Ever wondered why shoppers love this Midwest supermarket? We got the goods.
When you think of grocery shopping in the Midwest, you likely think of Hy-Vee. With a whopping 240 stores across the region, Hy-Vee is a staple for many shoppers. It’s no great coincidence that people love shopping this store. Here are nine reasons it has such loyal customers.
Hy-Vee supports health and wellness
Health and wellness are at the heart of this business. Last year, Hy-Vee partnered with Orangetheory Fitness to offer customers access to a group fitness program inside or near existing stores.
“These unprecedented collaborations reinforce our company’s longstanding commitment to health and wellness, culinary expertise, and customer experience,” said Hy-Vee chairman, CEO, and president Randy Edeker in an official post on the company site.
You can actually learn about food there
Food is not just something you eat—it’s a lifestyle. That’s something that the people at Hy-Vee truly know. Over on the company’s Twitter page, you can find all the latest foodie news and deals. From how to pack a salad jar to summer drink ideas, there’s something for everyone. Speaking of salads in jars, have you seen our favorite recipes you can make right in a mason jar?
It’s an award-winning store
Did you know that Hy-Vee is an award-winning company? It won the Progressive Grocer Retailer of the Year Award not once, but twice in recent years. Yes, the esteemed store took the honor way back in 2003 and then once again last year in 2017. The publication commended the chain on its innovation and willingness to move forward as a business.
You can get birthday cakes with a twist
Someone’s birthday coming up? There’s one way that you can make it extra special. Hy-Vee has a whole range of character and theme cakes that could be just the thing. Sporting some of the most famous characters and movies of all time, the range is awesome. So, no matter what your loved one’s passion, you’re sure to find a dessert for them.
Online shopping is easy
Don’t have the time to traipse around a store? Whether you want to “click and collect” your groceries or have them delivered right to your door, Hy-Vee has you covered. With a wide range of products available online, you are sure to find what you need here. Check out these shopping secrets from America’s top grocery stores.
It’s employee owned
Of course, one of the biggest reasons to love Hy-Vee is the way that they treat their staff. When you work for the company, you actually have the chance to get a small stake in it too. Direct stakeholders include officers, store directors and executive staff members, while more than 30,000 Hy-Vee employees are indirect stakeholders.
They hire veterans
Leadership, strength, and commitment; these are all traits that the company values. As part of the Hiring Heroes program, the officials at Hy-Vee are committed to hiring ex-military personnel. Aside from a great employment package, they also offer these staff members a fully paid Veterans Day off.
They love coupons as much as you do
Who doesn’t love a bargain? If you’re coupon mad, there’s yet another reason to fall head over heels in love with Hy-Vee. The store’s website actually has an entire section dedicated to digital coupons. All you have to do is sign in, register your perks card, and start clipping to save yourself some real money. Unlock more couponing secrets with your phone (for more than just Hy-Vee!).
They’ve got your catering covered!
Hy-Vee helps you celebrate the good times without all the hassle. If you’re planning an event, you can simply order some party trays for your guests to enjoy. Often times, it can be tricky to cook for a large group while organizing a party. Now, you don’t have to. Bliss. With so many benefits, you might just switch up your shopping routine and head to Hy-Vee. Next, check out these smart ways to save at any supermarket.
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Competitor coupons at Publix
Cristobal Herrera/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Did you see a coupon from a competitor instead of Publix? Bring that coupon with you! Publix posts a list of competitors at each store, allowing you to bring in a coupon you saw elsewhere and get that same deal right at Publix.
Double coupon policy at Wegmans
Andriy Blokhin/shutterstock Speaking of coupons, Wegmans offers a stellar deal with their double coupon policy. If you saw a coupon from a manufacturer that was less than $0.99 in value, Wegmans will not only give you that coupon but will also reward you with another $0.99 off. If the price is above $1, they will still give you the coupon’s face-value deal. Don’t miss these 19 shopping tricks all frugal shoppers use.
Return policy at Trader Joe’s
Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock Hated the recent flavor of Joe Joes? Just return them! That’s right, even after trying something, you can actually return it if you found it unbearable. Trader Joe’s will happily take it back and give you a refund.
Combos Locos deals at H-E-B
Atstock Productions/Shutterstock Do you get coupons for H-E-B? If not, well, you should. H-E-B offers a coupon deal called Combos Locos where, when buying two items together, you get discounted prices. For example, a deal could include a bag of salad with a free bottle of dressing! Keep an eye out for deals on their website. Here are more sneaky ways to find great deals online.
The Bargain Bins at Aldi
Ken Wolter/shutterstock Nope, these bargain bins actually aren’t a rip off (like some bargain bins turn out to be). You are going to want to take advantage of the incredible deals at Aldi’s bargain bin because the low prices will actually knock your socks off.
B1G1 and B2G3 sales at Harris Teeter
Eldar Nurkovic/Shutterstock Buy-one-get-one deals, or even buy-two-get-three deals, are always a draw for people trying to buy bulk at a grocery store, But what make’s Harris Teeter special is the secret behind those deals. Instead of offering one item full price and another completely free, the items just ring up as half off. So if you only need one pound of meat and don’t have room in your freezer for another, that meat will still ring up as 50 percent off! Plus, try making these healthy food swaps that can actually save you money.
Fuel Saver + Perks program at Hy-Vee
Ken Wolter/Shutterstock Loved the fuel saver program through Hy-Vee? Well, their new-and-improved program is going to have you jumping out of your seat. With this new membership, you can save big using digital deals and coupons target specifically for your shopping list, receive surprise savings, and even get the chance to win rewards! Some of those include kitchen makeovers, vacation packages and even a new car.
The back of the store at Costco
Trong Nguyen/shutterstock That’s right—the back of the store is where you’re going to find all of the deals. By working your way forward, you are finding the best bang for your buck. Make sure to walk through “center court” (the savings aisles in the center of the store) and to avoid the front at all costs. The front is known as “action alley” and will rarely give you the type of deals that you crave. Check out these money-saving things you can do at Costco without a membership.
The jobs at WinCo
Stokkete/shutterstock Not only are WinCo deals even cheaper than Walmart most of the time, they also offer incredible employee benefits. Like being a part-owner of the store, for example. If you work at WinCo for over 500 hours in the first six months and 1,000 hours in a year, you are eligible for the Employee Stock Ownership program. They also offer incredible benefits including retirement savings and insurance.
The app from Whole Foods
AP/REX/Shutterstock Whole Foods may sit more on the expensive side, but their app can actually help you save those dollar bills. It’s completely free and loaded with coupons and current deals, giving you a leg up on what to grab in the grocery store.
Free Item Fridays at Fry’s and Kroger
Sergey Ryzhov/shutterstock Because Fry’s is a Kroger brand, these two offer the same incredible deal every week—free item Fridays! Find out what you can get for free by downloading the coupon the day before heading to the grocery store.
Meal deals at Winn Dixie
Goncharov Artem/shutterstock Every week Winn Dixie offers meal deals where they hand you not one, not two, but three items for free. The meal deal typically comes with a specifically chosen entree. Once you get the entree, you can get the chosen sides (typically a carbohydrate, a vegetable, and a dessert) for free.
Tuesdays at Target
Nils Versemann/Shutterstock You may not realize it, but most department stores work off a markdown schedule in certain departments each day of the week. Although every store is different, shopping at Target’s Market (the grocery part of the store) is best for savings on Tuesday. However, there is no harm in asking a sales associate when your local Target’s specific markdown schedule is. Here are more sneaky ways to save money at Target.
Super Coupons at ShopRite
igor kisselev/shutterstock If you still love to get coupons mailed to your home, then you better be digging for those ShopRite super coupons. These coupons will offer you deals you probably couldn’t even dream about and will make your wallet sing songs of praise. You can also check out a lot of their other coupon deals online at their Digital Coupon Center.
The MVP kiosk at Food Lion
wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock After signing up for the MVP Program at Food Lion, you’ll want to take advantage of their kiosk ASAP. Simply scan your MVP card when you’re in the store to see what deals are going on for that day, and even a set of personalized coupons based on your recent purchases. But be on the lookout for these 32 retail scams that trick you into spending more.
SimpleNutrition tags at Albertsons
Africa Studio/Shutterstock Just like their Everyday Low Prices and Club Card Savings, Albertsons offers deals on their healthy products by using their SimpleNutrition tags. So instead of ignoring those healthier foods because of the prices, scout Albertsons for these tags to save big and eat healthily.
Free item codes at Meijer
George Rudy/shutterstock Every now and then, Meijer will post codes on their Facebook and Twitter for mPerk members to get free items. They offer all sorts of items for free, and if you follow them on social media, you’ll always come across some incredible deals. Make sure you memorize the best times to buy cheap finds throughout the year.
Cash back at Sam’s Club
Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock That’s right—they just hand it to you! For every $500 you spend, you get $10 back. That may not seem like a lot, but if you’re a faithful Sam’s Club shopper, that can seriously add up as the year progresses. Don’t miss these other surprisingly simple ways to save big at the supermarket.
SavingStar at Stop & Shop
LADO/Shutterstock If you have a Stop & Shop card (or a Giant card, since they are owned by the same company) you can actually earn cash back when using some of the offers. Just click the offers you want to use on the app.
The price match policy at Walmart
Ken Wolter/shutterstockSaw a cheaper price somewhere else? Bring those ads with you to Walmart! You can get the cheaper deal by showing the associate that pricing, who can then walk you through a process to get that same deal right at the store. Wherever you shop, just make sure you avoid these 50 supermarket tricks you still fall for.