Where to get what: A Minneapolis grocery store breakdown

With rising food costs, any penny is worth saving. There are, of course, the obvious ways to save: coupon clipping, planning meals around what’s on sale, etc. But another option? Know where what is cheapest. Below is a preliminary guide of where to buy what, whether you’re on a budget or are simply trying to save a few bucks.

Trader Joe’s:

Cheese galore. Feta, Gouda, Sheep-Milk Cheddar, Parmesan…they have it all. And for cheap – usually cheaper than anywhere else.

Bulk fruit here is tasty and comparable in price to other stores. But, their buying techniques don’t necessarily make it the safest (you know what I mean if you’ve been following the news).

Trader Joe’s sells fresh fennel seasonally, with stalks already off. That way, you pay for what you’ll actually eat, instead of paying for it all (and then some) at usual grocery stores. 

Lunds & Byerly’s:

The five-buck-cluck is a classic money-saving tactic. You buy a delicious bird on Friday, and use the rest as leftovers. (Stay tuned for a post on how to use your leftover chicken all week long).

Browse the ads for BOGO (buy one get one free) deals – but once you get into the store, stick to your list. Straying can lead to overspending.

Cub Foods:

Everyday items are generally cheap here, and they have an extensive international section.

Cinco de Mayo Market on Nicollet:

Authentic, fresh chips and guacamole for an affordable price – without weird preservatives to keep it that way. They also sell soap my roommate loves. And, if you want to practice your Spanish skills, the employees are happy to oblige.

Aldi:

If you’re comfortable with off-brands, anything here is reasonably priced. Go nuts.

The Wedge:

Alright, let’s not go so far as to say anything here is cheap. But, you can get fresh tzatziki from Gardens of Salonica that rivals the real deal in Athens for less than five dollars. And, they’re one of the few stores who carry ground lamb (the other being Kowalski’s).

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