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You can find some of the best grocery deals in the least likely places, and that’s still the case with the pandemic happening all around us.

Sure, keep shopping at your favorite grocery stores, but keep an eye out for some of these deals I’ve sourced for you below. I’m talking bargain prices on beef cuts to seasoning and more.

But before you jump into these grocery store deals, be sure to download the KCL app to see more of the best deals online!


1. Score discounted gourmet foods at T.J.Maxx and Ross.

Screenshot of three truffle condiments in a gift package

A set of three preserved truffle condiments from Truffle Hunter sells for $59.95 at Williams Sonoma. The T.J.Maxx price? Only $24.99!

Many think the foods sold at discount retailers are expired, but that’s not the case. Next time you’re in one of these stores, look for discounted high-end goods — they’re perfect for gift baskets and dinner parties!


2. Buy beef (or a whole cow) online.

Meat from a Crowd cow meat delivery box.

Search sites like Americangrassfed.org, EatWild.com, and CrowdCow.com to find a farm near you that will kill, butcher, and wrap your beef, or order by the prepared cuts straight from the farm.

You only need to pick it up and buy a bigger freezer. The best rates I’ve seen recently range from $4.25-$6.50/lb. And we’re talking about non-GMO, 100% grass-fed local beef — quality stuff!

PRO TIP: A quarter cow typically weighs 115 pounds, a half cow 230 pounds, and a full cow 460 pounds.


3. Get spices at the Asian supermarket.

Buy spices at the Asian supermarket.

The cheapest cumin at Walmart is a generic brand and costs $3.96 for 4.5 ounces. You’ll find the same spice for at least a dollar less at your local Asian market. The variety of spices is better too; you may just need to buy refillable containers since a lot of them come in bags instead of bottles.


4. Fresh vegetables are also cheap at Asian markets.

I recently went to Fred Meyer for bok choy and found it for $1.49/lb. I can get the same stuff for only $0.89/lb. at my local Asian food mart — $0.40 less than the national supermarket average.

Snow peas, lemongrass, bean sprouts, Chinese broccoli, ginger root, and several types of bok choy and mushrooms are just some of the veggies you’ll find.


5. Find wine for nearly 80% off at Grocery Outlet stores.

wine shelf at grocery outlet shows deals

Find a Grocery Outlet store near you and get shopping.

You can save an average of 60% on groceries at Grocery Outlet without coupons, but some of the best deals are on wine when bottles go on sale.

For example, a bottle of Dubbed 2015 Cabernet normally retails for around $25 a bottle and got 88 points from Wine Enthusiast. At Grocery Outlet that wine sells for $8.99 a bottle! Stock up when they have their 20% off wine sale to save up to 80% on original prices!

PRO TIP: Use the Ibotta rebate app to save on wine and beer at grocery stores and restaurants. Simply select a wine or beer offer, make the purchase, and submit a photo of your receipt into the app to receive cash back via PayPal.



6. Get fresh bread at Dollar Tree.

Oroweat bread at dollar tree

Why pay around $4.29 for Oroweat bread at Target when you can get the same stuff for a buck at Dollar Tree? Inventory varies per store, but I’ve seen Oroweat and Thomas’ regularly at my local branch.

And in case you’re wondering, Dollar Tree is definitely open, and they’re offering online shopping and delivery, so find a Dollar Tree near you and save.

PRO TIP: Use manufacturer coupons at Dollar Tree. For the best deal, check the fine print and use coupons that don’t have a size restriction. You can often get products for pennies or even free!

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7. Also find brand-name frozen and refrigerated foods at Dollar Tree.

jennie o turkey bacon on grocery store shelf

I’ve often found free and super cheap frozen prepared meals and even bacon at my Dollar Tree. In the past, I’ve used a $0.75 off 1 Jennie-O product coupon and spent only $0.25 on turkey burgers!

Other brands I’ve seen include Atkins, Hormel, John Morrell, and Michelina’s.


8. Purchase dog food on Amazon.

dog gazes up hopefully at treat bag

Find the same quality dog food you’d get at Costco on Amazon. Costco’s 35-pound bag of Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain dry dog food comes from the same manufacturer as Diamond Naturals dog food but is $1.34/lb. versus $0.95/lb. on Amazon.

Did I mention you don’t have to lug a 35-pound bag of dog food around the store when you get it delivered right to your home? Double score!

PRO TIP: Right now you can save up to 15% on your first delivery when you choose to order pet products through Subscribe & Save.



9. Get milk at drugstores like CVS.

hand grabs gallon of milk at CVS

First things first, find a CVS near you. CVS offers more than just in-store shopping; you can also shop Rx and essentials with free delivery or through Instacart.

Now on to how you can save: Although the regular price tends to be higher than what you’d find at a grocery store, CVS often offers sale prices and ExtraBucks promotions that can be stacked with regional newspaper coupons.

At Walgreens and Rite Aid, you’re also able to use store and manufacturer coupons on top of store rewards promos for great savings.


10. Buy baking products at Walgreens and other drugstores.


At Walgreens, some of the best prices are found by using in-ad coupons. Use them to find low prices on sugar, pumpkin, chocolate chips, cake mix, and more—particularly around the holidays.

You’ll find similar deals at CVS and Rite Aid as well.

What are your favorite ways to cut down your grocery bill? Let us know in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading!

10 Unexpected Places to Find the Best Grocery Deals