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Mar 1, 2009 12:02 PM

Roche Bros. Markets

Has anyone done the 5 packages of meat for $25.00 special? Is it worth it? What is the weight of the packages? I can see where the Plumrose ribs and Mrs. Budd's pie are cheaper than the regular price but what does it come down to per pound for the steaks,hamburger,chicken and chops,etc.?

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  1. I haven't checked out this weeks special, but in the past I felt the special wasn't really worth it. At the time I could have done better at Market Basket.

    1. Not worth it, at least as far as stocking up goes. There is a slight reduction from the regular i.e. fluctuates-every-week-anyway price. I never understand why people can't compare meats based on the per pound price.

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      1. re: AHan

        My mother an old yankee buys her meat based on the cheapest price she can find at all of the major supermarkets. There's always a reason it's on sale.

        1. re: Richard Hurts

          Yes, but sometimes the reason is excess supply, or simply to get people into the store. I don't see anything wrong with that mentality. I generally only buy meat on sale too, and freeze some. Great way to extend the food budget.

          1. re: Richard Hurts

            I don't have any problem with buying meat on sale except for one caveat. I will never, ever buy meat listed as "manager's special" I used to work in the grocery industry and, while not always, many times it means something bad.

            1. re: bostonbroad

              Eh, maybe. Many times it is just excess supply or a slow selling item. For example, market has turkey breasts on sale. They buy whole birds and butcher them. Thus, left over wings and legs. If not an advertised sale on these items a wise manager would put them out as a special. Nothing wrong with them. I think using the same tools you would use when buying any meat would tell you if a special is bad or not. I don't get all worked up about it, and often take advantage of these specials, unless the meat looks old.

              1. re: AHan

                I agree. While I admit I've never worked in the grocery industry, it seems that the "Manager's Specials" at the store I often frequent indicate an item with a "sell by" date within a day or two. I've even noticed there are often multiple packages of the same item (say, drumsticks) and the only difference between the MS and non-MS packages is, indeed, the sell by date. I freeze the packages as soon as I'm home, and will even go an extra day or two beyond what is recommended (as long as the meat looks and smells fine.)

        2. Not worth it IMHO. You can make out better with their regular meat sales.

          1. My son and I went to check out the fairly new Roche Bros. in Wellesley to pick up some sale meat. There really wasn't much selection. He's headed to McKinnon's tomorrow instead. It really didn't seem like a great deal.

            1. This sale is a major irritant for me every time it comes around. No, it is not a bargain. Any one of the items is on sale cheaper over the course of a few weeks.

              Roche Bros/Sudbury Farms have such outrageous prices on all the rest of their groceries that any bargain prices are offset before you hit the check-out lines. Seems to be as much as a dollar on a single item, compared with Market Basket. Even with the time and gasoline considered, it is worth a trip to MB every few weeks.

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              1. re: random amblings

                I live in Billerica, which has 3 MB's, and 2 more are less than 3 miles away, in Wilm and Tewks. It's 6-10 miles to any other chain supermarket. While you can't beat MB on overall pricing, I much prefer RB's instore bakery, prepared foods, specialty foods, and produce. I shop by specials, and RB often has excellent sales - I recently got pencil-thin asparagus at $1.88/lb. I never bought the "5 meats" specials. This winter, for the first time, I used their online shopping/delivery service. Both times I was very satisfied with the quality of the meats and produce that their instore shopper selected for me. The program allows you to include your specific preferences/criteria, and they follow through very well. The specials are clearly highlighted, and both times delivery was on schedule. I used it for large orders, mostly stock-up pantry items. To me, it was worth the $10 flat delivery charge(plus generous tip) and paying a few cents more per can, not to have to lug a dozen heavy, bulky bags upstairs from the car. I have never used Peapod so I can't compare services. In general, I prefer to shop in person but it's nice to have the delivery option in times of illness or rough weather.