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How Do You Find A Destination for Your Dollars?


We all have places that we prefer to spend our time and money, and we all have different reasons. For some it is the availability of local produce; for a few it might be proximity to their home; and others it is a matter of price. It is debated here time and again: Which store is the best store to shop at? Which store has the best over all deal for your time, energy and money?

For me? Finding a place to shop where I can stick to my family's budget, keep us on a healthy diet and have great customer service are the defining factors when it comes to spending our dollars. Is that too much to ask? I don't think so.

I love a good deal, but there are stores I will not spend my money in because I deplore the customer service. There are others that I do enjoy shopping at, but finding the extra driving time from one end of town to the other between activities and nap schedules isn't something I want to do as frequently as I shop. And the pursuit of a deal....it is like a game for me. How can I find the best price for what my family buys... that does play into the decision as well.

We've heard over and over which stores people prefer....but I want to know why you prefer them. Not why Checkers is better than HyVee or Dillons. Not why anyone who doesn't shop The Merc is anti-Lawrence. I want to know about the details. What shapes your opinion? Is there something that sticks out in your mind that makes you loyal to the store of your choice?

When I shop at Dillons on 6th and Wakarusa, there are employees who know me. They talk to me when I come in, they talk with the kids. The few times I've had to address customer service about a discrepancy on my receipt I've been met with nothing but a helpful smile and the problem has always been resolved with little hassle. And of course there are the deals. I can easily stay in my budget and have money to do things like bulk up my produce purchases.

What factors play into your store loyalty? How do you find a destination for your dollars?


Katara 7 years, 2 months ago

For me, it is price, customer service & variety of product that gets my dollars. That is why my preferred store is the 6th street Hy-Vee. Their sale prices are very good and I always get great, very friendly customer service. They carry a wide variety of different products for my family to try.

I've had stockers, assistant managers and even the general manager stop what they were doing to ask if I am finding everything okay or to answer any of my questions. Most places will tell you where a product is located and that is fine, but the employees actually take you to the product.

I had one assistant manager who wasn't sure where one product I wanted (I had coupons that would make it free) was located, so he told me to wait while he looked. It was in an odd place but once he found it, he took me to it. He apologized for the wait but explained that he didn't want to send me on a wild goose chase.

Everyone there just seems to like their job and it shows.

Katara 7 years, 2 months ago

You obviously really enjoy the shamelessness of trolling a local newspaper blog too.

You are really putting in an effort today. Please try not to strain yourself too hard. You might pull a muscle in your clicker finger as you refresh over and over again waiting for responses.

Katara 7 years, 2 months ago

Yup. Definitely trying way too hard.

You have a very creative imagination when it comes to your images. Perhaps you should channel it into something more productive? Perhaps writing your own blog?

Katara 7 years, 2 months ago

More creative interpretation of others' words. You also are a great candidate for http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

Is writing a blog expressing your opinions and posting those opinions on another's blog mutually exclusive?

I suspect the reason you don't write your own blog is that you won't get the attention that you do here and you do seem to need attention quite a bit.

Do you realize you have become the TomShewmon of the coupon blog?

Mari Aubuchon 7 years, 2 months ago

I feel the same way about the 6th St HyVee. I started shopping there when I was renting a house in the neighborhood and I have continued to shop there ever since, even though I live near downtown.

LadyJ 7 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, a lot of times it is about convenience. It does help, though, that Checkers finally added an express lane.

Rae Hudspeth 7 years, 2 months ago

I'd like to add that the fellas at the meat counter at the 6th St Hy-vee are the best! I like Checkers for the produce, but find the maze layout annoying. I feel better finding out that Hyvee does buy local produce.

Katara 7 years, 2 months ago

The meat counter guys are really helpful. They will give you some good cooking tips on different cuts of meat.

infidel 7 years, 2 months ago

Checkers is close to the house. I can walk to it, it has the best meat case in town and is consistently the lowest price for meat and produce. The customer service is great, they will special order anything for me if I ask.. They also sale many locally grown and made foods just as the Merc doses, just at a much lower price. Just stay away on 19 cent banana day or you will get run over by the blue hair crew.

Aldi's is great tor basic goods, flour, sugar, eggs, milk and other pantry goods, and definitively has the lowest price for all goods, but it does not appeal to many because they don't carry many name brands, so you cant use many coupons, but there cheaper than using a coupon at many other stores anyway.

I have shopped every store in town in search of good seafood and fish, I have to say the Merc has it. I don't go there often because it is hard to get in and out of, and there prices are very high in comparison with others, but on occasion I will stop and get some seafood

strongarmcrunch 7 years, 2 months ago

Well heck, I feed a lot of people. I try hard to shop in other states when I am there. That includes driving to and from, while the trip is never dictated by the need to shop.

strongarmcrunch 7 years, 2 months ago

The local tax issue is what leads me to determine where to shop. I try very hard to shop in towns with less taxing.

In another state, I bring home an entire car-truck load of non-perishables and some perishables because that state does not tax food or from another state that taxes it at somewhere around 1%.

Lawrence, if you want my sales tax money, reduce your taxes on food.

strongarmcrunch 7 years, 2 months ago

Also, I weight the costs and rewards from ordering online. I get the mailings, and wnen the offer for free shipping comes, I load up.

deec 7 years, 2 months ago

I live in a state that doesn't tax food. It's pretty nice, since food, mortgage and utilities are about the only things I buy most of the time.

impska 7 years, 2 months ago

Check out the site retailmenot.com - you'll often find a working free shipping code even when they haven't sent you one in their mailings.

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