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Old 04-28-2014   #1
Alta Lake, BC
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Boise Grocery Shop

We have a mid-July MF permit and plan to stage/shop in Boise. Any ideas on the best, most helpful grocery store?

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Old 04-28-2014   #2
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Definitely Winco, there's one in town and one on the way to the river.

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Old 04-28-2014   #3
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Definetly winco downtown. There is a whole foods next door if you can't find everything you need at winco.

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Old 04-29-2014   #4
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Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer. There are several in the Boise area. They have a huge selection of food (good organic selection) and anything else you may need. I think they are way better than Winco. The Coop in downtown Boise for a more local, natural store. It is a great store. There is also a Whole Foods in Boise.
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Old 04-29-2014   #5
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If you are on a budget at all, go with WinCo, they are far cheaper than any of the other stores, and should be very helpful.
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Old 04-29-2014   #6
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Not sure what you will find in Boise but the Twin Falls Winco is indispensable for my river trip planning. All dry goods, staples, coffee, condiments, dairy, eggs - will be cheaper for the same product.

Fred Meyer seems to have good quality stuff but you pay a premium. there is also a Costco or two in Boise. One over by Overland. I think their meat is better quality but I don't use Costco produce for river trips ever. It has been packaged for too long before you get it and it doesn't seem to hold up very well at all.

Winco produce can be hit or miss. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes not so much. Their fruit seems to be pretty good. Go early in the day for best selection. And whatever you do don't go on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

If you are small trip it may not work, but I always contact the manager of my local grocery store and say something like " we are doing a trip for 15 people and our food budget is $2,500. For convenience we would like to not run around all over will you give us a 10% discount if we do our major food shop with you?" Never been turned down yet.

I would also call ahead to ask if you can have someone help you learn the store real quick. As in mini tour. Grocery stores love to help you spend money at their store.
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Old 04-29-2014   #7
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Winco if price and selection are important. Although Costco might be an option, depending on how much stuff you want. Besides not going on the weekend, don't go between 4:30-6:00 on the weekday, or around the 1st of the month (WIC). Super early in the mornings or early at night is best. It is a 24 hours store.

On the other end of the spectrum, you could go to Whole Foods or the Coop if you want to get your granola, organic foodie on.

Fred Meyer is okay because they a bunch of non-grocery items in the same store, but I wouldn't shop for groceries there. Too expensive.
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Old 04-29-2014   #8
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Originally Posted by jones boater View Post
Fred Meyer.
I second this notion
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Old 04-29-2014   #9
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Winco is definitely the least expensive.
Winco stores are just crammed full.
Costco is usually the best quality but it can be expensive and its mostly in bulk only.

Fred Meyer in-between.
Freddies is definitely better quality than Winco. Shows up in baked goods and fruit.


Appropriate that Wally and Safeway and Albertsons have not been mentioned.

Full disclosure. Don't have a Winco locally so when we visit friends near Salem this weekend we'll be stopping at a Winco on the return.


Pull up the Fred Meyer ad before you go if you're tight.
Fred Meyer - Weekly Ad Results

Or the Winco ad if you're really tight.
Coupons and Specials | WinCo Foods

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Winco is employee-owned. BTW
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Old 04-29-2014   #10
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Are you guys really debating the best place to buy food? How about the grocery you drive by on the way. Done and done.

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