Save a Lot is it worth the drive?

United States
August 10, 2008 7:44am CST
I have been hearing good things about Save-a-Lot lately and wondering if I should check them out. My only problem is that the closest one to me is 16 miles away, the wrong way. LOL I do shop Aldi's. I like how Save-a-Lot takes coupons. Our closest grocery store is Redners, which I love, they are out of PA. They are only a mile from me, takes coupons but does not double them. Thoughts, etc.
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11 responses
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I think that Save A Lot is pretty much just like Aldis. With the price of gas I don't think that I would go out of my way just to go there.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
I agree with you. I think when I go up there around the holidays, I will pop in and see what it is like. Thanks for the response.
@Theresam (1181)
• United States
10 Aug 08
No I wouldn't drive 16 miles for Save a lot. They are good for can and boxed goods but I don't eat meat or produce from them. One time I got some burgers and they were the nastiest thing I think we ever tasted. Our local Save a lot is dirty as well.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Thanks. The Save a lot is in a kinda of run down building. My DH said it use to be the Acme a long time ago. Well they haven't taken care of the outside, don't know about the inside. Thanks, I think I will stay away from the meat. I remember staying away from Aldi's meat for a long time, silly me. I usually buy 90% of my meat from them now. Your last comment brought back a memory from my youth. I had an aunt who wouldn't shop in a grocery store if the floor was dirty. Now when I walk into a grocery store that is the first thing I look at.
@Theresam (1181)
• United States
14 Aug 08
Well if I had an Aldi's I would do my shopping there!! We don't have any around here at all. I am sooo jealous because I would be saving some cash.
@chado944 (45)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I love to go to Save-a-lot. Its way close and is really good. I think that you should go there. It is really worth the drive if i where you. I have heard good things about it to and i go there a lot and i know a lot about it and it is really worth it. I would drive there if i where you. Its a really good store.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Wow! Thanks for the response. I'm hoping I can get there withouth having to wait until the holidays to do it. Thanks,
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
11 Aug 08
i don't know actually... to be honest, i never used them before... i usually just shop in the fruit market or the main grocery stores like Coles or Safeway here... i know the prices are a bit high... but it is just more convenient for me since i am busy working everyday as well... anyway, i will check it out... if it really can save me heaps of grocery money, then i might try it... take care and have a nice day...
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• United States
11 Aug 08
I wish they would have one closer to where I live. Convenience is a big plus for sure. Thanks for the response.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
11 Aug 08
If going to Save-a-Lot is the only reason you are driving in that direction then chances are you are spending just as much in gas as you are saving by going there. I used to go to Save-a-Lot when I lived in the city because it was only about 8 blocks from my house. Now, if I want to go then it is about 28 miles to the nearest one. I only stop there if I have to go that far away anyway.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Thanks for the advice, my mind is made up that I will not go out of my way just to see what it is like. Thanks for the response.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I don't think that I would go way out of my way to go. I don't see much difference here than what is at Aldi's.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Thanks for the response. I have decided that I will not go out of my way to shop there.
• United States
10 Aug 08
It can be a good thing or a bad thing. We drive over 45 minutes to visit one sometimes because we can get large quantities of items sometimes for pretty cheap prices. Sometimes their bananas are cheaper than anyone else and they have good prices on potoates and stuff. However, the one in my college town is quite expensive. We stopped there once to see if we could get anything good to make meals with and everything was much more expensive than it was at Walmart or Krogers. It may be worth a visit to check out their prices but just know that they may not be cheaper than everyone else they could run much higher.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Thanks for the advice! Where this Save a lot is located it is the only grocery store in the town, so it will be interesting to see their prices. Thanks for the advice.
• United States
10 Aug 08
I go to Sav-a-Lot once a month since they are cheap on some items. Then I do the rest of my shopping at a store closer to home.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
If it was a little closer I would probably run there once a month and then do my fill in shopping at the store one mile away. Thanks for the response!
• United States
10 Aug 08
Morning, Kimbers. I used to shop at Save-A-Lot in the town where I used to live. I usually got foods like canned vegetables, cereal, boxed foods, paper towels, toilet paper, and bread. One thing I liked about the canned vegetables was being able to get the salt-free kind for the same low price as the others. In the other stores, the salt-free canned vegetables were always higher. I could never figure that one out; after all, salt is an additive. Right? I don't know if I would drive 16 miles just to shop at Save-A-Lot, not unless I had no other choice. I would only shop there if I just happened to be where the store is located. If you knew when you are going to be there, you could make a shopping list to take with you. Then after you shop, you can compare prices with the store where you usually shop. Also, account for the price of gas going to the town 16 miles away and back. Man, that is 32 miles!! There's a gallon and a half of gasoline! This way, you'll know if it worthwhile in making the special trip to Save-A-Lot that is any distance further from where you regularly shop.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
The gas is what has me thinking I will not be going there. I only get up that way once every three or four months, our favorite chocolate candy store is there. When the girls were younger we would go to the big playground. So I will not make a special trip, I guess I will just have to wait until it is closer to the holidays to go, since that is when I will be going to get my truffles. Thanks for the response.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I would certainly do it for the big grocery trip. To get a few things no. You have to be ok with off brands, which I am. You can save a lot! We used to have a wholesale food outlet, they were discount but would add 10% at the register, this wasn't a good deal. But save a lot is a great place. Ours is little and always packed so I try to plan my trip at odd hours.
• United States
11 Aug 08
I have no problem using off brands. I will try anything once. That's how are Aldi's is. I went in there today and it was crazy even with a big thunderstorm going on! Thanks for the response
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
10 Aug 08
Well it depends. First of all yes SAL does have low prices and they do take coupons. But you have to look at the sizes (or quantity) of the items as well. Like a bag of their frozen veggies (1lb) usually runs around $1 compared to another grocer I usually go to (Krogers) where it is about $1 and some change. But then when you get to the box products I have found that not only are the prices almost the same as the bigger grocer chain you get less of the product at SAL. They used to be super cheap. And I only shopped there, but then they started raising up their prices and the krogers I go to has a shopper program where you rack up points and save at the same time. The points go towards gas cents off. I have shopped ALdi's before when I lived up North. And I do not know the other one you mentioned. But you might want to mention these kinds of programs to your closer grocer. And the doubling coupons is a wonderful thing. Last week I took my mom shopping at my krogers on SNR citizen day (it's like the after T-day shopping event in my area) and we saved in total around $58. And $12 was in coupons the rest was instore savings with our card and her 10%. Another thing about SAL that made me stop going there was I got a gallon of milk once that did not last one week, expired before the exp date on the bottle and the meet began to concern me. Plus, the one in my area I happened to be in while they were cleaning their freezer section....they left all the frozen goods in the isle while they were cleaning the freezers. Kinda grossed me out. So go once and check them out. I doesn't hurt to try it once. Good luck and happy shopping.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
I think the next time I head that way, I will make a detour and check them out. Redners is based out of PA and the offer low prices, like BJ's or Costco, so they don't double coupons. They are cheaper than most of the grocery stores. It is a great store, especially since our town didn't have a grocery store for 8 years. The other stores we have around us are Giant Food (does double and take internet), Mars (local, does not double, does not take internet coupon), Weiss, Safeway and Superfresh. The last three are not close to us.