Prices are up, but you can keep grocery bills down. The trick? Learn which stores offer the best deals and when. Herein, a guide to merchandise, prices and more (like who keeps you jacked on coffee—beware the cup-holstered cart).
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Given the tiny “customer in training” shopping carts, Harry’s Balloon Corral and the mini-library of videos, children’s books, paperbacks, and a bench for reading, Harris Teeter screams Southern hospitality, family values and great deals. Head to its deli for reasonably priced chef-prepared meals. Throwing a bash? Harris Teeter is home to the fabulously cheap Harris Teeter cookies and Big Bucket drink mixes. (Find the margarita, daiquiri and mojito varieties in the rear aisle.) The farmers’ market carries about 600 produce items and 90 organic choices, much from neighboring Magee Farms in Selbyville. Need greeting cards? Harris Teeter has the nicest selection.
Pathmark and Superfresh
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, owns both Pathmark and Superfresh, though the stores serve different demographics. Pathmark caters to urban, ethnically diverse markets, and its prices are lower than those at Superfresh, which operates in upscale areas. (Note the resort-like, newly remodeled Rehoboth Beach location, complete with coffee bar and expanded pharmacy.) In terms of friendly pharmacists and fast service, A&P pharmacies are among the best. Proprietary America’s Choice goods are typically priced 25 percent less than famous brands. But compare prices. When the store brand is overstocked, you’ll save more with name brands.
If you prefer good deals over pretty packages, head to Redner’s. Virtually everything is less expensive because there’s less overhead and no gimmicky promotions. The back row, where prices are lowest, offers a mountain of products still in cardboard boxes. Find a pound of bagged cereal for about $3, giant boxes of whole wheat spaghetti for $1.80, and sacks of pre-cut vegetables for $1.98. Big families are well served at the deli, where they can score foods such as the 5-pound tub of Amish macaroni salad for about $9. This year Redner’s will add 10 fuel pumps in its parking lot.
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