Inside the perks of these discount grocers, grocery memberships available in the Houston area

Jene J. Long

HOUSTON – Groceries are going up in price, but there are ways to cut costs in Houston with several options from grocery store memberships to wholesalers.

If you’re able,

Here are some of the places where you can save throughout the Houston area.

99 Ranch Market

A grocery worker, wearing a protective mask and gloves, helps checking out a customer from behind a plexiglass barrier at the 99 Ranch Market in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Tuesday May, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Multiple locations.

You can get 5% off your $65 purchase. The grocery also offers free same-day delivery and free shipping on orders over $50 after the website discount is applied. Look for exclusive details (like its current Fourth of July promotion) on its website. The grocery chain also offers an app that has a percentage off your grocery purchase. The more you buy with the app, the more you save.

ALDI

File photo courtesy of Aldi

Multiple locations.

Low prices and non-name brands help keep costs low. ALDI offers grocery pickup and delivery at some locations. Look for Aldi Savers Tags. As Taste of Home notes, these prominent red tags indicate “regular items that have been given a significant price drop.” They look like big arrows pointing down, and they may even be handwritten if a particular store really needs to move stock of a certain item. Keep an eye out for deals like this…and stock up ASAP! There’s nothing quite like Aldi’s prices when it comes to shopping.

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Capital Sales Damaged Freight

4663 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77087

“You can get discount prices on every thing that you need,” one Google reviewer wrote. This store is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and offers damaged freight and groceries at low prices.

Costco

FILE – A shopper pushes a child in a cart while browsing big-screen televisions on display in the electronics section of a Costco warehouse, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Lone Tree, Colo. U.S. retail sales rose 0.9% in April, a solid increase that underscores Americans ability to keep ramping up spending even as inflation persists at nearly a 40-year high. The Commerce Department said Tuesday, May 17, that the increase was driven by greater sales of cars, electronics, and at restaurants. Even adjusting for inflation, which was 0.3% on a monthly basis in April, sales increased. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Multiple locations.

There are several levels of membership, but for individuals there is the executive and gold star levels, $120 per year plus applicable sales tax and $60 per year plus applicable sales tax, respectively.

Though Costco says it doesn’t offer free or discounted memberships, it says that the cost of membership can be recovered quickly “thanks to massive price savings once you start shopping.” The company adds that “there are substantial savings on our many Costco Services, which you can use every day in your business and personal life.”

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Family Discount Foods

8805 Homestead Rd. Houston TX 77016

With over 20 different “meat deals” to choose from, the Meat Department at this Houston neighborhood food market, sends you back in time. All meats are hand-cut and served by meat cutters, according to the store’s website.

“No longer settling for pre-determined prices, you can get what you can pay for,” the store’s website says. “Specializing in ‘hard-to-find’ southern meat items: hog head cheese, rope sausage, deer sausage, goose liver, summer sausage, cajun links, and more. So when you are ready for a great ‘Power Lunch,’ hard-to-find meats, and great food prices, come to your Houston neighborhood food market, Family Discount Food.”

You can view the store here. Call for additional information at 713-631-7000.

Fiesta Mart

Multiple locations.

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Sign up for the brand’s weekly newsletter to get its ad to save more and prep for your trip to the store. The store promises home delivery with items the same price as in-store. Fiesta is now celebrating its 50th anniversary with giveaways, so now might be a good time to check that out.

Foodarama

Multiple locations.

You can print or claim digital coupons at this grocery chain. The Foodarama app also has access to manufacturer coupons, its weekly ads, rewards and exclusive deals and coupons.

H-E-B

H-E-B store at 20725 TX-46 in Spring Branch. (Google Maps)

Multiple locations.

H‑E‑B doesn’t have a membership or savings programs but if you work there you are entitled to Valued Partner Perks that offer a 10% discount on all H‑E‑B Own Brand products, plus special offers throughout the year. Look for digital coupons and free delivery options in the beloved chain’s app.

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H Mart

Multiple locations.

Go here for weekly sales and events. The store also has a savings card that accrues points. Points added to the card will reflect the amount of purchase excluding tax and points will be redeemed to a reward certificate, according to the chain’s website.

Joe V’s Smart Shop

Joe V’s Smart Shop logo (Joe V’s Smart Shop/Facebook)

Multiple locations.

This store accepts cash, debit, credit cards, WIC, and LoneStar Cards only. You can create an account. “Low prices and quality groceries” is its catchphrase. The app takes you to your specific store and the flyer for that store.

Kroger

FILE – This June 17, 2014, file photo, shows a Kroger store in Houston. Billionaire Warren Buffett’s company has again increased the size of its bet on grocery giant Kroger, while scaling back several of its health care industry investments. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said in a quarterly update with regulators Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, that it picked up nearly 11 million shares of Kroger stock during the second quarter, raising its holdings to 61.8 million shares. Buffett’s company has been steadily adding to its Kroger holdings in recent quarters. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

Multiple locations.

You can save at Kroger with digital coupons, fuel rewards, weekly digital deals, and also $15 on your first pickup or delivery order of $75 or more where available. The diversity of opportunities to save at Kroger seems its biggest draw.

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La Michoacana Supermarket

La Michoacana Meat Market, located in the 1200 block of N. Flores Street (Photo courtesy of Google)

Multiple locations.

You can sign up for weekly email specials here. The grocery store lists its weekly specials here. The store also periodically offers giveaways, including this one for gift cards for gasoline.

Mrs. Baird’s-Sara Lee Outlet Main Bakery

6650 N Houston Rosslyn Rd, Houston, TX 77091

Score low-cost and discounted breads and baked goods at this store from Mrs. Baird’s and Sara Lee product lines.

Sam’s Club

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL – JANUARY 12: A shopping cart sits in the parking lot of a Sam’s Club store January 12, 2010 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (2010 Getty Images)

Multiple locations.

You can get a membership for just $8 for a limited time in-store. Here’s how to claim that price.

Sam’s Club membership is regularly $45 per year for its Club level and then Plus priced at $100 per year. You can see the comparison between the memberships here.

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A standard membership comes with a membership card, the ability to share your membership with someone in your household, as well as the opportunity to add on extra memberships for $40 a year. Member-only benefits include access to low members-only prices at Sam’s Club locations, and access to Sam’s Club Tire & Battery centers and gas stations.

The higher-tier Sam’s Club Plus membership, which is excluded from the promotion, is $100 a year and includes access to additional perks, including the opportunity to earn 2% in cash rewards (up to $500 a year) on qualifying purchases, free shipping on online orders, free curbside pickup, pharmacy savings and discounts on eyeglass frames and lenses.

Sam’s Club members also receive access to exclusive deals on movie tickets, shows and events, and theme parks. They can also save on rental cars and hotels.

Sam’s Club and other wholesale superstores offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase supplies in large quantities. Purchasing items in bulk can mean securing better per-item prices, which can lead to meaningful savings.

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As KPRC 2′s Briana Zamora-Nipper notes in her report, when considering a membership at a wholesale superstore such as Sam’s Club, consider which membership perks you’d take advantage of most and how frequently you’d use your membership. Determine if the yearly savings will outweigh the annual membership fee.

Sprouts Farmers Market

Multiple locations.

Sprouts Farmers Market has occasional One Day Gift Card Sales that offers in-store shoppers a $100 gift card for the price of $89.99, though the sale date is not shared in advance. The market also offers a promotion called Sushi Wednesday in which customers can purchase select Oumi Sushi Rolls for $5.

Get the app. The Sprouts app lists weekly specials and monthly digital grocery deals, and can help with building a shopping list. When you are in the app, you can view weekly specials and receive emails for savings. Learn more here.

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Sun’s Wholesale Club

Sun’s Wholesale Club website, as captured on June 17, 2022. (Sun’s Wholesale Club)

Multiple locations.

Sun’s Club, Inc. is a wholesale membership club. The store said its goal “is to create an exciting, convenient, and comfortable one-stop shopping experience for all customers. We procure products that are normally available only to businesses and institutions, now available to all consumers.”

The store says it specializes in different ethnic groups, such as Latino, Asian, European and more.

“When shopping at Sun’s Club, you will find quality products at the wholesale prices,” the company says on its website. “Our commitment is to understand the needs of our customers, and provide them with solutions.”

Supermercados Teloloapan

Multiple locations.

Teloloapan Supermarkets has 11 stores in Houston. Look for special events and perks on the chain’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Supermercado El Rancho

Multiple locations.

You can print out coupons here. Be sure to check its weekly ad here for the best specials.

Target

Multiple locations.

You can save at Target using the Target Circle app and with your Target card on every purchase. Be sure to activate additional bonuses in the app to receive additional rewards. Check the back endcaps in-store to save on clearance items.

Trader Joe’s

Customers walk to a Trader Joe’s market, Aug. 13, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Multiple locations.

Trader Joe’s is a national chain that’s been open since 1967. At Trader Joe’s, the company says you won’t find a lot of branded items. Instead, it says “you’ll discover a store full of unique and interesting products, along with everyday basics, in the Trader Joe’s label.”

The store doesn’t offer coupons or loyalty programs or membership cards. Instead the store says it buys direct from suppliers and purchases in volume and contracts early to get the best prices and clears way for new products if a product isn’t pulling its weight in the stores. Here’s a great guide for shopping for actual deals at Trader Joe’s from this discount-driven website. The highlights? Cheese, cereal, bananas, eggs, frozen pizza, olive oil, dried fruits, nuts, tortillas, ice cream, flowers, coffee and wine. We love their list of not-worth-it items.

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Walmart

FILE – A Walmart sign displayed on the facade of a store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., on June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Multiple locations.

Walmart’s regular prices on products are generally low, but you can supercharge savings with Walmart+ membership. You can get a free 30-day trial membership that’s $12.95/month or $98/year with some exceptions…get the details here. Some of the perks include free shipping with no order minimum, member prices on fuel, free delivery from your store, contact-free checkout, and early access on special promotions and events. If you want to cancel membership, you can do it from your Walmart+ account page or contact customer care.

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Whole Foods Market

The Whole Foods Market logo is shown on the front of a store, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Cambridge, Mass. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday, Sept. 8, that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Whole Foods? Really? Can you actually get deals at the chain nicknamed “Whole Paycheck”? Yes, you can. At Whole Foods, you can get special savings if you have Amazon Prime. In addition, Prime members get an extra 10% off yellow sale signs. You can see your store’s best sales here and the chain promises hundreds more in-store. And don’t forget those rotisserie chickens. They’re still a great deal at most grocery stores, including Whole Foods.

What stores do you use to find the best deals and discounts in the Houston area?

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