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Best Value Grocery Shopping in Westchester?

lilgi Jan 1, 2011 01:28 PM

I would love to begin the New Year by saving money on groceries (in this economy who wouldn't :))

Are there any supermarkets or grocery stores in Westchester that are "good value"?

Fairway in Pelham.....prices starting to soar.
DeCicco......nice, won't go near it.
Stop and Shop ........a dive, and way overpriced.
Shop Rite and A & P..... Unless the sales are substantial I don't bother because they hike prices on everything else and you don't save.

I haven't been to Viva Grande yet; are they good for anything else besides produce? I really wouldn't mind traveling once a month to do "big shopping" to save money on groceries. Would love to hear your suggestions.

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    discounteggroll May 19, 2011 09:51 AM

    if you have a tax ID or know someone else with a restaurant depot membership, I would definitely recommend trying them out (you can simply borrow their card if you can't go with them, RD doesn't care). Their produce selection is enormous and dirt cheap (i.e. back when the iceberg lettuce was selling for $2.99/head a few months ago, RD was selling heads for $.49 and $.69, yes forty nine and sixty nine cents)

    They have great prices on other things like deli meats, cheeses, frozen foods and other stuff. They mainly sell bulk, but also sell individual boxes out of cases (in most cases buying by the case is ~10% cheaper. Just check on prices and do the math before you buy, because some items are almost as expensive if not more expensive than sale prices at a grocery store.

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    1. re: discounteggroll
      lilgi May 19, 2011 09:26 PM

      Sounds worth looking into.

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      AnnaBaptist May 18, 2011 08:38 AM

      I'm surprised by the amount of Stop & Shop hate. I live in Pelham, where the closest S & S is the one on Sandford Blvd. in Mt. Vernon, and I shop there regularly. True, I do miss the Shoprite it replaced, and the prices were high at first, but I think the prices are pretty reasonable now, as a whole. The staff is better trained than the staff at Shoprite, and I find them to be knowledgeable, courteous, and friendly (Ironically, though, the only place where I have found rudeness and indifference is the customer service desk. Go figure.). I have never had a problem with bad meat or poultry. It is also the ONLY place around here (and that includes you, Fairway) where you can buy Brussels sprouts on the stalk. If you have never had these, they are simply so much better than Brussels sprouts that have been cut that you will never go back to the other kind again. Also welcome is the new Scan It option you have of scanning and bagging your items as you shop. I hate standing in line at checkout, and I have literally been through checkout in less than a minute because of Scan It.

      As far as shopping goes, it depends a great deal on your family situation, financial situation, and your interests. When I do my big shopping for the week, I generally start at 9 a.m. at BJs. We dropped our Costco subscription because a) it opens at 9 a.m. instead of the absurd 11 a.m. opening time for Costco, and b) many of the packages are slightly smaller than at Costco, so we have cut down a great deal on waste (we are a family of five), especially with produce. I love to bake, but at the same time I need to watch my weight, so I find the package sizes for flour, sugar, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract to be just right.

      Next, I go across the road to Fairway. While prices have gone up there, prices have gone up everywhere, and product quality is high, especially in the bread, deli, cheese, fish, and meat departments. (The rest of the bakery I have found to be a mixed bag, but the red velvet cake is to die for.) Finally, I go to S & S for items that I know will be less expensive and/or a more useful package size for us than BJs or Fairway. Then it's off to Colonial Wine and Liquors (the best value for hard liquor in the area), and I'm done with my shopping and unpacked by 10:30.

      Viva Grande is now Best Buy Foods (or some similar name), and I don't like it as much as I did when it was Viva Grande. I still shop there for scallions, radishes, apples, pears, citrus, loose garlic, and squash, but I only go there now if I'm having lunch in New Rochelle, going to the library, or going to Liebman's. With gas at $4.30 a gallon, there are only so many places I am willing to shop, and every mile counts. Sure, scallions are half the price at Viva Grande, but it is worth the gas and time? I like the Shoprite in N.R., too, but for me, it's just not worth the trek, as I can't combine it with other shopping.

      As a last resort, when I am about to make dinner and find I need a pound of shrimp or ground beef, I go to DeCicco's (the closest grocery to where I live). The deli is also very good (especially the chicken salad), but everything else is so expensive there. I don't think I have ever come out of there with more than 12 items.

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        Westjanie May 18, 2011 11:59 AM

        I am in awe of your stamina and ability to do so much grocery shopping in one fell swoop!! I much prefer to spread things out over a few days (plus the fact that I will undoubtedly forget something or otherwise discover an unanticipated need later.)

        I, too, was amazed at the anti-S&S feelings, but I eventually came to the conclusion that they seem perhaps to have a geographical basis. I'm assuming that some of their stores must be less well managed than the ones I visit (usually White Plains.) While I find myself visiting way more markets than I would ideally care to, not usually because of money considerations, but because each carries certain items I prefer, Stop and Shop is still a reasonably priced market of mostly good selection and decent quality.

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          AnnaBaptist May 19, 2011 01:39 PM

          I do most of my shopping in one fell swoop because I just don't like shopping and want to get it over with as quickly as possible. I do go back to the supermarket for fresh meat or fish, but I try to combine it with something else I need to do along the way.

          I was thinking the geographical thing, too, but someone posting above thinks my S&S is a dive. Now, the Gristede's that used to be here - THAT was a dive - a complete dump, filthy and dingy, with lots of expired food.

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            Cheese Boy May 19, 2011 08:37 PM

            BTW, what did they put in the Gristede's space that was near four corners?

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              AnnaBaptist May 19, 2011 08:41 PM

              They put in this lame thing called "Grocer John's", or something to that effect. It went down in flames due to Fairway opening shortly afterwards. It is still vacant now. :( I hope they find someone to take the space.

              1. re: AnnaBaptist
                lilgi May 19, 2011 09:24 PM

                Every grocery store in that corner has failed. There isn't enough parking to draw crowds and they overcompensate with pricing. I'm in the manor, glad I have no need to visit Decicco either. There are still a few items that I can get cheaper at Fairway and much closer to me.

          2. re: Westjanie
            MisterBill2 May 23, 2011 06:09 PM

            I suspect that the people who hate S&S still shop at the older small locations. The new big stores (formerly known as Super S&S) are very nice. I prefer Shoprite for their sales, but I know that the S&S near me in Somers is very busy on weekends while the A&P a couple of blocks away is never as busy.

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            jcmods May 24, 2011 09:21 AM

            Super Stop N Shop in YOnkers is OK, but one thing does bother me. It seems that their smoked meats have gone way down hill. The color is so dark it almost seems like they are using Liquid Smoke or something. I prefer to get that stuff at Fairway now because it doesn;t have that nasty chemically taste. But Ham Hocks, Pork Shanks and smoked Turkey Wings/Legs are really hard to find in general. Super S&S has a fair number of unusual items though. The truly hateful supermarket was the A&P in Fleetwood. It was so bad, and yet always so packed. I just don't know how the Key Food failed except they really made zero effort and stocked too many Brasilian ingredients (which was what I thought was so great about it).

            Recently I went back to Kam Sen in White Plains Mall and found their prices to be amazing. I actually was able to buy head-on shrimp unfrozen (which meant I did not have to buy a 6 lb box). I live to far to shop there all the time, but I will attempt to get back more often when I want to make somethingwith head on shrimp. We gringos have to show these merchants that some of us WANT the head on. I know the last time I went there (about a year ago, all the unfrozen shrimp were headless).

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              roxlet May 24, 2011 02:42 PM

              It will be interesting to see what the case with shrimp will be at the H Mart.

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            moreeatsathome Jan 20, 2011 11:13 AM

            Regarding Pelham Manor Fairway, I do fear that management decided on a poor location for the store. Yes, it is in Westchester, and Pelham Manor is nice, but the store is spitting distance from the Bronx, in the shadow of Co-Op City. To get there, the Hutch is nearly always crowded, and most folks would not venture through Mt. Vernon to attempt a local street route. It is just not in the regular pathways of most Westchester and Fairfield County residents. I love the store, and try and shop there as often as I can, but it seems too quiet, and the quality/freshness is suffering. I get the feeling that Fairway management is disappointed too, and their attention is waning due to the lack of action and with the prices going up, it doesn't bode well for the future. Honestly, if it wasn't for the crowds and a bridge crossing, the Fairway on 125th St. would be easier to get to, and it seems "more special".

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              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jan 20, 2011 11:49 AM

              As a resident of Westchester who has to drive 45 minutes to get to Fairway, I totally agree! I would love it right here in Ossining--selfish as that may be. I would love to shop there regularly but it is so far out of the way for me that it is only once in a blue moon that I make it there, usually when I have a few errands to do in the area. I can't rationalize driving that far just for groceries when we have a great (but not comparable in selection) Stop and Shop in Ossining.

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                MisterBill2 Jan 20, 2011 10:19 PM

                GIven that I live in Yorktown, I definitely agree on the poor location (Paramus is closer to me than Pelham), although in fairness being close to Co-Op City gives them access to a LOT of potential customers, if not necessarily the demographics that would buy their expensive gourmet stuff).. On the other hand, there is a BJ's Wholesale Club across the street that seems pretty busy, and Costco is only a couple of miles down the road in New Rochelle, so it's not like people do not shop in the area. When I was there last Sunday, all of the open registers were busy, although not more than one person waiting at any of them. I am not sure if the price increases are driving away business or the location. Are the other stores less busy as well?

                And I do not make a special trip to either the Pelham or Paramus store. But if I will be in the general area I'll go a bit out of my way to get there.

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                  Cheese Boy Jan 23, 2011 10:03 AM

                  The Pelham Fairway has only a partial success story at the moment.
                  They've certainly succeeded in drawing people from the more affluent neighborhoods of Westchester, but now they've got to figure out how to keep them coming back. Raising prices is NOT going to do that unfortunately. The rise in prises is more than likely attributable to three things: (1) our present economy, (2) Fairway's rapid expansion (too much too soon -- Pelham & Stamford), and (3) poor attendance by shoppers.

                  I hope Fairway can turn matters around, especially given they likely have a long term lease in Pelham. In order to remain competitive they will need to operate aggressively. Maybe it's even time for them to section off a small area of the store and open a restaurant as they have at the flagship store on the UWS. To be honest, I like Fairway very much and I would hate to see it close. Stores that shadow in comparison undeservedly remain open.

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                    MisterBill2 Jan 23, 2011 07:44 PM

                    The increase in prices is not going to do anything to help the poor "attendance". In fact, it just makes it worse. They're losing the customers who were shopping there because of the great value they offered. They're certainly discouraging the customers who drive long distances (relative to how far we'd go for a normal grocery store) to shop there.

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                      JohnAM Jan 24, 2011 03:26 AM

                      I've noticed that their advertisements and circulars in the local newspapers have stopped. The store is not centrally located to accommodate the Westchester customers. It's not worth the trip for me.

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                  roxlet Jan 24, 2011 03:24 AM

                  We live in southern Westchester and shop there all the time. We have friends in the Bronx who also shop there all the time. It seems to be a pretty good location for us, and for shoppers who are in more northernly sections of Westchester, there is the Fairway in Stamford.

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                    Elisa515 Jan 24, 2011 07:22 AM

                    I'm laughing here (in a nice way). We who are in "the more northerly sections of Westchester" are not close to Stamford. In fact, I'm going to guess that from where MisterBill and I live, either we're the same distance from Stamford as from Pelham or Stamford is further from us.

                    I've been to both stores, I like them, but I wouldn't go to either as a special trip. Besides the distance--I go that far to Stew's and TJ's in Danbury quite often--the real annoyances are that going to each involves serious bottleneck highways.

                    That said, whenever I'm on the way home from LI (which includes Queens) or working in Stamford, shopping at Fairway will be something to consider.

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                      MisterBill2 Jan 25, 2011 07:55 PM

                      I'm not sure what sort of traffic you run into. When I drive to Pelham from Yorktown, the only traffic I usually hit is the exit from the Cross County to the southbound Hutch. If you have a GPS (or if you just check the maps ahead of time if you do not), there is an easy way around this. Just go to the northbound Hutch instead, get off at the first exit, and your GPS will direct you to a southbound entrance a few blocks away. Much easier than sitting in the traffic to exit and then merge onto the Hutch. And once you're on, there is generally not traffic down to exit 7.

                      I also rarely hit traffic heading to Danbury. Not sure where you are having problems.

                      And Stamford is much further away than Pelham OR Paramus for me.

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                        Elisa515 Jan 25, 2011 08:54 PM

                        You and I are not disagreeing, except that there is almost always a traffic bottleneck or two on the Hutch, in either direction--and I have a GPS and even know my way around that area somewhat. It's not worth a special trip to Pelham.

                        Danbury is easy and there is never any traffic. My point is that from our neck of the wood (and you're a little closer to Danbury than I am), a special trip to Danbury isn't a bad idea sometimes for good food shopping, but a special trip to Stamford, as the previous poster suggested, isn't a superior option for us than going to Pelham.

                        I've commuted to Stamford and Norwalk, and eventually even a job I really liked stopped being worth the bother of the commute.

                        My only point was some amusement that someone would suggest that Stamford is a good option for people who live in Northern Westchester. Even for those in the northeastern corner of the county, getting to a location that is south of 95 in the most busy commercial part of Stamford is no picnic.

                        I did, btw, write about my experiences at the Stamford Fairway (I had to go to Stamford for work a few weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, so I figured I'd check out the store) on Chowhound, but the thread police insisted on moving the thread to Southern New England, where it apparently belongs. This meant absolutely no one added to the thread, once it was moved. Or at least, I stopped looking after a week, since there's otherwise nothing else that interests me on that board.

                        People may gripe about having to travel for these stores, but really, we have so many interesting food shopping options in our general area. And honestly if I had to restrict myself to Zeytinia, Turco's and maybe an occasional supermarket, I'd still be way better off than my mom was where I grew up in rural NJ.

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                          MisterBill2 Jan 26, 2011 04:42 PM

                          There is a long Stamford Fairway thread already, you should have just posted it there.

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                            Elisa515 Jan 26, 2011 05:02 PM

                            I didn't post there because I didn't even think to go to "Southern New England" to write about a place right over the border from here. Silly me, forgot it was in another country. :-) I'd started the thread just to find out about whether anyone knew about Sunday afternoon crowds (none), then I followed up about my experiences. I learned what I needed and I did the responsible thing and reported back. I won't, however, be dropping into that board unless I have an actual New England need.

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                              olsen332 May 23, 2011 04:43 PM

                              NY border of Stamford so that is the closest one...only 15-20 minutes. But understand about the thread thing...I def. have noticed the prices increasing a lot each time I go about every other week or so...it is a bummer. really liked the product selections...

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                  msinformation Jan 19, 2011 01:50 PM

                  C-Town, esp. the one in Ossining, has the best, freshest, least expensive and widest variety of produce. They also have tons of ethnic foods, condiments. Shopping there is like taking a trip around the world. Not so terrific for everything else - slightly more expensive than Shop-Rite probably because they have a smaller clientele, but it is definitely worth going there for produce and, I forgot to mention, wonderful breads, breakfast pastries baked on the premises. The C-Town in Tarrytown doesn't have as extensive a selection right now. Perhaps when their renovations are finished. Sam's Club in Elmsford has great quality meat, very inexpensive milk/dairy products, and first rate fruit

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                    lilgi Jan 19, 2011 05:02 PM

                    msinformation I am loving the ctown by me!

                  2. JohnAM Jan 9, 2011 04:50 PM

                    Saving money on groceries means that you must shop a number of supermarkets. Being retired, I have the time. You must look through all the print circulars or online circulars. If I were to chose one store, it would be Shop Rite. Prices are fair, sale items are always in stock, the widest choice of products, good produce and decent meat.
                    Costco.................Know your unit prices.....some are hard to calculate
                    Stew Leonard.....The freshest and best price on milk.....Choose your meat carefully, they don't know how to cut meat & they you pay for a lot of fat....Buy only sale items
                    Trader Joe's........Good for specialty items
                    Morton Williams..Good for specialty items.....prices higher than big supermarkets
                    Stop and Shop....No bargains.....very few good sale items
                    A & P -- Pathmark...Nothing special.....sale items only
                    Shop Rite.............My favorite (see above)
                    Apple Farm..........Largest choice of produce.....watch the quality.....good fresh mozzarella
                    De Cicco...............Sale items.....great beer selection.....good meat cut to order.....overall good quality at fair prices

                    For really good prices and top quality, Arthur Ave., Bronx is the place to get bread, prime meats, fish, fresh pasta, deli products, pastry and much more. "It's worth the trip".

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                      lilgi Jan 9, 2011 05:00 PM

                      I am definitely going to try Arthur Avenue but I disagree with most of your list. I'm happy with what I've found so far and posted above.

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                        coll Jan 9, 2011 05:15 PM

                        I'm a fanatic with reading the sales flyers, but with Stop and Shop I just read the front first page. After that, every sale price is the normal price of anywhere else. I'm surprised they don't have a mimimum purchase to get the sales price like everywhere else, and feel a little bad that when I go in every few weeks I only buy 1 or 2 loss leaders and nothing else. But it's all part of the game!

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                          RoleModel Jan 10, 2011 07:36 AM

                          "Our biggest sale of the season!"

                          Looks like every other week, Stop & Shop. The increasing number of ShopRites will be the death of you.

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                            coll Jan 10, 2011 07:40 AM

                            I've been wanting to try Stop and Shop but the closest one is 45 minutes away. I will go next time I'm over that way, but until they open one closer it won't be a weekly thing.

                            I read on another thread that the butcher dept at a certain Stop and Shop (in Maryland I believe) will sharpen your knives for free while you shop. Anyone ever heard of that around here?

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                              RoleModel Jan 10, 2011 07:59 AM

                              You mean Shoprite? IIRC, if you're the person on the North Shore of LI, wait a few months. They're finally going to open one in Patchogue, according to the Town of Brookhaven. (http://www.brookhaven.org/Calendar/ta...) Apparently end of the summer.

                              Also, if you make trips out to western Suffolk, they just opened a decent one in Commack.

                              It's not quite the foodie supermarket that Fairway is, but for the most part, they're better than the A&P-owned stores, Stop & Shop and King Kullen.

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                                coll Jan 10, 2011 08:42 AM

                                You can see I've never been to Shoprite, all I know about them is that silly CanCan song! Super Stop and Shop just opened locally in the last year or so and I'm only getting to know them.

                                That's good news, I live on the East End but my office (which I have to occasionally visit!) is in Patchogue. In the meantime, I do get to Commack every once in awhile, thanks for the info. Or maybe that's the one they have listed as Hauppauge? It's already on my radar and I'm trying to think of an excuse! Visiting food stores is my hobby.

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                                  RoleModel Jan 10, 2011 08:50 AM

                                  The Hauppauge one is different than the one they just opened in Commack. The Hauppauge one is on the corner of 347 and 111, the Commack one is right off the LIE on Crooked Hill Road.

                                  Each Shoprite is individually owned and operated for the most part, but they offer the same sales. The Commack one is owned by the Greenfields (which own two other SR's in Nassau), while the one in Hauppauge is owned by someone else.

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                                    coll Jan 10, 2011 09:02 AM

                                    One of the Greenfields was my best friend in grade school and her mother used to take us to her dad's store and let us take candy for free....where it was located, who knows! I thought it was in Queens but I bet it was probably closer to Levittown where we lived. I knew her older brother had taken over the one in Plainview. Just for that reason, I've gotta get to Commack really soon.

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                                      MisterBill2 Jan 10, 2011 04:11 PM

                                      I don't like the Greenfield Shoprites because they do not double coupons. Also, from my experience, they will do almost anything to avoid giving you a raincheck.

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                                        RoleModel Jan 10, 2011 04:53 PM

                                        That seems to be the only knocks about the two different Shoprites. They're very stingy when it comes to anything related with coupons. Hauppauge doubles, but both stores will scrutinize the coupons over and over. It seems to be a Shoprite thing, and not just necessarily these stores.

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                                          MisterBill2 Jan 10, 2011 05:33 PM

                                          Shoprites are a co-op, owned by different people/companies, so their behavior is different. At my stores in Westchester (which are actually owned by the corporate parent), they are not picky about coupons and fully double anything under a dollar.

                                          BTW how did this thread about Westchester grocery shopping turn into a Long Island grocery discussion?

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                                            coll Jan 14, 2011 03:14 PM

                                            The same way the Waldbaums on Long Island thread got into Stop and Shop in Pelham? It's all part of NY state minus NYC.

                                            Anyway I went to Fairway in Plainview today and will post my report on the Long Island thread.

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                            JohnAM Jan 10, 2011 02:52 PM

                            That's exactly how I look at Stop and Stop. I don't know how they exist. This Sunday I purchased 2 packages of Oreo cookies (2/$5.00). The person in front of me spent $205.00 and her cart was not full!!!!

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                              MisterBill2 Jan 10, 2011 04:10 PM

                              I live in Northern Westchester and the Stop & Shop near me is often busy, certainly busier than the nearby A&P (which is a decent store, as A&P's go). They have a Starbucks, and I think people who shop there don't really care about prices.

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                            MisterBill2 Jan 9, 2011 06:40 PM

                            I agree with you that Shoprite is the best overall with prices. Apple Farm in WP has great prices on produce; I agree the quality is not always the best but it's good enough for me. We stopped there today on the way home because my wife is making soup this week and they are the only place that sells individual leeks so we were able to buy exactly what we needed (places around here just sell the pre-packed soup greens which has lots of celery and no leeks and a high price).

                            Costco is typically not a good deal on grocery items that you can get on sale in supermarkets. But as you say, know your prices.

                          4. lilgi Jan 7, 2011 09:51 AM

                            Okay Porterhouse steaks at Stews for $3.99/lb. Lovely, now we have a snowstorm and I won't be rushing out for a while, lol.

                            1. lilgi Jan 2, 2011 03:41 PM

                              Okay, I realized I have paella to make tomorrow so I went to Viva Grande first with the intent of going to Stew Leonards to supplement. Overall I think I did okay: I spent about $140 between Stews and Viva Grande (at Viva only $23 was spent) and it's only the start of the month. At Viva Grande I purchased:

                              2 bunches scallions for $1 (Fairway @ $1.69/bunch)
                              small package of peeled garlic for $1 (Fairway @ $3/sm pkg)
                              saffron was $1 larger packet, but was not the Spanish or Italian variety @$ 5/ smaller packets
                              Fuji apples were $1.49/pound, but I bought more at Stews since the Pink Ladies were $1.69/pound
                              I also bought some cooking ingredients here, not a large selection but whatever I knew I could use.

                              I made the mistake of going into the shopping area with a cart; it's just not set up that way and it was really difficult to get around. I'm definitely going back there again though, with just a basket or such.

                              The mesclun mix at Stews was $8/pound and that took me back to Fairway ($5), along with the coffee beans which were exactly the same price (I like Benny's Blend at Fairways $8/lb.) and Fairways French Feta at about $9/lb. I settled for the Bulgarian Feta at $6/lb. and hope that one will grow on me. These are my luxuries, and of course I ended up with one of Fairways Sicilian Olive Oils at $17, but I can supplement with the cheaper one I bought to stretch that one out for salads and breads.

                              If I'm not able to save that much at least I would like to start making better meals again since over the past few years I've cut down on so many ingredients; for instance I rarely make a lasagne, stuff like that.

                              I'm ready to try Apple Farms (hopefully next week), and maybe even a seedy area in the bronx, wouldn't mind travelling there either :)

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                                laylag Jan 4, 2011 05:09 PM

                                We use Benny's Blend too lilgi. If my memory serves me it was only $6.49lb. not long ago. That said, I find that Fairway's prices on organic produce isn't much hire or is similar to their prices on regular so I do buy a lot of organic fruits and veggies there. That said - the little tiny fennels were about 40% more each than the much larger non-organic so not consistent on everything.

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                                  lilgi Jan 4, 2011 06:14 PM

                                  Benny's is now $8/lb...(cry).

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                                    laylag Jan 5, 2011 04:33 PM

                                    I know! Thought I was seeing things when I was there yesterday but bought it anyway.

                                    Just noticed I spelled "higher" as "hire" on the post above. Embarrassing! I'm unemployed so maybe Freudian especially when talking about rising prices at Fairway. A new job would certainly make the coffee and other prices a little less bitter.

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                                  chowdom Jan 6, 2011 03:57 AM

                                  If you love french feta I would suggest you sample the one Yaranush carries it is incredible nothing compares. http://yaranush.com/HOME/HOME.html

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                                  322 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

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                                    lilgi Jan 6, 2011 07:43 AM

                                    I haven't been there yet and can't wait to try. Thanks!

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                                    coll Jan 9, 2011 02:15 PM

                                    Bulgarian feta is the best! I just bought it for $3.99 today though down here on LI, so you have a reference point. That's the everyday price. So maybe Fairway IS getting ridiculous.....

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                                    AdamD Jan 2, 2011 04:56 AM

                                    Unfortunately, it is hard to do.
                                    The A&P in Mt. Kisco is definitely a nice store, but it is more expensive than the shop rite.
                                    Trader Joe's is a great store and the prices are reasonable.
                                    I find myself going to three or four stores to get everything I need.
                                    A&P for boar's head deli
                                    SR for produce and everyday stuff.
                                    Mt. Kisco Seafood or Daido in white plains for fish (expensive but the quality is great).

                                    But I totally agree that the killer is buying meats. Good fresh high quality meats are expensive.
                                    But more and more I find myself going to stew leonards for meat. Prices are reasonable and they have such high turnover that everything is fresh.

                                    They do have a market that serves beautiful fresh produce, and high quality fresh meats-its called whole foods, or I as I like to call it "whole paycheck." I just cant afford to shop there on an everyday basis.

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                                      wincountrygirl Jan 2, 2011 06:53 AM

                                      That is the problem. Who has time to go to several different stores. My shopping time is limited to Saturday morning, so even if I do go to both A&P and SR, at least they are near each other. I can't throw White Plains into the mix! Though if I need seafood I do go to Mt. Kisco Seafood - don't even bother with supermarket fish.

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                                        Mrs.Sean Jan 3, 2011 09:01 AM

                                        wincountrygirl, I agree that going to several stores is a real pain. That said, we've gotten it down to a reasonably good art. We get our meat from Costco and freeze it in portions. (Extra freezer in the basement.) Also from Costco, basic staples like pasta, oatmeal, etc. Posh cheese from Murray's in Grand Central (a plus side to my commute). More basic dairy, plus dried fruit & nuts, frozen veg from Trader Joe's. Then the weekly grocery shop tends to just be a boat load of fruit and veg from Apple Farms in Port Chester.

                                        Since I've been doing it this way, I've rarely needed to go to the Stop & Shop in PC. I made the mistake of buying meat there when I first moved to the town 3 years ago, and what I discovered when I opened that package of pork can not be described on a family-friendly message board...

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                                          MRS Jan 3, 2011 09:54 AM

                                          I hate the way meat ends up after freezing. I will only do it if its a vacuum pack, or something like that. I will however, freeze things w/ meat in it that have already been prepared such as meatballs in sauce, turkey chili etc...i have had reasonable luck freezing some types of fish.

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                                            AdamD Jan 3, 2011 10:10 AM

                                            Same here. I can do it with chicken, squid or shrimp and that is about it. Plus we rarely plan our menu for more than a week in advance-whenever I buy meat at costco, I always end up throwing away food, which I hate to do.

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                                        roxlet Jan 2, 2011 07:54 AM

                                        Costco for meat. Buy in bulk and then vacuum seal and freeze. Great meats (they even sell prime beef) and great prices. We never buy meat in the grocery store except in a pinch. We usually have what we need in the freezer.

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                                          lilgi Jan 2, 2011 03:44 PM

                                          I have yet to renew my membership at BJ's, but last I was the meat was expensive and I didn't go near the chicken. Maybe I'll go by Costco to check it out and if meat prices are better there I'll join that one instead.

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                                          olsen332 May 23, 2011 04:35 PM

                                          I think whole pay check is also coming to Mt. Kisco...wish it were Trader Joe's instead...Shoprite everyday stuff but not thrilled with produce. Like quality and service at Scott's Corners in Pound Ridge. Meat is good. It is a small market.

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                                            MisterBill2 May 23, 2011 05:48 PM

                                            Where in MK? They're opening in Danbury, near the mall.

                                            They posted a "what stores would you like to see open in Yorktown" thread on the Patch website. The overwhelming top choice was Trader Joe's. That's the good news. The bad news is that Red Lobster/Olive Garden also placed very high :-(.

                                        3. lilgi Jan 1, 2011 06:46 PM

                                          I would really like to visit Apple Farms, thanks to Proud2, MRS, anyone else that may have mentioned. I will also be revisiting Stew Leonards soon since I haven't been there in a while. Viva Grande is on my list for tomorrow. I'm anxious to see how I will do there and how I will supplement the rest of the groceries of the month.

                                          I looked up Apple Farms and saw comments that said it's cash only? I'm in! Viva Grande is so close to me, so I really want to try to make some extra time for Apple Farms tomorrow and explore.

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                                            wincountrygirl Jan 2, 2011 03:14 AM

                                            Apple Farms? People rave about this place but I've been to the one in White Plains and I think it is very dirty.

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                                              lilgi Jan 2, 2011 03:55 PM

                                              My shopping experiences will suffer for sure, but if I could get back to cooking some decent meals again I'd be happy. With what I purchased today I was able to purchase "ingredients", like stock, tomato sauce, seasoning and condiments, hoping I can make more that the 3 to 4 ingredient meals.

                                              Apple Farms will have to be for next week since it's further away; I'm sure it won't be anything like Decicco but Ill give it a try.

                                          2. MisterBill2 Jan 1, 2011 05:11 PM

                                            Which S&S do you think is a dive? The newer ones they have built recently are very nice. I live in Yorktown, and the one in Somers is very nice, and much busier than a nearby A&P. I personally like Shoprite, I buy most stuff there, but I do not buy meat so I can't discuss that. Certainly when they have sales their prices are better than pretty much anyone else (and I try to only buy on sale, so that's what I care about).

                                            I agree with the suggestion for Apple Farm in White Plains (they are also in Port Chester, although it's a smaller store and no fish or deli). Their produce prices are great.

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                                              MRS Jan 1, 2011 05:15 PM

                                              I think the one in Port Chester is gross. I always feel like the meat and dairy areas are dirty. I used to get fruit flies without fail from the produce at A&P in Port Chester. That was always fun. Stopped shopping there some time ago. Dag's in Rye Brook holds my record for most packages of nasty, spoiled chicken breast. I only run in there now in a complete pinch and avoid anything of a perishable nature if possible. I do really like Apple Farm in WP when I have the chance to get there. Have never bought fish, but have gotten produce and from the "Italian" side. That stuff is great!

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                                                laylag Jan 4, 2011 05:04 PM

                                                MRS - I am surprised re: you comment on Stop n Shop in Port Chester being gross. I find it generally clean, well stocked and fairly priced as I do the one in New Rochelle (on Palmer Avenue). Now A&P Port Chester and Mamaroneck and elsewhere - agreed - totally gross.

                                                Now, Stop n Shop Larchmont - dirtyish, smelly meat and fish areas - gross - I only run in for packaged goods if in a rush.

                                                Other comments not directly related to your post but to this thread:

                                                I really don't care for the Shop Rite in New Rochelle - also down Palmer either although very new. Basically clean but something depressing and downscale about it plus crazy produce prices.

                                                Fairway - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE but very disappointed with the recent rather steep price hikes.

                                                Trader Joe's is Trader Joe's: fine for what it has and some good prices but limited.

                                                Went to Apple Farm in Port Chester once - rude staff, dirty. Am disinclined to try the one in WP plus its a hike.

                                                Never been thrilled with Stu's - very "middle-American" to me with respect to variety of goods and offerings. Hot and prepared foods - fried, fried and more fried and poor executions of ethnic dishes. Cheese section is sad - how many varieties of cheddar and other ordinary cheese do you need. Plus, hate the layout and the one way deal. If you go through a lot of dairy perhaps worth a trip but otherwise it was like visiting Disneyworld - been there, done that and prefer not to go again.

                                                In sum, still no single perfect store and I tend to just suck up the prices at Fairway one a week or so and Trader Joe's every few weeks. Costco now and again. Still, a drag.

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                                                  MRS Jan 4, 2011 06:04 PM

                                                  laylag- I have gotten so much so/so produce and nasty meat/poultry from Stop and Shop in P'chester that I dont know if i can go back. That said, before writing off Apple Farm, I think you should see the WP location. Has a lot more to offer and feels different. Stu's does nothing for me and I seem to lose my way and my wallet at Fairway.

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                                                    MisterBill2 Jan 4, 2011 06:15 PM

                                                    Shouldn't it be obvious that meat/poultry is bad before you buy it? Same for produce. I had forgotten about the S&S in PC, it is one of the new ones and while I've only been there a couple of times it seemed fine to me.

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                                                      MRS Jan 6, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                      Actually MisterBill2, sometimes it isn't. I smell the outside of the package. That doesn't always do much. I look at it. That doesn't always yield much. I check the sell by date. And, I have found that still, after all that, I open the package to find the meat/poultry smells rancid. Even well within the "sell by" window. And, yes, I refrigerate properly. I have since taken to going to the butcher b/c I feel much better about what I am buying, even though it may be 2 or 3 times the price.

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                                                        debmom Jan 6, 2011 12:32 PM

                                                        I've had the same problem, MRS, with chicken from D'Ag and from Food Emporium (now A&P Fresh). I've been buying chicken and some meats at Park Deli, the butcher is very nice, the meat is always fresh and the prices are similar to grocery store prices.

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                                                          MRS Jan 6, 2011 02:08 PM

                                                          Oh! I thought I was the only one who had this at Dag's. I brought the package back to them the very same day and it made the whole grocery line stink like something died. People asked me to step away from them. That was the last time there. Now I am a Park Deli or Crisfield's meat/poultry girl!! And I agree, everyone at Park Deli is very nice! Crisfield's, too.

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                                                    lilgi Jan 4, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                    Well yeah, Fairway is a great addition now, but the prices are climbing and I mean rapidly. Nowadays I feel as if I'm in a hallucination where the clerks will turn to me and say (very slowly) "How much are you willing to pay?"

                                                    With all the other places, they are right up there with Fairway and Stews, but do they have a right to be?

                                                    I did okay with Stews but as I had said earlier, they don't have everything I'm looking for either. So, it's a work in progress, and maybe if we talk about it enough we'll find it! I'm in lower Westchester and I'll bet for me the answer's probably in Da Bronx.

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                                                      MisterBill2 Jan 4, 2011 06:18 PM

                                                      Apple Farm in WP is much nicer than the one in PC (although I have not had the problems you mentioned there, but I do not go there much). WP is larger and while I don't think you'll be impressed with the service there, they have a great selection. I've purchased tuna from them a few times and it's always been good.

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                                                    Proud_2_Be_A_CH_Peep Jan 1, 2011 06:07 PM

                                                    Yes, the built from scratch superstores of the late-90s through today are usually more appealing than the former Finast/Edwards/Grand Union that eventually were labeled Stop and Shop by Ahold. The latter category is more prevalent I believe.

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                                                      lilgi Jan 1, 2011 06:54 PM

                                                      The S &S closest to me is the one near Target in Pelham. Honestly, "dive" is harsh, but the thought of entering there hasn't occurred to me in years because of what they are charging. For a while (maybe only a few years ago) prices were comparable to Decicco, where I would've gone in a heartbeat. After Fairway opened in Pelham, Decicco has gone nuts; I don't know how they can afford to stay open now.

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                                                        MisterBill2 Jan 1, 2011 08:08 PM

                                                        S&S lowered their prices a while ago and their non-sale prices are probably cheaper than the other chains, certainly cheaper than A&P. As I said, I am in Yorktown, and the closest old S&S around here is in Tarrytown. They rebuilt the store in Ossining in the last year, and Peekskill and Somers are both fairly new. Why not check out the new-ish S&S in New Rochelle, that doesn't seem to be that far from you. We have a Decicco up here as well, I never buy anything there if it's not on sale. And last week I tried 3 times to buy Bagel Bites, they were OOS each time. And I tried to buy the quiche they had on sale, it rang up at the regular price and the cashier tried to tell me it was not on sale because they showed a spinach variety in the ad and I was buying asparagus. I told him to just forget about it. Turco's had their quiches on sale for the same price this week, I'll just buy it there.

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                                                          lilgi Jan 2, 2011 03:58 PM

                                                          I'm still getting used to posting here and I made a mistake with the above post (oops!); was meant for you on the S & S; but I thought all prices would be the same throughout. I guess eventually I'll check the one in New Rochelle also.

                                                  4. lilgi Jan 1, 2011 02:37 PM

                                                    Spa, I really felt Trader Joe's wasn't in my budget, and ended up walking out right away, but I think it has to do with what I shop for. I'm not sure if Trader Joe's is the place to go if you're heavy on meat, dairy and produce and I haven't been there in a long time. Has this changed at all?

                                                    Addicted, you're right, a lot of us are I think. Still I'm in there at least twice a week and would love to end that very soon.

                                                    Btw, hope I'm not offending with Stop and Shop. I have stopped shopping there years ago, but funny thing is that a few people that I've spoke to about this mention the same thing; that they haven't set foot there in years.

                                                    Proud, you're right a food shopping profile is probably in order and I'll be working on one; Stuff that I can't go without weekly are feta cheese in bulk, apples, dressings, herbs and lettuce, and meat and vegetables. I rarely visit the frozen section but for only very few items. Also cheeses, nuts, milk, cream, juice and water; I can't tell you how much goes on these items alone.

                                                    Bjs's and Costco are good, I forgot about those, but I think only a few times a year is enough and for certain items.

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                                                      Elisa515 Jan 1, 2011 02:45 PM

                                                      Grocery stores do need to make a profit, so I don't think you'll get the best prices on each thing you want at any one place.

                                                      That said, your weekly shopping list looks like one that's suited best to Stew Leonard's. I tend to go there weekly, TJ's every few weeks, and a normal supermarket (or Costco when I belonged) every month or so for staples. Part of the trick of good value shopping is to buy the things you like best/use most in bulk when on sale, and not at all when higher priced.

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                                                        upcounty Jan 1, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                        Agreed, Stew Leonard's is strong on value and quality, but it's a serious half-day stock-up trek. I'm doing well with Zeytinia's, an independent gourmet shop in Croton-on-Hudson. Fancy bakery/deli/seafood/meats/cheeses and specialities, but always lots of specials including deli, meat, produce, dairy, and specialty ethnic i.e. oils, biscuits, grape leaves. Fresh focaccias ! Crenshaw melon in season - also salad bar, catering, prep foods, all top-notch when you need 'em. Nice staff too.

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                                                          Elisa515 Jan 1, 2011 08:05 PM

                                                          I live in Croton, so I shop at Zeytinia often. I should have mentioned them in my earlier post, but I tend to think of them as local (and small), not the sort of place people would make as a destination from a distance. The other places have a variety of different stores.

                                                          If I'm only going food shopping, I only make the trek to Stew's (and TJ's) if there's a really good reason (big party, serious need to go for a drive). I try instead to incorporate those trips into other driving I'm doing--Danbury if I'm already in Katonah for something, Yonkers on the way back from NYC, etc.

                                                          We are very lucky to have Zeytinia, and it's often surprising all the great values they have--especially if one keeps an eye on the sales and gets a frequent shopper card (discounts up to 10% on non-sale items).

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                                                          lilgi Jan 2, 2011 04:00 PM

                                                          Elisa, thanks for bringing me back to Stews though I feel this is all still a work in progress. I'm glad it took me away from Fairway for a while at least and I picked up the seafood I needed (yay!)

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                                                            Elisa515 Jan 2, 2011 04:37 PM

                                                            One thing I find helpful is that I get the weekly email from Stew's, which reminds me to go to their website for all the specials each week. The specials run Wednesdays through Tuesdays. This helps with menu planning. You should be able to find out weekly specials at supermarkets online, too, and I know Fairway specials are on the web.

                                                            Once you get into the habit, you should be able to limit your actual special grocery trips to one store once a week, even if it's different stores each week--and then try as much as possible to visit stores as brief side trips when you're really doing something else, and you can also keep your costs reasonable.

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                                                              lilgi Jan 2, 2011 06:38 PM

                                                              I'm always reluctant to buy large amounts of meat at a time since I don't like to freeze any of it. I think it changes the texture; does anyone else think this? I have to plan out my week better, but I would still like to find a place not too far that will keep me out of Fairway.

                                                              And yes, a good reminder to pick up those flyers from Stews :)

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                                                                Elisa515 Jan 2, 2011 07:26 PM

                                                                I don't buy large amounts of meat (except I'll buy a whole NY Strip or ribeye from Stews, have them butcher it, and freeze it by wrapping each steak separately and tightly with plastic wrap and then putting into zipper bags after squeezing out excess air), but I tailor what I make most weeks to what is on sale. I buy lots of canned soda when it's on big sale, same with the good canned tomatoes, etc. And if I have a particular recipe in mind, I try to be flexible and change to another if some of the ingredients are too pricey or don't look very good. I keep most of my favorite recipes on my smartphone (I use Instapaper for this--let me know if you'd like more info on how I do this) so I don't have to worry about shopping lists.

                                                                The online flyers will help you plan out where to shop, rather than just checking when you get to the store.

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                                                                  lilgi Jan 3, 2011 11:26 PM

                                                                  I meant to get back to you on this, I was curious about what you said about smartphone. Would you be able to tell me more about that?

                                                                  After you mentioned looking online for the sales at Stews I looked after I shopped and was happy to see that I attacked what I needed that was on sale, though I just kind of stared at the standing rib roast at $6.99/lb on sale; almost took one home but would have been down another 35 to 40 easy. Maybe next time.

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                                                                    lilgi Jan 4, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                                    That is a good system; I use some of those websites for the same reasons but you've got me beat hands down!

                                                                    I have also gotten rid of all my clipped recipes, but I have everything retyped and placed in a binder, inserted into plastic sheets. I also adjusted the fonts on each so that the recipes read on only one side. It was a bit of work but I'm glad I did it; maybe a grandchild some day will be glad I left this behind. Also I prefer to work with these in the kitchen than my laptop. You're right though, this info does deserve another thread.

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                                                                  wincountrygirl Jan 3, 2011 02:44 AM

                                                                  I don't freeze meat as a rule - I do freeze chicken. I think it changes the texture as well and I especially do not like filet if it has been frozen. That being said, we had wonderful strip steaks this summer at our friends' house and they bought the meat at Costco and froze it. It was fantastic so maybe it depends on the cut.

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                                                                    lilgi Jan 3, 2011 03:22 AM

                                                                    I probably should have mentioned a few meats that I do freeze; like you chicken, rump roasts that I use for pot roast, sometimes pork, ground beef, and some fish.

                                                                    The meat that I'm really set about not freezing are usually the ones that don't get cooked all the way through, and we make lots of steak here, different cuts. Also if I'm making tuna steaks, lamb or ground beef for burgers.

                                                                    Interesting about the strip steaks, that's one I would never have considered freezing and now I will reconsider.

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                                                                      wincountrygirl Jan 3, 2011 10:38 AM

                                                                      I know. The tasted like they came from a great steak house!

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                                                            Proud_2_Be_A_CH_Peep Jan 1, 2011 04:05 PM

                                                            Cheese and cream: Elisa is right, go to Stew. Trader Joe's is known for cheeses, but I'm unfamiliar with their comparative quality and prices.

                                                            Apples: Viva Grande, I like their Macintoshes.

                                                            Dressings: Trader Joe's has great olive oil at a fraction what you'd pay for Colavita, Bertolli, and even some X-brands. Same with their balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. Something like honey or sugar you can probably get away with just buying store brand.

                                                            Herbs and lettuce: Viva Grande has a large array. They have all kinds of leafy vegetables.

                                                            Nuts: Trader Joe's is known for their selection and prices.

                                                            Water: Get a filter for your tap if possible, otherwise Trader Joe's, unless their superior prices of gallon jugs when I bought them a few years ago are no more.

                                                            Juices: Hopefully some of the others will contribute their knowledge, I haven't bought pasteurized or from-concentrate orange juice in a while.

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                                                              wincountrygirl Jan 2, 2011 03:13 AM

                                                              Where is this place Viva Grande?

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                                                                Proud_2_Be_A_CH_Peep Jan 2, 2011 04:33 AM

                                                                Right by New Rochelle train station, on Main Street/US-1 and next to Trinity St Paul Episcopal Church. They have their own parking lot.

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                                                              spa Jan 1, 2011 04:50 PM

                                                              I buy organic milk and eggs at Trader Joe's for a fraction of the price charged at the ShopRite. I don't usually even look at the produce or meat. But I also do recommend them for nuts, cereals, oils, pasta, etc.

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                                                              MRS Jan 1, 2011 02:37 PM

                                                              I am in a quandry regarding supermarkets in general, although your question regarding value is even more intriguing. I think Stop and Stop is vile for anything that is non-perishable. Every time I am there, the meat section in particular "icks" me out. A&P is not any better, in my mind. Enjoyed Fairway when it first opened, but from me its a haul.

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                                                                lilgi Jan 1, 2011 02:41 PM

                                                                Mrs, missed your post as I was typing. Agreed!

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                                                                  MRS Jan 1, 2011 04:13 PM

                                                                  I feel as though I spend so much time going to various stores and shops to get what we need b/c i just can't get it all in one place. You're not offending me regarding Stop and Stop. It's not like we use such " specialty" items either where you'd really think I HAD to go to specialty shops. That said, after numerous packages of chicken opened that were "fresh" according to sell by date that ended up stinking like something died, I find myself going to the butcher. Costs a fortune, but I've never gotten anything spoiled. I have had so-so results w/ freshdirect. Nothing seems to do the trick.

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                                                                    lilgi Jan 1, 2011 06:49 PM

                                                                    Mrs I am sooooo working on this, I hate to be all over the place. But at least if I could save money on the bulk of my groceries I would be ahead.

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                                                                      lilgi Jan 2, 2011 04:04 PM

                                                                      MRS, I was all over the place today. I still have hope...

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                                                                  wincountrygirl Jan 2, 2011 03:11 AM

                                                                  I think you mean perishable? Meats are. I don't like Stop and Shop either but the A&P in Mt. Kisco has good meats - BUT - I guess with the bankruptcy they are ordering less because it is hard to find grocery items that should be on the shelves. I now find I have to go to more than one supermarket to get all the items on my list. Shop Rite in Bedford Hills is where I end up for the stuff I can't find at Shop Rite. I do like Turcos in Yorktown but it is not practical for me to do my weekly shopping there as items are limited. But they have good meats, great bread and good produce.

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                                                                    MRS Jan 2, 2011 05:03 AM

                                                                    oops... you are right. I meant things like meat, dairy etc... those would be perishable. was spacing out a bit.

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                                                                      wincountrygirl Jan 2, 2011 06:51 AM

                                                                      If you can't space out New Year's weekend, when can you?

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                                                                  Proud_2_Be_A_CH_Peep Jan 1, 2011 02:03 PM

                                                                  I've bought plenty of good citrus, tropical, and summer fruits at Viva Grande for very low prices. They have a meat counter too which I've never tried.

                                                                  I don't know why so many people here dislike Stop and Shop (unless they mean the bought as opposed to built stores), they offer good prices on filet mignon, veal chops, lobster, london broil, liver, salmon..... Shop Rite too, there's one about to open in the old Burlington Coat outlet on Central Ave by Ardsley road that will surely have promotional discounts. Costco's annual fee and family sizes may not suit you, but they have great buys not only on packaged items (their specialty) but seafood. Also check out Apple Farm near the County Center if you haven't already. Trader Joe's customers are pretty budget conscious, and lots of them are wealthy.

                                                                  Tell us what foods you're especially looking to save on and we'll give you more tips.

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                                                                    addictedtolunch Jan 1, 2011 02:02 PM

                                                                    I have no idea what the thinking was at Fairway. They started out surprisingly cheap, and in a short time they jumped to surprisingly expensive (but still a great selection). Guess it was a pre-planned strategy, but it just p-ssed people off.

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                                                                      MisterBill2 Jan 1, 2011 05:07 PM

                                                                      I'm also upset about Fairway's price increases. But I don't know that it was planned for a few months after the opening. I shop in their Paramus store as much as I go to Pelham and the prices in both places were up at the same time. Maybe they needed money to open the Stamford store and decided to raise prices everywhere.

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                                                                        jcmods Jan 7, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                                        They are cheaper if you want Palacio Chorizo. At $6.99 it is the lowest price ever. And it is the closest to me.

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                                                                          lilgi Jan 7, 2011 09:59 AM

                                                                          You can still find a few things cheaper at Fairway, but they are raising their prices little by little. I stopped purchasing chocolate covered pretzels (among other things)which were at $5/lb. when they opened and now they are at $7/lb. I've decided to start making the myself; I make way more and save, and they go fast here, my boys love em.

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                                                                            MisterBill2 Jan 7, 2011 02:49 PM

                                                                            Are any of you complaining to Fairway about their price increases? It's amazing how everyone is seeing it, their sales must be affected by it I notice they're advertising 3 weeks of samples in the stores. I wonder if that's to get people in due to a drop in sales.

                                                                            I did mention the prices to a cashier and posted on their Facebook page. Maybe we need to make it a group effort.

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                                                                              lilgi Jan 7, 2011 04:49 PM

                                                                              Misterbill, I think that's an excellent suggestion. It makes sense to try since they have less business now.

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                                                                              coll Jan 9, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                              The price of wheat is way up, not to mention transportation costs; did you ever consider it's not them but that the manufacturers are charging them more in the last month or so. Because they are, across the board, there's very little that is the same price as early December right now and it's not just Fairway. So there's not much choice on their part. Grains, oils, meat (all connected believe it or not) and then diesel fuel to get it to them. And oil costs affect the cost of packaging too. It's a sad situation for us all. Are you noticing prices at other stores by any chance? Oops I see Stew Leonards mentioned and have never been, we have Best Yet here on Long Island for the best deals luckily. Stop and Shop here is a total rip off but good quality. Sorry to butt in, Westchester! You're making me scared to do the hour drive into my nearest Fairway, which I've been itching to do lately.

                                                                              1. re: coll
                                                                                lilgi Jan 9, 2011 02:21 PM

                                                                                Coll, I really do recommend Fairway for so many specialty items! Make a list of all those special things that you desire, just try to refrain from getting anything else there, anything that you can normally get by you.

                                                                                I found an ethnic little c-town right by me that fits my needs PERFECTLY! I went in this weekend and was able to restock all those grocery items that supermarkets have been hiking up like crazy. I was very happy! Between Viva Grande, C-Town and Stews I think I'll be okay, and on those days where I don't want to be everywhere I'm fine with the small c-town grocery store (even TP, papertowels and the sort, probably won't renew BJ's/Costco). Meat was good too, just not a large selection.

                                                                                Welcome to Fairway, Westchester!

                                                                                1. re: lilgi
                                                                                  coll Jan 9, 2011 04:02 PM

                                                                                  We have CTowns here too, those are my kind of supermarkets. Compare too, I think there might be one up your way. You probably don't have Meat Farms though? Yeah I know them all, food shopping is an addiction for me. I have a list started for Fairway down here on Long Island and everything on it I will be getting regardless of price...it's a once or twice a year treat for me! Last time I went, I somehow spent almost $300 so I'm sort of afraid to go back. That Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and a couple of lbs of lox put me over the top.

                                                                                  BJs I join every year, just because I get my contacts so cheap that it more than pays for the membership. Another place that you should make a list and stick to it! They are never that cheap on paper goods, I mostly buy 4 or 5 things that are always half the price of anywhere else, and that's it.

                                                                                  1. re: coll
                                                                                    lilgi Jan 9, 2011 04:18 PM

                                                                                    Yes that's a lot, but I'll bet you brought home some really nice things! I only get a few things there once a month that I must restock on. As I mentioned, Feta (have yet to go to Central Ave for that), Coffee Beans, Callebut, Olive oil (I like their assortment), walnut oil, beef tenderloins seem to be well priced, but I stay away from their bakery items and nuts which are well over priced.

                                                                                2. re: coll
                                                                                  MisterBill2 Jan 9, 2011 04:44 PM

                                                                                  No, I have not seen prices increase at other stores they way they have at Fairway. My local bagel store is still at 85c. Granted that is more than Fairway charges but they didn't raise them 20%. I doubt that bakeries raised the price of croissants by 20%, either. Kosher meat at Costco did not go up dramatically like it did at Fairway, either, and I doubt loose olives went up by almost 20% elsewhere.

                                                                                  I was at Fairway in Pelham today. I did not make a special trip, I was in New Rochelle anyway. I was looking forward to the samples they advertised and had sent email about. I got there and found nothing but empty trays. No cookies in the bakery (no tray at all), no spicy tuna rolls in sushi. And they were out of the kosher chicken cutlets that were on sale (they had over a dozen packages of the higher priced thin cut ones and at 3pm no one was in the kosher meat department to cut more). They made the mistake of paging the manager to come to the time card machine while I was at the registers so I went over and spoke to him and really let him have it. I asked where the samples were and he said they were making more. I told him the sushi guy said they were over (this was at 3pm). I told him that I was not happy about the price increases (some guy standing next to him shook his head in agreement) and that people on the Internet had noticed and were talking about it. I then pointed out that they had new competition with the 2 new Shoprite stores and that people were going to shop there less. I told him I come down from Yorktown to shop there and I was certainly shopping there less. He didn't make any apologies about the prices, I just told him to deliver the message to his bosses, or to Howie.

                                                                                  I went back to the store after I shopped next door at Modells for 20 minutes and they had put out some apple tart samples in the bakery, but the empty plate and tray were gone from sushi, so I guess that was their answer to the missing samples. At least I did not make a special trip there. I ended up only spending $8, the least I've every spent there. I didn't even buy the croissants they had on sale (which brought them back to the old regular price, as with the bagels on sale), since they decided only to put the plain croissants on sale, even though the almond and chocolate croissants are normally the same price as regular.

                                                                                  1. re: MisterBill2
                                                                                    lilgi Jan 9, 2011 05:03 PM

                                                                                    That's how much that place has changed since it opened. It probably hasn't phased me much (the emptiness) because I'm in and out for small things. I'm glad you didn't make a special trip.

                                                                                    1. re: MisterBill2
                                                                                      coll Jan 9, 2011 05:13 PM

                                                                                      Everything I buy at Fairway is expensive to start with, unfortunately. The specialty items you can't get anywhere else. Haven't been there since last year, but will visit soon and see what's going on down here. I wonder if your new stores were cheaper than usual for their grand openings?

                                                                                      1. re: coll
                                                                                        lilgi Jan 9, 2011 05:32 PM

                                                                                        Yes, when they opened everything was very well priced; now except for their specialties, they are just like any of the other dirty supermarkets.

                                                                                        1. re: coll
                                                                                          MisterBill2 Jan 9, 2011 06:32 PM

                                                                                          No. The prices at Pelham and Paramus went up at the same time around the time that Stamford opened and their prices were also the same. They apparently did it chain-wide.

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                                                                                            lilgi Jan 9, 2011 06:40 PM

                                                                                            Ahh, thought it was a gimmick to bring people in.

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                                                                                  olsen332 May 23, 2011 04:21 PM

                                                                                  Some things have been creeping up in Stamford since opening but they say it the cost of the gas driving the prices.

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                                                                                spa Jan 1, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                                Trader Joe's has very good prices on some things.

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