READERS DIGEST – If you feel like your trips to the grocery store have been burning a bigger hole in your wallet lately, you’re not imagining things. Even shopping at cheap grocery stores is increasingly expensive. According to the latest Consumer Price Index figures, prices at grocery stores have been up 2.4% over the past year.
And on top of inflation, there’s shrinkflation—when product sizes shrink, but their prices don’t—a sneaky grocery store secret they’re hoping you don’t notice.
In short, it’s more important than ever to find the best deals. But saving money on groceries is just one of the things that defines the best grocery stores.
A new survey conducted by Market Force asked 6,555 U.S. consumers about their grocery-shopping habits—touching on brand preference, customer experience, brand engagement and brand awareness—and which stores offer the best value for their money. We’ve rounded up the top 10 to make sure your dollar goes further on your next shopping trip.
Is it possible to save money on groceries and still have a pleasant shopping experience? If you head to these cheap grocery stores, the answer is a resounding yes!
“More than any other store on this list, Aldi is the one to beat when it comes to cheap groceries,” says Howard. “Customers can save up to 50% off traditional supermarket prices and up to 30% off Walmart prices.”
But Aldi isn’t just the leader among cheap grocery stores; it’s also one of the most efficient stores, with customers able to get in and out quickly, thanks to the fast checkout process.
With more than 2,400 locations across 38 states and plans to open 120 more by the end of the year, it’s also one of the fastest-growing chains in the United States.