You may not think of groceries first when you think of Target, but people who shop at the department store for their weekly food and beverages swear by it. And when you really think about it, it makes sense. Target really is a one-stop shop. At many locations around the country, you can buy every ingredient you need to make dinner as well as the pots, pans, plates, utensils, and gadgets you need to cook and eat it. It’s pretty easy, right?
Target can also be a very affordable place to get your grocery shopping done. Their Target smartphone app features thousands of items on sale every week, and their own lines of products — such as Up&Up, Market Pantry, Simply Delicious, and Archer Farms — are almost always 5 percent off when you use the app. Those savings may sound small, but savings from coupons can really add up even in a single grocery bill. If you get a Target credit card, you get even more savings on top of that.
And some products are just plain cheaper and more delicious at Target. Their lines of salsas and trail mix, for instance, are some of the best out there. But those aren’t the only foods you should buy at Target — you should be purchasing these items there too.
Canned vegetables and beans are shelf-stable and incredibly affordable. Target’s Market Pantry beans and vegetables are at most 79 cents a can; some products are 49 cents or 69 cents! Combined with the Target app’s 5 percent discount, you can get these ingredients cheaper than at any other grocery store. Plus, you can make entire meals just out of cans!
Left: Target; Right: Amazon
There are a lot of reasons you should drink more coffee beyond caffeine, so when you need your fix, head to Target. The department store’s selection of coffee pods, ground coffee, and coffee beans is actually really sizable. While they offer plenty of name-brand coffees at decent prices, their Archer Farms coffee is incredibly affordable; a bag of coffee will cost you $5, and their coffee pods are $10 for 18 cups. And if you don’t have a coffee maker, you can pick one up while you’re at the store.
Fresh produce? At a department store? Yep! Not every Target has fresh fruits and veggies, but if yours does, the prices are quite reasonable. Their bananas, apples, sweet potatoes, and other produce are competitively priced. If you’re in the mood for a smoothie, you can grab a blender while you’re at it.
Frozen fruit and vegetables are a great way to fill a healthy grocery cart on a budget, and Target is no exception to this rule. While prices and product availability vary from store to store, you can find staple vegetables and fruits like cut broccoli, chopped spinach, sliced peaches, and whole blueberries for less than a dollar under Target’s Market Pantry brand. And don’t worry — frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh ones.
Nut butters are delicious and nutritious, but they can be ridiculously expensive. Not at Target, though! Under their Simply Balanced label, pricey nut butters like cashew and almond are just $6.99, and the cashew butter has just two ingredients: cashews and sunflower oil. These organic nut butters can cost double that at other grocery stores.
Cashew and almond butters aren’t the only nut products we’re nuts about at Target. The department store has some seriously good deals on whole nuts, roasted nuts, and sugared nuts for easy (and delicious) snacking. A two-pound container of various unsalted and raw nuts will run you just $15 under the Archer Farms brand. They also have honey-roasted and salted nuts like almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, and pistachios for under $10.
Is there any combination more iconic than chips and salsa? It’s quick, easy, and seriously delicious, especially if you buy it jarred. If you’re looking for some super-cheap salsa, hit up your local Target. Under their various labels (Market Pantry, Archer Farms, and Simply Delicious) you can get jars of salsa for about $2. They have every flavor you could ever want from classic mild to pineapple peach to super-spicy habanero. Caliente!
Are you addicted to La Croix? Well then, hit up your local Target. It’s a shockingly cheap place to get your sparkling water fix; 12-packs are just $3. Target also regularly runs sales on various soda products, and when you combine your on-sale 2-liter with the Target app’s 5 percent off, you’re getting your bubbly on at a deep discount.
Unless you have the world’s blandest palate, you need to have a well-stocked spice cabinet in your home. But name brand spices can cost kind of a lot. Three dollars for a tiny thing of garlic powder? No thank you! Under the Market Pantry label, you can get practically any spice you could ever want for about $1. Target even sells spice blends like lemon pepper, salt-free garlic and herb blend, and burger grilling spices for the same price, allowing you to flavor your food with almost no effort.
Nobody makes trail mix quite like Target. Seriously, they’re pretty famous for their Archer Farms line of trail mixes, and they’re incredibly addictive and pretty cheap. We’re big fans of their Monster Mix, which features peanuts, M&M’s, raisins, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips. You can get a 36-ounce tub of this sweet and salty snack for $8, and it’s worth every penny. And now that you know what you should always buy at Target, you should also probably know the 15 foods you always need to buy at Trader Joe’s.
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