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    Smith's Food & Drug... It's mainly due to the fact that it's much cheaper than Albertson's...even when their sales prices go into effect... The reason I ring at a Smith's may be a wee bit biased as well...that and the employees set up a petition to keep me thee for as long as I want to ring there...

    When in CA...it was Stater's...Ralph's...Lucky...Albertson's...99 Ranch Market...TJ...and Tunk's...

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    Quote Originally Posted by job View Post
    At the intersection of Artesia & Carmenita, correct?

    I used to shop there when visiting my ex-girlfriends parents almost every sunday. Probably saw you there when you were a kid...of course you were the same height, I'm sure. Used to get ice cream at the Thrifty on the opposite corner too.
    That's the one! I was a pint-sized and much cuter version of my pint-sized self back then. I used to always climb on the rails between checkout lines. Drove my mom nuts. We used to hit that Thrifty for ice cream all the time, too. The little pizza place in the Alpha Beta lot had some kick ass grinders, if I remember correctly. I think it was called Anthony's...?

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    Ralph's, Super King, Golden Farms Market, Jons, Costco.

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    I usually shop at Vons/Pavilions, Ralphs, and Albertsons. They vary from week to week depending on the deals they have.

    I have tried Trader Joe's before but never really saw what's so great about it. The only positive thing I can find there is that the employees are extra friendly compared to the big chains. But other than that, a lot of their items seem either unappealing to me, or just too pricey.

    There's a small market near my place called Dogwood and King Ranch, they usually have really inexpensive fruits and vegetables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TooCool View Post
    I have tried Trader Joe's before but never really saw what's so great about it. The only positive thing I can find there is that the employees are extra friendly compared to the big chains. But other than that, a lot of their items seem either unappealing to me, or just too pricey.
    I suppose it depends on what you're buying. They're not going to have the like 79 cents/lb whole chicken specials you'll see at a Stater Bros or Vons, so yeah, I'd imagine their meats are going to be more expensive.

    However, their dairy items like butter and cream are a lot less expensive. Most of their stuff is pretty tasty too. My dad's been buying their version of honey nut cheerios and it's just as good, if not better than the regular honey nut cheerios. Tons of good snacky type items as well.

    Personally, I don't think I'm the type of person that would do all my shopping at Trader Joes, since I'm not going to eat chile lime peanut mix, but a lot of their stuff is good and reasonably priced.

    As for the Vegas Smiths/Albertsons debate, my sister used to shop at Albertsons, but the Smiths opened closer to her house. She seems to think they're less expensive, plus they put in a gas station, so if she does most of her shopping there, she'll get the 5 or 10 cent a gallon gas rewards. Her Sam's Club and Walmart Supercenter though are brand new and the Walmart is the oddest one I've been in. It's not too crowded and the employees are actually nice and friendly. I was looking for cleaning supplies when she was moving, I couldn't find them and I asked an employee who told me where they were and she offered to walk me over to show me where they were. I was amazed.

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    I go to Von's Pavilions or use Vons on-line --super selection evnen ge the ad prices and delivers to my door--VONS or Pavilions is the favororite in Pasadena!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UberJarhead View Post
    By the way, who here remembers Alpha Beta?
    How about Hughes, Market Basket and I think Shopping Bag.........man I'm old.......
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    The library at University of La Verne used to be an Alpha Beta. As far as grocery chains, I don't have anything near my house, so it just depends on what I want and where I feel like driving. If I need paper products, it's usually Staers or Albertson's. Food it's between Trader Joes and Sprouts. Sprouts does run higher on some items, but they have pretty good sales, and you can save with the items in the bulk bins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    It's not nitrate free I'm sure, but the bacon from the butcher counter at Stater Bros always cooks up really nicely, doesn't shrink too much, and with good flavor. It's usually less expensive than any of the prepackaged stuff too, sometimes it's on sale for $1.99/lb.
    oooh, that is a good deal. only thing is, i try to get nitrite/nitrate free bacon because the cooking process can lead to reactions with degraded amino acids, forming carcinogens. it's a bigger deal with bacon for me because i use the bacon fat to fry toast or trader joe's hash browns. my husband's half scottish so it's sort of a thing his dad's side of the family got him accustomed to having for breakfast.

    if i'm just going to eat the bacon in small amounts and then toss the fat, then any ole cheap, tasty bacon's a-ok.
    although, i've read that pregnant women should also limit if not avoid meats treated with nitrates/nitrites as well...

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    Stephanie Edwards used to be the spokesperson for Lucky, which Supervalu owns the rights to and has opened a few in Socal. Our closest supermarket growing up was Lucky on Euclid and GG Blvd. Older format with no deli/fresh bread, but was easy to find stuff and the staff was friendly and knew my Mom by first name. Now its a Asian supermarket whose parking lot is much fuller than it ever was as a Lucky.

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