I've talked before about how I'm the world's laziest couponer. I love saving money on groceries, but don't have the time/patience/scissors to clip coupons for my grocery shopping. (Seriously. I can *never* find scissors when I need them!) Heck, I'm not even on a real shopping schedule… we shop when we're running low on food… not a specific day of the week or anything.
Enter Grocery Outlet.
When my mom was trying to save money when I was a kid, we shopped at the giant “bag it yourself” warehouse store, or we went to what we called the “used bread store,” a day-old baked goods store, or we went to a giant discount grocer. Digging through giant palettes of groceries, looking for less dented, or not-quite-expired packages.
Grocery Outlet flips that all around. I was invited to visit for the Grand Opening celebration at the new Grocery Outlet in Palo Alto, and couldn't have been more impressed with what I saw.
Big, clean aisles, well-stocked with brands and products I know well. I was shocked (shocked, I tell you!) when I explored the beer and wine selection and found some of my favorite options at amazing prices.
I seriously couldn't believe some of the prices I found. Bread that I routinely pay over $5 for at my nearest grocery store was only $2.99! Justin's Honey Peanut butter was $2.99 instead of the $7.99 it is elsewhere! (That one got a lot of attention on my Instagram feed!) 18 cage and antibiotic-free eggs wereonly $2.59, a far better deal than I've found elsewhere.
So what's the catch? There's a trick to taking advantage of the amazing deals at Grocery Outlet, but it's a simple one. Shop there first. The stock that they carry in-store varies from day to day. When I was chatting with local owner Tony Tenaglia, he told me that their order choices come in three times a day, and it's a rush to order the best stuff as quickly as possible.
Much like some online retailers work, Grocery Outlet buys the overstocks and excess merchandise from other stores, at a discount, and they pass that savings on to you. So they won't always have what you need, but what they do have will save you tons. On my shopping trip this time around, they had nearly everything; I only skipped razor blades for Jamie and Kraft macaroni and cheese. They didn't have it this time, but I can easily get those things at another store.
Now here's the cool part! Grocery Outlet gave me TWO gift cards to give away! They're worth $25 each, which is easily worth much more, since your dollar goes further at Grocery Outlet! Here's how to enter:
Included in this cart: Cheez-It Party Mix, Tostitos Scoops, Pace Picante salsa, Green Giant carrots, Dole bananas, 2 12-bottle boxes of beer Gordon Biersch and Blue Moon variety packs), 20 oz. bottle specialty beer, 2 boxes Honey Nut Chex, 1 jar Best/Hellman's mayo, 2 jars Jif peanut butter, 18 cage-free eggs, 12-pack Honey Maid snack crackers, quart 1/2 & 1/2, 12 pack International Delights “Heath Bar” creamer, 1/2 gallon 1% organic milk, jar Hershey's Hazelnut/Cappuccino spread.
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