I went to Market Basket on Friday. I live 16 miles from the closest Market Basket and it took me 22 minutes to get there. This fact is what has prevented me from attempting this before.
Before I headed out, I have to admit that we had nothing in the house. Some lemonade mix, a few cans of beans, a box or two of elbow macaroni and that was about it. I decided I had to go out and spend $200-$300 on groceries so I don't have to to deal with doing big shopping trips during the holidays.
I didn't even make it to the cold section of Market Basket and I had an obscenely full cart. So I decided to just check out and run to Roxie's after I dropped the kid off at school for meat/produce.
I was really impressed with MB. Their prices were phenomenal. The place was clean. I used $28 in coupons on top already low prices. My house looks like a food pantry now. I got tons of canned vegetables, soups, soda (my husband loves cans of soda for work and I keep telling him we're too poor for soda), paper towels, toilet paper, cat food, baking supplies for Christmas, etc. etc.
$151 isn't exactly a low bill - but had I bought the same stuff at Stop & Shop, it could have easily been $250+. The prices were also much better than BJ's. I filled an entire cart and then some and only spent $151.
Since I needed meat and produce, I hit up Roxies and dropped $64. I got a ton of meat though. 8 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breast, a 7 lb. chicken, a 4 lbs. pork roast, deli meat, apples, oranges, etc. etc.
All in all - $215 in groceries but I should be set except for the perishables for weeks. I just can't deal with people at the super market during the holidays. Everyone's all obnoxious and in a rush. Including me at times. I won't make Market Basket a regular thing - but I definitely will try to hit it up once a month after the holidays to stock up. Much better/easier/cheaper than BJ's or any other place I have been to.