I thought about lumping Meijer with another major grocer this week because it is a regional store. However, there are some very specific items that I buy at Meijer that I want to highlight, so I’m going with it anyway.
1. Handsdown, Meijer has the best selection of “Manager Specials” for produce. As I have mentioned on previous posts, most stores have a set time that they put out their reduced produce and meat; be sure to check with your local store on that time. Our Meijer puts their marked down produce out between 10-11am. There is usually a line waiting for the carts to roll out. Of course, you have to check the quality of the produce before purchasing, and either eat/prepare or freeze right away. If you are familiar with the regular prices for these items, you will notice a significant savings. Some examples of the produce items I buy on Manager Special:
- Bell Peppers (Multi-color): I never pay more than $1 for a bag of 3 bell peppers.
- English Cucumbers: 50¢
- Organic Portabello Mushrooms: 50¢
- Tangerines, approx.10lb. bag: $2.50
- Clementines, 5lb: $1.00
- Salad Kits: 50¢
2. Meijer carries their own brand of “Organic” and “Natural” foods that typically do not contain the fillers, preservatives, etc that other brands do. In some cases, they will have the “Organic” and the “Natural” in the same item (with the same ingredients) and the “Natural” will be cheaper. Some examples that I buy on a semi-regular basis:
- Meijer Naturals Ketchup
- Meijer Organic or Naturals Broth
- Meijer Naturals Chips
- Meijer Naturals Bread
- Meijer Organic or Naturals Salsa
- Meijer Organic or Naturals Canned Beans
- Meijer Organic Cereal
3. Soy Yogurt. My son loves it and they carry the Silk Vanilla Soy Yogurt, 32oz container for $2.99. I have not found a better price than this.
4. I always peruse the “Manager Special” non-perishable items. I will, on occasion, find a good deal on an allergy-friendly food that has been discontinued or a dented box.
Overall, I would say that Meijer is the recipient of the most of our money on a monthly basis. They just seem to have the better sales and more options (for me), although Kroger has been doing a little better lately. One thing I will say that is lacking at Meijer, compared to the other stores I shop (Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods) is their “allergy-friendly” specific food selection. It is rather slim and terribly expensive! So I don’t generally buy much of the allergy-specific foods at Meijer.
So, up next…the “specialty” stores: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Costco.
Do you have anything to add to the Meijer list?