at Target.

Amy’s Products – Definitely Target. I wish I had a Super Target near by because my Target’s food selection is pretty limited.

Morningstar Farms – Again Target by a landslide. Although these do go on sale periodically at Publix and Kroger.

La Tortilla Wraps and FlatOut Wraps – Publix. I’ve never even see FlatOut at Kroger.

Shirataki Noods – Whole Foods. They are a good 50 cents cheaper.

Greek Yogurt (Fage, Chobani and Oikos) – Whole Foods again.

It’s difficult to compare Trader Joe’s with the other stores since they have a lot of their own brands but generally I find that the frozen shrimp and chicken and the cheeses are way cheaper there.

You’ll notice in the picture that Zevia soda. I’d been wanting to try this for a while but never saw it in single cans until today. I got the root beer flavor and I didn’t really like it. It wasn’t the Stevia, I don’t think, although I don’t like the taste of that too much. It just sort of tasted like a natural soda and I guess I crave chemicals. I also bought carob chips and didn’t really like them. This might not be such a bad thing though since chocolate chips are one of those, “I’ll just grab a few more straight from the bag” things. Maybe the carob chips will be better if they were melted.

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2 Responses to Comparative Shopping

  1. I love to comparison shop! I actually found a great website that does it all for you – http://www.thegrocerygame.com. You can sign up for a $1 trial for a month. It gives you all the stores in your areas and tells you when is the best time to use your coupons. I didn’t want to give up a $1, but I found it was totally worth it.

    That being said, they don’t have Trader Joe’s as one of their list stores. I kinda know the general prices of things I usually buy. I have found somethings that don’t have coupons, especially the bars, are cheaper at Trader Joe’s.

  2. Cool, I’ll check that out.

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