Extreme Couponing Tip: Check Out Ethnic Markets for Big Savings

Ever find yourself looking at expensive spices and produce at your grocery store? If you’re cooking up new dishes or looking for staples, consider shopping a local ethnic market for cheaper alternatives!

Here are some examples of foods that have generally good prices at ethnic markets:

Produce: Fresh garlic, avocados, apples, broccoli, bell peppers, egg plants, or cucumbers. Ethnic markets can have super-low prices on fresh produce!

Spices/ Herbs: Chili powder, cumin, cinnamon (ground and whole sticks), oregano, sesame seeds, and whole dried peppers.

Ethnic Choices: Coconut milk, jasmine rice, Horchata, nectar juices, Mexican sodas, sweetened condensed or powdered milk.

Staples: Flour, brown rice, corn flour, hominy, chicken bullion, soup mixes, canned peppers and chilies, mole, hot sauce, beans (dried and canned), raw cane sugar, rice flour.

Try out an ethnic food market and see how much you can save. Already shopping at ethnic markets? Find great deals? Tell us about it in the comments.

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15 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Check Out Ethnic Markets for Big Savings”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I avoid buying spices in bulk since they only stay fresh for 6 months (12 months if it’s a whole spice and not pre-ground). I’m lucky enough to live near a store (WinCo Foods) that has a self-serve section for spices so I only buy a 6 month’s supply at a time. The self-serve section also includes other dry goods likes nuts, flours, dried fruits, baking mixes, pastas, granola, etc. The prices are great since the store buys these items in bulk and passes on the savings to their customers! The only inconvenience is that you have to provide your own packaging for these items.

    • Anonymous says:

      I find that Asian supermarkets are great for produce, seafood, rice and snacks. Most will have a bakery of some sort that bakes fresh bread daily! This also means that they do frequent mark downs for expiring bread (yay)! Jasmine and brown rice will usually run about $0.50/lb here. My local store also has a great takeout and prepared foods section filled with freshly made sushi, dimsum, bbq, etc. and the prices are probably the best in town. There’s also a variety of crackers, wafers, jello cups etc. in the snack aisle. It’s the best place to buy seafood! I pay $3-4/lb. for salmon and the shrimp is generally $0.50-$1 cheaper here. They also have pre-cleaned and pre-cut calamari rings in the freezer section!

    • Anonymous says:

      Latin supermarkets are also great for produce, fresh herbs and spices. They also have some killer deals on protein but you usually have to buy in bulk so maybe consider going with a friend. Most will have a bakery with fresh breads, pastries and cakes. Many breads and pastries sell for just 10-25 cents a piece. Some even sell freshly made tortillas, salsas, etc. Soft drinks are also consistently cheaper here.. even the name brands! The most popular chain stores in my area include Superiors and Cardenas but there are lots of smaller markets that offer competitive prices as well. They also have really good bacon wrapped hot dogs! And yes, I’ve tried wrapping my own hot dogs with bacon but they’re just not the same :(

      • Anonymous says:

        Another great thing about ethnic markets are the pre-packaged produce. If I’m making 40 clove garlic chicken, you bet I’ll be stopping by my local ethnic market where I can pick up a a package of fresh peeled garlic for less than a buck! I love exploring new ethnic markets as you’ll never know what kind of surprise you’ll get! I went into a Vietnamese supermarket on impulse. Although many of the items were foreign for me, I did walk out paying $3.99/lb. for fresh LIVE crab! I got 3 large crabs for just $18!!! I’m glad I decided to walk around the entire store before leaving :)

  2. Dek2711 says:

    Shopping at Indian grocery stores for spices is a gr8 idea..dirt cheap spices and also awesome frozen Indian snacks like samosas,nan etc.

  3. Halina says:

    I hit Caputo’s and/or Pick ‘n Save in Chicagoland for cheap produce. Valli Market In Rockford, IL also has cheap fruit, veggies and baked goods for much lower prices than any other store around.

  4. Trigger2032 says:

    Love shopping at Asian food markets!  The variety of produce, fresh and still living fish, and the prepared foods ready for a quick lunch inspire me to try new and healthy eating and flavors.  The prices make it worth the trip.  I have one about half an hour away, just outside of Atlantic City.    Must admit I don’t know what to do with most of the ingredients……..

  5. Debbie says:

    Mine’s about 2 miles down the street and usually has quite a few specials like 7 or 8 pounds of vegetables for a dollar. Since my diet is mostly veggies I pay very little, unless I’m getting my gallon of apple cider vinegar that day, which is also reasonably priced. It’s not worth it to me to overpay on organic produce. I don’t eat processed foods–you choose your battles.

  6. Kafarhan says:

    I used to live by a large international store.  Now I’m an hour away – but still travel down there every 2 weeks to buy produce, spices, rice, etc.  I save SOOO much money!!! plus the quality and selection is a lot better.  Plus my son loves to see the live fish and crabs. Since I travel so far – I make a day of it with the kids.  
    Also, if you have a Restaurant Depot near you – you can save a lot.  You must have a business license to get a card, but they don’t check whose card you are using. 

  7. courtingcouponing says:

    I love going to these markets because I can get a whole basket of produce and pay under $5 for everything!

  8. The Smartest Fish says:

    I love a particular store by parents house, Cardenas-everytime I go for produce their fresh, clean and priced really good! I hardly ever purchase produce anywhere else because its always extremely high priced.

  9. atlantashopper says:

    World Market is also great for spices!

  10. Anonymous says:

    we love to shop at one particular store in our town and we save so much on produce, fresh (i mean right off the burner) tortillas, meats that are marinated and ready to cook, etc. they even make fresh salsas, guacamole, etc. love it. 

  11. I love shopping at Mi Pueblo, they have the largest produce section in town and they are very competitve and always have great sales. But for the summer I have making the drive (15 min) to Larry’s Produce, a co-op of local growers, they have the best prices and they sell local honey.