A grocery store that sells only food and household items is so last year. These days, supermarkets are focusing on the “super” part of their name, offering a wide range of items from baby clothes to bedding at bargain prices.
If you’re tired of journeying to Costco or Target for all your household products and supplies, consider picking up some of these items at marketplace stores such as King Soopers, Fry’s, Kroger and Dillons Marketplace. Here are just a few unique deals you can find at the grocery store.
1. 1 1/2-Carat Solitaire Engagement Ring
If you’re ready to pop the question and a trip to Tiffany & Co. is out of the question, it’s time to splurge on an engagement ring from the Fred Meyer jewelry department. The 1-1/2-carat Forever Ideal Diamond Solitaire ring’s hearts-and-arrows pattern pairs beautifully with the 14k white gold setting.
Price: up to $129.99
Fred Meyer has everything you need to make your bed a place you want to snuggle up in at the end of the day. A Kroger trademark, the HD Designs brand boasts 700 thread-count sheets in sizes ranging from twin to king. Spread your bed in a bevy of colors, including banana crepe, eggnog and vapor blue.
3. Bath Towels
Price: $8.99 to $13.99
Wrap yourself in luxurious Egyptian cotton the moment you step out of the shower. HD Designs bath towels come in multiple sizes reaching up to 35 inches by 66 inches for sumptuous drying. Plus, the 10 playful colors, including Tango Red and Sahara Sun, help liven up your bathroom.
4. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Baking goods are typically a bad deal at Walmart and Target, but some supermarkets not only offer stellar discounts on baking goods but kitchen appliances. Pick up a KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer on your next shopping trip. The 10-speed mixer holds nine cups of flour, and the versatile power hub can operate optional attachments.
Price: $29.99 to $199.99
Upgrade your old cookware set for an easier time creating those kitchen masterpieces. Select stainless steel Calphalon pans for braising and browning or opt for lightweight anodized aluminum for everyday jobs. You can choose among single pans, duos and entire sets.
6. TAG Heuer Watch
Price: $1,000 to $5,700
If you’ve been thinking of springing for a new TAG Heuer watch, go ahead and add it to the grocery list alongside the milk and eggs. You’ll find the swanky Swiss timepieces at Fred Meyer in the jewelry department. An unforgettable gift choice, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Watch features rose gold hands sweeping around a mother-of-pearl dial with diamond hour markers.
7. Barbecue Grill
Price: $20 to $699
Cook the meat you bought on sale on a new barbecue grill. Grab an HD Designs portable charcoal grill to take to the beach or on a camping trip for just $20. Or cook out in the backyard on the Genesis E-310 for $699. The grill’s expansive cooking area gives you plenty of room to feed friends and family.
8. Patio Furniture
Price: $14.99 to $700+
Although it’s not uncommon to find resin patio chairs in the $14.99 range at the supermarket, marketplace stores like Freddy’s roll out Adirondack chairs and attractive barstools in shades like Dragonfly Teal and Ski Patrol Red. For more luxurious outdoor time, check out the store’s supply of fabric sectionals and wicker sofa sets for $600 and up.
9. Diamond Earrings
Price: $59.99 to $19,250
Complete your special dinner with a little candlelight — and splurge on diamond earrings to reflect the glow. For something truly extraordinary, opt for Kallati 5 1/3-ct. tw. diamond drop earrings. You can take a pair home for $19,250. If your grocery budget doesn’t stretch that far, you can pick up 1/12-ct. tw. stud earrings in the $60 range.
Price: $24.99 to $124.99
Find your favorite shoe brands, including Skechers, Vans and New Balance, in your local marketplace grocery store. You can also browse an extensive selection of work boots, casual boots and dress shoes.
11. Athletic Wear
Price: $12 and up
Uncover discounts on some of your favorite athletic-wear brands while you shop at a marketplace grocery store. Find apparel by Columbia, Adidas, Champion and more designer brands, or show your support for your favorite sports team with fan gear ranging from tees to jackets.
12. Clothing for the Family
Price: $3 to $150
With the extensive apparel departments offered by many marketplace stores, you can save money on clothes for every member of your family. At Carter’s, you can shop coordinating outfits for the kids or look for a special piece for yourself. The stores carry everything from socks and hats to dressy slacks and office wear.
13. Wine by the Glass
Price: $2 to $10
Take a break from all that shopping and relax over some vino. You’ll find stellar deals on wine by the glass at Fred Meyer Marketplace right between the produce section and gourmet cheese. The Happy Hour Chardonnay runs just $2 a glass, or you can sip some Robert Craig Zinfandel, sourced from Black Sears Vineyard on the top of California’s Howell Mountain, for $10.
Price: 99 cents to $100
Check out the decorative touches at your favorite marketplace store to spruce up the home. You can pick up clear votive candle cups to create ambiance for as little as 99 cents each. Or spruce up a bare wall with a replica of Stephen Fishwick’s portrait of Albert Einstein, “It’s All Relative.”
15. A Good Book
Price: 20 to 30 percent off cover price
At marketplace grocery stores, you’ll find more than a rotating rack of paperbacks. The floor-to-ceiling shelves of the book department tower over cozy tables and chairs where you can delve into your finds before making a purchase. Browse through hardcovers, paperbacks, magazines, children’s books and more.
16. Cooking Lesson
Price: $0 to $450
Many marketplace stores feature an extensive selection of gourmet cheeses, meats, fresh produce and import products. So, it’s only natural that they’d help you make the most of your buys.
Take a complimentary knife skills class on the first Wednesday of the month at Fry’s Marketplace in Paradise Valley, Ariz. You can opt for a one-night class, where you’ll enjoy a gourmet menu, or enroll in a 10-week cooking skills course.
17. Fire Pit Table
Price: $350 to $450
If you like to linger in the backyard after dark, a fire pit is a must. Snag a fire pit table and you’ll have somewhere to set your drink down or put your feet up while you warm your hands by the flames. The round table features sturdy steel framing and an easy-to-clean tile surface.
18. Fitness Equipment
Price: $4.99 to $249.99
If you’re feeling guilty for buying all those cookies and chips, hit the fitness selection of your local Fred Meyer for everything you need to keep the pounds off as you try out new workout trends. Trim your middle with affordable fitness tools like the Simply Fit Board or spring into action with a 12-foot enclosed trampoline. And toss a Fitbit activity tracker into your cart for good measure to track your fitness progress.
19. Hot Tub
Relax after dinner in your very own hot tub. The Coleman Inflatable Hot Tub assembles in a matter of minutes and comes with everything you need to get started, including a pump, heater unit and pressure gauge.
20. Curved TV
Although you’ll find the best deals on electronics at Best Buy, it’s nice to have the option of buying at TV at the grocery store — right? Invite friends over to watch the game on a Samsung 65-inch Class Curved 4K UHD Smart HDTV. The curved screen promotes a more immersive experience, while the slim silhouette looks attractive from any angle. You won’t get this item to fit in your shopping cart, but you should be able to position it on your entertainment center with ease: It weights just 62 pounds.
21. Convertible Baby Crib
Take your new baby from tot to teen with a convertible crib. Freddy’s carries the Delta Children Layla 4-in-1 convertible crib in dark-chocolate wood. The crib converts to a toddler bed with guard rail, a daybed and a full-size bed.
22. Shower Curtain
Price: $3.99 to $24.99
If you don’t have time to scrub your shower every week, consider purchasing a colorful curtain to conceal any soap stains. Choose from elegant patterns on waterproof fabric curtains or playful prints of hippos, whales and other water creatures.
23. Living Room Furniture
Price: $13.99 to $449.99
If your old seating is looking a little worn, give your living room a facelift through the Fred Meyer furniture department. Ashley Furniture, Emerald and Sauder are just three of the name brands you’ll find on the marketplace store’s floor. Choose among sofas, loveseats and recliners, or create your own custom sectional by mixing and matching pieces in the Hansen collection.
24. Rolling Suitcase
Price: $70 to $90
If you have a vacation planned for this year, head over to the apparel and accessories section to pick out some new luggage. Check out the Olympia Tuscany Spinner Rolling Cases, available in a range of sizes. The expandable, soft-sided cases offer extra room for souvenirs on the trip back.
25. Laptop Computer
Price: $189 to 199
Stay connected with a Chromebook laptop by Asus or Samsung. These basic computers provide up to 13 hours of battery life and 16 GB of hard drive storage. Chromebooks also offer a simple and affordable way to help kids do homework or stay in touch with friends and family online.
26. Car Battery
Price: $110 to $154.99
Don’t worry about getting stuck in the grocery store parking lot — or anywhere else — if your car won’t crank. Freddy’s sells automotive batteries so you can get back on the road fast. As a bonus, many of the batteries come with 30-month exchanges and performance guarantees. For all your other car emergencies, try these necessities.
27. Video Doorbell
See who’s at the door — even if you’re not home. The Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell uses a motion sensor to alert you to activity near your front door. Plus, infrared night vision lets you see your visitor in low light. You can even record your visitors and save the video to the cloud.
28. Interior House Paint
Price: $18.99 to $39.99
You might be surprised to find a paint department in a grocery store. However, Fred Meyer Marketplace rolls out a selection of Dutch Boy paints in a bevy of brilliant colors to help you freshen up your home’s interior on the cheap.
Price: $94.99 to $299.99
It’s that time of year again. Keep your lawn looking lush during the growing season with a lawnmower from Fred Meyer Marketplace. Purchase an Earthwise 20-inch cordless electric lawnmower and never worry about running over the cord again. Or get in shape and reduce your carbon footprint with a rotary push mower.
After your long trek through the marketplace, relax with a handcrafted coffee drink from Starbucks. Try an Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato for a cool and satisfying pick-me-up with summer flavor, or order a fruity Starbucks Refreshers Beverage to get invigorated.