15 Things Not to Buy in a Grocery Store
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15 Things Not to Buy in a Grocery Store
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What's In Store

Stuff is expensive. Cutting costs today means being an ultra savvy shopper. The days of stopping at one store and buying everything in one location are long gone. That often means hunting and pecking for the best deals and driving around town to the dollar stores and other retailers. We've put together a list of items you shouldn't buy at the grocery store and we show you where to get them.

Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.

Related: 17 Ways Grocery Stores Have Changed Over the Past 50 Years

Olive Oil
Target
Bottled Water
Target
Tuna
Dollar Tree
Shampoo, Deodorant, Soaps
Dollar Tree

Shampoo, Deodorant, Soaps

Head to Dollar Tree for your hair and toiletry needs, where 1.8-ounce Speed Stick Men's Regular deodorant is just $1. That same deodorant will run you $2.89 at Albertson's. A 15-ounce bottle of Signature Care Baby Shampoo for $3.29 is the cheapest at Albertson's — it's the chain's generic. For only $1, you can get a 15-ounce bottle of Angel of Mine baby shampoo at Dollar Tree. At Dollar Tree, a 2.6-ounce bar of Dove Moisturizing Soap costs a buck each (38 cents an ounce), but it will run you $4 for two 2.4-ounce bars of the same product at Albertson's (about 44 cents an ounce).

Cleaning Supplies
Target

Cleaning Supplies

It's such a great feeling to have a clean house, but such a drag when the supplies cost almost as much as hiring a cleaning person. Don't let grocery store prices get you down. A three-pack of Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges will run you $4.59 at Albertson's, but at Target you can pick up a 12-pack of Scotch Brite Non Scratch sponges for $10.69 — that's four times the number of sponges for a little over twice the total price. At Albertson's, a 64-ounce jug of Clorox Bleach runs $4.09 (6 cents an ounce), while at Target, 116 ounces of Splashless Clorox cost $3.99 (4.1 cents an ounce) giving an overall better price for quantity of product.

Storage Containers
Target
Greeting Cards
Dollar Tree

Greeting Cards

At grocery stores, a Hallmark card will run you upward of $4 or $5, and that's just the starting price. Dollar Tree has hundreds of cards starting at 2 for $1. Now you can celebrate every moment with family and friends with exclusive greeting cards at the perfect price.

Party Supplies
Dollar Tree
Paper Products
Walmart
Vitamins
Amazon

Vitamins

You might not realize the savings you can reap on vitamins simply by buying them at a different store. A 100-count bottle of Vitamin D softgels can run $11.29 at the grocery store. A 180-count bottle of Trader Joe's Vitamin D 1000 iu softgels is only $11.99. That's almost double the amount.

Toothpaste
Target
Batteries
Dollar Tree
Women's No Show Socks
Dollar Tree

Socks

Whether you lose one in the dryer or just wear through 'em, socks should be replaced once there's a hole or the elastic gets loose. Dollar Tree has a good selection of men's, women's, and children's socks. Women's mini-crew socks come in three-count packs for $1. A three-count of similar socks at Albertson's will cost $6.59 (and there's much less variety).

Spices
Dollar General
Laundry Supplies
Dollar Tree