I normally shop at Martin's once a week. Unfortunately, I seem to only make it on the weekends, which is real fun.
I have a bonus card for specials and that helps a lot. Although, I do also get canned goods at Save-A-Lot. Prices are much better and canned goods are canned goods, right?
For GOOD meat though, I prefer to buy from a local market that has meat from local farmers. Not only is it helping the community, the meat is delicious!!! DEFINITELY better than you would get from a chain store. Problem is that store is 10 miles the other way. As opposed to Martin's that is 10 miles this way (did you understand that?
). So for hamburger that is going into chili, spaghetti sauce, etc, it's Martin's. For hamburger that will actually be made into patties, local store.
I could probably do a lot of savings by going to 5 different places, but when you figure in the gas involved it makes no sense to me. What I would save in actual prices I would be burning in gas to get to the places to save.
Good thing is we do have a local grocery store (little mom and pop store) at the end of our road so if I forget something, I can always run down and pick it up. Yes, they charge more for it but it's easier and quicker than driving 10 miles to the market to get it at a cheaper price.