Urged on by readers to check out WinCo, I took a field trip on Sunday to the Roseville outlet. It was a dangerous journey because it meant I had to drive past the Galleria without stopping. Once inside the store, I was pleasantly surprised. It's well-stocked with major brands and their own labels. If you like shopping for essentials and buying in bulk, this is the place for you. But be forewarned: This is no-frills grocery shopping. You must bag your own items and cart them out to the car. One plus, you get 6-cents per bag if you bring your own.
Tale of the (cash-register) tape: The produce section is huge and offers lots of variety. Navel oranges cost 58-cents lb.; apricots were $1.48lb. Fuji apples were $1.47lb - all significantly cheaper that most supermarkets. Other highlights include: tortillas at $2.40 a package; fresh bagels 35-cents each; whole wheat sandwich bread $1.58 a loaf; Barilla pasta 98-cents per box; a gallon of non-fat milk $2.45 and Kozy Shack tapioca pudding at $1.98 is more than $1 cheaper that most supermarkets. One of my favorites - Martinelli's sparkling cider (all varities) is $1.78 a bottle and a case of the WinCo brand (American Falls) of bottled water is $2.98 per case.
WinCo has a large selection of bulk items, too. You can purchase everything from jelly beans to granola to almonds by the pound.
Overall, it was worth the trip and definitely a way to Shop Cheap. To learn more about the company and locations in our area, go to www.wincofoods.com.
On my way home, I stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up a copy of the "Summer Guide 2008," which is only available at the store. More on that tomorrow.
And if anyone shops at ULTA, the salon/fragrance/cosmetics store, your reward points are going to expire on June 30. That's what I was told, anyway, when I was there over the weekend using my coupon.