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Do You do the Grocery Store Hop? Tell Us About It and Win

Whole Foods? Papa Joe's? Kroger? Meijer? Tell us which foods you buy at which stores and you could win a $50 grocery store gift card.

We're spoiled, Rochester Hills.

For me, it's the at , the organic milk at and corn salsa at .

Rochester Hills has no shortage of outstanding grocery stores. So many, in fact, that a lot of us pick and choose, hopping from store to store for specific buys.

One Patch reader, my friend Lesli, regularly goes to five grocery stores a week to meet her family's needs.

Her weekly trips include for meat and produce, for organic goods, for ready-made meals, for canned goods and boxed staples and or — depending on her time allowance — for the rest.

This doesn't even include her monthly trip to Costco.

What's the motivation?

Of course, some people are bargain shoppers, sniffing out the best deal in town. My dad, for example, will only buy cheese at Kroger because he's convinced no one sells it for less.

Some shoppers are looking for quality. "I buy my meat at Whole Foods because I know how that animal was raised," shopper Lesli Maes said.

Some, like me, get hooked on certain products and go to the places that sell them.

What about you?

The contest

We want to know where you grocery shop and why — and we're willing to reward you for this information. There's a $50 gift card to your favorite store if you're the lucky winner.

To win, post a comment telling us your favorite Rochester/Rochester Hills grocery store buys; we'll pick one winner at random.

Here's how it will work:

  • Post one comment here telling us where you shop and what you love to buy there.
  • Please, only one entry per person.
  • All comments must be posted by noon Friday, Sept. 9, to be counted for the contest.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing Friday. That winner will receive an email notification from Patch, which must be responded to within 48 hours to receive the prize.

The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. And this wouldn't be a contest without a complete list of official Patch contest rules; you can read them .

Thank you!

In the end, we're hoping to compile a guide to Patch readers' best grocery store finds in Rochester/Rochester Hills — because everyone needs a little meal-shopping inspiration now and then, right?

Michelle H September 09, 2011 at 02:57 AM
I do most of my shopping at Kroger. It's convenient. I am familiar with the store and I accumulate points which go towards gas savings. I shop Busch's and Sam's club for meat. Butchers at Busch's very helpful. Sam's club for paper products and an occasional Meijer's run. Don't like Meijer's milk
Sherry September 09, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Trader Joe's for organic milk (my kids complain about others) and awesome pre-made food that is not junk; Busch's b/c they are so nice and it is a good store with good food; Whole Foods for a lot of produce; Meijer for variety and one-stop shopping; Target for things in a box; oh, and Costco for meat and school snack/lunch supplies. We are very, very lucky to be so close to many great stores!!!
Sherry September 09, 2011 at 12:48 PM
I can't believe no one mentioned Nino Salvaggio!!! now that is a great, great store...
Laura Cassar September 09, 2011 at 05:18 PM
We have our winner! Check your email!
Laura Cassar September 09, 2011 at 09:03 PM
I love that red pepper/tomato soup from Trader Joe's!!

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