I stockpile Bed Bath & Beyond coupons like some people mine for bitcoin. I'm sitting on a pretty impressive cache of 20-percent-off coupons. At least, I was ... until my local Bed Bath & Beyond got an overhaul. The exterior is now noticeably updated, the registry section is — dare I say — chic (and not impossible to find), and there's a massive pantry section with lots of free samples!
All it took was a first look at the wall of LaCroix and I realized it was okay to part with some of my coupons in the name of stocking my pantry with goodies I can actually use.
Here's what I've been buying.
Yes, I've stocked up on cases at Target, CVS, and Aldi, but BB&B has an amazing deal on all the classic flavors — namely two cases for $8, which is already a pretty good score. But buy four cases and you're up to $16, allowing you to use a $5-off-coupon. Now you've got four cases for $11 and a fully stocked fridge in your future.
There are rows of otherwise hard-to-find chips, crackers, and popcorns for all your crunchy dreams. The Calbee Snapea Crisps (three for $5) end up in my cart time and again. It counts a vegetable, right?
Dried Pasta and Sauce
Rao's has made its way into most supermarkets — and the famous NYC eatery's sauce is in full force at BB&B, too. Plus, there are more regionally specific specialty sauces: In northern New Jersey, I've found Hoboken Farms and Jersey Italian Gravy in flavors from marinara to vodka to bolognese and arrabbiata. I've tried them all. And because the sauce is just the "gravy," I also take advantage of the big bags of dried noodles in every shape and size.
Most people are well-versed in BB&B's K-cup collection, but at the newly redesigned stores, there's a modern-day Central Perk of Keurigs so you can try before you buy. Every flavor of coffee pod available is organized into a wall of choose-your-own samples, with lounge chairs for soothing sipping. I take my time, find my favorite flavor of the month, and stock up. There are value packs from Green Mountain, Starbucks, Gloria Jean, Caribou, Krispy Kreme, and more.
Spices and Rubs
I can't get enough of spices and rubs to spruce up chicken and pork, and BB&B is a cornucopia of options. Chimichurri, chipotle, Jamaican jerk, and lemon pepper all share shelf space with classic jars of parsley, red pepper, and pink Himalayan salt — all for $3.99 or $4.99. And the minimalist glass and silver jars and canisters appeal to my less-is-more aesthetic. (Bonus: They still have Pumpkin Pie spice, so I don't need to be one of those folks doing a "days till latte" countdown come fall.)
My mom is in love with Yum Yum Sauce and my husband puts Soy Vay in just about every one of his recipes. BB&B has a huge collection of condiments. In addition, there are huge sacks of premium-grade sushi rice, nori, and noodles so you can whip up a super-impressive meal with one (coupon-filled) stop.
Head over to the bottle bar and browse the vast selection of Carter & Cavero olive oils and balsamic. Of course there are cups for sampling and tasting notes. Nearby, there's a selection of artisan oils, like La Tourangelle Expeller-Pressed Grapeseed or Roasted Walnut Oils, plus varieties of 4th & Heart Ghee Butter (which I could never find when I was attempting Whole30). Besides being over-the-top delicious, the display is so chic, I'm actually trying to figure out how I can buy the multi-bottle buffet for my dining room.
Treats, Treats, and More Treats
The candy section is a gourmet Wonkaland. There are delicious racks of chocolate bars by Chuao Chocolatier, Hands Off My Chocolate, or Taza. (I once devoured a Hammond's Cookie Dough candy bar seconds after checkout, you know, for research.) Plus, jars of Nutella for $4.49, Biscoff Cookie Butter for less than $5, and so much Fluff. For gummie gurus (like me!) there are racks of hard-to-find Australian Kookaburra licorice and Chimes ginger chews. Throw down a couple $5-off coupons and it's like they're just giving away dessert.
What groceries do you buy at Bed Bath & Beyond?