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How to choose a supermarket in the US

A supermarket is a man’s best friend in any city in any country in the world. There is no need to expect any exotic things from them, but it is always interesting how other people have it. We have compiled a guide to the most popular US supermarkets with tips: where, why and with what budget to go.

The most popular supermarkets in the USA - American Butler GuideChoosing a supermarket

The main points that will meet in any supermarket:

  1. Taxes are not included in the price lists - at the checkout the cost of purchases will be more expensive by an average of 8-10%, you should not forget about it;
  2. It is more profitable to buy in bulk - if you consider the distance from shops to the residential sector, this is not surprising. You have to go to the stores every time, so it’s easier to buy immediately for a long time;
  3. In each of the American supermarkets there are priority categories of goods - they will either be cheaper to cost or delight in quality. Therefore, for food and, for example, laundry detergent, it is better to travel to different places depending on the main focus of the store;
  4. It’s better to ask about discounts and promotions yourself - some stores have a club card system or discounts when buying several units of goods, but this is not always possible to learn from the signs.

We will arrange the stores from best to worst based on customer surveys from US public organizations.

US budget supermarkets

  • Walmart

It is rather a hypermarket, reminds Auchan. Of the benefits - a huge range and around the clock operation. At Walmart, you can buy literally anything: household goods, products for children, sports equipment, food, medicines, small electronics... The only thing worth paying close attention to is quality. There are a lot of Chinese-made goods, which are fairly cheap and not very reliable. Little fresh food, mostly products with a long shelf life.

  • Target

Cheapest supermarkets in America - photo of a girl with a trolley - American ButlerMore cultural version of Auchan. Prices are higher than at Walmart, but the quality and choice of products is much better. This is especially true of food. If it is possible to buy goods for slightly larger amounts than the minimum for survival, then it is better to do this in Target.

  • Costco

Login with client cards. This card is worth $55. Ideal for bulk purchases of products, as many large packages are sold here. at promotional prices. Also at Costco there are usually additional cheap services like washing and tire fitting.

  • Aldi

Main assortment - These are basic products and household goods. The store looks like a warehouse. No frills can be found there, but you can buy a set of food and household chemicals. Reasonable prices, the main audience - expats and retirees.

  • Food Lion

The price level in this store is slightly higher than in the same Aldi, but the choice is a bit wider and the discount programs are much higher. And the stores themselves look nicer - if this is important to you, then the overpayment for the goods is not particularly great, and the impression will be better.

Photo of one of the most popular supermarkets in the United States Trader Joe's - American Butler

Supermarkets of medium and high price category

  • Harris teeter

Quite a large supermarket chain. Its main advantage is that there are many stores and each has a large selection of fresh produce - meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. If it is profitable to buy in other places for a long time that is stored for a long time, then it is convenient to periodically go and see for perishable products. Prices are average, you will not notice much savings or high costs. There is a system of club cards and special promotions for their holders.

  • Trader Joe’s

Photo of Whole Foods Organic Foods Supermarket in the USA - American ButlerRecently appeared network. Differs creative approach to organizing the store and the range of products - most of them are organic or unique to their area. Particular attention can be paid to the choice of alcohol. Here you can buy a very good wine at relatively low prices.

  • Whole Foods

A little hipster place, but if the concept of a healthy diet is important to you, then this is what you need. Almost all products are organic and fresh. In addition to food, you can buy natural food supplements, cosmetics and even something from household chemicals. Prices, of course, are not particularly pleased with the man in the street, but usually Americans are satisfied with the choice and service of Whole Foods.

  • Earth fare

It is difficult to call him the worst, rather, he is simply more privileged. and not available for everyone. This is a high-class supermarket for those who can afford to spend big money on food. Sometimes very large. In addition to the overall entourage at Earth Fair, there is a rather large selection of imported goods, mainly from European countries - cheeses, wine, chocolate, tea, and so on.

The most convenient and advantageous places are still determined only in practice. To understand what is better to buy and where, you need to live in the USA and taste the American way of life . American Butler can help you not only with advice, but also with the organization of your time in America. We invite you to get to know this country from the inside - there are a lot of interesting and useful articles on our website.

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