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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/13/2011 7:42 PM EDT
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MARYANN O;  GRANA  here; I fondly remember  when the regular priceof  whole chickens was$.39# GRADE A broilers/fryers.the same quality  as they were backin 1976:> now are" on sale" for$1.29 # or more ..)... one of the  hazzards of being older:>) is living long enough to "remember  when":>)
Last month, I found bon
eless-skinless chicken breasts for $1.79# usually $3.59#.Hubby"hates" chicken but loves my chicken fritters;& chicken parmesean. & Chinese ginger chicken w/green beans over rice 
We got " fully cooked chicken patties( 2 brands) for $2.99  pkg of 9 patties.Hubby mkes is own cripsy chicken sandwiches(on buns) while 'm  trying to post here.At  the ast food place these cost nearly $4 each + 9% meals ax and he just hasto  micro heat one for 90 seconds to enjoy. The(low carb) burger buns wereonly 1.50 for  a pkg of 8. These pecials are  few & far betwen and are often sold outt he first morning of the (adverised)sale.They areoften not advertised & require strategy & luck to find them before they are gone.I make up weekly menus & shop from  them   & the sale flyers) But  I need to be flexible to fit in these "LUCKY FINDS" Hubby goes to thebargain racks firstthing & I lokfor arked down meats...If I find some, we  tryto match up other items to complete the menus.   If not,  we stick to legumes & ,whole grains& othersources of protein at even more meals, than usual. Money mouthSmile
n rspose  to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
I went to the store and chicken was 99 per pound and that was a great buy.
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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/14/2011 1:36 AM EDT
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Hamburger Helper is on sale for a dollar a box. Oscar Myers Deli turkey and honey ham shaved was buy one get one free with a dollar off on each package which comes to 2.45 for two packages. The two packages weighted over 18 ounces. My total was 3.45 ..

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/14/2011 5:53 AM EDT
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I had a raincheck for 10# Angus gr. chuck ($1.89# Labor Day sale), the butcher said he had a little over 6# & would give me another raincheck for the remaining 4#. After he packaged up the meat into 4 packs for me, I gave him the raincheck & he said just keep it & use it next week. I thanked him & as I was walking away, he said I could buy all 10# at the sale price if I wanted. Well the reg. price is now $3.29# so I will make sure I get there a little earlier to get all 10#. I saved a little over $8.50 on what I bought & will save about $14.00 on the 10#.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/14/2011 7:30 AM EDT
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Iwent to the store and got the 10for 10.00dollars deals.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/15/2011 12:23 AM EDT
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All Liquid laundry detergent 32 loads 50 ounces 2.99 used a coupon and paid 1.99.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/15/2011 6:54 AM EDT
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GRANA  here; We've been shoping marked downs since he 1980's(last economic turndown/recession; when hubby got laid of fafte over 20year of helping to builda company from the ground up.The owner sold out & retired.We had to manage on unemployment checksCobra( health insurancewasover$1,000 month &  westill  had  co-pays  & deductables.Times were tough,but we  ate well.
Not many people shopped for these bargains, back then. so we had many terrific bargains,even lamb chops &  steaks.These days/so many folks  are out of work  & baloon motgage payments are  due There's lots of competition for the bargains.Nice people often allow me(old lady in a wheelchair) first choiceKiss & I give  Moms w/ young kids a chance before me.InnocentIt's nice that even in these tough times we each give a chance( for bargains to people we perceive as more needy/entitled than ourselves Sometimes I give recipe ideas  or duplicate couponsIon'tI'venoplan to use e to folks to use Wealgetlessgenerous when itcomesto markeddownmeats. They are marked down, I believe, because nobody knows how to use them.I oftensuggest cokingmethods& recipes o people hesitatingto buy a cutofmeat that'sbeenmarkeddow.Before the economuy wentbd very few peoplewere interestedin recipes that require any effortor timwe.Now if it's not to complicated r time consuming manypeope are interested in recipes Several weks later  I get thank yous & raves on the recipe I offered.
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The lady that kleansour building's hallways always says hello to me.I toldher howI use (pkg& freeze ground meat [n1/4# units] &shetold me how she gets hern money's worth on ground c offee (brew in a French presscoffee maker like was commnly done during "the grest deppression" . We're all trying to make ends meet w/o giving up our fave things.I's not as bad when we help each the & share ideas  &are not  selfsh w/ knowledge or  fight  over bargainsCool


LThis week hubby's favecoffee( NY style yellowcan ofBLACK SATIN   wa sofferedfor$5.99 fora26 oz can; reg $7.99- $9.99 A young womqn who had helped me reach something too high was loading he rcart w/theweek'ssupply for the 2 youngsters shopping w/ her.She kept  trying to buy house brands/generics & the kids were upset!Frown.she held her ground & finaly told them"it'sthis brand or not at all."I was so proud of her.I mentioned to her about the good d eal on coffee & she ran off to buy coffee  for her usband who had been enduring a lesser quality  brand of coffee for a long time.Iold her oftheBIG sale on myhubby'sfavepremium coffee.  I saw her later, cart filed w/ house brands.On top were2 cans of this premium coffee.She waved & grinned at me, like  a happy kid
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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/15/2011 6:57 AM EDT
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    GRANA  here;  Hi MAXINE;  you done real good!Money mouth
 a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
Hamburger Helper is on sale for a dollar a box. Oscar Myers Deli turkey and honey ham shaved was buy one get one free with a dollar off on each package which comes to 2.45 for two packages. The two packages weighted over 18 ounces. My total was 3.45 ..
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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/16/2011 1:47 AM EDT
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Tropiciana 59 ounces was on Sale Saturday for 1.97 I used a  couponfor a Dollar off and paid 97 cents.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/16/2011 3:30 AM EDT
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I frequently find bargains like this. I enjoy the finds...save time also...

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/16/2011 6:29 AM EDT
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It is becoming more difficult to find great bargains. Even low priced stores like Walmart sometimes have inflated prices. Everyones excuse is the gasoline costs, but how can people continue to buy on low or retirees incomes? My husband jokes about us eating cat food, but even cat food has become pricey! I guess we are in a depression and they aren't calling it that.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/16/2011 7:41 AM EDT
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Iwent to the store and found the 10 for 10.00and we stocked up on the things that we needed .

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/16/2011 8:58 AM EDT
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Hello Danielle -- welcome to VBB.  We're glad to have you.  While you're on this site don't forget to look for the coupons

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/18/2011 12:18 AM EDT
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Monday evening I purchased 24 ounces of Wrights Applewood bacon   regular 8.99 for 3.99.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/20/2011 5:11 PM EDT
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GRANA  here;Our grocery store offers pre-sliced roas tbeef @ 1/2 price( as low as $1.99# Customers order some & don't come back to pick it up. The"rare" roast beef is what is often on sale.I top i t w/caramelized onions &  lowfat/fatfree cheese shreds ( mozerella& cheddar.A quick zap (  60-75 SECONDS I)n Themicrowave &it's fully cooked & ho tw/ melted cheese = PHILY CHEESE STEAK; GREAT  on day oldFrench orItalian bread ( markeddown too); servedw/ a salad or veggie side & "IT'S A MEAL".

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/20/2011 5:30 PM EDT
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GRANA here; This week,our store was introducing a new brand o f salad greens "artisan salad"  4 heads of baby lettuce  for $2.34 in a clamshell pkg.I bought ne pkg a few  weeks ago & they lasted almost 2 weeks. Hubby & I love the ifferent types of salad greens .I make them into DINNER SALADS by layering it w/ / thin sllices o f sweet onion & toppingw/ tomatoes; lowfat cheese shreds or shavings; roast turkey or beef in thin strips& drizzledw/  a  lite dressing.Served w/ marked down/day old  French bread;  jus tadd frut, cookies;     lite beer hot tea /lite eer &  IT'S A    (dellicious) MEAL"CoolLaughing
 

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/20/2011 6:11 PM EDT
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we hop at aWHOLESALE CLUB  store hat ends us coupon booklets every few months $2-$7 off f brand name & house brand  household products( t.p; paper towells; detergens( laundry & dish;personl care items shampoos, skin care; school /officesupplies & pet foods.They allow usto use both thei rcoupons & mfr coupon stogether,usually resulting in outstanding savings
it's best to shop& share w/ a neighbor/friend o r familymember since you oten haveto buy huge quantities of verything.Frown
 I ought y aveskincareproducts2 years go( no use by dates) & only now am thinkingaboutbuying more( waiting for another coupon booklet eI shopedthere w/ mybestfrien 5 yearsago.Ourtotal was$150 ( theiralreadygoodprices.After usingcoupons( theirs& mfr. we paid only$55 Weshared it all & her then fiance was pretyimpresed to see our MOTHER LOAD of supplies  bought  for such a low  price; he  had guessed  couple   of hundred $$$$$$$$$$$.WinkLaughing
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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/31/2011 6:54 PM EDT
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Like many people; hubby  likes a cold beer  w/ some foods/meals: sandwiches, pizza;b urgers,Chinese take-out;  pasta or  roasteD peanuts.
When eating ut the $2.50+ for a beer is just
too much. He found a 30 ct suitcase of  ber he enjoys at a summer closeou tsale .Each 12 oz bottle was only 45 cents.That's a bargain as far as he's concerned.For the last two monthsI've been planni g menus to  "go w/ acold beer'his week we are hping to get  a new  pkg of beer at an ffordable priceMoney mouth
 

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/31/2011 9:33 PM EDT
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Can you believe it -- I found a bargain today!   I love a certain brand of cherry tomatoes and they are always $2.69 at Walmart and $2.99 at the local grocery where I buy my fried chicken.  And I have a wallet full of 50 cent and 75 cent off coupons for the tomatoes.  I went in today and the tomatoes were 99 cents. 
Oh, I inspected them carefully and bought two containers ..... 99 cents each and I had two 75 cent off coupons!! 

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/31/2011 9:41 PM EDT
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 I worked in a grocery store for several years.  Here's a few tips that might help...

 The produce dept is usually "worked" in the mornings.  That is probably the best time to get your produce markdowns.
 
 Bananas can be sliced or chunked, placed on a cookie sheet in a single layer, and then put in the freezer.  Once frozen, put them in     a plastic freezer bag and use them as needed.  Easy to toss the frozen chunks in to the blender for a smoothie, or just take out what you need to make banana bread.  Most produce depts will bag the over-ripe or bruised bananas for $1.00 a bag.

 Most Sunday newspapers will  include manufacturers coupons.  This gives the  manufacturers an opportunity to introduce their new items.  They also  offer the grocers special deals or buy back/advertisement  $$ to run the "coupon" items in the weekly ad.   Watch closely because the "coupon"  item will be in the weekly ad within 2-3 weeks.  You get the item on sale, use the coupon, and most usually doubled up to $1.00

 Watch for the "piggy back" items such as:  caramel dip with the apples,  canned dips with the chips, marinades around the meat counter, sprinkles & toppings around the ice cream aisle, etc.  These are impulse items and are strategically  placed for impulse purchases.

Try to shop without the children.  Manufacturers pay big bucks to display their cereals on the eye level shelves. And guess which cereal the kids want?   The candy and small impulse items are placed around the registers for a reason.  Beware of these items as well.

Hope the tips are helpful..... 

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 10/31/2011 11:34 PM EDT
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I got to use the raincheck for the Angus ground chuck, the price was up to $3.49# (up $ .20# in 2 weeks, must be competing with gas prices Cry). The butcher had cleaned out the meat case & gave me 12.28# (regular price $42.87, I paid $22.95, so saved $19.95).  I was busy in the kitchen Sunday, made the meatloaf for dinner (2 more for the freezer), hubby likes what he calls his burger dinner (a plain large oval gr. chuck patty covered with sautéd onions, a salad, a baked potato & roll or Texas toast) so I formed 2 for the freezer, that left me with 6 packs of meat for spaghetti, tacos, chili & unstuffed pepper casserole (most will be enough for planned overs). I should get 32 individual dinners (& maybe a few lunches for hubby). That is about $ .63 for a serving of meat. A bonus is I have plenty of bell peppers from the garden in the freezer for the casserole, chili & spaghetti sauce.
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