So my husband and I recently moved to Lenoir City, Tennessee from our hometown of London, Kentucky. We came from a town that had 3 major grocery stores: Kroger, Wal-Mart, & Save-A-Lot. There were also a couple small locally owned groceries but as far as selection, we really didn’t have much to choose from.
This week, my first week in our new town, I picked up a local paper and was blown away by the number of grocery ads! I texted ~A, my Two Chics counterpart, excited that I now had such a wide selection of grocery shopping options. As I delved deeper into the local paper I found an ad for a grocery store called United Grocery Outlet. I had never heard of this store but as I looked at the ad I knew I would be paying them a visit. My husband really thought I’d lost my mind when I’m trying to explain to him why I’m excited about these grocery options. He just didn’t get it! MEN!
Yesterday I visited UGO for the first time. I was kind of lost at first. I didn’t see any prices hanging on the shelves like you are used to seeing at your big chain grocery stores. I was thinking to myself, how in the world do I know how much all this stuff is? I finally discovered that they had little red sticky price tags on the tops of most items. Ok, now I understood the system! It was time to shop!
Down the first aisle I went, which happened to be stocked on one side with condiments, much like the set up at other grocery stores. Now I know my blogging partner is cringing at the thought of store bought mayo, and you can check out her homemade Paleo friendly mayo recipe here, but they had a really wide range of choices for mayo. I really like the mayonnaise with the olive oil, which is usually more expensive than regular mayo. They had that type of mayonnaise and it was a really great price. They also had a lot of the flavored mayo like the Garlic & Herb, Chipotle, and Horseradish blend. We are planning a little cookout this weekend with our new neighbors so I found a burger blend that is a Dijon Mustard/Mayo blend. Hoping its good!
Up and down each aisle I went, with no real plan on what I was going to purchase (I know that’s a bad ideas), but mainly I was just curious as to what the store had to offer. I got a great deal on Philadelphia Cooking Creams for .50 cents each. I stocked up! Kraft foods has a lot of great recipes on their website so I knew I could find lot of ways to use these cooking creams. Also I had recently read on the Stockpiling Moms website that you can freeze Philadelphia Cooking Cream which will extend the life of the product up to 4-6 months.
I also got a great price on a block of cheddar cheese, yogurt, and individual pudding cups with add ins. I had never seen these at the “regular” grocery store, but maybe because I don’t usually buy things like pudding cups. These were flavors like German Chocolate Cake and it had coconut flavorings to mix in with it. They were 2 for $1 so I thought we’d give them a try. My husband is always looking for things like that to take for his lunch so I knew he would love them. I also found the packages of cottage cheese with the fruit that you can mix in for a really great price and picked up a few of those.
I also found Tomato-Basil string cheese which I had never seen before in my usual grocery stores. We love string cheese for snacks and lunch on the go so I grabbed a pack of these. With only 70 calories and 6 grams of protein in each stick these are great options for snacking.
I continued through the store, adding several more items to my cart, but I had to cut my trip short when the electric went out! There was a power outage that effected most everyone up and down Highway 321 so the store had to rush to get everyone checked out before the backup power source died too. I had planned on picking up a frozen whole turkey breast because they were advertised at a super low price. I love to cook turkey breast in my crockpot and then use it for sandwiches, casseroles, and even use the bones to cook and make a broth for dumplings. Since I had to leave before getting the turkey I plan on going back today to pick one up.
Overall I was very happy with my trip to United Grocery Outlet. I walked away with 4 bags of groceries for $14! This is not really a store I would do all my shopping at because their “fresh” options were limited. They did have a decent selection of your basic produce: lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, apples, bananas, and oranges. But this particular store did not have any fresh meat, or if they did they were sold out. According to their website and sales circular not all stores carry fresh cuts of meat. So I will probably stick with some of the other grocery stores for my fresh options but definitely will be going back to UGO for items like canned goods, cheese, staples, and condiments.
Do you have a United Grocery Outlet near you? You can check out their website at www.myugo.com to find a list of locations and also to check out their current sales ad. If you have one nearby I recommend checking it out.