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Grocery Outlet, July 2012

Ruth Lafler Jul 1, 2012 08:38 PM

Some very good deals at Oakland today:

$1.99 -- 3-quart jug of Organic Valley milk, both whole and fat-free
$1.99/buy one get one free organic Kettle chips in sea salt, sweet garlic chili and roasted tomato
$2.49 Guy Fieri sausages, three flavors
$2.99/qt Straus fat-free yogurt, Maple and Cinnamon flavors
$1.99/pint Straus ice cream (coffee, caramel toffee, and something banana) also had quarts of the dutch chocolate (don't remember the price)
$2.49 9 oz. wedges of Yancy's Fancys flavored cheddars (buffalo wing and roasted garlic -- these make great mac and cheese, and they usually cost more than twice this much at Costco)
$1.49 4-pack of Oikos organic greek yogurt (plain)
$.50 -- 5 oz. bags of Sunspire "Earth balls" milk chocolate -- these are a real bargain -- they were a bargain at 99 cent last week!
$4.99 box of 30 America's Choice "superflex" 30-gallon drawstring trash bags-- very sturdy 1.3 mil bags

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    DavidT RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 2, 2012 05:49 AM

    $1.99 - Dove chocolate peanut butter ice cream (15.1oz)

    1. choctastic RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 2, 2012 09:08 AM

      Wow, Ruth, you scored this month!

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        Ruth Lafler RE: choctastic Jul 2, 2012 09:16 AM

        Yeah, they had the Organic Valley milk last week, but only whole and low-fat, and I only drink skim. The occasional buy from Straus is always a windfall. And I didn't even know the chips were BOGO until they came up on the register, or that the Earth balls were half the price they were last week!

      2. Ruth Lafler RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 22, 2012 11:08 AM

        Butter stock-up time (since I missed out on the Lurpak, which either never got to Oakland or disappeared instantly):

        $1.49/8oz. Anchor (New Zealand) unsalted (82.9 percent milkfat, according to the label)


        $1.99/lb Jewel brand salted butter (basic American supermarket butter -- appears to be distributor brand for Supervalu in Minnesota).

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          BigWoodenSpoon RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 23, 2012 10:51 AM

          Gilberts Craft Sausages Beer Bratwurst : the Shebeergan: A classic pork bratwurst made with onions, mustard, spices and Hinterland Amber ale: 4 individually wrapped, 8/28/12 date: $1.99!!!
          Grilled them yesterday for lunch along with the Guy Fieri Tequila Lime Chicken and Cajun Pork Sausage. Awesome flavor, great snap and what a killer deal. If you love Bratwurst, stock up!

          BTW Ruth, my family thanks you very much for the referral to the Ark on Park St.
          Sooooo yummy! : )

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            Ruth Lafler RE: BigWoodenSpoon Jul 23, 2012 12:11 PM

            Thanks for the tip -- there were so many different sausages it was hard to choose. What did you think of the Tequila Lime? I bought some but haven't opened them up yet.

            I'm glad you and your family are enjoying Ark. There are so many generic Chinese-American restaurants in Alameda the good ones don't always stand out.

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          DavidT RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 27, 2012 08:29 PM

          I returned to the South San Fran GO today and found:

          Brutocao Mendocino Cabernet $6.99
          Ciao Bella Coconut Sorbet $1.99 a pint
          Dove Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream $1.99 a pint
          Ghiradelli Dark & Truffle Chocolate Squares $1.99 for a 4.78oz bag

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            baron45 RE: DavidT Jul 27, 2012 09:32 PM

            I bought a bottle of the Brutocao Cabernet but haven't opened it yet.

            Saw the Ciao Bella Coconut Sorbet but opted for the Haagen Daaz pints of Peach frozen yogurt and the FIVE strawberry ice cream (also $1.99).

            Let me know how the Ciao Bella tastes.

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            Georgia Strait RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 27, 2012 09:43 PM

            i really like Grocery Outlet - i wish for one in Bellingham WA

            i have been to a GO in Oregon

            are the products DIFFERENT in each store? (each city, state, region?)

            i don't really understand fully how this brand's business model works -- just curious

            thank you

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              zenon5 RE: Georgia Strait Jul 27, 2012 10:56 PM

              There is a Grocery Outlet in Bellingham. You need to check them out!

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                DavidT RE: Georgia Strait Jul 28, 2012 06:46 AM

                Some of the GO stores are owned & operated by the company, but I believe the majority of GO stores are independently owned and/or franchised. Each owner can stock the items (which GO buys in bulk) that they think will sell best, so the selection of items for sale can vary from store to store.

                GO company overview:


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                  Ruth Lafler RE: DavidT Jul 30, 2012 11:35 PM

                  Also, some items are limited quantity -- sometimes just a few cases -- and are first-order, first served.

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