Albuquerque has many options when it comes to grocery stores, from large box stores, membership only stores, small produce stores, and seasonal farmers markets.
Call me crazy, but I enjoy grocery shopping with my kids. I like to be productive and I like to include my kids. Grocery shopping is a good combination of these for me. I generally buy the same items week to week, so I have enough mental capacity to both navigate the aisles and interact with my kids. When we visit grocery stores we often count the apples or talk about what colors we see or where milk comes from. I overheard my three year old saying we couldn’t buy something since it wasn’t on sale—I guess he listens sometimes! I polled the contributors on the Moms Blog, and here are our favorite grocery stores Albuquerque.
Costco is a paid-membership only store, but I believe the selection and convenience more than compensate. There are three Costco warehouses in Albuquerque, but I’m partial to the one on Eubank since it’s close to my house and Kirtland Airforce Base where my husband works–when I’m out shopping we’ll often meet for lunch at their food court. My husband highly recommends their chicken bakes, and the value of their hot dog meal is hard to beat.
A few of my family’s favorite items at Costco are their dairy products, fresh pesto, frozen vegetables, and, the all-important diapers. They offer a large variety of organic foods, and have a great price on rotisserie chickens.
Costco runs sales on different items for a few weeks at a time, so if you pay attention you can save on household staples like dish soap, laundry detergent, or of course, diapers.
Albertson’s and Smith’s
I group these together since they fit the same grocery store “type”—large box grocery stores that also have a pharmacy, often a bank branch, and a variety of other household items. I shop these stores sporadically, although other contributors buy most of their groceries here.
Both Albertson’s and Smith’s run weekly sales. The sale prices are offered to everyone at Albertson’s, although you will need a free membership card at Smith’s to receive their sale prices. (Using the Smith’s membership card will also earn you points for discounted gas at Smith’s gas stations.)
At the moment, Sprouts is one of my go-to grocery stores. This is partly because there’s one that recently opened close to my house, and partly because they have a large, well-priced selection of produce and bulk foods. Loading three kids in and out of my van is my least favorite part of shopping so I tend to buy as many needed grocery items that I can while I’m here (think crackers, yogurt, and the occasional canned good). In my opinion, it’s not the best place to get all of my groceries, but it’s worth it to me not having to go to another store.
They run weekly sales. Something unique to Sprouts is “double ad Wednesdays” where the weekly sales overlap for a day. They also have an app with coupons on it.
Bonus tip: check the back of the store near the restrooms for their clearance deals—I’ve found flowers for a dollar!
Oh, Trader Joe’s, how I’ve missed you! I used to shop almost exclusively at TJ’s, and cannot say enough good things about their customer service and selection of food. The cashiers always chat sweetly with me and my kids and usually offer me a hand out (and genuinely mean it). Also, could TJ’s please give bagging advice to every other store? They seriously do the best job ever.
In my current life stage I don’t frequent TJ’s often since their carts are small (an infant car seat doesn’t fit in the basket), and I don’t like to buy all of my groceries there so it would be an additional stop.
A few of my family’s favorite Trader Joe’s finds are their coffee, garlic hummus, and frozen orange chicken. They also have great prices on healthy cereal. And, you really should try their coffee ice cream. It’s a.maz.ing.
I’ve driven by this brick and mortar store off Eubank and Snowheights countless times but hadn’t visited until a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed my time there. It reminded me of my favorite produce stores in California. They offer a large selection of quality produce, as well as local salsas, breads from local Swiss Alps Bakery, and other dry goods. Their sales flyer can be found online here.
Seasonal Grower’s Market
Albuquerque has a variety of farmer’s markets that pop up throughout the city during the summer months—check out our previous post about veggies for more information.