We’re about to tell you something you definitely already know: Groceries are expensive. That probably means that a lot of the time, you just want to grab the cheapest version of whatever is on your list and get out before you start having too much fun and blow the bulk of your paycheck. But then there are those spendy items—the name brands, the special treats—that are absolutely worth the splurge. We asked our followers on X (formerly Twitter), “What pricey grocery store items are worth the splurge?” Read these responses. Maybe your taste buds and spending habits will relate.
- Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels
“Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels! THEY’RE SO ADDICTIVE OMG.” —@VioletRose112
Yes, Dot’s pretzels are, like, seven bucks a bag, but that seasoning makes it soooo worth it.
- Momofuku Chili Crunch
“Momofuku’s chili oil, and I second the Dot’s Pretzels! I can’t put those down.” —@fleurssmortess
Oh boy, chili oil that’s crunchy, spicy, and sweet. What more could you ask for?? It’s not just chili oil, it’s a lifestyle choice.
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- Bachan’s Original Japanese Barbeque Sauce
“Bachan, the perfect sauce.” —@cowabungler
A barbeque sauce that tastes “teriyaki-ish?” We’re fans.
Related: The Best BBQ Sauce
- Boursin Dairy-Free Cheese Spread Alternative, Garlic & Herbs and Pita Thins
Okay, Abby. We see you. The right cheesy spread always hits the spot, and pita chips absolutely elevate the game. Boursin Dairy Free Spread is too garlicky and herby to resist. Vegan queens can also enjoy this spread!
Related: Best Vegan Cheese
- Topo Chico and Meat
This mineral water just hits different. It comes in a glass bottle. The carbonation isn’t overwhelming. It’s worth the splurge for sure, along with that pork shoulder you’ll turn into al pastor to go with it.
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- La Preferida Authentic Refried Beans
“La Preferida Authentic Refried Beans (not break the bank spendy, but definitely more expensive than alternatives. They’re absolutely delicious!).” —@hldesroches.
Sure, you could save a few pennies and go with the store brand refritos, but once you find refried beans you love, stick with those suckers.
- Sprouts Pumpkin Spice Rolled Wafers
“They’re about 7-8 bucks, but they’re delicious!” —@Lynnmakesart
Do my eyes deceive me?? I guess this is actually a pumpkin spice treat that we haven’t tried yet (that’s a rarity). I’m gonna trust Lynn on this one because, wow, these look addictive, and it’s hard to go wrong with a rolled wafer.
- A Cart At Aldi’s Grocery Store
If you’ve shopped at Aldi, you’re aware you have to cough up a quarter for a cart. You get it back after you shop, but there’s nothing that makes you feel more destitute than realizing you don’t have a single loose coin in your pockets or purse.