Lately I've been stretching every last cent out of my food budget. For the sake of this post, let's ignore that these "savings" usually enable a shamefully expensive cheese and tequila addiction.
I'm a vegetarian and I like to cook healthy and my grocery list rarely includes anything overly processed or even canned. (When I eat out all bets are off!) I'm obsessed with produce. Totally, completely obsessed. (Who needs porn when you have a farmer's market?) Right now my favorite cheap grocery spots are:
1. Fiesta- for the produce. It's the cheapest around and it's really good. I let my nose be my guide to the good stuff unlike other stores where everything is unripe and over-wrapped. On top of that they have a surprising variety of produce, especially fruits. One of the few places in town I've ever seen fresh (not dried) chick peas.
2. Central Market. Yes, CM is usually expensive but not everything is! I'm a huge abuser of the bulk area. I love their variety of nuts, grains, beans, and especially spices. Sometimes I only want $0.18 of Chinese 5 spice so CM is perfect. Plus, the product in those bins moves so fast it's much fresher. So much more so than that ancient bag of beans collecting dust on the bottom shelf since see-through lululemon yoga "pants" inexplicably replaced real pants as shopping attire.
3. Super H-Mart. This one is far out of my way so I only go a few times a year- usually when they have fresh lychee (Get out of my way or get hurt!)
Those are my top 3 haunts for cheap groceries but occasionally I'll go to TJ's. Haven't tried Aldi yet. I've been to Town Talk with an open mind. I know some of you love Costco. What have I been missing? Tell me your cheap grocery secrets!