First things first…I was NOT paid by HEB to write this post. I just discovered my love for HEB and I wanted to share it with you! I have always been a shopper of a well known store but recently, I find myself going to HEB every week and "other" stores less frequently. Take a look at why I prefer HEB for most things….
HEB promises not to use anything but pure beef in it's ground beef! (no pink slime!)
These cool "car carts," for TWO:
Two words: organic strawberries. There is a Whole Foods store 45 miles away from where I live, so going there is not an option. Strawberries are one of the "dirty dozen" and my kids eat them like crazy, so I'm willing to pay the higher price for no pesticides and fertilizers! They are even as low as $2 something from time to time, but this isn't a bad price for organic strawberries:
Also on the "dirty dozen" list is apples. Even if you cut the peeling off, it's better to get organic apples. HEB usually has a great selection of organic apples. Today we got some organic Gala apples for $1.97/lb.
HEB makes these awesome Fruit Twists, in strawberry, wild berry, and grape. The boys LOVE this treat and I love that they contain no high fructose corn syrup, like so many other kids' fruity snacks. Organic? no. Are they "healthy?" Probably not. But it's a small change that I am happy to make. AND the Fruit Twists are pretty big and come two to a pack, so it's perfect for sharing! And they're cheaper than another brand of HFCS free twists!
Again, not organic and probably not healthy, but Baby D loves this particular Gerber Graduates Lil' Entree, and this is a good price! (and it gets him to eat peas!)
Organic chocolate? Yes, please!
HFCS free, bake at home, delicious, reasonably priced bread:
HFCS free whole wheat bread, again reasonably priced:
eggs from cage-free and antibiotic-free chickens:
In store coupons, RIGHT in front of the product! I was happy to find this great coupon for our favorite pasta:
I haven't tried this drink, but if you're from Texas, or maybe even if you're not, you know how devastating it was when Dr. Pepper announced it would not be producing the "Dublin Dr. Pepper," made with real sugar. HEB makes a version of "Dr. B" that is free of high fructose corn syrup and contains pure cane sugar.
Aside from grocery items, HEB also carries a great selection of makeup, kids' stuff, and even soaps and cleaners. And there's also a few with coupons in front, too!
And now, my boys' favorite part of the HEB shopping experience……Buddy Bucks. When you check out, the cashier will give your kids Buddy Bucks (but only if you want them!) They put the Buddy bucks in the machine, which spins the wheel and then the kid presses the button, landing on a point value OR the "Instant Winner" space, which the Captain got for the first time today! You save the points in a book and can exchange them for prizes.
Baby D loves this part, even though he can't get the Buddy Bucks in and has no clue about the prizes:
Other things I like about HEB: it's not super crowded, the cashiers have always been friendly, they offer to help you with your groceries if you need it, and most everyone shopping there is friendly. I don't know what, exactly it is….maybe the lights aren't as bright or the aisles are bigger or there is more variety, but I've never had a bad experience at HEB. People are more willing to talk to others, the restrooms are not gross, it is not an over-shopped store. And if my boys are munching on their Fruit Twists and happily driving the car cart, we are (usually) happy shoppers! HEB is doing lots of things right! Way to go, HEB! (I'm sorry that HEB isn't all over the country!!)