How to Cope After Your Favorite Grocery Store Closes
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How to Cope After Your Favorite Grocery Store Closes

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Buy Organic Store Brands to Save BigMany people have a favorite grocery store. It’s the one that they shop at the most often because that store offers things that they like. It can be annoying, or even upsetting, when that favorite grocery store closes. What are you going to do now?

Make a List
Why did you like your favorite grocery store so much? Make a list of the things that it had that were important to you. Maybe it had specialty foods that you didn’t see at other grocery stores. It might have had an excellent loyalty card program that offered lots of discounts. Or, the best thing about it was that it was located close to where you live.

Take that list with you the next time you go grocery shopping. It is possible that another grocery store will have most of the qualities that your favorite grocery store had. It is easier to find what you are looking for when you have a clear idea of what it is that you want.

Consider Online Shopping
Amazon.com might not have all of the groceries that you typically buy, but it probably has many of them. Online shopping for groceries is a reasonable solution for the problem of not being able to find the things you like after your favorite grocery store closed. Do a price check and compare the cost from Amazon with the cost if you bought it directly from the manufacturer.

Compare Coupon Policies
When it comes to coupon policies, no two grocery stores are the same. You might have loved your favorite grocery store because it had an awesome coupon policy. Check to see what other grocery stores coupon policies are like. There could be another one that is just as good – if not better!

Find out if another grocery store will take the coupons that were issued by the grocery store that closed. It’s worth a try! You can find out more about a grocery store’s coupon policy by visiting their website or by asking a manager. While you are at it, find out what their loyalty program offers.

Pick the Closest Store
Not sure which grocery store to switch to? One simple solution is to pick the one that is located closest to where you live. Convenience offers a certain kind of comfort that few other things can match.

Your local grocery store will cost less travel time than a grocery store located farther away. There is potential that you could save a little bit on gas money simply by selecting the closest grocery store.

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