What deals can I get at Costco that make it worth the hike and membership when I already have walking distance access to Trader Joe's, Walmart, Jewel and independent local grocers? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert
on Mar 18, 2014 -
I will be visiting my family in the Baltimore/DC area for the holidays. As a present I would like to make my parents a really fabulous, gourmet dinner. Please point me to the stores with the best selections of seafood, veggies, and cheese! [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway
on Dec 13, 2013 -
I just downloaded the mint.com app and found to my absolute horror
that partner and I are spending $1300 a month on food (!!!) Surely this cannot be right. What does your budget look like and what is an average spend for you? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday
on Nov 29, 2013 -
I need to be better about managing my grocery budget and streamlining my time in the kitchen. I've just started poking around for options but I'm eager for hive mind recommendations.
The main caveat is that I'm in Canada, which has ruled the promising foodonthetable.com.
Something that allows you to cost meals fairly easily would be nice.
Please pardon any typos--mobile AskMeing is a bit tricksy.
posted by Decimask
on Nov 28, 2013 -
I'm hoping to start our food and sundries budget off on the right foot by shopping the sales as much as possible, but going through flyers and/or finding coupons on store at a time can be really tedious. There has to be a site or app for this, but I seem to be striking out.
Any recommendations from the hive mind? Bonus made-up points for anything that lets me set even basic alerts.
(The Canada factor is key--the initial few apps I've looked at have been US-only.)
posted by Decimask
on May 29, 2013 -
There's a giant Korean supermarket not terribly far from where I live (the mega Hmart
in Burlington). It's enormous--big enough to have small aisles dedicated to different Asian groceries--a Thai aisle, an Indian aisle, a Japanese aisle, etc. It's far more than I'd ever be able to explore on my own. What items available in a truly excellent Asian supermarket should I seek out? This is pretty much a pan-Asian free-for-all, so if you have a favorite Indonesian mustard, or an unforgettable Cambodian pickle, please share here. Bonus points for sous-vide-able items! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on May 20, 2013 -
I need extremely basic help with meal planning and grocery shopping. I don't even know where to start. I have a psychological block against cooking to the point where actually I'll forgo eating if it's going to be more difficult than microwaving something. [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Oct 4, 2012 -
Mefites of Holland! Send me to your favorite ethnic grocery stores and trattorias in de Randstad.
Bonus points for North Holland (esp. Haarlem-A'dam-Alkmaar), and you win 1,000 internets if you know of a real Mexican, Thai or Indian grocer anywhere within 250k of Amsterdam.
posted by digitalprimate
on Aug 15, 2012 -
Grocery shopping in Alexandria, VA without a car and on a $200/month budget? [more inside]
posted by elisse
on Jan 28, 2012 -
My lifestyle has gone through some major flux in the last couple of months and I need some advice/guidance/reassurance from others who are trying to be their healthiest every day. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey
on Mar 15, 2011 -
My boyfriend and I have a cooking puzzle for you: we rather wildly underestimated the price of our groceries when we went shopping this evening, and as a result we decided to try to raid the current contents of our pantry to accommodate two weeks of meals rather than just one. Well, it turns out we have way more stuff than we thought, but we have no idea how to put it all together. Assuming that we can buy $10 or so more groceries if we need to make recipes work, can you tell us how to make the enclosed list of ingredients into 5-7 tasty vegan dinners that are more interesting than just five nights of beans and rice? We know we've got lots of food, we're just not very good at improvising. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Feb 6, 2011 -
Hacking Whole Foods: Give me your best suggestions and tips for finding LOW-priced options at Whole Foods that are not available in typical, mainstream chain grocery stores. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Jan 6, 2011 -
I love citrus generally, but I was just thinking about how I really, really love satsumas
- but haven't seen them in the local Whole Foods in a while. I'm in NYC - where can I go now, and generally, to get some delicious satsumas? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Dec 16, 2010 -
Which grocery items are the cheapest (most cost effective) in terms of how far they go to actually feed yourself and your family? [more inside]
posted by kitcat
on Nov 3, 2010 -
What is a healthy, reasonable shopping list/meal plan that can be purchased once a week from Costco? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy
on Oct 7, 2010 -
You are a foodie, you don't eat out often, and you manage to spend less than $400-500 on food a month for two people, including going out. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea
on Sep 22, 2010 -
ISO discount grocery stores around the Cambridge-to-Waltham Massachusetts corridor. I'm thinking here of the dented-can, overstock, weird-food-that-didn't-sell-in-the-regular-supermarket, fell-off-the-loading-dock variety. Like a "Building 19⅚" of grocery stores. I've seen places like this in other locales, but not around where I live.
posted by not_on_display
on Sep 14, 2010 -
Is there any way for me to be automatically notified when certain foods go on sale at any stores in my area? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen
on Aug 13, 2010 -
A brand new grocery store opened up near where I work! Yay! (Previously, there weren't any nearby.) I want to get my lunch there. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Jul 21, 2010 -
I'll be making a one-time pilgrimage to a Trader Joe's this weekend. What good, cheap stuff should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Apr 29, 2010 -
Are there any grocery stores or shoppes in Columbus, Ohio that make deliveries? Alternatively, are there any other organizations there that do (free or compensated) grocery delivery services for the elderly? [more inside]
posted by Keter
on Mar 10, 2010 -
What are some excellent packaged food products made by companies in or around Chicago? I want to sell them in the little grocery store I manage. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba
on Mar 9, 2010 -
Please help me find a good Halal butcher or meat shop in Toronto. Preferably not in Scarborough. [more inside]
posted by scrute
on Feb 25, 2010 -
I live in Vancouver, Canada and I am going to the U.S. for the day this weekend. I want to know if it's in fact true, that you can bring groceries back into Canada without paying duty or customs fees? [more inside]
posted by ninefour
on Oct 21, 2009 -
Tomato question: Did something happen late last Autumn that could have caused low-priced/budget tomatoes in (U.S.) fast-food restaurants and supermarkets to become radically better tasting? My perception of increased quality had a sudden onset, was not chain-specific, not geographically localized, and is shared by a handful of friends. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Aug 17, 2009 -
Need a budget priced new / used bike for grocery shopping and a bike bag to carry them in - tell me what I need and what brands I should look for. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Aug 16, 2009 -
Do you have your very own (non-pilfered) shopping cart? I may be selling my car soon, and need a liveable way of lugging groceries. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann
on Jul 22, 2009 -
I'm looking for web-based or Windows software that can help me track grocery prices over time. Kind of like an electronic grocery price book. I'm hoping for something a little more sophisticated that a spreadsheet. Any recommendations?
posted by braveterry
on Jun 30, 2009 -
At a Walmart in Missouri, of all places, I found some pre-packaged, refrigerated tortillas that were very, very thin pieces of uncooked dough stacked together. You just peeled one off, put it in a pan to quickly cook it, and ended up with a delicious, home-made-tasting flour tortilla. Where can I find these in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on May 9, 2009 -
What are your favourite kitchen and pantry management tricks to avoid the waste of food and money? [more inside]
posted by orange swan
on Mar 28, 2009 -
Where can I do groceries on the cheap in uptown Hoboken?
A&P and Shoprite are both a bit of a walk from our house, fine in nice weather but sucky during this season. Kings is a bit expensive for us right now.
posted by spacefire
on Jan 30, 2009 -
Where can I buy cheap groceries in the Vancouver/Burnaby area? I'd like to know where all the ethnic markets are, or smaller shops that offer lower prices than supermarkets. Economy-of-scale savings are out as I don't have a car. For the purposes of this question, I'll define "cheap" as "cheaper than Superstore".
posted by Xianny
on Oct 2, 2008 -