It's Aldi and Save A Lot. They are far lower than our regular grocery stores. So much lower that I haven't been in our regular grocery stores much at all lately. Only a good sale will get me to go to them. It's usually fruit or some sort of produce or frozen vegetable that will beat Aldi and Save A Lot. These are mostly Aldi and Save A Lot regular prices and almost always their brands not name brand (Save A Lot carries quite a bit of major brand items, though and I do buy them sometimes). I try to mark "sale" when it's a sale item or I mark when there's been an item price increase. Like baby carrots were on sale, so I bought another bag today. At only $.49 a bag, I can't go wrong. Or when milk or eggs go really low, I'm very happy and mention it. Milk has been $.99 lately, but goes even lower sometimes, but it goes higher, too and then I'm pouty because we go through a lot of milk.
Today eggs were on sale at Family Fare (Spartan grocery store) for $.99, but I still got them at Aldi for $1.02 because for a savings of $.04, it wasn't worth stopping at another store. Save A Lot had them for $1.29 and I have no idea what they cost in the other stores anymore because my price-book has been entirely between Aldi, Save A Lot, and now I'm adding GFS for bulk items.
I've been trying to be sure that every item I get is the lowest in our city, so I can always have the lowest regular price at those stores to compare to the sale prices at the major grocery stores. We have Meijer, Kroger, Family Fare, Walmart to compare to. I check ads at CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, the various dollar stores, Target, etc., too. I've got my price-book almost done except for a few more items.
But I should re-check cereal. I am paying low prices, but these are not family-sized boxes. So I definitely need to compare a sale price at Walmart and GFS on cereal. I still need to check string cheese, too.
But Aldi and Save A Lot don't carry everything I want. For example, neither of these stores carry large curd cottage cheese. Seems weird to me. They also don't carry Italian or French bread. There's a lot of things, really. But I've made a lot of changes to make it work. For example, my kids only like beef hot dogs. I used to spend a lot more on Koegel hot dogs. I tried a bunch of different types until I found some that my kids enjoy just as much. But wow, some were really bad and we suffered to get through them. So $2.49 is about as low as I'm going to get on that. LOL Not like we need hot dogs, but the kids like them, so I still buy them.
What I want is cheaper coffee. ugh. I'm at the point where I should stop buying it, but I love it so much. It's just we drink a lot of it and it's expensive! I'm drinking just Folgers but it's usually $8.99 at Save A Lot and sometimes $7.99. We go through roughly a canister a week, plus creamer and sugar. So in just coffee, that's almost $40. I hate thinking about what $50 (with creamer and sugar) would buy me in food instead!
Oh my gosh, I just wrote so much. I could talk food shopping all day. LOL I'm so focused on it.