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If you are anything like me, you always struggle when it comes to grocery shopping. I do not know if it is the size of the buildings that intimidates me or if it the prices, but there is something about shopping for food that makes me dread each and every trip. That is until I started treating this menial task as an experience rather than a burden to overcome every few weeks. When you go to the store to buy groceries, you are buying sustenance that will be your life source for the next week or so. It is time to start getting creative and getting excited about your next trip to the supermarket.
While Radford is not exactly booming with food options, there are quite a few choices when it comes to places to buy food. My favorite option is the local farmer’s market, happening every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May to October right on East Main Street. This is a perfect option for someone who wants to eat locally grown produce. The prices are a steal; I spent only $9 one weekend and had enough frits and vegetables to last me for over a week! I am a big fan of supporting local businesses so I would say this is the best place to grocery shop.
If you are just looking to grab a few snacks to satisfy your munchies, look no further than Dollar General. With most of their candy priced at only 99 cents, this is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Walmart is also a great option is you are looking for cheap food. They have a wide variety of products and brands, even for the picky eaters out there! With their huge selection of food, you cannot go wrong shopping at Walmart.
Wade’s Foods just past the Sonic is also a great place to shop. The prices are reasonable and the selection is plentiful. They have a nice deli and bakery and the store layout gives it a local hometown feel. If you do not feel like making the trek to Walmart, I highly suggest stopping by Wade’s.
For those selective eaters out there, look no further than Food Lion. They offer more specific items, like Mrs. T’s pierogies (so good!) and wonderful membership discounts using your MVP card. It is also a great place to go when you just need to grab a few essential items without making it into an entire trip.
There is not a right or wrong place to buy food, but in order to make the experience enjoyable you should try to find a place that fits your lifestyle the best. And remember to never go grocery shopping hungry, you will come back with way more items than you needed and with much less money than you anticipated. So stay smart and shop on.