I am always amazed at how much I can get for so little at this old-school “small” Loblaws at the North end of the Glebe. Today I filled my shopping cart for all of $46.
There were some lovely deals: Cherries for $2.77/lb (California), organic grapes for $3.99/lb, Romaine for 79¢, a package of 3 Ontario greenhouse cucumbers for $2.79, and they still have Aylmer tomatoes for 99¢ per can.
Actually the trick to this store is that since it is so tiny (and by “tiny”, I really mean “regular-sized” like before supermarkets went on steroids and started eating up entire postal codes) they often don’t have what you came for. So you make do, find something else, or just get it elswhere next week.
Yes it can be inconvenient–today they had no organic 2% milk, which we drink a lot of, so I’ll probably end up getting it at Hartman’s. But it can also save me money–like, maybe we’ll make the half-a-bag that’s in the fridge last one more day so we can have a zero-dollar day tomorrow.
The other nice trick is how the store is laid out. For some reason I always end up getting a ton of produce when I head up there, probably because the produce is generally nice, and much cheaper than Hartman’s. They also have a usually well-stocked 50% reduced produce rack. They also have 50% reduced bread products and you can usually pick up a 6-pack of buns for just over a dollar. Throw them in the freezer and they’ll keep just fine.
If you live in the Glebe or Centretown, it’s totally worth making the Isabella Loblaws a regular grocery stop.