Friday, October 10, 2014

Save-A-Lot Food Stores ~ back-2-school lunch #Sponsored

I received a free gift card in order to facilitate this review. All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.

School is back in session! 

By now everyone has settled into a comfortable weekday rhythm that includes carpools, homework, lunch, and so much more. One of the things that I've always found challenging is keeping lunch interesting. When I was a kid I got so bored from eating the same stuff over and over again. Although my daughter has never given me a hard time about that, I still strive to make sure that lunch stays interesting.

I was invited to the #SaveALotInsiders program, and this past week I went shopping for lunch supplies at Save-A-Lot Food Store. The nearest store was 71 miles away from my home, so my daughter and I decided to make a day of it. On the way there we stopped for coffee and visited my mother at work, which was very nice. It was a sweltering day, so by the time we arrived to the store we needed cold drinks - STAT! Thank goodness Save-A-Lot had a fully stocked refrigerated beverage section... what a relief!

Like most stores, the weekly specials are spotlighted at the front of the store:

Since the store is on a smaller scale it's fairly easy to maneuver, but the selection is pretty limited. The produce department was extremely small. I also thought the healthy snack options was almost nonexistent. There was plenty of chips, candy, and soda. Now don't get me wrong there was also fruit juices, crackers, and fruit snacks as well, but in much smaller quantities. There were also a lot of brands that I was not familiar with, so in all honesty I was a little hesitant about choosing those items. 

I was able to get a pretty good stash for the buck, but I would have preferred to have stocked up on more wholesome items. Yet and still I was able to pull together a fairly healthy portable lunchtime snack:
PB&J with Bananas, Cheez-it's, and milk
All in all my Save-A-Lot experience was not great. Even if there was a store closer to my home, I would probably not be a returning customer. 

I'm required to disclose a relationship between Just Say I Told You So and Save-A-Lot. This could include the Save-A-Lot providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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