Growing up, my parents owned a restaurant. My grandpa owned one too. My great grandpa and great grandma owned a grocery store. Currently, my dad owns a property management business. I come from a family of business owners. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my upbringing it’s that the American dream is always a possibility. That, and there’s nothing better than owning your own business.
Maybe I have a soft spot for local businesses because of this, but it’s probably more that I have a hatred for large corporations and franchises because I’ve worked for them.
I hate chain restaurants. Food should never be the same in more than one place. If it is, know that it comes from bags. If you like bagged and frozen foods, that’s totally cool. but you can get them hella cheap in your grocer’s freezer and don’t need to go to Chili’s for them.
I hate Walmart. I think everyone does. I understand that I come from a place of privilege when I say this, but it’s a joy to know that I don’t have to shop there.
I’m really happy that I live in Norman where a lot of small businesses are springing up every day. Downtown and Campus Corner are full of them. And more keep showing up on the west side too. It’s a good feeling to get to know the city you live in and its people, and to watch them grow symbiotically. I love that almost every need I have can be satisfied by a local business. Now, if we could just get a local bookstore that sold both new and used, I would be a very happy Normanite.
All that was a lengthy introduction. This post is about my grocery store.
Chris and I shop at the Homeland Grocery Store on 12th and Alameda in Norman. We love it.
When we shop, we tend to shop in a horseshoe, meaning we only hit the outside of the store. We go from the cheese counter to the veggies to the butcher to the dairy and eggs. We may double back for some olives, canned beans, dish soap, or beer, but we generally do the outside only. Chris is pretty healthy and concerned about what he eats due to his Muay Thai training, and I’m currently on a life journey to not eat like a toddler who was accidentally left in a candy store overnight. It’s tough.
There are a few newer health-focused grocery stores that have opened recently in Norman, but we generally don’t go to them. For the foods we eat and the amount we need, Homeland is the best deal for us. Our weekly $130 grocery bill at Homeland would be nearly double that at a place like Sprouts or Organic Grocers, and we still would not be able to get our beer, cheese, and olives. So we stay loyal to Homeland Grocery Store. In fact, we wind up there on a lot of date nights, just trying to get all our shopping done on a Friday evening before the weekend crowds show up.
But we’re not doing this out of the goodness of our local-loving hearts. Homeland is basically bribing us. People with Homeland Rewards cards know what I’m talking about.
We get discounts and double coupons every time we use the rewards card–which is awesome since we aren’t really extreme couponing types, but we can still save a lot. And in addition to this, we also got a free turkey for Thanksgiving this year, just for spending money at Homeland Grocery Store. Jealous?
Oh, and did I mention how much I save on gas by using my rewards card at the Homeland gas pumps? It’s kind of insane.
I once worked with a person who really enjoyed grocery shopping. She said it was relaxing and really helped her wind down. I didn’t understand that until I started shopping at Homeland, because I really look forward to grocery shopping now just because I love that place.
I’m not getting paid to write this, and I’m not receiving any sort of kickbacks for it. I just really love Homeland Grocery Store, you guys. Seriously. But if they wanted to pay me, I would totally take it.