Frugal Shoppers Share Their Favorite Low-Cost Grocery Stores

Aldi food market in Buffalo, New York, USA.


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Aldi food market in Buffalo, New York, USA.

Reasonable Retailers

With prices so high, going to the grocery store can be demoralizing these days. Not only have companies increased their prices, but they've also "shrinkflated" popular products like Kleenex and Gatorade. That said, some retailers are worse than others when it comes to price gouging. Thrifty Redditors recently shared where they shop ... without spending an arm and a leg. Here's where to buy cheap groceries, according to Redditors.

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Trader Joes grocery store entrance with sign
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Lidl supermarket store exterior UK


While German efficiency is mostly a myth —their trains are often late, for example — they know how to helm affordable grocery stores. Like Trader Joe's and Aldi, the German-owned retailer Lidl is a favorite because of its competitive prices and no-frills shopping experience. "If you tend to stick to basic ingredients, I'd start with Lidl," a commenter writes, adding that the store sells high-quality ingredients at affordable prices.

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The Williamsburg Farmers Market in Merchants Square

Local Farmers Market

While the prices at farmers markets will vary widely from region to region, it's easy to forget that they're even an option. Since you're dealing directly with vendors, you can usually negotiate on the price, especially if you shop toward the end of the market.