40 Grocery Store Secrets You Didn’t Know About
From Costco to Aldi, we’ve got some major grocery store secrets we need to spill. Just don’t shop and tell.
Walmart’s price tags hint at markdowns
Prices that end in a seven, like $9.97, are the original price, and prices that end in five are marked down. If you find a price tag that ends in a one, it’s the product’s final markdown, so be sure to snag that item. Here are some of the craziest things Walmart employees have ever seen at work.
Shop on Wednesday for Aldi’s best deals
On Wednesdays, we shop at Aldi. That’s because it’s the best day of the week to find new products. At most Aldi locations, you’ll find produce goes on sale on Wednesdays, too. Pro tip: Make sure to head there in the morning in order to beat the crowds. These are the 12 things you should always buy at Aldi.
You can taste test any product at Trader Joe’s
You read that right. You can taste test practically anything in the store before you buy it. Just let a TJ’s employee know what you’re doing before you rip open a bag of Joe-Joes Cookies, and limit your sampling to one or two products per visit. If your store sells wine, that’s fair game, too. The only off-limits items are products that need to be cooked, which means you’ll just have to wait to try their famous Mandarin Orange Chicken at home. Did you know that there’s an actual Joe behind Trader Joe’s?
Borrow a quarter for your Aldi shopping cart
Aldi’s shopping carts are definitely unique. True fans know to bring a quarter to use a cart, but if you forget your change, you don’t need to head home. Just ask an employee at the register to borrow a quarter so you can get shopping.
Kroger has nearly 200+ gift cards for sale
Kroger offers digital download coupons for as much as $15 off gift card purchases. Plus, they carry more than 200 gift card varieties—we’re talking everything from Airbnb to Netflix. If you purchase it with a Kroger Loyalty card, you’ll get double points, too. Gift cards should definitely be added to your Kroger must-haves list. Keep an eye out for the occasional 4x reward point campaigns to really maximize your benefits.
Costco sells designer bags
If you don’t associate Costco with luxury, you’ve probably haven’t seen their purse selection. Costco offers bags from designers such as Coach, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors—all for special members-only prices. Want more deals? We’ve compiled the best Costco shopping perks you might not realize you can tap into.
Some Great Value items are made by brand name companies
Walmart’s Great Value products are sorely underrated. The budget-friendly brand’s great quality shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as many of its products are made in the same manufacturing plant as Conagra Brands. In fact, Great Value has been recognized as one of our top picks for best pancake mix and best frozen french fries when compared in a blind taste test to its brand-name competitors.
Double Ad Day at Fresh Thyme
On one day each week, Fresh Thyme features a Double Ad Day. This means you can take advantage of both the weekly ad for the coming week and the week about to end. What a great way to save some extra cash. Plan your grocery shopping trips to fall on these days and you can get a discount on almost everything on your list.
Aldi’s chocolate is imported from Europe
Chocolate is one of the things I always buy at Aldi. The German-owned company works with many European suppliers, meaning they also have lots of delicious imported treats—including chocolate and wine.
There are treasures hidden at Trader Joe’s
In some locations, Trader Joe’s employees hide a stuffed animal among the shelves for kids to find. If they spot it, they get a lollipop at checkout (and even if they don’t, TJ’s employees are still pretty generous with giving out treats). You’re likely to find a plastic lobster hidden somewhere in the store, too.