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Cherylptw Jan 12, 2014 01:19 PM

I admit it; I'm a bargain shopper for the most part. When the stores put meat on sale, I load up. I'm always on the look out for sales and mark-downs when I grocery shop. I regularly shop at a couple different stores. I pretty much only buy my meat on sale or if it's something I absolutely need at that time.

It helps to have a couple of freezers for storage. This week, I got 80/20 ground beef for $1.99 lb. I also bought a whole pork loin for $1.79 lb., a couple of chuck roasts for $2.99 lb and T bone steaks for $3.99 lb. I also got three 1/2 pint blackberries for .99 cents each.

What goodies that you consider a bargain or a good deal have you bought recently? The question is not limited to grocery stores...farmer's markets, butcher shops, even fruit from the neighbor's citrus trees...share all!

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    Tara57 Jan 12, 2014 02:10 PM

    I bought a marked down brie log for 99 cents from Kroger. It was a bit on the bland side, but it still made for a few nice lunches with crackers and grapes.

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      Cherylptw Jan 12, 2014 02:27 PM

      I'd love to be able to get a good cheese price like that where I live!

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        BuildingMyBento Jan 16, 2014 02:21 AM

        No chance I'd find 99 cent brie in NYC. Fiddlesticks.

        -

        As for the topic, I recently took advantage of the daily store closing discounts on sushi in Tokyo. Stores over there get that they aren't going to save certain foods for the next day, so they might as well tempt us customers with lower prices.

        Jonathan
        http://buildingmybento.com
        http://collaterallettuce.com

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          coll Jan 16, 2014 06:39 AM

          You just reminded me that my friend and her husband go to Whole Foods right when they're closing if they want sushi.

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        noodlepoodle Jan 12, 2014 05:03 PM

        I routinely look for marked down meat when I'm in the grocery store. I recently bought a small chuck pot roast for $3.00 off the original price. It looked as good as the others not on sale. I also regularly buy pork chops marked down a couple of dollars. I've never regretted those purchases. I never buy chicken this way and prefer the organic chicken at Costco. I've also periodically found bags of fresh spinach for a dollar.

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          monavano Jan 12, 2014 06:18 PM

          I like buying clearance meat to treat my dogs.
          Yesterday, I picked up grass fed rib eye for a song. The puppies will be enjoying bits of steak for a couple days.
          Makes them so happy!

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          HillJ Jan 12, 2014 05:31 PM

          Mgr specials on capons right btwn Thanksgiving and Christmas meant saving $33.00 on each so I bought 3.

          Had to be a miss mark @ Costco on lamb chops, 3 pkg rang up $11.00. Seven chops in each pkg.

          Recent, Aldi bargains include price reduced goat cheese .99, cheddar .79 and Fage yogurt 1.99 tub. Deal of the week on avocado bag of 3 for 1.00.

          But, my best store deal recently was when a Black & Decker electric citrus juicer rang up $5.00 more at check out than advertised and the store policy: prices marked correctly or its free" left me the proud owner of a FREE small appliance!

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            Cherylptw Jan 12, 2014 06:13 PM

            You really did good with those lamb chops; lamb is expensive (usually over $5.00 lb) where I live. And congrats on the free juicer!

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              JoannaNYC Feb 19, 2014 03:35 PM

              Loin lamb chops at Costco here is $6.99 per lb, which is a good *sale* price for NYC area. Definitely sounds like a mismark.

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                coll Feb 19, 2014 03:46 PM

                I think it was around that price at my local grocery last week on sale, hoping it goes down further before St Paddys Day: Or Easter maybe. After that, forget about it until next year.

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                  HillJ Feb 19, 2014 05:32 PM

                  It was. When I returned 2 days later the prices came up $14-17 a pkg. But I left with a mismarked Comte cheese!

              2. juliejulez Jan 12, 2014 06:03 PM

                Oh I'm a bargain shopper too. I don't buy meat unless it's on sale, and I stock up. I don't have an extra freezer though.

                I just bought 4 ground turkey patties totalling a pound for $2.29. $2.29/lb for ground turkey is a good 70 cents under what it normally is at my store, even on sale. I don't have to use them as patties.

                Also got organic fuji apples for 99 cents/lb. Still not quite as Costco prices but Costco is a decent drive away so I guess once you factor in gas, it's a good deal!

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                  Cherylptw Jan 12, 2014 06:24 PM

                  Good price on the ground turkey; in my area, it's regularly $4.99 lb.

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                    juliejulez Jan 12, 2014 09:03 PM

                    Yeah that's how it is usually... it'll go on sale for about $3/lb but never as low as $2.29.

                2. monavano Jan 12, 2014 06:20 PM

                  Broccoli was on sale for $.99/lb this week, so I'm binging on the stuff.
                  I always look for bags of frozen, raw shrimp to go on sale at a $8-$9 discount. It goes on sale frequently, so I always have it in my freezer.

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                    justalex Jan 12, 2014 06:44 PM

                    This was a couple of months ago. I was in the deli at my local mega-grocer, Cub Foods, and spied a sale on Emmi brand Swiss Fondue from Switzerland.

                    I couldn't believe it was marked down to $3.00 from $18.00! The use by date was months out so they must've just been discontinuing it.

                    I grabbed the three remaining packages and we enjoyed them over the holidays. So good with crusty baguette and pear slices.

                    (Wiping away a small tear that they are all gone)

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                      Cherylptw Jan 12, 2014 09:35 PM

                      Super great find...{pat on the back} It'll be okay...lol!

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                      autumm Jan 12, 2014 08:59 PM

                      It was over a year ago, but Costco had organic diced canned tomatoes buy one get one for the 8 packs of cans. I think they were switching suppliers, but I'm down to my last 8 pack and going to have to buy tomatoes again. 16 cans, organic, for 5 bucks.

                      Otherwise, a local store was clearancing out a Westsoy organic soy milk, vanilla flavor. For 1.50 a quart. I bought 5 of those, we aren't soy milk drinkers, but need it occasionally for those with food allergies.

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                        Cherylptw Jan 12, 2014 09:37 PM

                        You got a really good price on those tomatoes...btw, you don't have to be soy milk drinkers to add it to things like pancake mix, mashed potatoes, etc. You won't notice a difference with things you mix it into.

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                          Ttrockwood Jan 12, 2014 11:39 PM

                          Be wary the soy is vanilla flavored- could be weird in mashed potatoes..... But great for baked goods and making oatmeal!

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                            autumm Jan 13, 2014 07:06 PM

                            I used a quart for a vegan pumpkin custard. Turned out great except I forgot that it was unsweetened vanilla. I had bought a few of both, and I didn't taste the simmering mix before setting. Ooops. . .

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                              Cherylptw Jan 13, 2014 09:49 PM

                              I missed that she said it was vanilla flavored; good looking out!

                        2. chartreauxx Jan 12, 2014 11:55 PM

                          i got two porterhouse steaks in a 2-4-1 sale. it was a good 48oz of meat for $20. amazing.

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                            JoeBabbitt Jan 13, 2014 05:02 AM

                            Saturday ShopRite had pints of light cream in the Manager's Special Cooler by the checkout for $0.49 each. That was the 10th & they expired the 11th. I bought them all & spent the rest of the weekend making ice cream.

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                              Cherylptw Jan 13, 2014 09:50 PM

                              Wow; that makes me envious! Nice snag!

                            2. macca Jan 13, 2014 05:32 AM

                              This weekend I got family size package of Chicken drumsticks for 88 cents a pound=- less than 4 dollars for around 15 drumsticks! There was also an unadvertised sale on Roasts- BOGO! Got two top round roasts ( each can feed about 8-10) for less than 20 dollars. Had one of the roasts yesterday, and it was delicious. Glad I had room in my freezer for everything else.

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                                Puffin3 Jan 13, 2014 07:37 AM

                                Has anyone bought whole frozen turkey for .98 cents a pound or less? That's what Super Store were selling them for before Christmas.

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                                  masha Jan 13, 2014 04:02 PM

                                  Leading up to Thanksgiving, frozen turkeys were .59 cents/lb in the major supermarkets in Chicago.

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                                    juliejulez Jan 13, 2014 04:26 PM

                                    Yeah they were down to 59 cents/lb before Thanksgiving here in CO.

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                                      James Cristinian Jan 13, 2014 07:56 PM

                                      Got a 14 pound turkey for about a buck fifty drive out, w/tt@l, day after Thanksgiving two years ago,

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                                        fldhkybnva Jan 14, 2014 06:22 AM

                                        Wow, I thought I was getting a deal for a turkey at $1.50/lb on sale last week. Clearly I need to shop at different stores.

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                                  Puffin3 Jan 13, 2014 07:21 AM

                                  There's a small local grocery store with a fresh meat department near here. For some reason whoever orders the meat seems convinced that the locals will pay a premium price for fresh leg of lamb. They won't. So every other Monday at noon we go in and can buy a leg of lamb marked down to half price. There's almost always one available. What we don't use we sell to friends and family for what we paid for it.
                                  One day the store owner's book keeper is going to clue in.

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                                    Raffles Jan 13, 2014 07:42 AM

                                    We just bought a whole beef tenderloin and veal cutlets from Wegmans that were marked down by about 1/3 off regular price. Wegmans has held its price of $1.99 lb. for whole pork tenderloins for awhile now.
                                    We opened the beef and trimmed and cut to our specs , rewrapped and into the deep freeze.
                                    The veals went directly into freezer.

                                    I am surprised more ppl on a budget don't stock up on these bargains....

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                                      fldhkybnva Jan 13, 2014 03:32 PM

                                      Where is this Wegmans? Here the pork tenderloin is $5/lb

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                                        juliejulez Jan 13, 2014 04:27 PM

                                        Uh yeah 1.99/lb is crazy good for pork tenderloin. You sure you're not talking about pork loins? Those are larger than tenderloins and are cheaper per lb.

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                                          Raffles Jan 14, 2014 06:48 AM

                                          My mistake!!! whole loins, not the lil inner ones....sorry

                                      2. Ruthie789 Jan 13, 2014 03:55 PM

                                        After Christmas a number of items are reduces. I bought a fruitcake for $1.99 and chocolates and the like are often reduced as well.

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                                          HillJ Jan 13, 2014 04:02 PM

                                          Good point Ruthie. In our case (here in NJ) it was the boxed Panettone sold in so many markets. Prices around Christmas run from $23.-$12. and by the 2nd week of December we snapped up quality loaves for as little at $3.00. They freeze beautifully, make wonderful brunch gifts and the most delicious french toast and bread pudding.

                                          We also see a big dip in the price of whole, shelled nuts. Which also freeze well. So we hit the online stores marking down walnuts, pecans and almonds.

                                          Today's bargain was a bag of 12 pink grapefruits for $3.99. I juiced them to enjoy over the next few days.

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                                            Ruthie789 Jan 14, 2014 04:11 PM

                                            As well the grocery stores always a shelf or cart of discounted goods because the expiration date is coming up. As you mentioned some items freeze well so I always check the discounted shelves.

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                                              Ruthie789 Jan 15, 2014 07:33 PM

                                              I also find great buys in the kosher section after the Passover season. Baking goods and the like.

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                                                HeyImBack Jan 15, 2014 07:46 PM

                                                We love matzo in our house, and last year after Passover I was thrilled to find a 5lb pack of matzo on clearance for $1.97.

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                                                  Ruthie789 Jan 16, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                  I have found some great deals after Passover in the Kosher section. Domino Cane sugar reduced 50% for example.

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                                                    happybaker Jan 18, 2014 09:48 AM

                                                    That's one of the best bargains ever. I look for it every year, and so do many of my friends. Even the non-jewish ones!

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                                                      Cheese Boy Jan 18, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                      I jump up and down when I get the whole 5lb Yehuda Matzo for .49c after Passover. I'm not sure why this happens,
                                                      but I'm always thankful for it.

                                                      Yehuda --> http://www.kedem.com/products.php?id=...

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                                                        cheesecake17 Jan 18, 2014 06:20 PM

                                                        I will gladly give you my leftover matzah for *free* the day after Passover!!!!

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                                                          Cheese Boy Jan 18, 2014 09:37 PM

                                                          If it's Yehuda brand (or better) I'll make the trip out to you in Bklyn. I'll combine it with a stop at 3 Guys I suppose. But ... please tell me why it is that most Jews DON'T make matzoh meal or chocolate covered matzohs with the leftovers of the Holiday ?? It seems like they'd rather just give the stuff away.

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                                                            happybaker Jan 19, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                            I DO make matzo meal. And I also save the rest of the five pounds for matzo brie the rest of the year...

                                                            One zip in the food processor and you have fresh matzo meal so much cheaper than the grocery!

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                                                              cheesecake17 Jan 20, 2014 05:34 PM

                                                              After 8 days, I've had enough.
                                                              I don't make matzah meal bc I buy the box for Passover and that usually lasts me till I have to buy a box next Passover...

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                                                                Cheese Boy Jan 20, 2014 11:26 PM

                                                                Yep, that's what I'm told.
                                                                People tire of matzoh, and after eight days they've just had enough. Heck, if it's Manischewitz matzoh, I've had enough after only eight *minutes*. I prefer Yehuda over all the others.

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                                                                  cheesecake17 Jan 21, 2014 05:31 AM

                                                                  Doesn't matter the brand. Or if its got cheese, jam, if its fried, baked whatever. Just give me bread!

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                                                            HeyImBack Jan 19, 2014 03:17 PM

                                                            That's the brand I got for $1.97/5lb after last Passover. And here I was thinking I got a deal -- you got a steal!

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                                                              happybaker Jan 19, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                              Heyimback -

                                                              Considering that it retails for $2 a box, you still did very very well!

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                                                    masha Jan 13, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                    In the lead up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, a lot of items go on sale as loss leaders to get people in the door -- especially items used in baking. I bought several pounds of butter at $2/lb in that time period, as well as 1lb bricks of Philadelphia cream cheese at 99 cents. Right before NYE, I got a dozen jumbo eggs for 99 cents.

                                                    My most recent bargain purchase was a 40-count package of Finish powerball tablets (DW detergent) marked down by $1 from $5.99, to $4.99, while also applying a coupon for $2.15 off -- i.e., net price of $2.85.

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                                                      autumm Jan 13, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                      I hear you on the baking supplies. A week in december, Byerlys was doing flour, sugar, powdered/brown sugar, eggs, and butter for 99cents each limit 2 of each. I bought a years worth of baking supplies over several days trips. Except eggs, I stopped after 4 dozen.

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                                                        masha Jan 14, 2014 06:54 AM

                                                        Also during the holiday period, chicken broth is steeply discounted. The regular price for cans of Swanson (fat-free, reduced sodium) chicken broth in my area is $1.19. Before Christmas, I found one store that was selling it at 69 cents per can; coupled with a coupon for $1 off for the purchase of 5 cans, I bought 5 cans at the net price of 49 cents each. (NB - the price per ounce of the cans is almost cheaper than the price of the larger aceptic boxes).

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                                                      James Cristinian Jan 13, 2014 08:06 PM

                                                      Four pounds of shucked Galveston Bay oysters for 20 dollars, regular 57 the day after Thanksgiving. This is a great day to get bargains, the slowest day of the year for grocers. They only sell these oysters during holidays, other bargains are there, a whole turkey for a buck fifty ish.

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                                                        Cherylptw Jan 13, 2014 10:03 PM

                                                        Nice price on the oysters; I wish the turkeys were that cheap in my neck of the woods...cheapest price this year (without having to buy a certain dollar amount of extra groceries) was .69 cents per pound; after thanksgiving, I heard they dropped to .50 cents a pound.

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                                                          masha Jan 14, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                          The 59 cents did require a $25 purchase but it was at the store where I regularly shop so I did not really consider it an additional condition.

                                                      2. JungMann Jan 14, 2014 06:56 AM

                                                        Costco is having a sale on boneless pork loin chops this month which brings the price down to an average of $2.50/lb for very good chops that taste like old-fashioned, heritage pork. The crown roasts are also on sale for a similar price, but I didn't have room in my freezer for both the chops and the roast. Instead I stocked up on solid albacore tuna for about $1/ can.

                                                        While it's not food, I finally got around to spending my $10 gift card to Williams-Sonoma where their thick-woven dish towels were down to a dollar each. They appear to be good quality and are a much more practical purchase than the $15 spoon I bought when I had to use my $10 gift card last year.

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                                                          Cherylptw Jan 14, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                          No Costco near me (Sam's Club) I but would have loved to have that crown roast. Very good deal on those dish towels...

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                                                            Monica Jan 16, 2014 06:35 AM

                                                            I was never a fan of boneless pork loin chops...so I don't buy them even from Costco...how do you cook it so it doesn't get dry? plus it's so thick, you have to cook it in oven I guess?

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                                                              fldhkybnva Jan 16, 2014 06:39 AM

                                                              I pan sear to 135F and remove it ASAP. I do a pan roasted method, sear on the stove the into the oven at 375F. This timing worked well for me the first time http://www.chow.com/recipes/30331-eas...

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                                                                JungMann Jan 16, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                I stick them in brine before I head for work and then finish them when I get home in the evening. Sear them stove top and finish in the oven.Otherwise they're perfect for stuffing, though more often than not, I slice the pork and use it for stir fry.

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                                                                  biondanonima Jan 17, 2014 11:56 AM

                                                                  I agree that the Costco boneless pork loin chops are pretty good - much better/less dry than what I get at my local supermarkets. If you choose your package carefully, you can often get several that have a bit of darker meat, which has more marbling and flavor (I want to say these are cut from closer to the shoulder?).

                                                            2. weezieduzzit Jan 14, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                              My "best" this week was Nature Valley soft oatmeal squares. $1.49 each if you buy 4= $5.96 minus (4) $1.25 off each one coupons= .96 for all 4 and got a $2 catalina coupon back for my next shopping trip so I made $1.04 on the transaction. I did that deal 3 times so the man and the kiddo have snacks to toss in their lunches.

                                                              I use the store coupons in conjunction with manufacturer coupons and this week Ralph's had a $5 off $45 Facebook coupon and a $5 off $15 (which can be used together for $10 off $45 as long as $15 of that is produce- other weeks its meat, some weeks it's seafood, etc.) and the Ralphs coupons they send me in the mail to get the usual "staple" veggies like onions, celery, baby, carrots, etc. and then loaded up on grass fed beef since there was a Ralph's coupon for it. I also needed garbage bags and with the sale and coupon they were $2.99 (usually $7.99,) So, $15 of produce, 2 boxes of garbage bags and 8 pounds of grass fed beef for just over $30.

                                                              Ralph's had a deal before Christmas called Perfect Pairings where if you bought 6 participating wine and spirits you got $40 off your groceries as long as you bought $40.01 and you could use coupons, including liquor and wine hangtags and coupons, so I did the deal several times and averaged $25-30 for $200 worth of liquor and food each time. I think Vons is still doing that deal and Albertsons will be this next week with the coupon in their ad so I'll keep doing that as long as it's being offered. There was also a $45 rebate, a $15 rebate and an $8 rebate that I did with the receipts from getting the liquor and wine so in the end I might come out ahead on some of those shopping trips.

                                                              We've been lucky enough to have lots of neighbors with citrus trees sharing the wealth lately- I'm happy to reciprocate with veggies in the summer. We also scored a few butternut squash from a neighbors garden.

                                                              I "extreme coupon," which is not like that stupid TV show at all, but I save between $500-700 a month doing it. I could probably do better if we had an extra freezer but we don't have anywhere to put one.

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                                                                weezieduzzit Jan 14, 2014 03:07 PM

                                                                I forgot about the cereal deal. General Mills cereals are $3 this week at Target and if you buy 3 you get a $5 gift card.... so..... 3 at $3= $9 minus (3) $1 off each box coupon= $6 minus the $5 gift card minus 45 cents from the 10% off Cartwheel= 77 cents for 3 boxes of cereal= around 28 cents each.

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                                                                  Cherylptw Jan 14, 2014 04:44 PM

                                                                  Fabulous deals!...I read about Ralph's somewhere...it may have been on this site...I WISH we had something like that around here. And I also wish I could get coupons like most people do; rarely in the papers and no one is giving them away. I have watched that show and I'd like to try it on a smaller scale.

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                                                                    weezieduzzit Jan 14, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                    You can Google Extreme Couponing and your state and you should find some blogs (the blogs do all the work of matching up coupons and deals for you!) And of course, TotallyTarget if you have a Target near by. You should be able to do even better than we can out here, stores here don't double coupons. Tons of coupons are printable and digital these days.

                                                                    I do it on a small scale, there are only 2 of us and I try to help out the man's ex-wife's daughter (the cereal, snacks, school supplies, etc.)

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                                                                      Cherylptw Jan 15, 2014 05:57 PM

                                                                      Thanks for the info; I'll definitely look into it.

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                                                                Querencia Jan 15, 2014 09:04 PM

                                                                Not recently but anticipated soon. Christmas hams will be cleared out within a month at a bargain price and I will bake one and freeze it hacked up into hunks to be used later in scalloped potatoes, stir-fried with pineapple, cooked with green beans and potatoes, etc etc, and the bone to be either split pea soup or Cuban black bean soup.

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                                                                  Cheese Boy Jan 15, 2014 11:13 PM

                                                                  Cuban black bean soup with a ham bone ... a Scotch bonnet pepper ... some white rice. We good.

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                                                                    Cherylptw Jan 16, 2014 01:30 AM

                                                                    I bought three hams when they went on sale for Christmas @.77 cents/lb. I cut one up into three pieces, which we have been slowly working on (fiancé had a ham steak for dinner last night) and there are two which are uncut, all in the freezer awaiting various applications. Enough ham for the year or at least until they put them back on sale come Fall.

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                                                                      coll Jan 16, 2014 06:48 AM

                                                                      The prices on ham change right about now, when they do the annual slaughter. I can only hope the trend is downwards!

                                                                      I got tired of waiting, there were no bargains to be had Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I just yesterday got a Smithfield spiral ham for $1.49. The whole hams were $1.99 so I guess that's as good as it gets.

                                                                      I made my split pea soup last week without (used the gelatinous turkey broth from the holidays instead, not that much of a difference really) but this hambone is marked for my February Senate Bean Soup. I used to work with a Hungarian guy who swore marrow (and eyeballs) were the secret to health, guess he made an impression on me.

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                                                                        masha Jan 16, 2014 07:33 AM

                                                                        Agreed. I always check the fresh turkey and ham prices immediately after Thanksgiving and Christmas, as in the past I've found some drastically marked down. No bargains this year, so I passed on both.

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                                                                          Cherylptw Jan 16, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                          Last year I bought 7 turkeys because they were .49 cents lb. (frozen) This year, almost double so I didn't buy any. I have one still left in the freezer and we didn't need any because we had Thanksgiving & Christmas with relatives and didn't have to make one. It was disappointing though.

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                                                                          Cherylptw Jan 16, 2014 04:45 PM

                                                                          I'll be pulling out my ham bone for soup in a few weeks; can't wait but I have other dishes that need to be made first...

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                                                                            joonjoon Jan 17, 2014 06:21 AM

                                                                            I was disappointed with the turkey prices this thanksgiving too. That's my favorite part of thanksgiving...stocking up on cheap turkey. LOL

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                                                                              coll Jan 17, 2014 07:14 AM

                                                                              Me too, I usually buy 3 or 4 turkeys to get through the winter. So far I'm getting by without but still have my eye out, forever hopeful.

                                                                    2. monavano Jan 16, 2014 06:20 AM

                                                                      I found my new fave salad dressing, OPA, on sale for half price yesterday. Bought 2 Caesar and 2 Blue cheese!

                                                                      1. Monica Jan 16, 2014 06:34 AM

                                                                        My gourmet supermarket in town carries a nice selection of steaks(organic, wagyu, grass fed, etc) but often very expensive but when they have a sale, you know what I am eating for dinner.

                                                                        1. tcamp Jan 16, 2014 06:50 AM

                                                                          Most recently, a huge plastic container of baby spinach for $2. Not at all rotten - I used some for a pasta salad and the rest sautéed with soy sauce, garlic and sesame seeds that I used for lunches all week.

                                                                          The Korean/Hispanic market I've been shopping at has a rack of discount veggies that I always check. Potatoes?? Like they go bad fast? Several meals of twice-baked spuds for less than $2. Also, turnips and parsnips were practically being given away.

                                                                          I always shop the marked down meats. Last week, got a dramatically marked down ham that ended up as dinner, plus lots of leftovers and a ham bone waiting to be souped.

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                                                                            joonjoon Jan 16, 2014 07:38 AM

                                                                            I'm a single bachelor and I have a meat shopping problem.

                                                                            Yesterday I went to one of my favorite markets for meat (http://www.bestyetmarket.com/) and went slightly nuts...

                                                                            6 lbs of chicken drumsticks @ .69/lb
                                                                            12 lbs of pork belly @ 2.59/lb
                                                                            5lbs Boneless/skinless chicken breast @ 1.79/lb
                                                                            6 lbs dark meat pork chops @ 1.39/lb
                                                                            3 lbs ground chicken breast @ 1.99/lb
                                                                            6 lbs broccoli rabe .99/lb

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                                                                            1. re: joonjoon
                                                                              Cherylptw Jan 16, 2014 05:05 PM

                                                                              You hit the mother load, especially with the pork belly and broccoli rabe. I bought a piece for about $8.00 (3.59 lb) when I went to visit my daughter in Phoenix for Christmas. It is not sold in my area or any of the surrounding. I packed it in my suitcase frozen & left my robe at my daughter's house to make room.

                                                                              I've grown broccoli rabe the last couple of summers; I can't wait to throw a few seeds out there in the garden...hard to find it here as well....

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                                                                                joonjoon Jan 17, 2014 06:20 AM

                                                                                I sure did! Broccoli rabe is normally 2.99 or higher here...so happy about that! It's such a treat when you can have it for 99c. :)

                                                                                Considering how "in" pork belly has been the past few years I'm still surprised at how few markets carry it! I asked the guy at the market and he told me they don't usually get it in..wasn't even sure if the price was a sale price or not.

                                                                                What to do with all this pork belly...hmmm..

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                                                                                  Cherylptw Jan 18, 2014 12:56 AM

                                                                                  I'm going to slow render my piece in the oven then finish it on the charcoal grill. My mouth is watering just thinking about it...

                                                                                  There is a old country store about 20 miles from me; they sell all kinds of animal parts (except pork belly of course) so I called to inquire as to whether they had it or if they could get it. The man didn't know what I was talking about. I had to tell him it was unsmoked bacon! Anyway, they told me they could order it, if I wanted to buy at least 30 lbs at a time. No room in the freezer at that time for such a quantity but this may be in my future.

                                                                                  Another time, I went into the local grocery store and asked the meat guy if they could order pork belly; he looked puzzled. I went on to tell him I wanted to buy an unsliced slab of pork stomach. "Pork stomach?" he asked.."Follow me" he said as he led me to the frozen meat case and pointed to the hog maws! I live in the South, in pig country and I just don't understand why it's not in the stores!

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                                                                                    joonjoon Jan 18, 2014 09:12 AM

                                                                                    That's a travesty!!! How can so many people working at meat markets not know?

                                                                                    I find that the ethnic markets will reliably have pork belly though, if you have any in your area..

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                                                                                      Cherylptw Jan 18, 2014 01:01 PM

                                                                                      Therein lies the problem...I live in a small southern country town with no ethnic market.

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                                                                                        happybaker Jan 18, 2014 01:33 PM

                                                                                        Oh dear. Some of my best buys are from ethnic markets.

                                                                                        Like today, I came home with fresh artichokes - 2 for $1.

                                                                                        Dinner's going to be pretty joyful!

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                                                                                Monica Jan 17, 2014 05:58 AM

                                                                                wow, that's some good prices.
                                                                                My local Shoprite has pork belly for around $2,49...a real good buy. I salt and pepper it and smoke/bbq it outside...so so so good. Super crispy skin, tender juice meat inside.

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                                                                                  joonjoon Jan 17, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                                  2.49 is amazing! What area do you live in?

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                                                                                    Monica Jan 17, 2014 06:27 AM

                                                                                    I go to the Shoprite in Englewood, NJ. They have some interesting cuts of meat like fresh ham hocks, LA kalbi, chicken feet and bone marrows for roasting. Prices are also amazing there too. Kalbi is a lot cheaper than local H mart..though kalbi quality at H mart is generally better.

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                                                                                      joonjoon Jan 17, 2014 06:39 AM

                                                                                      Whoa I'll have to check that out! I guess shoprite is trying to complete with the likes of H Mart for asian business.

                                                                                      Speaking of H Mart, they some times have "Mak Galbi" on sale for .99c. It's basically the leftover bones and meat from the short rib that they get rid of after trimming. Often the Mak Galbi is pretty much just bones and connective tissue, but occasionally you get packs of them that are full of meat. I get so happy when I find that.

                                                                                      Sounds like I'll have to check out the Shoprites up in that area!

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                                                                                        Monica Jan 17, 2014 06:50 AM

                                                                                        Mak galbi sounds like buying end pieces of bacon from Trader's Joe for $2.99. Sometimes you get lucky with more meat than fat.

                                                                                        I don't know if Shoprite is trying to compete with H mart as I never really see Asians in Shoprite and they've always had these cuts as long as I know. If you want super cheap vegetable, you must visit this vegetable market. Every time I go there, I am stunned at how low their prices are.
                                                                                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/new-bridge-fa...

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                                                                                          joonjoon Jan 17, 2014 07:51 AM

                                                                                          I'd love to check that place out but it's a little out of the way for me...I only make that kind of trip for meat! LOL

                                                                                          Yeah, "Mak" in Korean roughly translates to...rough. So it's basially galbi scraps. Not good for making grilled galbi but for soup/stew type preparations it's fantastic because of all the connective tissue goodness around the bones. Mmm...

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                                                                                    Cherylptw Jan 18, 2014 12:57 AM

                                                                                    I'm jealous! That price is amazing...

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                                                                                    weezieduzzit Jan 17, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                                                    Excellent stock up prices! Nice score.

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                                                                                      joonjoon Feb 10, 2014 11:39 PM

                                                                                      Best Market is living up to its name...picked up brussels sprouts for 99c/lb! And stopping by to get some tenderloin at 4.99/lb and Hanger steak for 3.99. WOO!

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                                                                                        coll Feb 11, 2014 05:13 AM

                                                                                        I hardly shop anywhere else anymore. We just had an Aldis open down the block; went there to check it out and said, I'm sticking with Best! Same prices but so much more to choose from.

                                                                                        Just got next weeks flyer, planning on stocking up on the Fage 2/$5 and asparagus $1.49, plus broccoli .99 per bunch. Also will pick up some of their exotic cheeses for a Valentine treat,at a third the price of any fancy cheese shop. This week, bone in pork ribs are 99 cents, you can be sure I stocked up on that!

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                                                                                          HillJ Feb 11, 2014 06:20 AM

                                                                                          Wish we had the option of a Best Market then because the price of Fage (2/$5) is a dollar less per tub than what I pay at Aldi and for me that's a bargain price. Lucky you, coll.

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                                                                                            coll Feb 11, 2014 06:52 AM

                                                                                            Hopefully they will expand to your area, besides the prices there are also so many gourmet items I can't find locally otherwise. They are always jam packed, but for once I don't mind waiting on line.

                                                                                            Oh and I forgot, fresh baked hard rolls, better than you get at any deli now....3 for 97 cents. That may be my favorite score of the week!

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                                                                                              HillJ Feb 11, 2014 06:56 AM

                                                                                              Score is right! I'll remain hopeful :)

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                                                                                                HillJ Feb 11, 2014 07:56 AM

                                                                                                Actually I had a senior moment. There is a Best Market in my area. Large store and I've shopped there a number of times (not recently) but not for any of the items any of you here are mentioning. I don't usually look at the dairy case (because of Aldi) and I wasn't happy with the quality of their meats (at least so far) but I'll take another look soon.

                                                                                                What turned me off at this location was the dirty floor in the produce area and the odor of the deli area.

                                                                                                But I'll give it another try.

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                                                                                                  coll Feb 11, 2014 08:00 AM

                                                                                                  It's not sparkling spotless, and some of my neighbors are indeed afraid to go there because of it. But I find it clean, just a little dingy, part of the overall ambience. Can't have it all, I guess.

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                                                                                                    HillJ Feb 11, 2014 08:29 AM

                                                                                                    Generally speaking same rep Aldi has and I don't find the Aldi I hit dirty at all. I don't think the cleanliness issue is across the board anyway, really a reflection on store management.

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                                                                                                      coll Feb 11, 2014 08:36 AM

                                                                                                      Some of my neighbors hate that there might be a bit of dirt still clinging to the produce, rather than it being waxed like a museum piece. I swear that is the biggest complaint I hear!

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                                                                                                        HillJ Feb 11, 2014 08:40 AM

                                                                                                        Now that's just plain silly!

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                                                                                                          coll Feb 11, 2014 08:42 AM

                                                                                                          Sad but true! They actually think it reflects on the store's overall cleanliness.

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                                                                                                juliejulez Feb 17, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                                HillJ, if it helps, my Kroger-owned store (King Soopers here, don't know what it would be in your area) puts the 17oz tubs of Fage on sale 2/5 somewhat frequently. Usually it's when they put the small 7oz containers on sale 10/$10.

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                                                                                                  coll Feb 17, 2014 01:44 PM

                                                                                                  Just picked up 2/5 about a half hour ago at Best Market, here in NY. If you're in Jersey right now, check it out. On sale through Thursday!

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                                                                                                    HillJ Feb 19, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                    Thanks ladies, I scored big on Fage this week! Met the wine Mgr at Best Markets and caught the sale.

                                                                                                    You rock :)

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                                                                                                      coll Feb 19, 2014 06:15 PM

                                                                                                      Gee I wish they sold wine at our Best Yet (I mean Best Market, hard to keep up with their name changes...I still remember them as Produce Warehouse!) anyway we do have a decent liquor store right next to them I'm glad to say.

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                                                                                                        HillJ Feb 19, 2014 06:21 PM

                                                                                                        They don't have a big selection and they actually have a more interesting beer selection and it's the only place that prices spirits deeply discounted around the holidays but the wine Mgr is open to some fundraising options I'm kicking around for Dec 2014. And given the earlier news report for that location, I'm very happy to say all is well now.

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                                                                                                          coll Feb 19, 2014 06:24 PM

                                                                                                          Our beer selection, which is all they allow at food stores here in NY, tends towards Mexican and South American but is good in a pinch. Other than that, I'm pretty loyal to them, amazing that I don't need a mega-lo-mart for the bulk of my food shopping.

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                                                                                                            HillJ Feb 19, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                            I'm not a loyal food shopper. I can't be and still pay the kind of prices I'd like to. I wish I could shop one, two places exclusively.

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                                                                                                              coll Feb 19, 2014 06:53 PM

                                                                                                              I've tried the rest, now I'm stuck on Best! Hahaha, they can feel free to steal that one. Stopped at Aldis again today and they don't hold a candle. I ended up spending exactly $3.07 there.

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                                                                                                joonjoon Feb 11, 2014 07:51 AM

                                                                                                Which location do you go to? Ours doesn't have the 99c pork ribs. :( That's an amazing bargain though!

                                                                                                Still can't get over 4.97 tenderloin...I don't think I've seen that price on tenderloin in well over 10 years..

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                                                                                                  coll Feb 11, 2014 07:56 AM

                                                                                                  Riverhead NY. I buy ALL my meat there right now, you can't beat their prices and the quality is good, better than some of the bigger chains.

                                                                                                  I could swear I got tenderloin there (not peeled but still) for $3.99 in the last few months? It does usually say Canada but I don't eat enough of it to really care either way. Unfortunately I used it for my New Years Beef Wellington so I don't have the label to look at anymore.

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                                                                                                    joonjoon Feb 11, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                                                                    Hmm I don't see the 99c pork ribs on your circular either...is it an in store special?

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                                                                                                      coll Feb 11, 2014 09:41 AM

                                                                                                      No it was last week, sorry if I wasn't clear; it's over now unfortunately. But they have that price a lot, so keep your eye out. I refuse to pay a penny more! I'll try to remember to alert you next time I see it.

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                                                                                                        joonjoon Feb 11, 2014 09:59 AM

                                                                                                        Thank you!

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                                                                                            NVJims Jan 17, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                                                            $3.99 a pound for fresh cooked whole Dungeness crabs. I had just returned home from 2 weeks in the Northwest and the best price at the docks was $5.99. Raley's markets in Nevada.

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                                                                                              exvaxman Jan 17, 2014 10:06 AM

                                                                                              I was dropping things off at my local St. Vinnies yesterday and as always went in to look at cookbooks. I saw a (list) $400 zojirushi rice maker for $6.88. I bought it, due to internet discussions soldered in a new $7 lithium battery and it works well. The kid has claimed it for his upcoming dorm room. Someone donated it rather than send it to the home office to replace the battery.

                                                                                              As to my food best, many years ago a franchise owner of a supermarket well known quality store had several lamb legs in the frozen section about to expire. I offered a lower price for the lot and was refused. The next week I went in and saw them all relabeled for expiration dates. I called the corporate office and told them my findings. Two days later a VP of the corporation showed up on my doorstep. I was delivered 20 lamb legs and (medium) freezer from their office and the NZ lamb council with their thanks. It seems they were up to four years out of date at the store.

                                                                                              A butcher shop I dealt with years ago when I first moved to that area. I went in asking for sausage casings since I do my own sausage. The owner was aghast, he had never met someone doing his own sausage. As we talked, I mentioned needing beef tongue (I love it, second favorite smoked food). He looked at me and said "you're weird" and brought out 8 of them. He said that he paid a local firm to take them for adding into their cattle foodstuff mix. I bought everything he had while I lived there for $.25/lb 20 years ago. Now where I live I can only get pre-packaged for perhaps $4.50/lb because we eat it here.

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                                                                                                Cherylptw Jan 18, 2014 01:03 AM

                                                                                                I love beef tongue but I only buy it if I can get it for less than the $5.00 lb they sell it for in my area. (I'd pay more if it weren't so fatty). I scoop it up whenever I find it marked down..

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                                                                                                  MamasCooking Jan 21, 2014 01:07 PM

                                                                                                  Are you in NZ. ex? I love beef tongue it so savory and delicious when prepared correctly. I have not had it in years:(

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                                                                                                  exvaxman Jan 17, 2014 10:11 AM

                                                                                                  Oh, last week saw "Allen Bros. Italian Sausage" for $1.50/lb at their contract manufacturers outlet. The same stuff that is $50 for 3lbs on their website.

                                                                                                  1. Njchicaa Jan 18, 2014 02:45 AM

                                                                                                    Hot Italian sausage marked 70% off. $2.50 for a large package. Also HUGE rib steaks (Practically roasts) for like $4.50/lb.

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                                                                                                      BobbieSue Jan 18, 2014 06:05 AM

                                                                                                      I still can't believe, a few weeks ago I got a large bunch of bananas (8) for $1.34 at B.J.'s.

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                                                                                                        MrsBridges Jan 18, 2014 09:19 AM

                                                                                                        I recently bought fillet steaks (the small fillet mignon wrapped in bacon) for $2 each, as a manager's special at Kroger. I'm not a fan of fillet mignon because it's not as flavorful as I like, but at this price they were a pleasant change-of-pace choice.

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                                                                                                          coll Jan 18, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                                                                          It's nice in Stroganoff or Goulash. A quick but impressive meal.

                                                                                                        2. Cheese Boy Jan 18, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                                          Bauducco Panettone, $1.74 http://www.bauducco.com/
                                                                                                          Egg Nog nips, .32c http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/li...

                                                                                                          ... At Walgreens

                                                                                                          1. Novelli Jan 18, 2014 04:04 PM

                                                                                                            GIANT tub of Nutella...$4 at the local Italian market. Those things are $9+ in the supermarkets!!!

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                                                                                                              happybaker Jan 18, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                                                              Oh! Jealous!

                                                                                                              Now what will you do with that much?

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                                                                                                                Cherylptw Jan 19, 2014 12:43 AM

                                                                                                                I'd be eating it with a spoon!

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                                                                                                                  coll Jan 19, 2014 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                  We had a Big Lots open here a few months ago, and they had Nutella and a less expensive knockoff from Italy called Nutkao. I got the cheaper one and liked it SO much better that the original, which always tastes oily to me. I believe the one I got was $2.50, if you see if don't be afraid to try.

                                                                                                                  Did you see that now Hershey is making a similar line?

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                                                                                                                    Monica Jan 19, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                    I have a half eaten jar of nutkao in my pantry I bought from a local Italian gourmet market for 1.99. I can't believe their price is lower than big lots.

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                                                                                                                      coll Jan 19, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                      The company must be doing a promotion, or maybe even going out of business (which is what Big Lots specializes in). I don't care why, it was great not that I want to eat it on a regular basis.

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                                                                                                                        Monica Jan 19, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                        nope, that's their regular price and they are not going out of business. They also have other awesome prices on lots of imported goodies. A 8 oz thing of Chimay butter imported from Belgium for $2.99, a tub of mascapone cheese for $1.99....jar of excellent imported jam for $1.99, belgium chocolate at shockingly low prices..so on and on...

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                                                                                                                          coll Jan 19, 2014 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                          I meant Nutkao, not your store! I thought maybe Hersheys scared them off of the American market.

                                                                                                                          I too have been getting the Chimay butter for $2.50 at Best Yet, I'll keep buying til that ends.

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                                                                                                                      Cherylptw Jan 19, 2014 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                      There is a Big Lots here (thankfully); I'm going to go in there tomorrow and see if I can find the Nutkao of which you speak. I did not know Hershey is making a similar product, but I will be on the look out for it. Thanks for the heads up!

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                                                                                                                        coll Jan 20, 2014 02:24 AM

                                                                                                                        Definitely stock up, I liked it better than Nutella. Don't have high hopes for Hershey but who knows?

                                                                                                                        http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

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                                                                                                                Vidute Jan 18, 2014 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                Boars head bratwurst at Harris Teeter, regular $6.99 on sale for $4.99, expiring 6 days out had a $4.00 store coupon on the package for a net price of $.99 per pound. Same for a pound package of Boars Head kielbasa.

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                                                                                                                  Cherylptw Jan 19, 2014 12:46 AM

                                                                                                                  Great deals!

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                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Jan 19, 2014 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                  10 for $10 28oz cans of SanMarzano tomatoes!

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                                                                                                                    Monica Jan 19, 2014 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                    is it san marazno style or real san marzano tomatoes? If they are really san marzano tomatoes imported from that region in Italy...that's a really good price!
                                                                                                                    I buy cento san marzano from Costco...i think they are like $2 each can...6 in a box.

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                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Jan 19, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                      The real deal! Brand I hadn't heard of but had the DOP seal. I used them for my version of Hazan's tomato sauce.

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                                                                                                                      Ruthie789 Jan 19, 2014 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                      That is a great deal, in Montreal those can go for up to $4.00 a can in specialty stores.

                                                                                                                    3. weezieduzzit Jan 19, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                      4 packages of Kerrygold aged cheddar for $1.99 each (normally $7.99 at this store,) 2 tubs of ciliegine for $1.99 each (normally 5.99,) and 2 cups of diced prosciutto for $2.99. I used some of the prosciutto and some of the cheddar in a frittata this morning. Yum!

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                                                                                                                        HillJ Jan 20, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                        I just picked up 45 loaves of whole wheat bread for $20.00 to take to the soup kitchen. 7-11.

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                                                                                                                          Cherylptw Jan 20, 2014 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                          .45 cents a loaf is a steal! And you are doing a good thing for other people..

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                                                                                                                            HillJ Jan 20, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                            It's kind of you to say so but I highly recommend making friends with the good people of 7-11. For some time I kept noticing that the bread was marked down pretty quickly at the store nearby so one day I asked one of the employees what happens with the leftover markdowns and he didn't really have an answer but gave me a # to call the owner. I wound up working out a nice deal with him to take the markdowns left to the soup kitchen. The soup kitchen offered to pay the markdown price but I in turn offered to cover it. After a couple of months, the owner started discounting the bread to me and even throwing in a few loaves for free. The whole arrangement just worked out. I usually get a txt message letting me know when to come by for the bread.

                                                                                                                            Now if I could only work out a similar arrangement for eggs, butter and milk the soup kitchen would save a bundle each month!

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                                                                                                                              coll Jan 20, 2014 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                              I had a friend who was down on his luck and was doing the 12 hour night shift in a taxi. They all knew if they went to 7-Eleven at a certain point late at night/early AM the leftovers were theirs. Of course you have to be desperate to even consider, but I always thought that was very nice of them

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                                                                                                                                HillJ Jan 20, 2014 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                I've seen the day laborers stop by for very early breakfast and near close late dinners at this particular location. I think the owner is just one hell of a guy.

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                                                                                                                                  coll Jan 20, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                  They're all franchisees not really owners, but some are obviously much nicer than others (like the ones here who kept their employees as slaves basically). You never know until you ask!

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                                                                                                                                    HillJ Jan 20, 2014 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                    I think every independent franchisee would call themselves an owner. Back in the day, when my youngest brother owned a video franchise, he called himself an owner even though the corporation owned 45 sites themselves. That franchise fee gives you the right, yes? :)

                                                                                                                                    But to be clear, I don't know the history of this location. The gentleman I deal with calls himself the owner. He made the decision to help me get bread to the soup kitchen.

                                                                                                                                    But you're so right about asking, it pays to ask.

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                                                                                                                                      cheesecake17 Jan 20, 2014 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                      The 7-11 owner/franchisee in my neighborhood is the nicest guy. At 3pm the place is a madhouse- rowdy high school kids and preschoolers with moms on the way to the park.

                                                                                                                                      The cashiers are always patient and will wait an extra minute to let me daughter count out the money to pay for her ice cream

                                                                                                                                      But here's what won me over- my daughter dropped her ice cream on the way out. Owner (who stands by the door monitoring HS kids) ran to the freezer, grabbed the biggest Haagen Dazs pop and handed it to her with a high five.

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                                                                                                                                        Cheese Boy Jan 20, 2014 11:29 PM

                                                                                                                                        >> 'grabbed the biggest Haagen Dazs pop and handed it to her with a high five'

                                                                                                                                        Bonus points if he gave her the one with PB. Love those.

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                                                                                                                                          cheesecake17 Jan 21, 2014 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                          To be honest, I don't remember.
                                                                                                                                          He's just an overall nice guy. And he keeps his store immaculately clean.

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                                                                                                                                            HillJ Jan 21, 2014 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                            Nice story and I appreciate a clean store :)

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                                                                                                                                              cheesecake17 Jan 21, 2014 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                              So do it!
                                                                                                                                              If a store is dirty where the customers are walking, imagine what's going on behind the scenes :(

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                                                                                                                                                HillJ Jan 21, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                It's why I stopped shopping at Pathmark and Aldi years ago. When Aldi opened under what is clearly a reinvested model, I returned gladly but I stopped going to Pathmark entirely. Too many worthwhile, clean stores around to settle for nasty floors, awful smelling freezers and no intention of changing.

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                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh Jan 20, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                          Whole broiler fryer chickens for 67 cents a pound.

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                                                                                                                            cheesecake17 Jan 20, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                            Local discount store used to have everything for 99 cents. Literally. Goat cheese logs, Costco size Cabot cheese, 64oz almond breeze, terra chips, wheels of Brie, milk gallons....

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                                                                                                                              Ruthie789 Jan 21, 2014 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                              In Montreal there are a number of bulk stores and distributors that are open to the public and the deals are very good. I buy all of my pasta, tomatoes from one. Costco is very expensive and there are other options if we look for them.

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                                                                                                                                cheesecake17 Jan 21, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                That's great! I typically buy canned tomatoes & pasta when shoprite has their can can sale. Prices are much cheaper than Costco.

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                                                                                                                                  coll Jan 21, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                  You can never buy from just one supplier if you want to get the best price. You have to shop around and know the market for that particular item. I sort of enjoy the game of the hunt.

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                                                                                                                                    HillJ Jan 21, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                    Thank you, thank you coll. The number of times this point has come up. I could never shop at one store to buy everything I need or want let alone at the price I'm willing to pay. I also enjoy establishing a customer relationship with many owners.

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                                                                                                                                      coll Jan 21, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                      I feel like it's deja vu all over again, I swear I remember our discussion a couple of years ago about this, now that you mention it. We just have to keep reminding everyone ;-) More work but lots more rewards too. I have at least five places that I regularly shop, on different days of the month, one or two a week. Not all that hard.

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                                                                                                                                        HillJ Jan 21, 2014 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                        Oh that's entirely possible! Certain topics just seem to find ME!

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                                                                                                                                      cheesecake17 Jan 21, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                      That's how I roll.

                                                                                                                                      Was shopping today, and I saw organic short grain brown rice for $1.49/1lb. Bought 3 bags!

                                                                                                                                      A few years ago, a local place had Meyer lemons 6 for $1!

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                                                                                                                                    lukfam Feb 11, 2014 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                    Could you list the names of bulk stores and distributors that are open to the public, I am also located in Montreal.

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                                                                                                                                      Ruthie789 Feb 19, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                      There is Maynard's on the Trans Canada. It is not pretty inside but the bargains are good. As well on the West Island there is a new distributor that is open to the public. I do not remember the name. Usually you see banners that they are open to public and a number of them are on the highway. Bulk barn for bulk goods, Le Papillon in Pointe Claire. Laval has a number of food wholesalers on the 440. We have other options besides Costco and Walmart.

                                                                                                                                2. Cherylptw Feb 10, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                  Both Pepsi & Coke products on sale for the 2 liter bottles @ 10 for $10.00, so I picked up 10

                                                                                                                                  I got a 1 1/2 pound bag of Nature's Eats shelled walnuts today for $5.00, marked down from $9.88, a good deal at about 50% off.

                                                                                                                                  1. juliejulez Feb 10, 2014 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                    Fage Greek Yogurt 17oz containers. Usually 3.99 each, they had them on sale 2/$5. I use greek yogurt in my breakfast every morning, so this was a good find for me. I just wish I could have bought more, but alas, I don't eat it THAT fast.

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                                                                                                                                      Cherylptw Feb 10, 2014 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                      That's great; they last at least a month or more in the fridge. Here's a link to a site that lists the eat by date of yogurt and how long you can use it past that date: http://www.eatbydate.com/dairy/milk/m...

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                                                                                                                                      BeachCookie107 Feb 11, 2014 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                                      Our Food Lion just had a huge close out sale. I got Bob's steel cut oatmeal for $1.60, a bag of Kind oats &honey clusters $2.50, tube of Amore anchovy paste $1.25, La Tour grape seed oil $4.25 and box of Leclerc butter cookies topped with dark chocolate $1.50. This was just the first day, because I went back the next morning and scored some other great deals.

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                                                                                                                                        Betsy0910 Feb 11, 2014 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                        Our local grocery store always has a meat section that is "Use today or Freeze". I hit it first thing because you can usually get some fantastic deals but it's usually picked over by afternoon so you have to go early!!

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                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw Feb 11, 2014 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                          I always look in the meat marked down section; last week I got two huge sectioned smoked turkey wings (one in a packet) marked 3.35 each plus each pack had a $2.00 off coupon attached so I paid $1.35 for each. I love to use these in a pot of beans or greens.

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                                                                                                                                            coll Feb 12, 2014 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                            That's so great, and since they're smoked you don't even have to worry about the freshness factor! I probably should check my butchers case a little more often.

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                                                                                                                                          INDIANRIVERFL Feb 11, 2014 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                          Butcher in training at my local Bravo. Pork chunks at .99 per pound. A couple of chops that were an inch thick on the bone and to nothing on the tail. Starting to get tired of pork.

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                                                                                                                                            coll Feb 11, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                            ..and at this point, they're probably starting to get tired of the trainee! Enjoy it while you can.

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                                                                                                                                            masha Feb 11, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                            They recently introduced Lavazza coffee in our grocery stores. One of our markets had 12 oz bags on mark-down at $5.50/bag and I had a coupon for $2 off. So the net price was $3.50 for 12 oz. (Generally the 12 oz bags of "gourmet" brands -- Starbucks, Peets, etc -- run about $7.99 - $9.99 in the grocery stores by us.)

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                                                                                                                                              happybaker Feb 11, 2014 10:00 PM

                                                                                                                                              I'm about to buy POUNDS of dried apricots for $1.99 a pound this week. My local ethnic grocery chain does this a few times a year - and they are excellent!

                                                                                                                                              1. Cherylptw Feb 12, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                My fiancé bought a 30 lb. box of frozen turkey wings today for $30.00; There's 40 + pieces in the box... that's alotta wings for .99 cents lb. Score! Now to make room in a freezer....

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                                                                                                                                                  Cherylptw Feb 13, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I counted them today as I was vacuum sealing them for the freezer....61 wings! That's about .49 cents each..

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                                                                                                                                                    Monica Feb 17, 2014 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                    what do you do with turkey wings? do you treat them like chicken wings?

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                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                      My grandmother loved to roast and eat them especially the wing tips. If you have a smoker you can smoke them or I like to use them for turkey stock. I buy wings every other week just for turkey stock.

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                                                                                                                                                        Cherylptw Feb 17, 2014 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                        That's exactly what I do fldhkybnva, I just season them up and roast them in the oven with some water in the bottom of the pan, which turns to stock and I use for gravy or save up for soup. Smoking them or putting on a charcoal grill is delicious also.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Njchicaa Feb 13, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I picked up 3 huge eye round steaks for $12. Each one can easily feed two people for dinner. I just grill until medium-rare and slice really thinly. Steak for dinner for $2 per person? Not bad!

                                                                                                                                                    1. monavano Feb 13, 2014 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                      My local Giant has this great deal every 2-3 weeks: BOGO bag potatoes and bag onions.
                                                                                                                                                      You save $3-$3.50 and get your cooking staples for the week and more.
                                                                                                                                                      The best deal I got there was good Parmesan @$8.99/lb.

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                                                                                                                                                        masha Feb 17, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I assume it's because of the unseasonably warm weather in California but I found a number of vegetable bargains when I shopped on Saturday:
                                                                                                                                                        red leaf lettuce at 99 cents/ lb (Romaine was 69 cents & escarole at 99 cents but I did not buy any)
                                                                                                                                                        asparagus at $1.50/lb
                                                                                                                                                        broccoli crowns at 99 cents/ lb.
                                                                                                                                                        Very unusual prices for mid-February in Chicago.

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                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Wow, great price on asparagus. It was down to $2.50 here last week and I had hopes that the season was upon us but this week it's back up to $3.50

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                                                                                                                                                            masha Feb 17, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Fldhky..., you are in Baltimore, correct? My mother said she found some at the Giant this past weekend (Pikesville) for $1.99. (And, correction, as to sourcing: the asparagus I found was from Mexico, not Cal.)

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                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Yup, thanks. I am a grocery store whore and for some reason never go to Giant. I should make it a stop more often.

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                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez Feb 17, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Around here Sprouts had it all the way down to 49 cents a pound! I didn't buy any as I'm still working through a bag I got at Costco, but that's a crazy good price.

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                                                                                                                                                                Cherylptw Feb 17, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Wow! That's a fabulous price, even $1.49 lb is a great price. Prices around here are like fldhk's, I keep checking the stores but not satisfied with that so I wait.

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                                                                                                                                                                coll Feb 17, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                $1.49/lb here on Long Island. They're the really skinny ones which I don't love but had to get a bunch anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                  masha Feb 17, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Until about 2 weeks ago, we had the really skinny ones too. But the stalks I bought this past weekend were much fatter.

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                                                                                                                                                                    coll Feb 17, 2014 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Can't wait for the local ones but with snow predicted AGAIN tonight, I think I'll be waiting a little longer than usual.

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                                                                                                                                                                    cheesecake17 Feb 26, 2014 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Bought a bunch of skinny asparagus for $1.99/lb in key food. Planning to stirfry tonight with broccoli, red cabbage and sausage.

                                                                                                                                                                    My best bargain this week was from a street stand: $15
                                                                                                                                                                    2 boxes strawberries
                                                                                                                                                                    4 boxes raspberries
                                                                                                                                                                    1 (large) box blueberries
                                                                                                                                                                    Bag of mini peppers

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                                                                                                                                                                CarmenR Feb 17, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                My best deal this week was whole pork loin at $1.99 a lb, which I then ground to make chili. Ground beef was on sale for $3.99 a lb! I <3 my kitchenaid meat grinder attachment!! Also stocked up on chicken thighs/drum packs- family pack will feed the two of us for two days for $2.57. Veggies killed us this week, but I think we did ok overall for the weekly run.

                                                                                                                                                                (note- these prices are in NYCD- New York City Dollars, where a box of Cheerios is $6.)

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                                                                                                                                                                  Cherylptw Feb 17, 2014 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I got a 10 lb bag of chicken leg quarters today for $5.90 (.59 cents/lb) with 11 quarters in the bag. I also was able to get 4.75 oz jars of dried herbs today @ Ollie's for .50 cents each. They are Stonemill Essentials (Aldi brand). I picked up onion powder, cinnamon and Italian herb blend with an expiration date of 6/15, and they had others.

                                                                                                                                                                  That's a crazy price for Cherrios!

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                                                                                                                                                                    cheesecake17 Feb 26, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    NYCD lol - just bought Cheerios in Brooklyn for $2/box

                                                                                                                                                                  2. JMF Feb 17, 2014 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    There was a hot sauce sale at the local small family run supermarket. They don't really sell much hot sauce, so all the really hot ones were $1 a bottle. So I picked up 11 bottles each of a different type of habanero or scotch bonnet hot sauce. I'll try them tonight and go back for the best and clean them out. These are normally in the $8-15 range.

                                                                                                                                                                    OK, not grocery store, but I stopped by Sur La Table for the first time an hour ago and got 5 Kuhn Rikon paring knives at $3.19 each. Normally $10+ each, on sale for $3.99, then additional discount. These had patterns instead of just the plain normal nifty solid colors. Cherries, strawberries, apples... Not the best looking, but these knives go "missing" all the time when I work cocktail and food events. Hopefully the ugly ones won't disappear, and they are always so razor sharp (literally can shave with them), and easily take on a new edge when the do get dull. (All their other prices were horrible.)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Any idea what you would consider a good deal on organic chicken? This Friday at Whole Foods whole chicken are $1.99/lb

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                                                                                                                                                                        CarmenR Feb 17, 2014 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        When our local whole foods opened a few months back, they had organic whole chicken on sale for .99 a lb. We bought 4. If the freezer was bigger, I would have bought 10. STELLAR deal.

                                                                                                                                                                        1.99lb is a great price here in NYC- I rarely see them go below 2.99, and non-organic rarely dip below $1 a lb these days. And the organics are WAY better. Oh, how I long for the days past of $.49lb chickens...

                                                                                                                                                                      2. juliejulez Feb 19, 2014 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Visited a middle eastern market for the first time this week.... their spice prices were unbelieveable... 3oz bags ranged from 99 cents to 1.99. Picked up za'atar for 1.49. My usual spice shop is about $5 for the same quantity.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Ruthie789 Feb 21, 2014 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          We have a Persian store (Akhvan) and Middle Eastern Store (Adonis) in the Montreal area. The bargains on spices are amazing as well you see items that are not in other supermarkets.

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                                                                                                                                                                            cheesecake17 Feb 26, 2014 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            That's where I buy my spices too. I get a huge bag of zaatar for $3.
                                                                                                                                                                            IKEA has great little jars for keeping the opened spices

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                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez Mar 3, 2014 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes I have some of the Ikea jars for some of my other spices. I also hoard nice jars from pasta sauces or any other jars that look nice. One of my homemade rubs is in an old roasted red pepper jar :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                cheesecake17 Mar 4, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                That's a great idea!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. MamasCooking Feb 20, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Naval oranges@ 88 cents per pound asparagus@99cents per pound black seedless
                                                                                                                                                                            grapes are $1.99 per pound.N.California

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                                                                                                                                                                              Cherylptw Feb 20, 2014 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Great price on those asparagus...this week they're $2.59 lb here

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                                                                                                                                                                              zackly Feb 20, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I look for sales on perishable protein items like meat & seafood & menu plan around them. I try to never buy non-perishables unless they are on sale and then I buy enough until I'm sure they'll be on sale again.I take advantage of loss leaders like under $2.00 bnls sknls chix breast and I freeze some. I bought some nice cod filets last week for $4.99. I also shop @ ethnic markets for items that common to their particular cuisine but "exotic" in mainstream grocery stores. They are far cheaper there like cilantro (.50 cents) tomatillos, Asian & Indians ingredients.Because I can cook I buy items that a lot of people shy away from because they take some effort to prepare. I slow cook a lot using crock pots & sous vide which will turn bottom round into prime rib in 30 hours!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Cherylptw Feb 20, 2014 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                This week there's a sale on bnls sknls chicken breasts for 1.99 lb but I very rarely buy these; I usually load up on chicken breast with the bone & skin when they go on sale for .99 to 1.29 lb then take out the bone and save for my soup pot.

                                                                                                                                                                                One store this week has mangos & Haas avocados for .88 each and navel oranges 2/1.00. They also have iceberg lettuce for .88 cents (I have to get some of this for the fiancé, it's what he likes :0

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                                                                                                                                                                                masha Feb 22, 2014 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Just returned from my weekly shopping. As last week, some excellent prices on produce, especially for midwinter in Chicago:
                                                                                                                                                                                Red leaf letttuce at 99 cents/ lb (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                Romaine at 79 cents/ lb ( USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                Blackberries at 99 cents for a 6 oz box (Mex)
                                                                                                                                                                                Strawberries at $1.50 for a 1 lb box (Mex)
                                                                                                                                                                                Green beans at $1.49/ lb (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                Pineapple for $2.29 (Costa Rico) - smallish
                                                                                                                                                                                Asparagus for 99 cents/ lb (Peru) - very thick stalks
                                                                                                                                                                                3 lb bag of yellow onions at $1.49 (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                Haas avocados (smallish) at 75 cents apiece
                                                                                                                                                                                8 lb bag of russets at $1.29 (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                1 pt box of grape tomatoes for 99 cents (Mexico) (organic, fair trade)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Cherylptw Feb 22, 2014 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yes, you scored big! I'm beginning to get jealous of those who are able to get produce at such good prices while I get robbed :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    masha Feb 25, 2014 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just reporting back, now that we have consumed some of my bargain purchases from the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I should have known that strawberries brought in from Mexico were not going to be optimal in flavor. In fact, they were pretty tasteless. I will not be buying them again until local berries are available (who knows when that will be, given that tonight's forecast is for minus-single digits here in Chicago?)

                                                                                                                                                                                    On the other hand, the pineapple was very flavorful. This was the 3rd weekend in a row that I'd bought pineapple for under $3, and I will continue to do so.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Green beans and asparagus were also very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. weezieduzzit Feb 23, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Our 99 Cents Only stores frequently have awesome stuff. They stock on Saturday mornings so I hit it up for the organic produce that I don't grow like salad greens since its too hot here (the huge packages of Earthbound Farms spring mix, herb mix, and other salad greens, etc.) Yesterday they had 32 oz Polly O ricotta cheese with an expiration date of late March so I bought 4 since they freeze well. I also bought a case of 6 Zico coconut water liter bottles (99 cents a liter.) And, as usual, asparagus for 99 cents a large bundle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Cherylptw Feb 23, 2014 10:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I went to 99 Cents Only when I visited my daughter in Phoenix; I LOVED that store so much I had to go twice in the two weeks I was there (once on the day I was leaving to fly home so I could shop to take home) I bought bags of dried chiles and a 30 oz jar of Best Foods (Hellman's) Balsamic mayo among other things. Couldn't believe it was .99cents! And couldn't believe all the fresh produce & dairy items they had. I really miss that store; makes the Dollar Tree look like a joke....

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                                                                                                                                                                                        happybaker Feb 24, 2014 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        32 oz tubs of ricotta?! I need to hit the one by me asap!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Monica Feb 24, 2014 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Bought pork ribs for $1.99 lb. Braised it with soy sauce, sake, mirin, garlic, ginger, peppercorn, 5 chinese spice and honey...finger licking delicious!
                                                                                                                                                                                        My chinese friend told me to try it with rock sugar next time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw Feb 24, 2014 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          What type of ribs? Spareribs, country style, baby backs...? That flavoring combination sounds like something I might have to try

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Monica Feb 25, 2014 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            spareribs. I normally bbq them outside but our deck is coverered with like 10 inches of snow still...so I decided to braise it and it turned out really tasty...I turned up the heat at the end to reduce the sauce and it was to die for..

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Cherylptw Feb 24, 2014 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          A store near me finally had asparagus for $1.49 lb though they were from Mexico. Had some for dinner, so so good! I bought two bunches but am going back tomorrow to get more for the freezer. They won't get any cheaper that around these parts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            coll Feb 24, 2014 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Our place has it for 99 cents next week! Here's hoping it's a little thicker. I ended up chopping it up into a salad. Last time was Mexican, we'll see if any changes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Feb 24, 2014 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              It was still crazy expensive but whole foods had massively thick spears yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                coll Feb 24, 2014 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I find the cheaper, the better, is usually how it goes with produce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Cherylptw Feb 24, 2014 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I lucked out; the spears were nice and thick so am looking forward to freezing a few bags...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  coll Feb 25, 2014 04:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As I said above, I ended up roasting those skinny ones, chopping them up and making an orzo salad with them. Next week, I will be more picky about the size, they're too precious to throw away. And it's funny because the ultra skinny asparagus wholesale for more than the standard ones usually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherylptw Feb 26, 2014 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I blanched one bunch of the asparagus and have been snacking on them at random...delicious! But your salad sounds good; can you share what else was in it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      coll Feb 26, 2014 05:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was just spur of the moment, so I will try to remember best I can: I had some already sautéed mushrooms and shallots on hand, a hunk of feta and the asparagus which I roasted with lots of Asian flavorings and sesame seeds. Then I chopped them up pretty small. I believe a bit of chopped zucchini was roasted on the pan at the same time? I mainly wanted to get rid of the whole wheat orzo I had found in the pantry, I cooked a cup of that separately with chicken broth to add a bit more flavor. All vegetables further roasted in the oven til they stared to brown, then I seem to recall that I drizzled some truffle oil on after it was all thrown together, so it wouldn't too dry. Not too shabby, I made a few enjoyable meals out of it. It was just a bunch of stuff I had laying around but it all came together nicely. When it was almost gone I also added some jarred artichoke hearts with the juice, but I wasn't so thrilled about that. Always have to tinker though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Was as the same grocery yesterday, still skinny. We will see next week when they go on sale again, fingers crossed for something more "normal" on my menu then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cherylptw Feb 26, 2014 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you; I've been craving salads for the past few days. Had a basic one with spinach/iceberg/cukes/cherry tomatoes with the asparagus on Monday. I have some cooked quinoa in the fridge and some sweet potato hash (sweet potatoes, diced bell pepper, onions, fresh ginger, etc.) I also have some shitake and ekoni mushrooms. I think I might toss all that together with some more fresh spinach and blanched asparagus cut on the bias and I'm not sure what else so I can use up what's already cooked. Thanks for the inspiration.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Feb 26, 2014 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds delicious!! I've been craving salads too but mine are way less composed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            coll Feb 26, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes that sounds like a mix I would love! I've been doing a lot of quinoa/bulgar/chia with whatever produce I have around, the leftovers are great for breakfast. A small handful of dried fruit, like cranberries or cherries, is a nice touch too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                masha Mar 2, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bargain finds from this week's shopping:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Both broccoli crowns and heads of cauliflower at 59 cents/ lb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                8 oz box of grape tomatoes (organic) for 99 cents
                                                                                                                                                                                                Pineapple at $1.79 apiece
                                                                                                                                                                                                Asparagus at $1.45/ lb (this was at the second store where I shopped yesterday. I passed up asparagus at 89 cents/lb at the first because they were the pencil stalks. The ones I bought were of more normal thickness at $1.45)
                                                                                                                                                                                                With Lent coming, lots of canned tuna was on sale, but not the Starkist solid white, which is my preferred. I bought Starkist chunk white at $1.29 / can. Chunk light was on sale at $1/ can
                                                                                                                                                                                                Store brand butter at $2 for a 1 lb carton

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monica Mar 4, 2014 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  wow, where do you live? I haven't seen that kind of prices in i don't know...never?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I bought 2.5 lbs of really good quality asparagus from Costco for $2.99.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    masha Mar 4, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I live in the suburbs of Chicago. Most of these purchases (with the exception of the $1.45/ lb. asparagus and $1.29 tuna) are from an independently owned, small local chain of supermarkets (Angelo Caputo's for fellow Chicagoans) that is located in a blue collar neighborhood and caters largely to an ethnic clientele. Their produce prices are regularly about 1/3 to 1/2 below the dominant large chain supermarket (Jewel) in our area. And, because their prices are so good, their turnover of produce is high, meaning it's usually very fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, you should note that, the above purchases only represented purchases that were "mark downs" from their usual pricing. For example, they regularly have button mushrooms at $1.69 for an 8 oz box and $2.69 for 16 oz, and bunches of cilantro and green onions at 3 bunches for $1. I omitted them from my report since they were not "sale" pricing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The asparagus and tuna were bought at the dominant supermarket chain, Jewel. I anticipate more sale pricing next weekend at Jewel on fish products, as discounts for Lent are pretty common here. Later in the month, as we get closer to Easter, eggs will probably drop to 99 cents a dozen, as well, and Jewel will also be discounting its butter to $2 per pound (it's every day price is $2.59).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Monica Mar 4, 2014 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      after seeing these ultra low prices, don't you feel like laughing out loud when you see prices of fruits and vegetables at Whole food especially if they are not organic?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        masha Mar 4, 2014 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The only thing I buy at WF is fish. We don't have a decent fishmonger within 5 miles of us so I find myself there if I want fresh fish or seafood for immediate consumption, especially for a special dinner. (For everyday consumption, I get the flash-frozen salmon and cod at TJs -- wild caught only.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kelli2006 Mar 2, 2014 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  From Aldis;
                                                                                                                                                                                                  A 2lb black forest ham(pretty good)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  a baguette(decent)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and 2 8oz packages of crimini mushrooms for $1.25 a package.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. weezieduzzit Mar 10, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    With coupons I got 3 bags of Starbucks coffee (Costa Rica Terrazu, not my favorite but it's a broke week due to the unplanned purchase of another vintage car, which we paid cash for,) and 9 cans of Iams for the kitties for $8.67 and the register kicked out a $5 gift card for having bought 3 bags. So... I decided that was too good of a price to pass up, even if its not a favorite, and I had more of the coupons with me so I got another 6 bags, used the first gift card and paid $10.28 for the 6 bags AND got 2 more $5 gift cards (so I paid 28 cents for 6 bags of coffee.) I used the 2 $5 gift cards on a box of Ziploc vacuum sealer bags (5 rolls in the box,) that was on the clearance shelf for $12.88 and paid the few dollars difference, it had originally been $38.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll enter all of the codes from the little gold stickers into the Starbucks site for points towards free drinks and of course, each empty bag will get a free tall coffee- the card and the bags are handy to have when we go on road trips and there is nowhere else to get a cup of coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. monavano Mar 10, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Asparagus @ $.99/lb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Mar 10, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, where do you live?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          monavano Mar 10, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          VA- last year, same store, lowest price was $.88

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I put the "loss" in loss leader ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          cheesecake17 Mar 10, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bought asparagus today for $1.79/bunch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            coll Mar 10, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mine was down to $1.49 last week but the skinny kind unfortunately.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              monavano Mar 10, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've found that the pencil variety can be void of any flavor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm going to make a veloute with a bunch or two tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                coll Mar 10, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know, it's funny that they usually wholesale for more money than the thicker. It's been a terrible winter but not too long from now, the farm stands will start having signs for asparagus, and maybe spinach, and my garden will be going in too. Then I won't worry about all this stuff until next dead of winter ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  monavano Mar 10, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It brings me joy to see asparagus go on sale- it means Spring is around the corner and this PITA winter will be behind me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And... many more farmers markets will open for the season. Now THAT makes my days!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                cheesecake17 Mar 10, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                These was fat. Cooked them tonight- with lemon and panko. 3yo ate most of them

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                BeachCookie107 Mar 15, 2014 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just heard yesterday that Mexico and Peru are pumping so much asparagus into our markets that California growers are running blades through their asparagus crops. This will promote spears to produce later and the growers hope that the imports will be on the down trend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2014 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm waiting for asparagus that isn't from south of the border. I guess I'll keep waiting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    coll Mar 15, 2014 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Once asparagus is cheap and plentiful long enough, customers will probably lose interest. At least to some extent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2014 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I gave up, spotted asparagus .98/lb at H Mart and bit

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coll Mar 15, 2014 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ours is 99 cents now too, but I am sick of spicing and roasting it, then chopping and adding to something. I want the good stuff and am willing to wait.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2014 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Its $2.99 elsewhere so I'll be holding out after this bundle. This year is the first I gave up on out of season asparagus, any idea when to expect local stuff?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            coll Mar 15, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think it's going to coincide with Easter, the way the weather is going this year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It may sound lame, but that would be perfect. Lamb and fresh asparagus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                coll Mar 15, 2014 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I almost think it's nature telling us to calm down and wait until the time is right. Nothing you can mark on your calendar in advance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Easter is so late this year, but the asparagus and baby spinach always seem to coincide with that date anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ruthie789 Mar 15, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The imported asparagus has no comparison to the local.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Cherylptw Mar 15, 2014 01:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                No real bargains the last couple of weeks but this weeks sales are pretty decent as far as produce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Asparagus finally down to .99 cents lb! So excited BUT they are the thin stalks however...no matter, I bought two bunches and will get a couple more before Tuesday (last sale date)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The following were all under 1.00 lb./pkg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fresh green beans - .99 cents/lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 lb gag of yellow onions - .99cents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anjou & Bosc pears - .99 lb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Delicious and Jonagold apples - .99 lb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Roma tomatoes - .99 lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yellow & zucchini squashes - .99 lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mangos - .99 each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Avocados - .99 each (small Haas)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Broccoli crowns - .99 lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice heads of celery with bunches of leaves (which I like) .99 each

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meats -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Smithfield assorted cut pork chops 1.99/lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Smithfield pork loin back ribs 2.99/lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Boneless beef chuck roasts 2.99/lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                chicken wings 1.99/lb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm looking for someone to have corned beef at a halfway decent price...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Mar 15, 2014 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Where do you shop? Or perhaps I should ask where you live? South right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherylptw Mar 19, 2014 11:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I live in NE North Carolina; Not many great stores in my little town but I'm 30 miles from Hampton Roads VA so I get there 3-4 times a month where there are more options. This sale was at Farm Fresh

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tara57 Mar 15, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kroger today:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chicken thighs 88 cents a pound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cabbage 39 cents a pound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  free gallon of milk with purchase of cereal - 3 boxes for $6.00

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    masha Mar 15, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Today's shopping bargains:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 lb red potatoes for $1.99
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Broccoli crowns 59 cents/ lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bunch of green onions for 20 cents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cabbage at 28 cents/ lb. ( and I managed to find a smallish one that was only 2.6 lb)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12 oz bag of Gevalia coffee at $6.99, coupled with a coupon for $1.50 off, so net price of $5.49
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I pound boxes of Barilla pasta at $1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I passed up pencil thin asparagus at $0.89/ lb and thicker asparagus at 1.49/ lb. I also passed up red peppers at 79 cents/ lb. Husband is traveling this week so did not want to over buy produce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JasFoodie Mar 15, 2014 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am a member of my local Gleaners organization - 75 bucks for the year and I bring home a bag of groceries every Thursday, so for under $2 a week I can count on bread of some sort, a few potatoes and often a bag of baby carrots. Other than that it's total potluck. This week - 3 half gallon cartons of frozen eggs, 2 lbs of turkey pastrami, some baby portabella mushrooms, about 10 bananas, some chicken nuggets, a few single serve packs of peanut butter and a box of instant grits - all in all a fairly good haul compared to other weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To round it out I bought hte following..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From Food4Less I got 1 bunch asparagus for 99 cents, 1 bunch kale for 99 cents, 2 green peppers for $1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From Target 6 kiwi for 99 cents (using their $1 off fruit mobile coupon), and a couple of onions for free (using $1 off vegetables mobile coupon)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From Smart & Final, 2 lbs of sharp cheddar for 5.99 (costs 13 bucks for the same thing at food4less!!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From Town & Country (a local store that has a good asian selection in addition to other stuff), some frozen edamame, frozen peas, and a pound of miso for a total of $7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This should feed me for the week with plenty of leftovers - one carton of eggs is being cooked up into quiches and breakfast burritos and frozen in single serving potions to eat when my bag has no protien in it (which is the norm. 3 kinds if protien this week was unheard of!) and the miso will see me through numerous bowls of soup over the next 3 or 4 months - I already have the other ingrediants on hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This was actually an expensive week for me compared ot most, but the miso and cheese were not items I buy on a weekly basis, but will continue to feed me for several weeks to come. I'll say this much.. eating on such an extreme budget has lead to being extremely creative in the kitchen, and I still manage to come up with some pretty tasty meals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit Mar 17, 2014 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love the Target mobile coupons for produce, especially when there is a Cartwheel, too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cheesecake17 Mar 17, 2014 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm never successful in shopping for food at target (at least when I try to shop off a list). The produce is always crappy looking and super expensive, if they even have any! (That's with coupons and cartwheel). They're always out of advertised fresh items (yogurt, tortillas, string cheese).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So I don't really go to target for food items, but if I happen to be there, I'll browse for a good deal. Last week I bought 2 boxes of San Giorgio pasta for 25 cents each!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw Mar 19, 2014 11:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wish there were some sort of gleaner assoc. here; I love taking random products and trying to come up with some sort of meal (s). Sort of like "Chopped"..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My fiancé's mother gave sent over six pomegranates last night. He doesn't eat them. I've decided to pair some of the juice with balsamic vinegar & reduce it to drizzle over desserts, chicken and vegetables and to use in vinaigrettes. The rest will be eaten fresh & put into the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This week's bargains:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smithfield pork ribs that were $2.99/lb last week are 1.79/lb this week at the same store! I loaded up. Last week I only bought one rack; glad I did!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bone In chicken breasts - .88 cents/lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          London broil - 2.99/lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hot house beefsteak tomatoes - .99 cents/lb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Iceberg lettuce - .88 cents each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Broccoli & Cauliflower - 2/3.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Strawberries - 2/4.00 (16 oz each)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blackberries - 2/4.00 (6 oz. each)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bird's eye steam fresh frozen bag veggies 10/10.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Store brand 4 lb bag of sugar - 2/3.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Duke's mayo 32 oz. jar - 1.99
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breakstone sour cream 16 oz. - 1.50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coke products (12 pack cans/8 pk bottles) 4/10.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Flower's Natural Grain Butter Bread 20 oz. - BOGO @1.49

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Mar 20, 2014 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They really should give away Coke products, they seem to always be on sale. Last week, buy 2, get 3.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cheesecake17 Mar 21, 2014 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coke cans are always on sale in NYC supermarkets. We're not soda drinkers, and while I'm always tempted, I never buy them. There's tax+ deposit on each can.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cherylptw Mar 23, 2014 12:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I rarely drink soda these days and Pepsi products are what I drink when I do (Dad worked for Pepsi years ago so I'm loyal) but I'll get some of their products for the DF. Never buy 2 get three though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            itsmejessica Mar 22, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tortilla Land uncooked flour tortillas at Kroger. They were marked $1.59 I bought 3 packs and put two in the freezer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For store bought tortillas they are very good. I think the regular price is like $3.49.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              happybaker Mar 22, 2014 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jessica,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You got a great deal on those tortilla land tortillas!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am very very jealous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That said, in Los Angeles, I can now pick up giant artichokes for $1 each, so that's something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                itsmejessica Mar 22, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, now I'm jealous of your $1 artichokes! Living in eastern Ohio, I would kill for a giant artichoke. I don't think I have ever payed $1.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  happybaker Mar 22, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jessica -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes you have much better air than we do, but we have $1 artichokes! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The other seasonal thrill is in the summer - mangoes, 3 for $1. Ah.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. iL Divo Apr 1, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I got an very large bottle of '1 a day' brand vitamins (not expired) for a buck @ some dollar store and the shelf - full of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              don't tell my darling husband - last week I drove 91 miles 1 way to a Grocery Outlet. I 'needed' to go.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              only spent $83 but the Brie(s) I bought the Gouda I bought the tremendous amount of a variety of chocolate I bought plus the fruits, all worth the drive.

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