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and which are cheapest? we just moved to augusta, ga. there is no whole foods or trader joes around here. i have access to the commissary, and need to go back, but havent been since we moved into our house a month ago, and their produce quality sucked the few times we did go. when we were staying in a campground (long story, lol) we went to krogers, but the one by us now is crappy. ive been to publix twice now- the first time, we spent $300, but figured it was because we were stocking up. had to buy spices and all that "just moved" stuff... i did notice the prices were higher, but they seemed to have good stuff. i went today, with a list, and only bought a couple things that werent on it, but were on sale, and i spent nearly $200. and it wasnt even a long list. almost $40 was on dog food, and about $16 was foor my organic milk, but it shouldnt have been that high. ive seen some other stores around here, but ive never been, and we didnt have those chains in houston. bi-lo and food lion are 2 i can think of off the top of my head
 

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I shop at Kroger, the commissary, and Knights (local store). The Commissary is a 25 minute drive so I go every couple of weeks and stock up. They usually have great produce, but not a lot of organic. If I need produce and don't want to drive all the way down to base I go to Kroger. I go to Knights for eggs and milk (both from local-ish farms) but they don't have a great selection on other stuff. We have a Wild Oats adn about twice a year I'll drive down there (40 minutes one way) but it's usually just for "fun" and I don't get much there.<br><br>
When we lived in Florida there was a Publix (very expensive, in my opinion), a Food World (not bad), and a Winn-Dixie (we mostly shopped there).<br><br>
I'd try the other local stores to see if their products and prices are better (it'd be hard to get worse than what you're spending at Publix). And maybe try the commissary again, maybe the bad produce was just a fluke. If not, at least you can stock up on other stuff there, it's almost always cheaper.<br><br>
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I live in Statesboro, not too far away from ya!<br><br>
I do this: Make a run to a butcher shop. Make a run to the day old bread store and stock up. Run to the bent and dent store, by whatever dry goods and canned goods they have that I'll use. Then I go by Harvey's to grab up their super Wednesday sale. THEN I buy whatever else is needed at Kroger. I also make weekly runs to local road side produce stands...<br><br>
And yes, I worked for Kroger, and the ones in Augusta (IIRC) are old M&Ms, which mean they get paid less, and they don't do anything but barebones maintenance on the stores...basically they are always scouting out ways to eliminate or replace the old stores. If they do build a new one, I promise it will be sickeningly trendy though....<br><br>
But w/ Kroger I can usually get the better deal. A good enough deal that I drive 70miles to Savannah to use their Krogers instead of using our Bi-Lo.<br><br>
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Not super frugal, but I wanted you to know that Augusta has one of THE best used book stores!<br><br>
BTW Food Lion isn't a great store IMO. And Bi-Lo is a publix wanna be. They have Publix prices at food lion quality. Although as far as meats, Bi-Lo has good quality but you pay for it as well...
 

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I get most of my groceries from a grocery delivery service that has organic only produce. The prices are average--for organic in my area, they are mostly very good--and I also avoid impulse buying this way.
 

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I am totally spoiled by living in a city. I shop at Publix, Kroger, Ingles, Aldi's, Trader Joes, occasionally WM <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: , Super Target, an asian market, an international market with an Indian/African bent, and a Mexican market. I'm also a member of a CSA for 13 weeks in the spring/summer.<br><br>
I find that Publix has good weekly specials, and because I cut coupons, I can get some good deals there. They also have great meat, but the prices are high.<br><br>
I buy meat at Ingles (a local store...but Augusta may have them) mostly. I like their quality, nad their chicken is not injected with whatever they inject it with at other stores.<br><br>
I like my international markets for cheap coffee, spices, and plentiful, cheap produce. Aldi's is, well, Aldi's. Useful for lots of things, and mine is my closest store, so that is helpful as well. Kroger is also really close, so I use it as a convenience store. LOL I like the fancy generics at Super Target, the fancy everything at Trader joe's, and occasionally, I do go in to WM. The ones around here do not have the lowest grocery prices in town, although I have lived in places where they did. Their prices vary alot by location, IME.
 

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i guess i'll have to go back to the commissary, lol... i think part of the reason i havent been is because we were in germany, so i HAD to use the commissary, and i was looking forward to something else, lol...<br><br>
i've noticed that the krogers here are the only ones ive seen that havent been made "signature" or whatever they call it, but the one out by where we stayed (evans or martinez or somewhere out there, you go through so many towns driving down washington,, lol) was nice<br><br>
ive only seen one meat market around here, and it wasnt that great, and ive been on the lookout for produce stands and stuff. theres on near my house, but all theyve had in the month or so we've been here was turnips, tomatoes and greens, and we dont really eat any of those<br><br>
and the publix prices are crazy... i didnt get italian sausage last night cuz it was 4.89 for a pack of johnsonville..... ive never seen it that high anywhere in my life, lol. they do have good sales though, thats why we went originally, the flyer had some great stuff in it
 

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I shop at Giant or ShurFine, when I buy things in a regular grocery store, which I limit as much as possible. No WF or TJ around here. I like to buy produce from small farm markets in season (though this year I'm trying to grow a lot of my own). I bake my own bread/baked goods so rarely buy those. I get raw milk and eggs from a small farm. I shop at small health food stores for several items too, and I've ordered some things online. We're getting a portion of a cow from a local farm. Once in a grand while I'll shop at WM or Target, though I really don't like either one very much. I like the Giant and SF a lot, as far as regular grocery stores go; the Giant is larger and has more variety, but I think the SF is a little cheaper. The Giant in particular has a good selection of organic/natural products. In short, I get what I can from smaller places and anything else from the Giant and SF.
 

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I shop WM, food for less and Aldi's. These 3 stores are the cheapest. I spend $50/wk on food and if I went to Dillions, Price cutter etc. That would only buy me a couple bags of food. We have an IGA that has Organic milk in the glass bottles for $2.50/ half gallon ( I don't buy it though)
 

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You might check out a site like thegrocerygame.com. Even if you don't sign up, it might give you information on the best stores to shop for different things. I definitely shop at different stores depending on whether I'm shopping sales and coupons, just picking up a few things I need, or picking up stuff in bulk or stuff that never goes on sale.
 

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hmmm ive seen iga commercials, i forgot about that one... i'll have to see if theres one near me
 

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I shop mostly at the incredibly awesome <a href="http://wheatsville.coop/" target="_blank">local co-op</a> and supplement with Randalls's, which I don't much like, and Sun Harvest, which isn't much better. We're also experimenting with getting a local organic produce box delivered.
 

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I shop at Costco, an Asian grocery store, a dented can store, Albertsons and Publix. I buy all our meat at a wholesale place and go there every 3 to 6 months and buy in bulk. I am vegetarian, but DH eats meat. I sometimes buy bread and cookies at an outlet. I go to Walmart maybe once a year for groceries. I sometimes go to one of the health food stores (I have 4 to choose from of varying levels of price and quality), but mostly find what I need elsewhere. Every once in a while (maybe once or twice a year) I will go to an Indian or Middle Eastern grocery store. I used to go to the Indian grocery store all the time, but we moved and now it is way on the other side of town from where we live.<br><br>
I do not do a regularly weekly grocery shopping, although I go to one of these stores at least once a week. If we are just dropping in to pick up something we ran out of, we usually go to Publix since we have three within two miles of our house. Of the 4 ways you can get to our house, only one of them does not require you to pass a Publix!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You might check out a site like thegrocerygame.com. Even if you don't sign up, it might give you information on the best stores to shop for different things. I definitely shop at different stores depending on whether I'm shopping sales and coupons, just picking up a few things I need, or picking up stuff in bulk or stuff that never goes on sale.</div>
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I really considered joining but I don't want to have to buy the paper for coupons. It was cool when I worked at the retirement community because I could get my hands on 50+ sunday papers LOL
 

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I shop mainly at <a href="http://www.costco.com" target="_blank">Costco</a> and <a href="http://www.super1foods.net/" target="_blank">Super 1</a>. <a href="http://www.albertsons.com/defaultSSL.asp" target="_blank">Albertson's</a> and <a href="http://shop.safeway.com/superstore/default.asp?brandid=1&page=corphome" target="_blank">Safeway</a> if they've really got something good on sale (and then I only buy the one or two things), and sometimes dh stops by the <a href="http://www.groceryoutlets.com/home.aspx" target="_blank">Grocery Outlet</a>.<br><br>
In college, <a href="http://www.wincofoods.com/" target="_blank">Winco</a> was the cheapest place out of all of them in our town and the neighboring town (which I grew up in).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i guess i'll have to go back to the commissary, lol... i think part of the reason i havent been is because we were in germany, so i HAD to use the commissary, and i was looking forward to something else, lol...</div>
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Why did you HAVE to use the commissary in Germany?<br><br>
As a pp said, we live in a city so we have a lot of variety. I shop as much as I can at Aldi (anything not processed and not their meat). We buy our meat from our butcher (the meat is raised about 40 miles from here). Our organic milk is delivered in glass bottles. The rest we get at the international grocery, Trader Joes, Marsh, Kroger, Wild Oats, a couple of online German groceries (we used to live in Germany and have some favorites we can't do without) and online Turkish groceries (dh is from Turkey). Food is our highest expense... even higher than our mortgage payment. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I do the bulk of our shopping at the commissary-this is by far the cheapest. The produce is hit and miss, I'm not picky about what kind so I usually just stock up on what looks okay that week. Our commissary carries some organics, so I buy what I can there.<br><br>
The only other places we have in our town are Kroger (which we use in emergencies) or WalMart (will not shop there). Usually, we just try to make do until the commissary is open.<br><br>
A couple times a month we go to Costco (10 miles away). DH loves their organic greens and they are reasonable, but we really don't buy many other groceries there.<br><br>
Once or twice a month, I go to Wild Oats (20 miles away). Definitely much more expensive, but I buy things there that I can't find anywhere else. I can't have corn syrup, so I get things like BBQ sauce, ketchup, jelly, etc. I also buy all our Ecover there and feminine products unless I am going to do a Frontier soon.<br><br>
I'm really excited to start going to the local stands here-they started up recently and I can't wait to get fresh produce!
 

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I do the majority of my shopping at Kroger (started going there because they knock .10/gallon off gas for every $100 you spend). The one near my house house has a decent meat & produce section. I occasionally shop at Ingles, but the produce at my store always grossed me out. Publix is the closest, so if they have a good deal on something, we'll go...if not we skip it.<br>
I get most of my produce from the State Farmer's Market and I recently found a great shop to get fresh smoked meats/sausage at a great price.<br><br>
You may want to keep your eyes peeled for farm stands....they're just starting to pop up for the summer around me.
 
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