10 Things You Should Know About Piggly Wiggly

For more than 100 years customers have enjoyed shopping at Piggly Wiggly. We uncovered some of the Pig's best-kept secrets and ways you can save the next time you shop.

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It’s more than 100 years old

Piggly Wiggly was founded in 1916 by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee. Today, there are more than 500 independently owned and operated stores in 17 states.

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It was the first self-service store

We have the Pig’s founder, Clarence Saunders, to thank for being able to choose our own groceries when we shop. Before opening Piggly Wiggly, shoppers had to give their orders to clerks who gathered the goods for them from behind a counter, giving them no choice in the matter.

These shopping tips will help make your next trip to the grocery store go smoothly.

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Many food shopping firsts started here

The Pig pioneered many of the ways we grocery shop today. It was the first to introduce shopping baskets, price-marked items, refrigerated cases to keep food fresh longer, employees in uniform and the supermarket franchise model.

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The origin of the name is a mystery

Piggly Wiggly is a fun name to say, but how the name was picked remains a mystery. Once, when Saunders was asked why he picked the name, he said: “So people will ask that very question.” It’s definitely an easy one to remember!

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Produce is fresh and local

Many stores source fresh fruits and vegetables grown in their own communities. It’s like shopping at your local farmers market, without having to make an extra stop.

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They have a large craft beer and wine selection

The wine and beer selection is anything but ordinary. Some stores have wine cellars and host tasting nights. Others have local craft beers on tap, where customers can refill growlers to-go. Try pairing a local brew with your favorite food with this handy guide.

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Sodas are less than $1

It’s hard to find a vending machine that sells sodas for less than $1, but here you’ll find a can of Coke at anywhere between 50 and 75 cents a piece.

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There are special days to save

Most stores have senior discount days every Tuesday or Wednesday, when you can save 5% off your total bill (alcohol and tobacco are excluded). Select stores also offer a military discount.

Here are 11 more ways to save money at the grocery store.

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Shop and save at the pump

This rewards program is totally worth it. You can earn points toward your next purchase and receive instant savings on your groceries. Some stores even allow your “Pig Points” to go towards fuel discounts. Cha-ching!

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Enjoy Piggly Wiggly brand deals

Products sold under the Piggly Wiggly brand name are similar in quality to national brands, but at a much lower price. On average, you’ll be saving 30 percent. Who doesn’t like a good deal?

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There’s collectible swag

If you really dig the Pig, you can buy branded merchandise in stores or online. The well-known Pig logo can be found on T-shirts, keychains, magnets, pens and so much more. There’s even a Mr. Pig bobble head!

Lauren Naru
Lauren Naru writes about gift guides, sales, and must-have items for the kitchen and home. She loves a good deal is and is always on the hunt for super-savings and products that solve cooking problems. In her spare time, you’ll find her creating custom cookies for friends and family. Lauren lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley region.