16 Things Not to Buy in a Grocery 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.
Is it really worth buying expensive olive oil? We don't think so. This 68-ounce Iberia Premium Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil is on sale at Target for $5.91, down from $7.89. Reviewers love this less-expensive alternative saying it's great for, "sauteing, frying, or for everything else." Compare it to Ralph's 16 ounces of Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil at $4.99, and that's a significant savings.
Target offers a 24 pack of 16.9-ounce bottles of purified drinking water for the mere cost of $2.69. Kroger sells 24 packs of 8-ounce mini bottles for $2.99. With Target, you're getting twice the amount of water for 30 cents less, and reviewers give it five stars for taste. Not a bad deal.
Essentially a product from Chicken of the Sea, 5-ounce cans of Van Camp's Chunk White Albacore Tuna in Water are available for $1 per can at Dollar Tree. Dieting website Fooducate's reviewers give it a "B+" rating on a scale from A to D. A similar product in the grocery store costs 44 cents more per can.
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 $1.25 at Ralphs. A 15-ounce bottle of Comforts Baby Shampoo costs $2.99 at Ralphs. 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 $3.49 for two 4-ounce bars of the same product at Ralphs (about 44 cents an ounce).
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 $3.99 at Ralphs, but at Target you can pick up a four pack of Scotch Brite Non Scratch sponges for $3.79. At Ralphs, a 64-ounce jug of Clorox Bleach runs $2.79 (4.3 cents an ounce), while at Target, 116 ounces of Splashless Clorox cost $3.97 (3.4 cents an ounce) giving an overall better price for quantity of product.
For storing food, children's supplies, or whatever your household needs may be, there's nothing better than plastic storage containers. But why pay through the nose for them? Ralphs has Rubbermaid Easy-Find Lids food storage containers priced at $10.99 for a 6-piece set. But you can get the same set of Rubbermaid containers from Target for $5.84 on sale, down from $6.49.
It happens all the time. You have to attend a party, you buy the host a bottle of wine and have nothing to put it in. At Ralph's, a True Fabrications Logo Purse Wine Bag will run you $4.24 What a waste of money. It's cheaper in the long run to stop by the Dollar Tree and stock up on a few of these Voila Embossed Wine Bottle Gift Bags for a dollar.
At grocery stores, a Hallmark card will run you upward of $3 or $4, 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.
You might not realize the savings you can reap on vitamins simply by purchasing them at a different store. A 100-count bottle of Kroger Vitamin D 1000 iu softgels is $8.99 on sale at the grocery store. A 180-count bottle of Trader Joe's Vitamin D 1000 iu softgels is only $4.99. That's almost double the amount at half the price. That's a 44 percent savings. Incidentally Trader Joe's has great deals on vitamins and supplements.
Three 8-ounce tubes of Colgate Cavity Protection toothpaste with fluoride cost a mere $4.99 at Target. Compare that to $2.99 for one 6-ounce tube of Colgate Maxfresh Clean Mint toothpaste at Ralphs. Target gives you toothpaste at 20 cents per ounce vs. 49 cents per ounce from Ralphs.
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. Men's size 10-13 low-cut athletic socks come in a three-count packs and cost $1. Hanes Men's Cushion Ankle Socks come in a 6-pack and cost $14.99 at Ralphs.
Spices are spices are spices. Roxanne Edwards of the Consumer Affairs Department at Stop & Shop told the Kitchn she believes that "the cost differential between the store brand and the marquee names is primarily based upon one simple factor: marketing." Kroger's Spice Islands 1.9-ounce ground Saigon cinnamon retails for a whopping $5.99, while a 3-ounce bottle of ground cinnamon at the Dollar Tree will run you $1. The 2.25-ounce bottle of Supreme Tradition Cayenne Pepper is $1 at Dollar Tree. And Spice Islands' 2.3-ounce bottle is $6.49 at Ralphs.
Shoppers can save loads — so to speak — on laundry supplies at the Dollar Store. Breezy lavender-scented fabric softener dryer sheets are 55 count and $1 per box. At Ralph's, Bounce costs $5.49 for an 80 count box. Buying 50 fluid ounces of Gain detergent will run 99 cents more at the grocery store than at Dollar Tree. Need a bag for your delicates? Why spend $2.99 on one bag at Ralphs when you can purchase three for $1 at Dollar Tree.
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