Cheapest Supermarket in Back Bay / Columbus
I'm new to Boston and looking for a cheap grocery store in Back Bay or Columbus. I live in Columbus Ave between Massachusetts Turnpike and West Newton Street and unfortunately do not have a car. Any suggestions where I could go?
Thanks for your help!
The Back Bay or South End is hardly the place for bargain anything. The biggest market I know of is the Shaw's off Huntington close the malls that can serve your basic staple needs.
The density of that area (and high-end rent) doesn't lend itself well to super-sized food markets, but lots of good, smaller markets are available for specific items throughout the hood. It's also a reasonable hike to Chinatown for produce and meat. There's a decent C-Mark right on the edge of South End on Herald St.
Also investigate PeaPod from Stop & Shop - you can order online and have it delivered to your door. Prices are somewhat higher than in the store, but there are good deals to introduce the service and it can be a lifesaver as long as you plan a day or two ahead for what you need from them.
I do my day to day shopping at Trader Joes on Boylston Street and then take a Zipcar about once a month to get staples at Market Basket in Somerville and Costco.
In summer we have a great farmer's market at Copley Square that helps. That can be a good value because the food is so fresh and lasts so long.
I cook so I don't use a lot of processed food but the Shaw's has improved since the lastest owner took over.