Can I be completely honest? I usually hate grocery shopping. But since the stay at home order came into practice and I don’t leave the house besides going to the grocery store, I legitimately look forward to it now! Lol
Since I’m trying to minimize my exposure to the coronavirus and really trying to practice social distancing, I chose only one store to get all my groceries and started going every two weeks instead of every week.
And honestly, it hasn’t been that bad! Perishable foods last a lot longer than you think. Most last at least two weeks!
I had a few bananas turn brown (which we will use to make banana bread) and 1 pear go bad. Not bad in my book!
The key is using up the things you notice are starting to go bad.
So if you’re going to do all your weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly shopping at Winco during the coronavirus quarantine, here’s all the information you need to know before going!
Winco has temporarily changed its hours. Instead of being open 24 hours, they are now open from 7 am to 10 pm to allow their employees extra time to stock and clean.
Some may close earlier due to local orders. Call your local Winco for details.
Senior and Vulnerable People Hours
Anyone who is 60 years or older or otherwise vulnerable to catching the coronavirus can access the store before the general public. One person is allowed to enter with a senior to assist. Hours for seniors and the vulnerable population is daily from 6 am to 7 am.
Entering The Store
Winco is limiting the number of people who can enter the store to ensure people can practice social distancing within the store and avoid overcrowding.
You may have to wait outside in a line to enter the store. Keep in mind weather conditions in case you have to wait outside for a while!
Winco Supply and Shopping Limits
There are a few items in the store that have a high demand at Winco and pretty much everywhere else. To keep enough stock for everyone to have a chance to purchase they have placed a limit on high demand items. Items that have purchasing limits include:
- Paper products
- Baby wipes
- Cup a noodles and top ramen
Also, Winco has a whiteboard stating all the items they are out of stock of placed right before entering the store. This board is updated as the stock changes throughout the day.
Although Winco has restocked a majority of their food items, there are still a few items that have not come back in stock or just sell out very quickly. The good thing is usually Winco carries multiple brand options of the same item. So if you are not able to find a certain brand you may still be able to find other brand alternatives.
Winco’s Bulk Section
The bulk section has been heavily limited. Most items you can still purchase, however, you will have to purchase in large 25 lb bags.
There are no spices in the spice jars and the bulk barrels that required spoons to scoop are no longer available.
However, Winco did put some of their more popular bulk items in nice pre-packaged tubs for purchase!
Like many other stores during this time, Winco is also not accepting any returns during the coronavirus. Another reminder to only buy what you need and be careful not to over-purchase items.
If you have any other tips to share, please leave a comment below! Stay safe everyone!