2 Top Budget Grocery Stores in Raleigh May 2021

Alyssa Atkinson

These are two of the top ones to check out.

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I have been buying my own groceries since I was in college. From the very first semester that I had to purchase my own groceries, I learned how to shop on a tight budget.

I have been to many different grocery stores in my life, and some are certainly much cheaper than others in general. Plus, there are a number of key ways to save even more money on groceries, like buying in bulk and stocking up when your food staples go on sale. These little tips and tricks truly can make a big difference.

In this article, I wanted to focus on two of the best budget grocery stores that I have found in North Carolina. I shop at these stores often, and they are luckily widely available in other states as well, aside from my state of North Carolina. These stores have personally helped me to save me money due to a number of positive factors. Now, let's take a look.

1. Aldi

Aldi has been one of my go-to grocery stores for years. I really appreciate that they offer so many different food products at an affordable cost, including produce. On top of that, they have much lower prices on certain foods than pretty much any other grocery store I have found. Luckily, they are present in North Carolina, so I am able to shop at Aldi whenever I want.

On a typical grocery store trip, I will purchase things like fresh produce, whole wheat pasta, oats, possibly bread, nuts, and other plant-based staples.

Their weekly ad specials run pretty cheap. For example, they have 79 cent mangoes, 95 cent (per pound) red grapes, and 89 cent packages of white mushrooms. These are just a few examples of their pricing, but I think it goes to show how budget friendly some of their products are.

I love to cook a lot of meals fresh at home, so I like to buy goods like flour, oats, pure maple syrup, frozen fruit, and vegetables in bulk. Aldi has a lot of great options at a reasonable price, so that is another reason why I think they are an awesome budget friendly grocery store.

Some of my favorite products which I buy often from Aldi include:

  • Quick Cook Oats
  • Bananas
  • Organic Apples
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Hummus
  • Fresh Salsa
  • Frozen Berries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Bell Peppers

2. Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's is a grocery store that is available in pretty much every big city in every state the United States, and for good reason. North Carolina is no exception, as they do indeed have Trader Joe's.

This grocery store is one that I have always enjoyed shopping at, as they have healthy, budget friendly groceries that are unique to their store.

They are known for their interesting food combinations, including things like everything but the bagel seasoned nuts, chocolate dessert hummus, frozen riced cauliflower stir fry, and much more. If you know what to buy and what to pass on, you can get a ton of healthy, fresh goods at a good price.

Just like pretty much every other grocery store, you are going to pay more for convenience foods, as well as processed/packaged goods.

Some of my personal favorite products include:

  • Cauliflower and Kale/Broccoli Pizza Crust
  • Red Lentil Pasta
  • Black Bean Pasta
  • Seasoned Brussels sprouts
  • Montezuma Chocolate Bars
  • Frozen Wild Blueberries
  • Vegetable Masala Burgers
  • Murasaki Sweet Potatoes
  • Frozen Green Beans
  • Tricolor Peppers
  • Barbara's Shredded Spoonfuls Cereal
  • Barbara's Puffins Cereal
  • Nutritional Yeast

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Final Thoughts

The grocery stores you choose to shop at will be largely dependent on your budget, personal needs, proximity to your home, and how you like to eat.

Still, shopping for budget friendly goods at places like Aldi and Trader Joe's can be good for your wallet. If you can shop at your local farmer's markets, that is a great way to support your local community as well, and get fresher produce.

Ultimately, do what you can to save money while still eating the foods that bring you joy and fuel your body properly.

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Personal Blog - nomeatfastfeet.com | Electrical and Computer Engineering Grad.

Raleigh, NC

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