How to save money at grocery stores

With inflation hitting grocery stores hard, 13 is ON YOUR SIDE to help your family save money.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Perhaps one of the most obvious places inflation is hitting Americans is at the grocery store. 13 is ON YOUR SIDE with an easy way to save 25-60% or more.

You’ve heard of outlet stores for clothes and shoes…but what about outlet stores for food? Meredith TerHaar of 13 ON YOUR SIDE checked out two different options in West Michigan, both with multiple locations. The offers were impressive.

The first stop, grocery store in Hudsonville, where you’ll save “typically 25 to 30 percent, up to 60 percent off typically off normal prices,” co-owner Jim Hocking said.

How do they offer such low prices? They buy items on the secondary market.

“A lot of products that are sent out of the main warehouse are either package changes, overages, overruns, near or past best buy dates, there is a long list of reasons why they could go to market secondary,” Hocking said. “There was a day years ago when most of that food would have gone to landfill, and that’s good food.”

A quick tour of the store and you’ll see why people love to save here. From the great selection of pork loins at $2.99 ​​a pound to chicken products and even ground beef, this is a great place to get your frozen protein.

Another way to save you money: repackaging bulk bags in much smaller quantities. The Grocery Outlet has several examples, from chocolate to gourmet cheese.

“So the price per pound is much lower than what you would pay in a normal store,” Hocking said. “We get a lot of specialty cheeses.”

This is a great place to shop if you’re looking for holiday deli items.

And that’s not all. If you use a Keurig, the K Cup selection includes brands like Caribou, Peets, and Green Mountain at affordable prices.

From coffee to cream, the 13 ON YOUR SIDE team has found a great selection at Daily Deals at Comstock Park where customers can save 30-50% or more.

Daily Deals manager Katie Anderson suggests this strategy: “It’s definitely worth shopping with us first and then going to other retailers. I hear people talk about it all the time. They’re always impressed with how much they have in their cart versus when they go. We specialize in frozen protein, which is what most people plan around their meals.”

Manager Kimberly Jones showed us around the store. “We are able to offer $2.49 a pound (for the chicken) because it was previously fresh and we froze it.”

Another excellent source of protein: Chobani Greek yogurt.

“It’s a product, when it has a short lifespan, consumers don’t always appeal to it, so we come in and buy it,” Jones said. “It still has over a week of shelf life, usually if I’m going to buy it, I’ll use it within a week anyway.”

Deals on deals, like Babybel cheese – usually $6.49, it’s reduced to $3.99 at the grocery store.

Repackaging is a strategy that Daily Deals also uses.

“We’ve had these hash browns inspected, repackaged them with our house brand, and are able to sell them at a great discount,” Jones said.

It’s also a great place to buy made-in-Michigan snacks.

They might not be superfluous on the outside, but the deals you can find at these two grocery outlets will definitely help you feed your family for less.

Daily Deals has five locations in West Michigan. We visited the one in Comstock Park, but they are also located in Wyoming, Allendale, Greenville and Muskegon.

Grocery Outlet has two. We visited the location in Hudsonville. They have another one in Allegan.

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