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WHERE TO SHOP

INEXPENSIVE ALL THE TIME:
NO GIMMICKS OR GOTCHAS
SAVINGS AVERAGE 15-30%

Aldi (read this , and this, and another, and this too)
Unique Double Guarantee:
Replaces item & refunds price
Easy returns without receipt
All returns given in cash
Choice-graded fresh beef
Dairy is from Guida (local)
Bar cheeses are lactose-free
Few national brands
Most produce is pre-packaged
No fresh seafood
No checks
Cash and debit/credit cards only
Shopping cart deposit (25c)
Bring your own bags (or pay)
Closes early: 8PM (7 on Sun)

Walmart Neighborhood Market
National & store brands
Exceptional variety
Choice & un-graded beef
Asian, Caribbean & kosher
No fresh seafood
Shop here for:
• Gold Medal & KA flours
• rotisserie chicken

Ocean State Job Lot
Save via internet coupons
Shop here for:
• Bobs Red Mill products
• canned oysters & mussels
• coffee & tea
• dried mushrooms
• evo oil, balsamic vinegar
• extracts, herbs & spices
• honey, molasses, syrup
• peeled chestnuts

PriceRite
Low-cost ShopRite subsidiary
Most prices similar to Aldi
Cart deposit at some locations
Bring your own bags (or pay)


EXPENSIVE BUT
CAN SAVE VIA SALES
BEWARE GIMMICKS & GOTCHAS

Big Y
Weekly flyer starts Thursday
Very expensive regular prices
Gimmicks: store card & coins
Sales often force you to buy 2

ShopRite
Weekly flyer starts Sunday
Expensive regular prices
Gimmicks: store card
Good baking section

Stop & Shop
Weekly flyer starts Friday
Expensive regular prices
Can shop online via Peapod
Gimmicks: store card
Shop here for:
• %-off meat (look for sticker)

Geisslers
Weekly flyer starts Saturday
Can shop online

Trader Joes
Up-scale Aldi subsidiary
Moderate regular prices
Limited sales (see flyer)
Mostly store brand products
Most produce is pre-packaged
Shop here for:
• specialty cheeses
• unbleached & W-W flour
• wild rice

Whole Foods
Exceptionally expensive
Limited sales (see flyer)
Save via store brand “365”
Shop here for:
• fresh fish (on-sale)
• free-range / gluten-free
• organic produce
• Quorn vegetarian products
• 365 Brand All-purpose Flour
Lapsang Souchong Tea (Twinings)


SPECIALTY MARKETS:
Apple Tree

New Park Ave, WH
Good prices (all the time)
Shop here for:
• excellent fresh produce

Cosmo International
Farmington Ave, WH
Good prices (all the time)
Shop here for:
• basmati rice (10# bag)
• Indian specialties
• spices, bagged bulk

Hall’s Market
Farmington Ave, WH
Good sales (see flyer)
Butchers on-premises
Shop here for:
• fresh fish & meats (on sale)

Penzey’s Spices
LaSalle Rd, WH
Fair prices, quality products
Shop here for:
• dried herbs & spices
• bagged products to save $s

Tangiers International
Farmington Ave, WH
Moderate prices (all the time)
Shop here for
• Middle Eastern foods

Wade’s Farm Fresh
Rt 185, Bloomfield
Fair prices (all the time)
Shop here for:
• fresh produce
• fresh-made pies
• herbs for garden (seasonal)


WAREHOUSE CLUBS:
BJ’s
/ Costco / Sams Club
Good prices (all the time)
BUT Must join club ($50/yr)
Expect large quantities/sizes
National & store brands
Shop here for:
• fresh foods you can freeze
• packs you & friend can split
• baking yeast, KA flour
• paper & canned goods

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