Shopping/Kitchen Basics

Shopping and grocery shop on a budget can be difficult.  Below are some local stores and resources for you reference as you are working to compare prices and save.  If you would like to learn on how to cook on a budget check out our recipe section.

To learn how to shop. Here are some tips by our partners, the Isla Vista Food Co-Op what to consider when shopping. They also have weekly shopping on a budget tours as well.

Grocery Guide

Shopping on a budget guide

Effective Coupon Clipping

You can reduce your food costs by using food coupons.

  • Basic tips to couponing include:
    • Check out weekly coupons/specials
    • Use specific store online coupons (check out their website)
    • Search for coupons online at manufacture’s website. Here is a website for manufacture coupons,

***Please note that California does not allow Double Couponing so use the store rewards program and the coupons***

Here is a list of websites that can help get you start using coupons effectively:

Isla Vista Grocery Store

Isla Vista Food Co-Operative
575 Seville Road

Isla Vista Market
939 Embarcadero Del Mar

Ethnic Specific Market in Goleta & Santa Barbara (in no specific order)

Choi’s (Korean Market)
185 Patterson Ave Suite D
Santa Barbara, CA

Indo–China Market (Asian Market)
6831 Hollister Ave
Suite C
Goleta, CA

La Chapala (Mexican Market)
5780 Hollister Ave
Goleta, CA

Nikka Japanese Market
5721 Calle Real
Goleta, CA

Oriental Market (Asian Market)
5863 Hollister Ave
Goleta CA

PennyWise Market (Indian Market)
1121 Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Cruz Market (Mexican Market)
5757 Hollister Ave
Goleta, CA

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores resell used items such as furniture, kitchenware, electronics, clothing, etc. at a low cost.  Some of the thrift stores are non-profit organizations benefiting a specific cause.  The list below is in alphabetical order.

Alpha Thrift Stores

5624 Hollister Avenue
(805) 964-1123

5949 Hollister Avenue
(805) 962-1123

Destined for Grace Thrift Store Goleta

5960 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117

2830 B De La Vina
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

From My Heart Thrift Store

418 N. Milpas St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111


302 W. Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Thrifty Shopper

609 Haley St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

United Family Association Thrift

(805) 964-9996
5156 Hollister Ave,
Santa Barbara, CA

Discounted Shopping

UCSB Inexpensive Office supplies

Here you can find inexpensive used furniture and any items that have been discarded from the campus departments. Viewing days and times are generally Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may want to call before coming…read more.

99 Cent Only Store

424 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA. 93101

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