My name is Amie and I was once a Wal-Mart shopper.I have since seen the error of my ways and I have repented! Ok, in all seriousness, I don’t think Wal-Mart is totally evil and we still get some things there, but my heart has been won over by the Texas grocer, H.E.B. Here are the reasons why.
- HEB has grocery carts with space for two kiddos to sit. If you don’t have more than one kid, especially more than one little bitty one, the idea of single seats in grocery carts probably doesn’t matter much to you. Let me enlighten you. If you have two little ones, you either have to only take one to the store (which means someone else has to be available to care for the second and deal with the tantrum that comes from Mommy taking brother/sister to the store without you), or you have to put one child in the seat and the other in the basket, or for the brave souls, have one walk with you. Two seats in the cart is seriously the most genius thing ever and moms all over thank the enlightened soul who thought of this. (Can I get an “Amen!”)
- The produce section is just beautiful. Outside of one trip during a bad ice storm, I have never seen their produce section lacking. It’s always stocked, colorful, and smells amazing! They try to source much of the produce as locally as possible and it’s always fresh and generally keeps for a good long time.
- The organic produce section is just as lovely. And huge. Seriously, the organic section at my local HEB is about as big as the produce section at our local Natural Grocers. We’re usually able to buy at least have of our produce organic, usually over 3/4. Again, it’s largely local and always really fresh.
- Tons of organic “store” brand pantry items. HEB carries a whole plethora of organic pantry items in their store brand from frozen veggies to spaghetti sauce to granola and cereal. These organic items are also very close in price to name brand items, making them much cheaper than your usual organic products, without sacrificing quality. Example: The Central Markets Organic pasta sauces are the same price at the Prego pasta sauces and just as tasty (maybe even more so). Most of these products are also made within the state.
- Did I mention they strive to keep their offerings local? HEB prides itself on sourcing much of the items in the store within the state of Texas when possible. Obviously, not everything grows super well in the state, but they really do strive to keep things local. I’ve even found local raw honey on the shelves.
- They’re g-free friendly. HEB does a really good job of marking their gluten-free offerings in a way that makes them easy to find, but not obnoxious. It’s really quite nice when you’re having guests over or trying new gluten-free recipes.
- The staff are so sweet. I’ve said before that at other stores, you get really low prices, but “you don’t pay for the customer service.” I’ve yet to have a single issue at HEB. With the exception of an overly-friendly older lady, I’ve always been happy with my interactions with the HEB staff. (And honestly, I’m a bit of a hard ass on customer service issues, so that’s really saying some.)
Now, I could go on for probably far longer than anyone should talk about a grocery store, ever, but I think you get the hint. HEB really has won me over, and it’s been a great way for me to find my family healthier, more organic, foods and stay within my budget. (Bonus #8: Seriously, their prices are right on target with the “you don’t pay for the customer service” type places.)
Tell me, where do you do your family’s shopping?