Favorite Places to Shop – 52 Lists

After taking last week off, I am back in the posting game. I learned the true meaning of what it means to send your child to a place with a hundred other disease carrying mini people. I caught the dreaded crud the weekend after C’s first day of preschool. He was nice enough to get sick first and pass it on to me. So I decided it was a good time to take a break and just rest last week.

But we are all feeling better (minus a couple of lingering sniffles) and that means back to the posting. I decided to start this week off by tackling the list from the 52 Lists linkup last week. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to do this one, but then I decided that was just the illness talking. So here it is, my list of favorite places to shop.

Side note: I only enjoy certain types of shopping and limited amounts of time out shopping. I’m not a crowd person and it severely inhibits my shopping experiences.

Favorite Places to Shop


  1. Aldi/Harris Teeter/Fresh Market: Grocery shopping is the ONLY shopping I actually enjoy doing. Food is exciting and the possibilities are endless. I listed these three stores because they are my current favorites to shop where I live. As a side note, I also really enjoyed shopping at Giant when we lived in the DC area and the Asian supermarkets. (I really miss that variety!)
  2. Used Book Stores: I discovered my love of used book stores when we lived in the DC area after visiting McKay’s in Manassas. They had great variety and good prices for the area. We constantly traded in extra books for store credit and saved a lot of money! Mr. H found a great used book store in our current town with even better prices ($1 paperback, $2 hard cover.) Love it. They also have a good trade in bargain.
  3. Salvation Army/Goodwill/Thrift Stores: We have a decent amount of these stores around and I love a good bargain. Although I don’t usually find bargains as good as the blogs I read (or the subreddit), I have found some decent things. Books have been my biggest purchase and we’ve found a nice book case to hold some of this treasure we’ve brought home.
  4. Kohls: Even though I worked there for about a year, I still enjoy shopping there. Their clearance section matched with a 30% coupon is hard to beat, especially for kids clothing.
  5. Amazon: Because I hate the crowds and online shopping has none of it. Plus, we have Prime so fast shipping is a win!
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6 thoughts on “Favorite Places to Shop – 52 Lists

  1. I’m sorry to hear that you were sick. I hope that you are fully recovered. I don’t care for crowds either.

    An Aldi’s just opened down the mountain, about an hour away from where I live. I went with my daughter and was able to stock up on quite a bit.

    1. Thank you, we are all good and healthy. (If you don’t count that lingering occasional cough that just never seems to go away!)

      Aldi has been a favorite of mine for a long time and even more so now that they have started carrying more organic options and just better quality items. (I shopped there a lot in college because of the prices and the products weren’t as good then.)

  2. I don’t enjoy the crowds in stores either. I refuse to step foot in any sort of retail store after Thanksgiving just for that reason.

    1. I make sure to time my shopping trips very carefully between Thanksgiving and New Years. And I only give myself like an hour to be out to keep the frustration to a minimum if I do run into crowds. So far, that’s been my only way to tolerate it and get my shopping done.

  3. I’m so sorry you and C were not feeling well last week. It will probably take a few times getting sick for his body and your body to build up an immunity. All of our children have battled illness whenever they started at the church nursery, and that was only one day a week.

    I also enjoy grocery shopping the most! My Amazon wish list is filled with exotic and unique foods I am unable to find at our local grocery stores. Publix will be here soon, and I really enjoyed my visit to one in another town, although their prices are not any better than Harris Teeter and Fresh Market.

    1. I expected him to get sick from school, but I was really hoping he’d make it a month or so before getting hit the first time. Oh well, we survived and fortunately it happened when we had several days to recover.

      We had a Publix where I grew up, so I’m actually a little familiar with them. And that’s also why I knew the prices wouldn’t be any better. However, I hear rave reviews of their deli products. (We were always Kroger people because it was two minutes from my mom’s house.)

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