Try These 9 Creative Supermarket Alternatives!

Tired of The Same Old Aisles?

Choosing where to grocery shop out of all the possible supermarkets and stores can be a very personal decision. You must balance many considerations, such as price, quality, freshness, selection, and convenience.

Whether you're looking for a place to cherry-pick the sales, find some special ingredients, or you're ready to ditch your trusty old supermarket for something different, here are nine alternatives to consider and one you should avoid.

Warehouse Clubs (Such as Bj’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club)

For those with large families or great storage, warehouse clubs can offer great pricing and variety, with all the traditional departments and then some.

Big-Box Department Stores (Such as Target and Walmart)

With weekly ads chock full of deals, they offer price match guarantees (which may require a bit of legwork to obtain), shopping convenience, and store credit card deals.

Online Stores (Such as Amazon)

With easy-to-compare prices and an enormous selection, shopping online for home delivery from Amazon is a breeze, including some otherwise hard-to-find ingredients.

Pharmacy Chains (Such as CVS, Duane Reade, RiteAid, and Walgreens)

Watching the weekly ads will often yield a few items with better pricing than the supermarket, significant enough for a detour to stock up.

Gourmet/Specialty Supermarkets (Such as Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, and Whole Foods)

For those looking for a cut above, you can find unusual ingredients, organic products, and great prepared foods.

Dollar Stores (Such as Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar)

You can find great prices on paper goods and party supplies, plus good food bargains if you hunt for them.

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