10/06/16 1:00pm
Are you in den-aisle about how much you're saving? via Brigitte / Flickr

Are you in den-aisle about how much you’re saving? via Brigitte / Flickr

The beauty of living in New York City is having almost anything you need at your fingertips whenever you need. I could take out my phone right now and order bahn mi, batteries and an eighth of sativa delivered to my door. But where cost is concerned, convenience is cruel. We don’t have the sort of expendable income to be throwing away our cash haphazardly.

Since we’re too busy paddle boarding the Gowanus Canal, cuddling kittens and confronting our inner demons to make a career out of extreme couponing or schlepping to the Costco, locating in Sunset Park off the 36th Street R stop, we usually end up shelling out the extra few cents and dollars here and there.

But how much would you actually save by going to Costco? Is it worth the train ride there and back and the membership fee to get those sweet bulk prices? We conducted a comparative shopping test of a grocery store (Key Food), a bodega and Costco, all in Sunset Park. Keep in mind that prices are going to vary depending on your neighborhood, weekly specials and bodega of choice. But if you’ve ever wondered whether you were wasting money buying toilet paper one roll at a time at the corner store, maybe this will help ease your inner Suze Orman. (more…)

06/27/16 11:14am
Is your poultry even chill bro? Photo by Madelyn Owens.

Is your poultry even chill bro? Photo by Madelyn Owens.

Soon you’ll tell people that you used to hang out on Bedford Avenue and they’ll look at you as if you said you used to regularly get trashed up and down the stretch of Broadway in Soho. We’ve seen a lot of change on the once-iconic Williamsburg street, from the mundane (a Dunkin Donuts opening) to the gross (an Equinox replacing Spike Hill) to the environmentally minded. So change is inevitable blah blah but one of the key pieces of Bedford Avenue’s chainification is finally ready: The Whole Foods on Bedford and North 4th will open in a month. Commence the jokes about spending your “whole (parents’) paycheck!”  (more…)

06/25/15 3:40pm
Look you just scrape off the mold and then everyone's happy

Look you just scrape off the mold and then everyone’s happy

Well, you know what they say about being on top: You gotta take the good with the bad. It’s what they say, don’t look it up. So while on the one hand Brooklyn has led the surge in creative industry hires in New York City, on the other hand, we also have the most grocery stores in the city with at least one health code violation. Is weird fungus growing on our food the reason for our creativity? Could be! (more…)

05/13/15 11:49am

It’s uh…large. via Flickr user Seuss

People are really excited at the idea of a new supermarket coming to Brooklyn in 2017. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Wegmans, a family run chain with stores around the Northeast, will have its first store in NYC: a 74,000-square-foot building (their smallest location!) inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard. But first, the city needs to get rid off those pesky Civil War buildings that make up Admiral’s Row. According to the Times article, “the Navy Yard’s board approved a deal for the redevelopment of the site on Tuesday. Several buildings will be knocked down and replaced with Wegmans, other stores, industrial space and parking.” (more…)

park slope food coop

“YOUR NAME HERE Food Co-op” via Flickr user Wally Gobetz

You’d like to join the Park Slope Food Co-op to get access to their goods and deals, along with very long meetings on divestment from Israel. But you don’t live that close to Park Slope, and you’d like to have political battles about something else (Gibraltar belong to Spain, dammit!). The easy solution is to start your own damn co-op, so lucky for you, the Park Slope Co-op is giving low-interest loans to people with plans to do jus that. (more…)

10/30/12 1:51pm

Red Hook Bait & Tackle. Photo by @jessicamaylee27

If you’re like us, you probably ate all your Sandy snacks by yesterday afternoon. Luckily, some small businesses in Brooklyn are open and you can hit them up for more supplies. Just be sure to call before you venture out, in case anyone has gone home for the day. And if you know some more places, tell us in the comments. (more…)

10/10/12 7:00am

Is there any fair way to pick between the two?

Both Fairway and FreshDirect are trying to change the way that New Yorkers do their grocery shopping, but in very different ways.  The Fairway in Red Hook opened in 2006 in an effort to duplicate the success of the original store, which is known for its large amount of produce, organic and locally sourced items, and imported specialties such as their large artisanal cheese section and varieties of olive oil. FreshDirect opened for business in 2002 betting that people would prefer to click through a virtual supermarket and have their food delivered rather than go to the supermarket themselves, and also prides itself on quality produce and gourmet items. In an effort to determine who lives up to their motto more—is Fairway really “like no other market” or is FreshDirect “the smartest way to shop for food”—I decided to put them to the test. I wrote up a shopping list and set off to see how I preferred to shop and who could fill my order for less. (more…)

I have kids. They drink organic milk. It’s expensive, but I’d rather not have my 8-year-old son sprout breasts prematurely. In bad brokester fashion, I never paid that much attention to the prices until I noticed that the closest supermarket is charging $6.29 for a half gallon of Stonyfield Organic. (I’m talkinboutyou, C-Town at East 16th Street and Newkirk). Eesh! How rampant is this organic milk price-gouging? As an exercise, I checked every store in a five-block radius from Cortelyou and Marlborough. Here are the results: (more…)

02/06/12 11:07am

Do you have any of that noppy crunch?

Soon, the days when you could justify buying that big 2-liter bottle just marked “SODA” that was like $2 cheaper than Pepsi will be gone. Yes, even the lowly generic brands many of us rely on to squeak through under budget at the grocery store are getting pricier. Consumerist points us to this WSJ story that shows stores have caught on to us crafty consumers and are raising the prices of private-label goods: 5.3 percent on nonperishables and a huge 12 percent for perishables. Meanwhile, name-brand prices have only gone up 1.9 percent and 8 percent respectively. They still cost 29 percent more than the store-brand stuff on average, but the gap is closing in many areas: Target’s Archer Farms almonds cost  37 cents per ounce, a penny more than Planter’s version, for instance.

The nut (sorry) of the issue here is that you, the consumer, have become loyal to your Archer Farms,  365 Everyday Value or Key Food brand mustard, and the stores think you should pay for your loyalty. So tell us: do you have a favorite generic brand? And will rising prices make you go back to the big boys?