Saving money on groceries is becoming more important than ever, with inflation increasing at rates not seen in decades. Unfortunately, many Americans already live paycheck-to-paycheck and cannot withstand increases in grocery prices. For families struggling or looking for ways to save money, one alternative might be to consider changing grocery stores.
The term “cheapest grocery store” does not have to come with a negative undertone. There are plenty of cheap grocery stores that still provide a high-quality selection of groceries. Some of these stores may not come with all the bells and whistles of a higher-end grocery store, but that doesn’t mean the groceries are not as good.
Aldi is a no-frills shopping experience that offers high-quality food, timely customer service, everyday low prices, and a similar store layout for quick and easy shopping. Aldi stores are located all across the country, but primarily in the midwest and along the east coast. West of Kansas, you can only find Aldi stores in California and Arizona.
Market Basket is a 100-year-old grocery chain in the Northeast. Market Basket operates 90 stores within four states – 53 locations in its home state of Massachusetts, 33 local stores in New Hampshire, two stores in Maine, and two stores in Rhode Island.
WinCo Foods is a privately held, primarily employee-owned supermarket chain. WinCo is based out of Boise, ID, and has locations in eight other states in the western half of the United States. WinCo has 136 retail stores, six distribution centers, and more than 20,000 employees.
Food 4 Less is the name of several grocery store chains, many owned by Kroeger. Several Food 4 Less stores are scattered throughout the United States, including Falley’s, Nugget, and Fleming. However, the primary location of Food 4 Less stores is on the West Coast.
Costco is a membership-only warehouse that generates most of its revenue from retail sales and a small percentage from membership fees. There are more than 800 Costco locations worldwide, with 572 located in the United States.