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There are so many of you that only have one local store nearby or you just have a local Dollar General and no grocery store.  The big question for you is, what value do you get by traveling to another city with better stores.  Is it worth the gas to drive 30 minutes to a Publix or Kroger because they double?

When you're couponing, it's tempting to travel far away for a good deal.  But how far is too far to travel?

My thoughts on this:

If you are within a 30 minute drive of other stores, it is at least worth looking at the list of deals for those stores each week.  You don’t need to travel every week, since most weeks you’ll look at a deal list and only want one or two things.  There will be weeks though that you see these stores have an amazing ad and definitely want to consider traveling.  In general most folks that do this end up traveling maybe twice a month for deals.

When you do drive to other city, also try to maximize your time and maybe hit a second store you don’t have too!

One more way to look at traveling for a deal is mathematically.  Let’s say you drive my husbands pick up truck 20 miles one way to get to a Publix.  He gets 13.5 miles to the gallon in the city.  That means approx 3 gallons of gas round trip. If you assume gas at $3.50 a gallon right now that is a cost of $10.50.  I know most of you don’t drive a pickup truck, but I wanted to go with the most expensive option. On a good week at Publix though you can leave saving $50-$100 easily, so the cost is covered by the savings.

My last two cents… I personally think 30 minutes is a max to drive.  While the cost of gas can be absorbed by assume savings, you need to also consider the value of your time.  Spending 1 hour driving to and from the store plus time shopping, you are spending a lot of valuable time and might not see the savings as a benefit after you’ve spent half a day just to buy groceries.

What are your thoughts?  How far would you drive to save on groceries?

    • Julie Wright

      30 minutes is also my max.  I live 30 minutes from 3 different Publix’s and if they have a LOT of good deals I will make the drive.  I consider it waste of my time and gas to drive that far just for two or three items that are very cheap or free.

    • I just want to know where you are getting gas for $2.50 a gallon. I think it would be worth the savings to drive there and get some! :)

      • $2.50?!?!?!?!? I would drive over 30 minutes to fill up and then come back to go grocery shoping..woowee, what I could do if our gas was $2.50 instead of $3.50-$3.75.

        • Danielle

          Amazing if gas is that much cheaper, we are at $3.49 but with Kroger savings I have gotten it as low as $3.01 a gallon.

          I have Publix, Kroger, Rite Aid, and Wags are all on the way to and from work, there is a CVS about 1 mile out of the way from work and a few more that are a little out of the way.  I normally get everything I need/want with my choices.  There is a food lion about 20 minutes away but I have not seen a sale worth driving there for yet.

    • Julie

      I LOVE Publix but don’t have one near my house.  However, there is one that is about 5 minutes from where I work.  So, I get up early on Wednesday mornings and hit the store before work.  I do my homework and get my list together with coups the day before, thanks to Southern Savers!  Not only do I knock my shopping out in the mornings with the store practically to myself, I didn’t really drive out of my way to get there!

    • Beth Anne Saves

      This is a great post! I was wondering this. The closest Harris Teeter is an hour and a half away and everytime they have SUPER DOUBLES I ask myself is it worth the drive? What if they are out of everything I need by the time i get there? So I haven’t gone. I did just find out there is a Harvey’s Super Market about 30 minutes away that doubles so I may go there one week.

      • Heidi

        I agree.  My hesitation is that they will be out of the great deals and if unadvertised, I can’t even get a raincheck.  My local stores are often out so I stop there to see if the product is in 2 or 3 times that week.  I can’t do that with a store 30 miles away!

      • Anonymous

        It is not worth the drive. Sometimes, my SIL comes to visit when HT has an event but if she were just coming for Super Doubles it’d be a waste. There is massive shelf clearing in my area, cashier (and customer) rudeness, and lines everywhere. I love a great deal like everyone here but I think you’d be better off passing on Super Doubles unless you have something else to do in the area (doctor’s visit or something). Just my two cents.

    • Anonymous

      I live in a very rural area that only has a Dollar General and a local, very small grocery store.  I don’t buy anything at the grocery store because the prices are outrageous.  I can somewhat understand the 30 min. limit on driving, but I have to drive 10 miles just to get to CVS.  The nearest Wal-Mart is 20 miles away, so I am willing to drive 30 miles to Kroger every week.  By using my fuel points, I more than pay for the trip.  And, I know my time is worth something too, but I am a stay-at-home mom, so I have the time.  In fact, saving money is my job!!

      • Crafty_cat_86

        “In fact, saving money is my job!!”
        I’m a SAHM, too!  I used to bring in $400 a month with my PT job.  Now, I save easily $800 a month and I get to stay with my newborn!

      • Dolface546

        I’m in the same boat, Dollar General and a grocery store. We only use the grocery store in emergencies!

    • tammy

      Thank you for this!! It answers a lot of questions. One more though….what is a realistic grocery budget?

      • I budget $8 per person per week not including meats. So for me $32 for the 4 of us :) Just keep in mind, sometimes it is more and sometimes least but that is what I budget before meat!!!

        • tammy

          Thank you!

        • Anonymous

          I agree with that unless you are buying diapers and formula…..  the cheapest I can get diapers is when I find them on clearance at Kroger and use a coupon on them….. same with formula…..

      • to find a realistic grocery budget go google USDA cost of food at home.   Your search will bring you to their website and you will find a chart for the most recent month.   Click on the most recent month and it will take you to a table that breaks down the actual amount spent by most people based on ages and budgets.   My family of 7 should spend $199 a week according to their thrifty plan.   I DON’T  but it is a good starting point for me.    Also their plan levels do not include health & beauty, household goods( paper towels, diapers, tp…), pet food or formula.    

        I refer to this page every so often, especially if I begin to feel like deals are harder to come by, and my money isn’t going as far on non-coupon items like meat & produce.    Our family of seven averages $650 a month on 4-6 small packs diapers, lots of fresh produce, lots of meat & dairy and continually adding to our pantry.    I stock up like crazy when items hit rock bottom and then live off of our stash and cherry pick other weeks when sales are lean and we don’t need so much.   

        These stats are also what most agencies use to determine the amount of $$ a person on food stamps should get per month.     Sorry I can’t just post a link it will take forever for it to be approved.   

        • Thank for the information. I think I am fairly liberal shopper for a family of 4, I would love to have the rest of that money they say I should be spending. Thank God for coupon, I just didn’t know it was that bad out there!!! Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      I good idea is to carry your coupon book with you EVERYWHERE you go. Vacation, dr.. apt. etc because you will see a store that is not in your area. HTH

    • Sjdavis109

      It is worth the 40 min trip I take each week to hit up Publix, Bi-Lo, and CVS. I save on average $120 per week on household items and groceries. I’m a stay at home mom, so my job is to save us money!

      • Anonymous

        I hear ya sister!  That is MY job too, and even though I have to drive 45 minutes each way, I save a BUNCH!  I am also a “House-mouse” wife, and I love it.

      • Totally agree with ya! Since my husband brings in the moo-la I feel it is my responsibility to use it to get the most for my money, even if it is driving a little more out of the way.

      • I am the same way…thankfully I have about 10 grocery stores, a Walmart (3 more Walmarts within about 15 minutes of me), and about 12 pharmacies within about 5 miles of my house. (not all within 5 miles of each other)…so I usually shop 3 days a week…obviously not all day…One day I go to Bi-Lo, one day I go to  Publix, and another day I hit up the pharmacies I want to go to that week…

    • beth

      i drive to kroger and harris teeter about twice a month… they are about 45 mins away from me so i always try to hit up both when i go! i think it is worth the savings and time… i am a single mom and i do work 40 hrs a week so if i can save, i need all the help i can get! i saved about $314 total yesterday on my adventure… of course i hit up walmart and lowes foods before i went to kroger and HT… but it was worth it :)

    • Bee

      I know there are people who live in VERY rural areas so maybe 30 minutes seems restrictive to them. Then again, I’ve lived in several places and even smallish towns and rural areas will attract a grocery with decent pricing–after all, everyone has to eat.

      I would not personally travel more than 30 minutes. As Jenny rightly stated, time is also money. And it’s not just HAVING the time. Time is spent on one activity at the opportunity cost of another. If you’re out driving, you cannot simultaneously be gardening, or repairing something at home, or playing with the kids, or planning a party, or attending church, etc.

      I think people underestimate just how precious their time is.

      • Guest

        I completely agree w/ you except the part about not playing w/ the kids–we played BUNCHES of talking games in the car (and most of them were educational too)

        • Kshanvy

          That’s true. I homeschool my 3 kids and we can definately turn shopping into a field trip with all the math, etc. involved. They love to shop with me, even my teenage boy. We also can listen to books on cd, and spend some time talking (without them being distracted by a DS)

        • Bee

          I suppose I was just throwing out some examples of ways that we must reconsider the investments of time and money when saving money.

          My kids don’t HATE going to the store, but they would much rather be doing something else such as playing with their many neighborhood friends or going on a nature trip, etc.

          Who am I kidding? I would rather be somewhere else than the grocery, LOL.

    • Melissalwagner

      I drive 40 minutes to do my shopping… There is a Kroger in my small town but it’s more expensive even on mega sales. Since the town I drive to has multiple stores it’s worth it to me. There I can go to Publix, Kroger & all of the pharmacies in a single trip. I also drive an hour and half to Harris Teeter on super doubles & take my son so we both shop & make it worthwhile. On those days, we take a cooler & hit all of the stores. I always save enough money to make it more than worthwhile.

      • Crafty_cat_86

        The cooler is a great idea!  I have always tried to limit my refridgerated/frozen iteams to one store and go to that one last, but I might try that!

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you – I live 45 minutes from a town with 4 Krogers, but luckily I work there :-)   One day a week I will take 2-3 hours after work and go to 3 of the Krogers.  Most of the time I get the sale deals at the largest one (my favorite) and the other 2 I check for markdowns and clearance.   I’ll also use my Kroger points to fill my SUV up while I’m there……

        • Anonymous

          I forgot that I’ll bring 2 coolers, too!

    • Robinkinney

      $2.50 a gallon! I’d drive there just to fill up!

      • Saraogles

        I didn’t even catch that. I’m lucky if I get below 3.50 around here. If it was 2.50 maybe I would drive out of my way for more deals. 70 dollar fill ups once or even twice a week is really getting ridiculous.

        • Exactly – it makes me want to figure out how to fold up my family of five into a Prius!! We drive a honda pilot right now, and we too eat through at least one $70 tank a week :(

          • jas

            that’s what I drive as well… talking about breaking bank

      • Jas

        That was the first thing I noticed!! I pay 3.79 and thats for mid grade and I drive a suv…I would be right behind you Robinkinney to fill up my gas tank!!! There should be an acorn by that gas price lol

    • sara

      I try to make do with what we have here – Publix. I could drive 25 minutes to a Kroger or 40 minutes to an Aldi but when I go out of my 5-10 minute range I get overwhelmed. The trip is too long, gas is too much and when I get there I want to buy more so I don’t have to come back. It’s much easier on me to just get what I can at Publix and not even bother with Kroger, even if some of their coupon deals are better (or more likely to have freebies).

      • Rae

        “and when I get there I want to buy more so I don’t have to come back”

        That’s how I feel about Wal-mart!

    • Crafty_cat_86

      I live in an average-sized town with 3-4 grocery stores w/in 5 miles of my house.  I’ll often look at the deals in 2-3 grocery stores and choose the best store for that week.  I’ve been tempted to drive 40 minutes to grocery stores in the next (much larger) town over (B1G2 frozen chix. breast–a staple in my house–at Bloom).  But with a little baby and a husband who hates coupons, I won’t drive more than 3 miles for  a deal.  I don’t even drive to the Target across town for deals more than once a month.

    • Singsanctus

      I usually look at the ad for a store for us that’s about 30m away, actually. Unless there are quite a few really good deals that week, or other errands are taking us nearby, we don’t go out there.

      We have an HEB and Kroger within 20m, so that suits me.

    • I have one grocery store close to me, and they are high and don’t always have the best stock. Also, I never buy produce there. we just put my girls in preschool, and it is close to a Publix. It’s a 30 minute drive, so I walk, then shop at Publix, then pick them up and go home!

    • Mrsjlb3

      I drive 40 min. to Publix, Kroger, CVS, etc…  It costs around $10.00 and I usually save around $100.  Totally worth it!  If it is a list where I would just get a few things I comp at Walmart.  As for the time issue, I’m a stay at home mom in the truest sense of the word, so this gives me a few hours to have some “me” time bc I usually go in the evening so my husband will be home w/ my girls!   And if I do have to go in the day time, it gives me and the girls a chance to get out of the house! 

    • diney47

      I want to know where you buy gas for $2.50 a gallon? I’ll travel there !

    • Dolface546

      I live in what most people consider a country town (we have 1 traffic light) and it is 15 minutes to our Ingles, which is the closest to us. If I wanted to go any other store it would be at least 30 minutes which is not ok with us. Driving in to our nearby city for one thing isn’t worth it to me. If we are already in the city we may do some grocery shopping but I don’t sit down with my coupons and plan the trip around it.

    • Asimplemom

      25 min max and you are right you have to go to get multiple deals and when I go I make multiple stops at the stores that are not usally attended by me. great post

    • Cheryl

      Great deal on gas. did you use a coupon? LOL, just kidding!

      • That is what gas is going for in Columbia, SC…where Jenny and I are from…how much is it where you live?

    • I won’t go more than 15 minutes out of my way for a deal.  Now if I’m already travelling I make it a point to look at deals that are available in the area I’m travelling to.  I don’t mind doing a little deal-searching while on a business trip or on vacation.  I have a couple of friends who also do this same thing, and any time one of us is going out of town we let each other know so we can maximize our deals!

    • Rae

      I think I must be spoiled (or coming off the honeymoon period of couponing as I’ve been at this for a couple of years). I won’t drive more than two miles out of my way (although I live in a small, podunk town —  Gainesville, FL). Mostly because the latest rash of shelf-clearers (you know, the ones that claim they are buying in excess to “donate”) make it highly unlikely that the items I’ve planned to get are even there. So I am not really saving anything because I end up buying a non-sale item to cover. Also, I quit carrying my binder around because I realized that even $0.40 here and there was adding up…it’s NOT NOT NOT a bargain or saving if you didn’t NEED it to begin with.

      • Kelly Lewis

        Gainesville is not big but definitely not podunk! There are at least 6 publix stores, if not more by now! Countless walgreens and cvs. 2 walmarts. Only thing is though Publix seems to have put every other grocery store out of business! And no coupon doubling in FL. I agree with you though, if you don’t need it, it’s still a waste of money even if it is a good deal!

      • Kshanvy

        True. But keep in mind that you may also find close outs and clearance that would be free if you had brought along your binder.

      • beemer

        Gainesville isn’t podunk. Small, yes, but not podunk. Try living in Putnam County for podunk :)

    • I will drive up to 45 minutes one way for a really good deal (like when the Walmart two cities away did a super doubles event), but my normal shopping (twice a week) is 15 minutes each way. During this 15 minute each way trip, I always go to CVS & Bilo, and I occasionally stop in at Walgreens or Walmart if there is something I want/need. All four of these stores are within about 1 mile of each other, so I try to maximize my trip.

    • Anonymous

      I drive about 45 minures to get to Publix and BiLo, but I live WAY out in the sticks.  My only other choice is a very small local store with a terrible selection.  For me, unfortunately, driving this distance is a must.  However, I am lucky to have a mom who lives two doors down and loves to coupon as well.  So we take turns driving to save on gas.  Perhaps others could consider couponing with a buddy to save gas?  Having a ‘partner in crime’ makes it even more fun to go grocery shopping!  ;) 

      • Jen Mitchell

        That’s a wonderful idea!  I love having a couponing buddy for many reasons, but saving gas is a new one.

    • Twhitley72

      I live where all I have is Walmart & Harveys… I make a trip that is a little over an hour so I can hit Publix, Harris Teeter, (2) Winn Dixie, (2) Harveys, Save-a-lot, (2) Cvs and Walgreens. My last trip I bought $400 for $100 so it was definitely worth the trip!! I usually make a “me”  day of it or I bring my 5 yr old little helper who just loves shopping!!!

    • 4 years ago my small town had a thriving Harris Teeter and a Food Lion on opposite ends of town. Then Wal-mart came to town and took all of Harris Teeter’s business and they closed within a year. With Food Lion being the only other grocery store and on the other end of town, they still get good business. Now, I drive 15 mins. into the neighboring county to the closest Harris Teeter and occasionally to Bi-Lo (if the sale is really good) where my q’s will be doubled and the sales are way better. My Kia gets good gas mileage and my job is also near the HT which helps. Without a doubt, it’s worth it to me to go a little furthur and save between 45%-80% off my grocery bill every week. Though it’s less than 2 min. drive to Wal-mart, I try to avoid it whenever possible. They are really rude to couponers, price-matching is a hassle and they most certainly DO NOT have the lowest prices. They have also really hurt small business in my town, putting a lot of folks out of business altogether.

    • Anonymous

      Im lucky to live in what is considered a big city in Florida. I actually have 4 Publix stores within a 5 mile radius, also have CVS,Walgs, and Sweetbay. However you can not count out the amount of time expend in traffic and register lines. What I have always done is this; Try to do all my shopping in one trip. Or live home 1 hour before picking up the kids from school. I have discovered that you call kill many birds with one stone. Planning :D

    • Samiee Slaughter

      I’m lucky to have 3 Publix, Kroger, 4 Walmarts, 2 Targets, 4-5 CVSs, 2 Rite Aids, 4 Walgreens, and a Dollar General within about 8 miles. A lot of those stores on less than 2 miles away.

      The only place I go out of my way to get to, is Kmart. They’ve been having some amazing sales! That’s about a 20 minute drive from me. There is one closer, but it’s a clearance only store due to it closing in a month. There just aren’t that many Kmarts anymore. :(

    • Anonymous

      i can’t believe this ,I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://xub.me/ab

    • I am very lucky to have several great stores within 2 to 5 miles from our house – CVS, Walgreens, Ingles, Super Walmart, Publix, BiLo, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Staples, and several more.  I grew up in a rural area and the nearest grocery store was over 20 minutes away and the nearest Walmart, Sam’s and Target were over two hours away.  Each person’s situation is unique.  If you do drive a longer distance to get groceries and household items it is a good idea to bring a cooler for cold items and to maximize your trip by going to several stores.  The plus side to being further away is you don’t have the temptations to “just stop by the store really quick on the way home from the library”!

      • Anonymous

        You sound like you might be my neighbor!  :-)  I have all of those stores VERY close to my house as well!  YAY for us!

    • Anonymous

      The only time I travel for savings is when I’m headed to the outlets.  It takes us about 50 minutes-one way- to get to the nearest outlets, but we only go twice a year.  When I compare the outlet prices on my favorite brands to the department store price, it’s totally worth it.

    • Anonymous

      Although I live in metro Atlanta and have pretty much everything I need close to home, I often combine trips to stores when possible, as well as going on my way to/from work or other places I go.  I very rarely leave the house with only one place to go.  It makes much more sense to plan your day and get what you need while you’re out.  

    • Jgutierrez

      no more then 15 minutes gas is to expensive

    • I drive 35-40 min. once a week to the nearest bi-lo because they double my coupons and I can earn fuel perks to lower my gas cost at the same time. I have a Harvey’s that is about 10 min. away too and will sometimes pick up a few deals there, but most of my groceries come from bi-lo because they double to $0.60, accept competitor coupons, and I can earn fuel perks. There are more ways to save by me driving the extra amount then there is to just go to the nearest grocery store, which is Harvey’s. When it comes to other stores, there is a Rite Aid around 10-12 min. away and a CVS around the same, but no Walgreens. The nearest Walgreens to me is also 35-40 min. away, but they have HORRIBLE service and I refuse to go in there because of how the service is. I honestly think they have somewhere on their application for employment form a question that asks, “Have you ever been arrested for assualt before?” because those people are pretty mean, especially to coupon shoppers.

    • NCjobseeker

      my husband and I have been both unemployed for approx 3-4 months . . . we used to say we saved gas by only going to one place but have changed our outlook.  With the Target coupon (the photo deal a while back ~ 10 prints for free) we traveled to 5 stores in the area to develop 100 wedding photos for free ;-)  Then we did the Pier One coupon $10 off for $10 worth of merchandise a few weeks ago . . . traveled to 5 or 6 stores that time (knocked out the Christmas shopping ~ $300 for $3) . . . both being unemployed (and having some extra time) has changed our persepective

    • I am lucky that there is a WD and CVS within 2 miles of my house.  When Publix has AWESOME deals, I will travel the 30 minutes to get there.  However, I think this is only about 3 times a year. 

    • Squirrelhater

      Living in the Spartanburg area has spoiled me.There’s no Teeter or Kroger,but eastside Publix is a great store w/fantastic cust.service and mgmt.When they accepted a wider range of comp.qs,I really racked up.Even now,w/a crappy Bilo nearby and a Food Lion with a coupon kiosk(which Publix still accepts),it’s still pretty great.I get about 20mpg,but I never drive to Greenville(about 35 mi.) or Gastonia(about 40 mi.).It’s just not worth it.We have a garden and I hit the local produce stands…but my ace in the hole is Sunnydale Meats.They’re just inside Gaffney(home of the Indians–WooHooo!!) city limits.Not an abattoir,but prices are as if they were.Great steaks,pork,etc.and prices!!!..and a 10 mi.drive.Yeah,I’m lucky…but my point is–don’t overlook your local privately owned shops.I personally would hate it if I had to depend on any grocery store for produce or meats…also you need a decent sized freezer-so you don’t have to depend on weekly sales and can relly stock up when there are sales.Overlooking loal shops and not owning a freezer is like shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to couponing.I’m hoping BiLo finally gets their new policy right-or at least sticks by it…but one thing’s for sure-if you live in the Sptbg. area,there is absolutely no reason to darken a walmart’s door,unless you prefer poor service,unhelpful mgmt,huge parking lots,endless lines,high prices,lying ads,and of course the idea of subsidizing China.Yeah,lucky us(Sparkle City dwellers).

    • Miamakes3

      Before they built a Publix in my town I was driving 20 minutes to grocery shop.  We have a Food Lion but Publix’s deals and being able to get the things I needed that FL doesn’t carry still made it worth it.  I usually made a day of it and hit up Publix, Target, Sams, and Aldis.  I still drive in to go to the other stores a couple times a month.

    • Mrsbrwnibty

      Just wanted to add that 30  minutes sounds like alot for some but others of us regular travel that far for just about everything. I live in a small town my two choice for Groceries Walmart and Food Lion. I actually drive 40 minutes to take my kids to the doctor and 20  minutes for cheerleading so driving 30 minutes is about average for me.

      • HA I was thinking the same thing! It takes me a good 20 to 30 minute drive to get to anything other than a publix or the crazy kroger. The nearby kroger is always dirty and walking in the parking lot, well you take your life in your hands with each step, hence the nickname! For some of us (me!) driving 30 minutes in each direction is normal :)

        • Susanizanurse

          I second this!  I drive 20 minutes one way for work, 20 minutes to take kids to school, an hour to my doctor, etc…  so for me to drive 140 miles roundtrip (this is the distance to my Publix!) once a month or so to do something totally pleasureable ALL BY MYSELF is well, worth it if it were to cost me some money actually!  LOL …   This is my hobby and my stress relief from a seriously stressful job!

    • The only grocery stores we have in town are Galaxy, Food Lion, and Walmart. If i want good deals with doubles I have to drive 30 minutes to Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Bi-Lo etc…..

    • Ablack420

      OK, I have thoughts..lol. I had the marvelous chance of having to be in Charleston, SC for super triples or what ever it is called at the harris teeter, thanks to Jenny letting me know on the weekend I was home in Columbia..(NO HT!!!) before hand… I saved an A-Mazing amount of money that trip, like 250-300 worth for like 4 dollars…lol. So it takes me about 30  in gas to go back and forth (220 miles round trip) which I figured out from having to go back and forth to work there… I feel a bit crazy saying it, but I would deff make that trip for the double and tripple deal for me…and with a bit more time to really put a great trip together now that I am actually home from the out of town stuff… i could double whatt I did up to prob 600 for 30 in gas and about 10 OOP… sounds like a win win to me…

      • Snoopy4500

        Way to go!!!!!!!!!
        I live in Myrtle Beach, SC things are sometimes unavailable due to the tourists. They also limit coupons. Also no HT here either.

    • We basically have nothing where I live. I will drive across town from work when I get off to Publix & Kroger (I work out of town). I will occasionally drive 45 minutes to score deals when I’m off, but a few of us go together, hit 4-5 stores, and split the gas money. It’s a great time together since we are besties!

    • Julie Thomas

      I agree with your comments on this!  I know that many large families are still driving SUV’s of older models because they are paid for–and are only getting 12-13 mpg–so, I think you may be more accurate than you think!  Two time savers to consider are to try and piggy back the trip with your kids extra curricular lessons and such–to the same area.  I have done this and  as long as I’m organized it saves a great deal of time and gas–our “out” day is Wednesday.  I also almost always get the deals as they just started on Wed. a.m. for both stores–not usually sold out yet.  Both my kids extra lessons and things are on that day and we drive about 20 minutes to that area. I always try to fit Publix in on that day and Bi-lo as it is only a mile a part.  I take a large cooler in the back of my car and put in all of the blue ice packs I have and can store almost anything that way until I get home in the evening. The other major thing is that I only spend time looking for the deals on those stores and not wondering where to go this week—which for me can take time!

    • Love83blue

      10 mins top.  I live super close to all the stores I go to but I am also one with a 4door truck that gets 13 mpg so gas can be a deal breaker for me.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve always lived within 20 minutes of a couple grocery stores and since most places I had to routinely go to were already that far, that did not seem like a lot of time to travel. When the price of gas went up, however, I started trying to maximize the times I do run my errands. For example, I no longer run out on the DAY the ad starts (unless it’s super doubles or tripes), instead I do my shopping when I’ll be out that way for another reason – sports practice for the kids or to/from church, etc. So, between that and having one of our cars as a hybrid, I’m hopefully maximizing my savings! :)

    • Kshanvy

      The only stores here in kings mountain, nc are ingles and 2 food lions. Both stores are high.. I drive about 25 minutes to bi-lo because they double coupons up to $.99. Also, it is within a block of Walgreens (which km also does not  have) cvs, and rite aid, I basically just make a day out of it!

    • Anonymous

      Well I think saving $130 for 2 hours work = $65 an hour for my time. I say drive baby drive!

    • Byramerica

      The only place I travel a great distance to is Harris Teeter, and only during doubles or triples.  The trip is roughly 45-50 minutes each way, but I generally try to get there on a Saturday before 8 am and it takes generally 2 hours or so to do the shopping, but it’s always worth it, usually about $12 worth of gas to get there but i always save over $100 each trip (this is in Florida, only one Harris Teeter left here!)

    • Julie

      I live in a small town without a grocery store, just a Dollar General so I do drive 30 minutes to the nearest city where three different grocery stores double coupons.  I also stop at CVS, WAGs and Rite Aid when I go.  I do pack a cooler for frozen items and something to drink and eat.  I try to hit as many stores as necessary.  When it’s possible, my sister and I will take turns driving.  By the way, thanks Jenny for the tip on the Kroger fuel points program.  I’ve managed to lower my gas price by taking advantage of quadruple fuel points.

    • brantley

      i have no choice but to drive to another town, as all we have within 26 miles is a local store, and a dollar general. i go about once every 2 weeks, and i also drive a chevy equinox. i do think the savings is worth it, as i go to winn dixie, wal-mart, rite aid, and the dollar tree in one shopping trip, and i dont have to worry about how much i get at once because of the  SUV i have. its pretty good on gas for its type, too. i get an average of 23 MPG, depending on the drive. unfortunately, i have no other stores around, and i dont see the saving being worth it to go to my nearest publix or CVS, which are almost 70 miles from me, one way! but 26 miles each way is definetly doable once every 2 weeks.

    • Brandy_oliver2005

      I think its good that you put this post up because I am new to couponing and I was wondering that exact thing.  Just today I actually visited the local Kroger store and I purchased 5 of the Carefree pantiliners which were .09 cents after my .50 cent coupon, only to be told by the cashier that the wording on the coupon “limit one coupon per purchase” means that I can only use one coupon per transaction!  What a crock!  She then called for a manager and explained that my pantiliners were only 1.09 before my coupon and that I should have to make several transactions in order to purchase my 5.  I tell you…I usually travel about 20 minutes to another Kroger in a much nicer neighborhood and I never have any problem using my coupons.  As for me..I think 30 minutes is good as long as you are familiar with the store and their reaction to you using coupons.  My purchase was only 24 dollars before coupons…I bet she would have had a heart attack if I had made a much bigger purchase :(

      • Jen

        Your cashier is completely wrong!! ‘limit one per purchase’ means one coupon per one item you buy. ‘limit one per transaction’ is one coupon per shopping trip. There should be a coupon school for employees—

    • beemer

      We live in a very rural area. Within a 15 mile radius we have a Harvey’s and a local store. The nearest bookstore, mall, movie theater, etc is in Gainesville, which is a 45-60 minute drive, depending on traffic. I also go to church in G’ville, so we go into town to shop at Publix and W-D. But, we combine it with other errands or going to the movies. If I ever get a job, it will be in G’ville, so I’ll be there every day instead of just 2-3 days a week I’m there now.

    • Jtdjagos

      I drive 1 to 1 1/2 hours to go to kroger and or harris teeter if they have several things on sale at each store so I can do it in one trip. The fact that Walmart will price match has cut my need to go that far as long as I do not need the coupon to double. Those of us in rural areas don’t have much of a choice-we are used to driving for everything, it’s just a matter of getting it done in a single trip.

    • Anonymous

      I live 15 minutes outside of my county’s biggest town and about that far away from any other town in in my area. The only 2 chains that I know that doubles coupons in my area (30 mins) are Freds, and Harvey’s. In order for me to go to a Publix, I would have to drive anywhere from 45 mins to an hour away.  So far, I have not did that. However if the sales where good enough I might be willing to do it one time, just to see how it would play out.  I do most of my regular shopping in my county, but every now and then I do go to Tallahassee FL ( 45 -55 mins aay) to get speciality items or to go to my pain management dr. So it it is not like it would be just for the “:couponing”.

    • Susanizanurse

      I drive 140 miles roundtrip to shop at Publix. I live in the boonies & have a Walmart & Harvey’s within 20 miles of my house.  There is a Publix that is a bit closer to me, but it’s still about an hour’s drive. The Publix where I shop has stellar customer service and the majority of the staff have become good friends, almost like family actually! They make me feel special. When I make the trip, it’s for serious shopping only. I went last week & left with 4 carts absolutely full & saved over $355. I usually go once every 1.5 – 2 months but I will very occasionally go twice in a month if the sales are super (like Italian days, etc..).  For me, these trips are therapeutic as I always go alone (no kids, no husband) and this is my “me” time much like I imagine others go shopping, biking, etc… 

    • This blog entry and the comments have made me so thankful that I live less than a mile from Publix and CVS and only about a mile from Walgreens (although I hate, hate, HATE shopping there) and Walmart.  

    • meganlove

      I happily drive past our local Food Lion just to get to our Harris Teeter. It’s only about 5 more minutes, but the customer service is phenomenal and the sales combined with double coupons just can’t be beat.

      Beyond that, though, it’s at least 30 minutes to the next closest stores (we’re out in the boonies a bit). I’m willing to do MAYBE 45 minutes drive for something REALLY good, but I try to incorporate it into a day of errands so that at least I’m getting a little more bang for my gas/time buck.

    • Shelly_n_skye

      I live in a descent size town with lots of store options. The town I live in does not have a Publix, Harris Teeter or a CVS, which are my favorite stores where I get the most for my money and save the most. So I drive to Nashville 2 times a month and I go to all the stores while Im there. Its about a 45 min drive. To me its worth spending a few days a month shopping all day. I just stock up while Im ther so that I do not have to go back as often. Usually when I shop at Publix I can get 1 whole basket and then about another 1/4 basket of food for $50-$75!!!! Im feeding a family of six on that!!!

    • Terrikeyes

      The Kroger that I like to shop at is 2.5 hours away. To me it is definitely worth the trip. I only go about once every 6-8 weeks. With the coupons I can save hundreds of dollars in one trip and with the fuel points I fill up at Krogers and get up to $1.00 off the price of gas. My daughter lives by the Kroger, so we get to spend the day together. She is very familiar with Kroger so it makes the trips faster. I only have a Walmart and some small stores where I live. 

    • Auntsonia

      It’s nothing for me to drive 30-40 miles to shop because I don’t have any other choice.  All that’s in my town is a very small Piggly Wiggly and a Dollar General.  I have to drive 30 miles even to go to Walmart..  I have 2 cities within 30 miles that each have a Kroger and Publix as well as all the drug stores and another city with a Kroger, CVS and Rite-Aid.  Sometimes I go every week, sometimes every couple of weeks.  My car gets great gas mileage and I always use my Kroger fuel rewards to fill up while I’m there.   The only time I’ve ever lived close to any big stores was when I was in college so it’s just second-nature for me to drive what others might consider “too far”.

    • Lakeland FL to where ever in the panhandle of FL or GA or LA is TOO far for Double Coupons! ROFL. That being said, I am spoiled with 4 Publix, 4 Different Walgreens, 3 CVS, a Winn Dixie, 2 Targets and a Super Walmart within 10 miles of my house. I survive with stores that will take competitors coupons stacked with MQ’s, and Price matching. It also keeps from clearing the shelves and pretty much always being able to find that Awesome deal I am looking for. I used to be “grumpy” that almost no one doubles coupons in FL but I have found other ways to get great deals now and am completely happy! (Proof – Kmart had a double coupon week a few weeks back, its about 30 or 40 miles from my house in a different town. Didnt even bother going!)

    • Valeriebgonzalez

      I told my hubby my only 2 requirements for a house is to live within 5 minutes of a McDonalds and 10 minutes to a Grocery Store!  Luckily both are just minutes away!  I don’t know how people do it but personally…. I cannot imagine living 30 minutes (or more) away from a grocery store!!!!

    • Atlbmom15

      We live in a town with Walmart and 2 Piggly Wiggly’s. It is nothing for me to drive 20 miles to shop at Winn Dixie just so I don’t have to patronize Walmart. The savings is worth the drive to me! Thankfully, a Publix just opened up about 20 minutes in the other direction! Now, I can get even more savings!

    • Atlbmom15

      We live in a town with Walmart and 2 Piggly Wiggly’s. It is nothing for me to drive 20 miles to shop at Winn Dixie just so I don’t have to patronize Walmart. The savings is worth the drive to me! Thankfully, a Publix just opened up about 20 minutes in the other direction! Now, I can get even more savings!

    • Doctordj

      I’d never really thought about  how few options there are for some of us here. So very thankful for my local HT and the polite and helpful staff there.

    • Jo

      I drive 70 miles to the closest Meijer, Target, Staples and Petsmart.  I do it at least 2 times a month.  I have to drive 20 minutes to the closest supermarket (Kroger) so it doesn’t bother me to drive a lot.  I just drove 3 hours to the closest Ikea and Costco.  At least I saw some family while I was there.

    • Anonymous

      Wow! Bad times for a lot of you!

      I have 2 Publix, 3 Harris Teeters, a couple Pigs and Food Lions, not to mention a Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Target, Costco, and 2 Super Walmarts, and maybe half dozen CVS/WG/Rite Aides. All within 15 minutes drive.

      I’m not bringing this up to brag, but to remind those of us who take such largesse for granted that food deserts are real, and they exist all around us. Bot urban and rural. The thought of nothing but a single Dollar General within 30 minutes is scary.

      • Anonymous

        Can I move in with you ;-D

      • Susanizanurse

        LOL…  Oh, I wouldn’t trade places for any amount of money!  For me, the thought of actually being that close to all those stores is terrifying!  We love nothing more than looking out our windows & seeing nothing but woods, sprawling pastures & fields, and absolutely no neighbors much less a store!  Plus, living in the boonies and having to drive so far to get to a Publix is the perfect reason to stockpile! It’s a 14 mile drive for us to get to a convenience store!   

        • Anonymous

          You have a different kind of stockpiling available – a big old garden plot. City life does have it’s drawbacks.

        • Teresa

          I’m with you I also live in the country.  I cant see a house from mine I have  15
          lovely acres most is wooded, I won’t live in town again. I have to drive 45 minutes
          each way to work 6 day’s a week. I shop there most of the time as my town only has a Kroger and Wal-Mart (we just got our super center in the last five years). But the country is great no sirens at all hours of the night,

    • Zelda

      I drive 2 1/2 to 3 hr’s to go to publix and staples…once a month on average…..but I also visit my children, who live in Murfreesboro, Tn. I have found that the savings from these 2 stores, pays for my gas!!!! And I get to spend time with my children!!!!

      • Anonymous

        I live in Murfreesboro, Tn. Yes, it is worth coming here. Come visit me as I live behind Hastings!

    • Lisabluedevil

      I live in a rural area and commute close to an hour to work.  The closest grocery store to me is 30 minutes away.  So going 40 minutes vs. 30 minutes can be a no brainer if there is a good sale.  And, yes, our gas bills are ridiculous right now.  I try to shop on my way to and from work as much as possible.

    • Anonymous

      I am spoiled rotten–I have 3 major groceries and all 3 pharmacies within 5 to 7 minutes of my home. I love being so close to everything. Walmart and Target, too, but they are 15 minutes. The burbs do have their perks.

    • It takes me almost 15 minutes to get to Publix, but it is worth the drive!! I go by your method though, so there are many weeks I just don’t go. If I need anything I’ll go to the Win-Dixie or Wal-Mart right down the street. Luckily I usually stock up enough I can skip weeks of grocery shopping.

      I think if I lived a little farther from Publix I would consider driving on the good weeks.. It is such a great store to shop at I would even consider paying full price to shop there over a store like Wal-Mart. The people are more friendly and it seems more clean.. and maybe I’m just weird, but it seems more fresh and healthy.

      • Annettecanada46

        Hey you are not weird where i live Pubix has had a sign up for over a year teasing they are coming SOON. I can’t even be mad I want them here so much!

    • Anonymous

      30 minutes to the nearest Publix is nothing…..since I live in the country :)  
      20 minutes to the nearest Kroger is nothing either….that is a bonus, it is on the way to Publix !  :) 

    • I go to 5 different grocery stores every week, plus Walgreens if it’s worth it. I always get the “it’s not worth it to go to that many stores, you spend the money you save on gas!”.. and it is just NOT true for me. I am one lucky gal who has 3 different wal-marts, 2 Bi-Lo’s, 2 Publix, a Food Lion, Ingles, Walgreens, and Target among other stores (CVS and such) that I don’t even bother shopping at…all within 3-10 miles from my house. We go in a little triangle every saturday morning, spend a couple hours shopping and save a lot, sometimes HUNDREDS… That seems completely worth it to me!!

    • I go to 5 different grocery stores every week, plus Walgreens if it’s worth it. I always get the “it’s not worth it to go to that many stores, you spend the money you save on gas!”.. and it is just NOT true for me. I am one lucky gal who has 3 different wal-marts, 2 Bi-Lo’s, 2 Publix, a Food Lion, Ingles, Walgreens, and Target among other stores (CVS and such) that I don’t even bother shopping at…all within 3-10 miles from my house. We go in a little triangle every saturday morning, spend a couple hours shopping and save a lot, sometimes HUNDREDS… That seems completely worth it to me!!

    • Jen

      As long as you spread out your trips and dont go too often, go ahead and drive! Yes couponing is necessary for saving money, but it also could be considered a hobby….most hobbies do have some expense attached! So I would just count the gas money as an expense associated with my hobby! Sure is a less expensive hobby than many other hobbies!

    • Kathy

      I drive right past 2 Kroger’s, Ingle’s, 2 Wal-Mart’s just to get to PUBLIX!!!!  Worth every cent of my 15 minute drive each way!

    • Amy McCravy

      Where I am, it’s 30 minutes to the nearest Ingles and an hour to the nearest Publix, so I stick with the Bi-Lo near my house when possible. However, I at least check the Ingles ads, and if I need to stock up on chicken it’s usually a better deal there — worth the drive to save $50 on meat! I also commute an hour for work at least once a week, and a Publix is on the way, so if I can kill two birds with one stone… I would never make the one-hour drive just for groceries, but I like to keep groceries on my mind when I’m making other trips — for fun or work or whatever else — it often pays off to check which stores will be near me, in case I can score some deals I wouldn’t normally get. 

    • Anonymous

      When Harris Teeter has triples and super doubles, I find it worth the 45 minute drive for the savings. It does take some time, but I enjoy the thrill of only paying a few dollars for 20 items. I only go if I can match the coupons with the things I really want. I go early the first day of the sale to be sure sale items are still in stock.

    • Beckafitz

      I think you have to put it into context- 30 minutes for a city person is different than 30 minutes for someone who lives in the country.

      A couple other thoughts you didn’t mention:
      -Car pooling with another family could make the trip more economical & fun. Actually I do this a lot with my friend sarah or my mom.
      -Sometimes my husband & I make it like a date- we’ll go across town for dinner at a different restaurant, & afterward he’ll help me with my shopping. Its actually fun to have his perspective in the grocery store.

    • Freemn4

      I love your math problem Jen!  I think like that!  :)  While growing up we lived on a rural island and had to drive a long way to the grocery store. I am guessing for the people who chose the country life, they are used to a long drive to get to a store and don’t have much of a choice.  I now live within a couple of minutes to several stores and enjoy the convenience of it, but I still plan trips to save on fuel like going to CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid on my way home from church on Sunday mornings so I am not going out of my way just to get a few deals there each week. 

    • Erkelly

      I am 1 1/2 hours away from the closest civilization. But there is a Publix, Kroger, Walgreens, CVS and Target there. I make the drive once a week (sometimes I take a week or two off if it isn’t worth my time or I’m just not up to it with my 14 month old). But when I go, I make a day of it and hit all of the stores while I’m there. I save sooo much that it is worth the drive a million times over.

    • Amy

      I have a Wal-Mart about 7 minutes from my house, but I still drive about 35-40 minutes to Publix once a week, or maybe once every other week depending on the deals.  I I just can’t beat the savings.  I try to go on Sundays and do all my shopping in one afternoon.  It’s the only logical thing with a husband and 3 growing boys!

    • Nallp48

      I have both a BiLo and Publix 5 minutes from my house. I was only shopping at Publics  until a few weeks ago when they told me they no longer except Target coupons, now I only shop at BiLo.

    • guest

      I drive 30 minutes a few times a month for double coupons at WinnDixie and Publix.  Definitely worth it the way I shop.  I also make a 1.5 hour drive to Kroger a few times a year.  I make a plan, trade for the coupons to match up with the mega’s.  I also plan to shop at least 2 Kroger’s in case one is out.  Def worth it to me.

    • Kathy

      When Harris Teeter has the super double or triple coupons, 3 or 4 of us will make a day-trip out of it.  It is 40 miles each way and we stop for lunch.

    • Domengineer

      I would not even think about driving that far for groceries.  I shop 2 stores.  Thats it.  If the deals are not there..I let them go.  Time is too precious. 

    • K_cmarshall

      This is a great post! I have had several people want me to show them the way I coupon, but they don’t want to travel any distance to go to the grocery so their options are limited.
      I personally will travel 30 min or so to do my grocery shopping since there is no Publix or Kroger closer to my home. The savings are definately worth the drive for me. I do maximize the trip tho. I will go to Publix, Kroger, and the drugstore all in one trip instead of going three times a week.

    • Anonymous

      In my idea of a perfect shopping world, I’d live 5 minutes from Publix, Bi-Lo and Aldi and they’d all be side by side!  During P & G or some Mega Events, I’d throw in Kroger, if Food Lion doubled in my area, include them and if Ingles didn’t have such a convoluted double policy, them too!

      As it is, I live 30 minutes from 3 towns with NO Publix. No single nearby town has ALL of the other stores I mentioned so I pretty much decide which town I drive to based on that week’s sales, my coupons, what I need and other errands I have to run.  I’m unemployed, so I try to do all my shopping and errands one day per week to conserve gas, but I have no problem with the “time” I spend.  I can hit anywhere from 1- 4 grocery stores in a trip, so I always have a couple of coolers and ice packs with me.

      I can also drive 65 miles on any Wednesday, hit 2 Publix stores AND take advantage of 2 back to back week’s sales. (One store’s sale doesn’t start until Thurs and the other store’s sale starts on Wed.)  I have saved $70-$120 or more depending on the sales, but only do this IF my budget allows spending 2 week’s worth of grocery money at one time and if I have room for it in my small stockpile.

      We use Walgreen’s pharmacy and I’ve tried RR’s and ECB’s at CVS, but living so far from town, it’s hard to make it consistently work so I only hit those deals if it works in my weekly “run”.   

      Having finally built a mid-size stockpile, I also have the flexibility to not shop one week if the sales aren’t as good and I’m stocked on perishables like bread, milk and eggs.  Our boys are married with families and it’s just DH and me at home, so thank goodness a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs can last us 2 weeks!

      Dollar General seems to have stores on every corner these days.  We even have one at a 4-way stop 12 minutes from my house (LOL) and now that they have groceries, refrigerator and frozen items, if I only need one thing, it’s cheaper to go there and sometimes pay a little more per item.

    • Anonymous

      In my idea of a perfect shopping world, I’d live 5 minutes from Publix, Bi-Lo and Aldi and they’d all be side by side!  During P & G or some Mega Events, I’d throw in Kroger, if Food Lion doubled in my area, include them and if Ingles didn’t have such a convoluted double policy, them too!

      As it is, I live 30 minutes from 3 towns with NO Publix. No single nearby town has ALL of the other stores I mentioned so I pretty much decide which town I drive to based on that week’s sales, my coupons, what I need and other errands I have to run.  I’m unemployed, so I try to do all my shopping and errands one day per week to conserve gas, but I have no problem with the “time” I spend.  I can hit anywhere from 1- 4 grocery stores in a trip, so I always have a couple of coolers and ice packs with me.

      I can also drive 65 miles on any Wednesday, hit 2 Publix stores AND take advantage of 2 back to back week’s sales. (One store’s sale doesn’t start until Thurs and the other store’s sale starts on Wed.)  I have saved $70-$120 or more depending on the sales, but only do this IF my budget allows spending 2 week’s worth of grocery money at one time and if I have room for it in my small stockpile.

      We use Walgreen’s pharmacy and I’ve tried RR’s and ECB’s at CVS, but living so far from town, it’s hard to make it consistently work so I only hit those deals if it works in my weekly “run”.   

      Having finally built a mid-size stockpile, I also have the flexibility to not shop one week if the sales aren’t as good and I’m stocked on perishables like bread, milk and eggs.  Our boys are married with families and it’s just DH and me at home, so thank goodness a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs can last us 2 weeks!

      Dollar General seems to have stores on every corner these days.  We even have one at a 4-way stop 12 minutes from my house (LOL) and now that they have groceries, refrigerator and frozen items, if I only need one thing, it’s cheaper to go there and sometimes pay a little more per item.

    • Anonymous

      In my idea of a perfect shopping world, I’d live 5 minutes from Publix, Bi-Lo and Aldi and they’d all be side by side!  During P & G or some Mega Events, I’d throw in Kroger, if Food Lion doubled in my area, include them and if Ingles didn’t have such a convoluted double policy, them too!

      As it is, I live 30 minutes from 3 towns with NO Publix. No single nearby town has ALL of the other stores I mentioned so I pretty much decide which town I drive to based on that week’s sales, my coupons, what I need and other errands I have to run.  I’m unemployed, so I try to do all my shopping and errands one day per week to conserve gas, but I have no problem with the “time” I spend.  I can hit anywhere from 1- 4 grocery stores in a trip, so I always have a couple of coolers and ice packs with me.

      I can also drive 65 miles on any Wednesday, hit 2 Publix stores AND take advantage of 2 back to back week’s sales. (One store’s sale doesn’t start until Thurs and the other store’s sale starts on Wed.)  I have saved $70-$120 or more depending on the sales, but only do this IF my budget allows spending 2 week’s worth of grocery money at one time and if I have room for it in my small stockpile.

      We use Walgreen’s pharmacy and I’ve tried RR’s and ECB’s at CVS, but living so far from town, it’s hard to make it consistently work so I only hit those deals if it works in my weekly “run”.   

      Having finally built a mid-size stockpile, I also have the flexibility to not shop one week if the sales aren’t as good and I’m stocked on perishables like bread, milk and eggs.  Our boys are married with families and it’s just DH and me at home, so thank goodness a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs can last us 2 weeks!

      Dollar General seems to have stores on every corner these days.  We even have one at a 4-way stop 12 minutes from my house (LOL) and now that they have groceries, refrigerator and frozen items, if I only need one thing, it’s cheaper to go there and sometimes pay a little more per item.

    • BuTeeful29

      My idea of perfect world is having more than one Target close to my home. I live at 15 minutes away from two Walmarts and 20 minutes from two Harris Teeters so I figure without an extra Target I still have so  alot to work with. I do think that I obsess over saving to much, because I go 20 minutes away just to get orange juice for a dollar!