Inexpensive and convenient places to grab your groceries 

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If you have a meal plan, take advantage of it. Sneak away loaves of bread and stock up on fresh(ish) fruit from dining halls while you still can. Same goes for toilet paper. Grab rolls from every bathroom you enter. Take no prisoners. If you do decide to venture out into the world of groceries, make sure to get a "frequent customer" card so that you can save some dough.

Bert's Market
202 E. Ashley Ave.
Folly Beach
(843) 588-9449
Open 24 hours daily

Bert's is so worth the trip out to Folly — if only for a bite from the Wooden Spoon, their in-store deli counter that serves up vegan fare, paninis, and cold-pressed juices. You can also get a decent bit of grocery shopping done here too, picking up fresh produce and local products. If you're lucky enough to be 21 make sure to grab a growler of local brew to help wash down dinner.

Burbage's Self Service Grocery
157 Broad St.
(843) 723-4054
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sun.

Take a step back in time when you walk into Burbage's, a quaint little store that's a mini-version of the big-name places. Burbage's sells local produce, fresh baked desserts, hotdogs to-go, and other lunch items. Fuel up on Burbage's signature hotdog, made with pimento cheese and pickled okra, while you peruse the store's goods.

Charlie's Grocery
1 Jasper St.
(843) 853-0351

119 Spring St.
(843) 414-7642
Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

With two convenient downtown locations, Charlie's grocery has a solid lineup of food and drinks — the Spring Street spot boasts a decent wine selection, too. Head to the location on Jasper Street to pick up the basics and grab a yummy sandwich or some falafel while you're at it. The deli counter also sells meat and cheeses by the pound so you can re-create the sammies at home.


Sometimes all you really want to cure your cold (or whatever it is that ails you) is a big ol' Gatorade, some crunchy chips, and a chemical-infused mess of cheese dip. That's when you go to CVS. What it lacks in fresh produce it makes up for in the essentials, like lunch items — hello, Lunchables — milk, eggs, and all the snack food you'd ever want. Oh, yeah, and you can get actual medicine there too.

Harris Teeter
290 East Bay St.
(843) 722-6821
Open 24 hours daily

The Teet isn't the best locale for your wallet — higher prices catering to an older, residential crowd are a pain in the butt. All butts aside, HT is open 24/7 and they've got a handy VIC card that's free and easy to sign up for, giving you discounts on a ton of products. You can apply a student discount (10 percent) to your VIC card in addition to the savings they have every week.

H&L Asian Supermarket
5300 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston
(843) 745-9365
Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

You're a college student and you'll eat anything because you're poor and hungry. H&L Asian Supermarket has an entire aisle literally dedicated to ramen. An aisle. There are dozens of options that will fill you up with sodium and deliciousness. Plus, you can pick up some pho at the front restaurant to-go if you're feeling something a little more, how do you say, good.

King Street Station
356 King St.
(843) 853-5009
Daily 8:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

If you find yourself meandering down King Street late at night, you can always stop into King Street Station for your usual convenience store snacks, drinks, basic college groceries (ramen, mac and cheese, pasta), and of course, alcoholic beverages. When you pop your head in, make sure to greet the store's favorite employee, the King Street Station cat. You can usually find him chillin' atop cases of beer or behind the counter manning the register.

Queen Street Grocery
133 Queen St.
(843) 723-4121
Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

While Queen Street Grocery is best known for its crêpes — here's lookin' at you Folly crêpe, with your mushrooms, swiss cheese, and dill sauce — it also sells a number of local products and a solid wall of wines. You can buy wine and beer in the store and crack open a bottle as you wait for your sweet or savory crêpe. But what we really recommend is the cold-pressed coffee with a little bit of chocolate soy milk. Trust us, get it.

Trader Joe's
401 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884-4037
Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Walking into Trader Joe's feels like coming home — nice people greet you and offer you samples of yummy food. What more could you want? With tons of inventive options in the frozen food aisle, TJ's is every busy college kid's dream. There are always sale items placed around the store, so look for whatever fresh produce they're featuring and check out day-old pastries in the back of the store.

The Veggie Bin
96 Spring St.
(843) 723-6424
Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Veggie Bin is best for people who are willing to cook their own meals. They have produce from local farms at fair prices. Their cooler has local eggs and cheese and their back wall is lined with tasty trail-mix concoctions you can let rain into your own bag. Try out the spigot of cold-press coffee by filling it with the provided growlers.

The Veggie Bin II
1012 East Montague Ave.
North Charleston
(843) 804-9997
Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Veggie Bin II is much like its predecessor, but set in Hipster Paradise, a.k.a. Park Circle. There are lots of great restaurants and quaint parks nearby so grab whatever's in season and have a picnic. Wash it down with our newest addiction — Weaver Family Whey (yeah, like the milk stuff) drinks with flavors like orange, coconut, and grapefruit.

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