Awhile back Save-A-Lot contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in receiving a gift card and checking out the local Save-A-Lot store and sharing with you what I thought! I finally had opportunity to go a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share my thoughts and pictures with you.
The Colorado Springs Save-A-Lot is located at 405 South Circle, on the southeast corner of Circle and Airport. I’d never been before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Save-A-Lot reminded me a lot of an Aldi store – probably mostly because you have to bring your own bags and bag your own groceries. (I think paper bags are around 10¢ if you forget yours and want to buy some. I didn’t know you had to bring your own bags, so I just threw the groceries I bought in the back of my van. I’m too cheap to buy bags!)
They mostly sell their own store-brands; there seemed to be a few “limited time only” type areas that had name-brand items, but not many. So, even though they do accept coupons, there aren’t a ton of coupon deals here.
It’s been a long time since I’ve shopped primarily off-brands – typically, I can get name brands for the same price or cheaper than off brands if I’m patient and wait for the right sales. Some of their prices seemed pretty good, and some I wasn’t sure about, so afterwards I went to Walmart and compared their off brand prices for the same items. Here’s what I found:
Tomato Paste: Save A Lot 50¢ / Walmart 42¢
Canola Oil: Save A Lot $2.49 / Walmart $2.34
Eggs: Save A Lot $1.59 / Walmart – forgot to check, but I know normal price at King Soopers is about $1.29
Canned Beans: Save A Lot 65¢ / Walmart 62-78¢
So, overall, even though Save-A-Lot claims to beat Walmart’s prices, I didn’t find that was the case on most items. The best deal I found was bananas at 33¢ per pound, but that was a sale, not a normal price.
I was able to purchase the following for $15.42:
2.3 lbs of bananas 77¢
Canola Oil (2) $4.98
Great Northern Canned Beans (2) $1.30
Dry Roasted Peanuts $2.59
Tomato Paste (4) $2
One of the other disadvantages to shopping at a store brands only store like Save-A-Lot is that they carry a limited amount of selection. I was able to find Great Northern canned beans at Save-A-Lot, but they didn’t have canned black beans, at least not that I could find. Other things were similar, don’t expect to find 20 varieties of cake mixes, just several of the “main” ones.
Save-A-Lot does have printable coupons on their website, most of which are actually for their store brand, which is kind of nice.
The local store employees were friendly, but the store itself wasn’t terribly clean. I’ve had hard time thinking of anything that would make me want to make Save A Lot another stop on my regular or even periodic grocery shopping trips – it just didn’t seem to offer much.
Have you been to the Colorado Springs Save-A-Lot? What did you think? I’d love to hear if you’ve find things that make it worth a stop!