Handbook

Grocery Shopping

Supermarkets sell a wide range of traditional grocery items, including fresh meats, produce, canned and frozen foods, and dry goods such as flour and sugar. Many also sell a wide assortment of prepared foods, such as hot entrees, salads, and deli sandwiches for takeout. Nonfood items that can be found at larger supermarkets include household goods, health and beauty care items, flowers, pet products, and greeting cards. Different grocery stores and supermarkets in the USA can have different prices and qualities for food.

Helpful Hint:

Make sure you sign up for discount cards at grocery stores – you will save quite a bit of money! But be careful because sometimes it’s not just a discount card, it’s a credit card so make sure you know what you’re signing up for. For example, Ralphs, Albertsons and CVS all have discount cards, while Target has a credit card. If it asks for a Social Security Number on the applications, it’s a credit card.

Where are the nearest grocery stores?
Ralph’s Grocery
Fresh produce, processed and frozen foods, pharmacy, bakery, small personal-needs section
10861 Weyburn Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-5994
Hours: Open 24 hours

Trader Joes
Fresh produce, processed & frozen foods, bakery, small personal-needs section, pretty cheap
1000 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-1495
Hours: Every day from 8 AM – 10 PM

Whole Foods
All organic food (produce, meat, fish, bakery), very healthy but can be expensive
1050 S. Gayley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-0858
Hours: Every day from 7 AM – 10 PM

Target Small grocery section (necessities), clothes, pharmacy, electronics, home supplies
10861 Weyburn Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90024
(310) 893-2360
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7 AM – 10 PM; Sat: 8 AM – 10 PM; Sun: 8 AM – 9 PM

Sprouts Similar to Whole Foods but more economical
1751 Westwood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA, 90025
(310) 500-1192
Hours: Open Daily from 7 AM – 10 PM

Need a ride to the store?

Supermarket Saturdays
If you live on “The Hill" you can hop on the Bruin Bus which will run on a round-trip schedule leaving the DeNeve turn-around every half hour starting at 10 AM on Saturdays, stopping next at Hedrick turn-around, ending at Ralph's in Westwood Village. See the UCLA Transportation website to find out times and route information.

Zipcar
If you know you’re going to have a lot of groceries to carry then you might want to rent a ZipCar for an hour or two to easily get your groceries back to your apartment. See their website for more details about where to get a ZipCar and the rates.

Helpful Hints:
  • Look for coupons in the local Sunday paper to help save some money!
  • You'll need to provide photo ID when you purchase alcohol.
  • If you drive to the store make sure you validate your parking ticket (if applicable).



Supermarket Saturdays