I’ve driven by Cheapies on Fillmore dozens of times on my way to Ranch Foods Direct, but haven’t taken the time to stop in until the owner sent me an email and invited me to stop by sometime. So, I finally did and I’m glad, because I think some of you will love this little store!
Cheapies is a grocery outlet/discount/scratch-and-dent/close-out store with primarily food items (including fresh produce!), but also some general merchandise like party supplies, greeting cards, and holiday stuff. I was really impressed with how well-organized and clean the store was, something you don’t often see at these types of places.
They carry fresh produce, and from what I’ve seen often have some pretty good prices. When I was there, 6-ounce packages of blueberries were $0.69, cucumbers were $0.49, organic grapes were $1.10/lb, and limes were 10 for $1.00. Of course the selection changes with whatever they are able to purchase at a rock-bottom price!
I was curious about where the produce comes from, as most of it looked just like what you’d buy at King Soopers. The owner told me that they purchase from the same distributors as the other grocery stores, and are able to get a good deal when they’re overstocked, but it’s not that this is something a store necessarily “rejected” for quality, and it’s not taken from the stores when it’s about to go bad. The blueberries I bought definitely looked just as fresh as they would at any store!
Greeting cards are $1.29, and they had some of the fancier ones that run quite a bit more in the grocery store. I saw a good stock of Valentine’s Day cards so now’s the time to head in there if you want discounted cards for February!
There are lots of cookies, crackers, and chips. Some of these products are “short-dated”, meaning they are close to expiring so they were removed from grocery store shelves, and some are “post-dated”, which means that they’re past the “best by” or “sell by” date. Always know what you’re OK with eating a few months after the date – some things are just fine and others might be a little stale.
They assured me that you can return anything that doesn’t taste great within a couple of weeks and they’ll return your money in the form of store credit. They also said that if they get something returned because it’s not fresh, they try to examine the rest of their stock of it to see if it needs to be removed, which I thought was great to know that they’re trying to stay on top of it!
All bread is $0.99, regardless of the variety! I think most of it is past the sell-by date (which is not a use-by date), though it seems like bread doesn’t mold for ages past the date anymore… (Which is a little scary – what are they doing to it?!)
Their goal is to meet or beat the shelf prices at Walmart, and try not to bring anything in that they can’t sell for a price that’s competitive. Refried beans were $0.85, which is the same price as Walmart’s Great Value brand, but Mexican-style diced tomatoes were $0.59 for a 14.5 oz can versus Walmart’s $0.68 for a 10 oz can of their Great Value version of Ro-Tel. There are definitely some great deals and some things that you can get on sale at a better price elsewhere if you watch for sales.
One of Cheapies’ goals is to sell the overstock/scratch and dent/about-to-expire or expired items at a good price while also being somewhat of a neighborhood grocery store, so they do stock some items as staples that they are just bringing in for the convenience of the neighborhood (milk, eggs, and peanut butter, for example), and those are priced relatively competitively at Cheapies but definitely go cheaper if you can shop sales at other stores.
Cheapies has a rewards program where you can earn points for every dollar you spend, and they give you 100 points with your first purchase. One hundred points gets you 10% off your total purchase, 200 points gets you 20% off, and 300 points gets you 30% off; with opportunities to earn bonus points through referrals and their social media channels.
Definitely like their Facebook page and watch for updates in your stream – they frequently post about the deals they get in (like those blueberries I got for $0.67!), and they have plans to start a big new section for pet food and supplies, so I’ll bet they’ll be updating about that on their Facebook page.
Cheapies Discount Store is located at 710 E. Fillmore St., and you can find their hours and more information about the store on their website.
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