Archive: Grocery Deals

Hop, Hop, Hop to Ready-Made Easter Meals

The Easter eggs are hidden. The pastel d├ęcor is in place. The chocolate eggs and jelly beans are ready to be eaten. Just one more thing -- Easter dinner. If the holiday has snuck up on you and you're in search of a little help from someone else's kitchen, consider...

By Tania Anderson | April 9, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rethinking Coupons

Don't mess with coupons. That's what I learned from last week's Shop To It post where I mused about not understanding the lure of those little pieces of paper that give you discounts. Some of you found it bizarre that a shopping blogger would turn up her nose at coupons....

By Tania Anderson | March 24, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (33)

If You Build It...

Attention all present and future Wegmans fans. I have good news straight from a company spokeswoman. Alexandria may be one of the next locations for the beloved grocery store. The new location, if approved, will be part of a mixed-use project at Telegraph Road and Beulah Street near the Fort...

By Tania Anderson | December 11, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is It About the Experience or the Deals?

One thing I've learned since writing this blog for the last year is that shoppers don't just want a bunch of bananas or a gallon of milk. You want to enjoy the experience of buying those things. At least that's what your comments made me believe when I recently wrote...

By Tania Anderson | November 18, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

10 Things You Didn't Know About... Trader Joe's

What's not to love about Trader Joe's? The staff all wear Hawaiian shirts, the store is chock full of unique things to eat and drink and there always seems to be some really good deals. Try shopping at any of the region's 16 Trader Joe's and you'll see its large...

By Tania Anderson | November 13, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

A Love Affair With Wegmans Begins

Dear Wegmans, A crazy thing happened to me this weekend. I fell madly in love with you. I know what you're thinking. Countless people told me to come see you. You even sent me dozens of e-mails, begging for a chance. But I stayed committed to Giant. What can I...

By Tania Anderson | November 11, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

Sorry SFW, Giant is Still Cheaper

A few weeks ago Shoppers Food Warehouse challenged customers to find a cheaper grocery store. They said they would reimburse customers double the difference in price if they found comparable lower-priced items at a different store. I've written several times in this blog about the best places to buy groceries...

By Tania Anderson | November 6, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

Buying in Bulk: Wegmans vs. BJ's

I love a good challenge. Like trying to feed my family for a week with $100 or restricting myself from spending any money for seven long days or recently vowing to use at least one coupon every time I go shopping. So when Wegmans, the darling of grocery stores, challenged...

By Tania Anderson | October 23, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Your Best Shopping Advice: Groceries

Shop To It is about to celebrate its first birthday and in that time readers have posted lots of suggestions on many different topics, from how to update rooms in our homes to which grocery stores have the best deals. That's exactly what this blog is about. Sharing ideas about...

By Tania Anderson | August 28, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (96)

Going for the CVS Jackpot

Have you ever played the CVS/pharmacy game? The one where you go in and get $30 or $40 worth of toothpaste and diapers for free? Bloggers write about this all the time. They do show and tell, posting pictures of all the stuff they got for free. They even get...

By Tania Anderson | August 21, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (48)

A Coupon Cheat Sheet

Earlier this week I offered some tips on how to use coupons. Yes, I was one of the many people out there that have never used coupons. I can proudly say that I used my first set to buy this week's groceries. I saved $4.50. Not bad for my first...

By Tania Anderson | July 31, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Tuesday Tips: Using Coupons

I always seem to get behind that person in the grocery store check-out line who's using coupons. One by one the cashier swipes those little pieces of paper across the scanner and slowly $1 is taken off here and 50 cents is taken off there. Next thing you know, the...

By Tania Anderson | July 29, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (29)

Cool Store: ALDI

As many of you know, I've been on a quest this summer to find cheaper groceries since finding cheap gas seems like a losing battle. I think I found the answer. A reader posted a comment recently about ALDI, a German grocery store that has a few stores in the...

By Tania Anderson | July 24, 2008; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (25)

Is Online Grocery Shopping Worth the Fee?

Two things hitting my pocketbook hard these days are gas and food. So I thought getting my groceries delivered could help cut down on my daily gas binges. I recently explored the food delivery services offered by Giant and Safeway. I also looked at Harris Teeter's drive-up food service, which...

By Tania Anderson | July 9, 2008; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (28)

Grocery Shopping Deals: Who Has Them?

I think I spend more time at the grocery store than I do my own house. Well probably not, but there are weeks when I feel like a professional grocery shopper. With food prices on the rise, I've wondered if I'm shopping at the right place. As much as I...

By Tania Anderson | June 26, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shopping at the Butcher

I often hear old-timers talking about the good ol' days of going to the local butcher to get the night's dinner. They even get a little nostalgic for the sawdust on the floor. Nowadays most people pick up their meat at the local grocery store. No nostalgia there. But you...

By Tania Anderson | May 29, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Buying Groceries on Amazon.com

Boy, it's getting expensive to feed the fam. And mine loves to eat, so asking them to go on a Ramen noodles diet is kinda out of the question. So this summer I'll be looking for creative ways to save some cash at the grocery store. I'm hoping to answer...

By Tania Anderson | May 22, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Where Gourmet Finds Are in Full 'Bloom'

I'm always in search of the ultimate grocery shopping experience. I find myself food shopping so many times a week, so why not make it pleasant? Which is why the television ads for Bloom, a food store owned by Food Lion that promises to be a "different kind of grocery...

By Tania Anderson | April 17, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Taking a Walk on the International Side of Food

In the mood for something a little different for dinner today? How about some rabbit stew? Or sauteed milkfish? These aren't exactly the kinds of ingredients you'd find at your local Safeway or Giant. But I recently discovered that you can find them at one of the various large international...

By Tania Anderson | January 31, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

Tips on Buying Organic

The first time I heard the term "organic" was a few years ago when my daughter was getting ready to start drinking cow's milk for the first time. Someone had mentioned to me that I should buy her organic milk to reduce the amount of chemicals entering her small body....

By Tania Anderson | January 15, 2008; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shopping Clubs: Deal or No Deal? (Part II)

One of the liveliest blog posts I've done since Shop To It's launch was on shopping clubs. As you may recall, I did a rundown of what not to buy at members-only clubs like BJ's Wholesale Club and Costco. As regular shoppers of these clubs know, the stores are humongous...

By Tania Anderson | January 10, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (20)

Shopping Clubs: Deal or No Deal?

My mother-in-law vowed recently that she wouldn't buy her meat and fish anywhere else but Costco. My mother gushes over the great deals on wine at BJ's Wholesale Club. And one of my friends heads straight to Sam's Club when she's throwing a party. Personally, I've always been a bit...

By Tania Anderson | October 25, 2007; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (25)

 

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