May 13, 2024 - Food and Drink

D.C. grocery shoppers hop between these stores to stretch their dollars

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Say TTYL to the one-stop shop: People are increasingly hitting up multiple grocery stores to save money as food gets pricier.

Why it matters: Your Sunday shopping trip is a lot longer when you have to stop by Giant … and Whole Foods … and Costco … and Aldi.

What they're saying: "I haven't [one-stop] shopped in years," says Claire McDonough of Alexandria.

  • She buys staples online at Giant, using coupons and deals for gas discounts, then goes to pick it all up. For everything else, it's Whole Foods — the money she saves via Giant's discounts goes toward organic dairy, meat, and produce, she says.

Pro tip: Many readers scan store discounts and take advantage of deals like Harris Teeter's BOGO sales.

Here's how some locals break up their shopping:

🛒Whole Foods: Fruits, vegetables, organic juice, organic meat, or harder-to-find cuts, and "healthy" things like polenta or semolina.

🛒Trader Joe's: Staples like frozen veggies or meals, flour, yogurt, peanut butter, pasta sauce, crackers, cheese, and nuts.

🛒Harris Teeter/Giant/Safeway: Staples like paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, flour, and cereal, as well as produce and meat.

🛒Streets Market: Harder-to-find produce like chayote, cassava, and tomatillos.

🛒Lidl: Eggs and milk.

🛒Aldi: Fruits, veggies, milk, and orange juice.

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