More than 1,800 miles across this great country.
Crossed a lot of states. And while crossing in and out of those states, passed up a lot of grocery stores.
I moved myself right out of Jewel and Dominick's country. Right out of Aldi and Ultra territory. Right out of Meijer-land.
And into...options I have never seen before.
Is Safeway really safe? Will I truly be lucky to shop at Lucky?
Or will I be a Fresh & Easy girl?
Discovering the answer began from the moment I pulled into the lot. As I drove up to my first Fresh & Easy, the one located at Saratoga and Payne in San Jose, I encountered a god send....
SPOTS RESERVED FOR ADULTS WITH CHILDREN!
In one aisle, the first two spots! And since I was there with my twin 3 year old boys, I needed this relief. As a single mom of four boys, just getting into and out of a car is a production.
And then I shopped. I was happy. Moving here I was warned... "You're moving here from Chicago? Beware the prices! You'll never be able to afford living in California!"
I was warned that living here could be twice the cost of living in the midwest.
If I stick with Fresh & Easy (and a wisely planned budget) I know I will be okay. $.99 for a six oranges and $1.49 for the tastiest Freeze Pops EVER (seriously... Piña Colada, Green Apple and Mango are some of the flavors that I enjoy and even deter MY picky boys away from the standard "red," "blue" and "purple" flavors).
I bought two bags!
I'm eating one as I type out this post!
And there was a good selection of Fresh & Easy Brand foods.
Good prices and nice employees, too! As I pulled up to a conveyor belt to ring myself up, I figured I would be on my own. This is how they keep down costs, right? NO WAY.
An employee came to my aide, bagging as I rang up my products.
As I ventured out, I knew I would return.
And I did, just a short week later. This time, I went to the Fresh & Easy on Bird and Minnesota in East San Jose.
As I walked to the door, I was given this....
And the woman who handed me the coupon was super friendly. She commented on my car and we chatted as I walked into the store. And once again, someone ran up to my aid to help bag as I scanned my items at the conveyor belt.
Looks like, despite moving, I've found my grocery shopping home at Fresh & Easy!