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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/24/2012 8:13 AM EDT
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  I found the peach on sale for .69a pound.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/25/2012 12:05 AM EDT
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I paid 2.97 for a pound of fresh Bing cherries Sunday

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/25/2012 3:14 AM EDT
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Ann, don't forget you already have next month's beer (& next week's) Money mouth

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GRANA  here;  It's been a longtimew/o bargains a thegrocery store.....This week we went  way(48)over  budget but got 30 bottles of beer for ubby( 2 month upply); fave tea bags for bothof us, a bag of my fave aples; 2 oranges; 2 pkg cookies ; hubby's choice even though I  had baked d 2 pans of turtle rownies thiswek he wanted hisOreos & 'nilla wafers We got Chex mix,  , burger buns& a few other luxuries. SEMI BARGAINGS : 2# of chicken cutlets( no skin or bonesfor $2.99# reg $3.79#    25 ozJUMBO  can ofhubby's fave remium coffee ( reg $9.99  foronly $4.99 on sale& using a coupon I wanted small redpotatoes $1.69 for3#& for potato salad& hubby bought a special item ( tinycreamyredpotates for $2.99 for2#, thinking they would be easier for me ( less cutting) since tey are so smal....i don't mind  thebit of cutting work but  have to appreciate his thoughtfullness as longashedoesn't complain about thecost of groceries, this week : />   ) .(self portrait)  a smaler pieceof seedless  watermelon ( justrightfor 2 ) @ $.69# rather than $.99# for a  too  large piece that is too big for us &would spoil beforewe finished it. Hubby's says theover budget amt is madeup by the under budget($7) spent last eweek &mentioned his beer as a  budget breaker ; glad he remembered it 'cuz I tried my best to spend less.
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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/25/2012 3:19 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store. : Oh WOW! if I had found chicken breasts for .49 a pound I would be walking like a chicken, talking like a chicken for the next 6 months or more.    It would save me even more if I started laying eggs!
Posted by nikki p


LOL Laughing, If I would have found the chicken breasts for that price, I would have spent 3/4 of the monthly budget & stocked the freezer even if I had to pass on any beef sales(for lack of freezer space).

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/25/2012 4:10 AM EDT
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Sure hope the 4th of July sale will be good, the next sale will be Labor Day (then it will be turkey & ham, so I hope to stock up on beef while the stores promote "grilling" season. 

This weekend I cut the whole sirloin tip I bought earlier($ 4.59# on sale for $ 2.49#) & decided to just cut 2 nice size steaks & 2 roasts(1 larger than I normally make). 

I bought some canned Freshlike vegs. on sale 2/ $ 1.00 (carrots exp. date mar. 2015 & peas 2014) reg. $ 1.37 a can, Doz. lg. eggs on sale $ 1.00, Chicken of the Sea tuna in water on sale 2/ $ 1.00 (exp.date 2014) & a few  48 oz. store brand veg. juice on sale for $ 1.00  (reg. $ 2.99 each).

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/27/2012 12:11 AM EDT
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Angus round steak 7.06 reduced to 4.03. Two Smithfield hickory ham steaks 5.98. Swiss gourmet burger 2.06 reduced to 1.70. Two cream filled long johns from bakery  two for a 1.00. Two milk chocolate Hershey 4.4 candy bars 2.39 each. I used coupons.  My Grand total was 3.65. I enjoy Super Double coupon time

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/27/2012 6:26 AM EDT
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A great bargain is getting more difficult to find - most prices are up.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/27/2012 8:43 AM EDT
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Iwas at the store and got apples .25cents

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/28/2012 7:04 AM EDT
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yesterday i found beef brisket--------pork spare ribs-------pork riblets----------and boneless---skinless chicken breast all for       1.47   per pound-----------------i had my g.s with me so we got 2 buggies and doubled our haul------------fair since i sent more than half of it to their freezer

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/28/2012 7:29 AM EDT
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Holiday sales not as good as they use to be . Maybe next week will be better since the 4th is Wed.
Limit 3 packs of Angus gr. chuck at $ 1.97# (friend said packs were 1&1/4 to 1 & 1/3#), I decided to go at 11:00PM so I could make another trip by Sat. to get the meat. All the gr. chuck was gone & I asked if there was any in the back, the girl came out with the Limit of 3 (the packs were over 2# each & totaled 8#s). The reg. price was $ 4.29# & she told me to have the cashier call her to change the price to $ 1.97# (a total of $34.32 for $15.76, so I saved $18.56). A trip well worth making that late. I also bought 3 bananas, 3 peaches, 3 nectarines & 3 plums for a total of $ 2.91. I still have to do the normal shopping & it would be nice to get another 8# when I go, but I am sure I will be getting the smaller packs(not nice to be greedy Undecided& I am grateful for what I got so far). Now to decide what to do with the meat, it is too hot to make meatloaf (I still have 3 in the freezer), meatballs or stuffed pizza bread.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/28/2012 8:53 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
Holiday sales not as good as they use to be . Maybe next week will be better since the 4th is Wed. Limit 3 packs of Angus gr. chuck at $ 1.97# (friend said packs were 1&1/4 to 1 & 1/3#), I decided to go at 11:00PM so I could make another trip by Sat. to get the meat. All the gr. chuck was gone & I asked if there was any in the back, the girl came out with the Limit of 3 (the packs were over 2# each & totaled 8#s). The reg. price was $ 4.29# & she told me to have the cashier call her to change the price to $ 1.97# (a total of $34.32 for $15.76, so I saved $18.56). A trip well worth making that late. I also bought 3 bananas, 3 peaches, 3 nectarines & 3 plums for a total of $ 2.91. I still have to do the normal shopping & it would be nice to get another 8# when I go, but I am sure I will be getting the smaller packs(not nice to be greedy & I am grateful for what I got so far). Now to decide what to do with the meat, it is too hot to make meatloaf (I still have 3 in the freezer), meatballs or stuffed pizza bread.
Posted by FRAN M


Fran, what I often do when I find ground beef on sale I buy a few packages like you din then I package some in 1 pound packs and freeze that but I also brown quite a bit of it.  I then freeze the cooked beef in 1 pound packs.  When I want to make a sauce, sloppy joe's, taco's, chili anything using cooked ground beef I just take out a pack of cooked and toss it in.  It thaws in the pan while the sauce, chili or whatever is cooking.
Nice bonus is that cooked it takes up less space in the freezer.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/28/2012 10:38 AM EDT
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As a kid my mom always bought ground beef in "family size."  When she got home from the grocery store she would immediately cut it into quarters because it typically came as 4lbs.  Then she would seran wrap it and freeze it until we needed it.  Just stick it on defrost and brown in the skillet.  We always bought at lower prices because we had to make our money stretch.  She stayed conscious about our meat, though.  She always bought from our local grocer, which had somewhat higher prices.  When she needed any thing she felt could be dangerous (meat, vegetables, deli foods) she would allow a little bit of a larger budget because we felt safe buying from a local source.  When we needed home goods though she bought at Walmart in a near-by town.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/28/2012 10:40 AM EDT
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that's very true nikki-----------i do the same-----------except i usually pack only about 8 oz in the bags because a lb of cooked meat is more than i want in a meal------------when i was with WW-----i learned that all meat loses weight when cooked---------so i try to account for that

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/28/2012 11:57 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
Yesterday( grocery shoppping) I ought a 24 oz boneless pork roast; reg. abut  $8 on sale forI $6.49
II had a 5 coupon 7itrang up @$4.99; NET COST  to us  to us:
-one cent; we actually made one cent on this purchase. 
Surprised
Neither ofus were alert enough to notice the error tlll on the way home where I also found more errors rors,more costlyto us.Each week it's a battle to keep from being cheated & I no longer feel reponsible to  wait on line to show them their  mistake so that I can pay them for their careless errors.Each week I get ripped off by incorrect ringing up of items or coupons not credited
I would shop elsewhere but this store is the closest to us, w/no traffic on the way.rning mney& always haveto fighto get refundswhen I've been cheated.Clerks are rude& surly &dumb; refuse to see how they rang up items at the wrong/too high rice. I buy 2oranges & am charged for 3.I know  Ishould not take advantage of their careless ness but  I fee las if I've recouped some  of the money they ripped off from me over the years.
The ld mgr&  severa lclerks who often thanked me have relocated to other stores; this new group sems to feel that I should not be concerned about theprice at which thhings irng up ; so I'll not be concrned & just take advantage of an eror in my favor this time.all the way to the bank"
Money mouthLaughing

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/29/2012 12:04 AM EDT
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GRANA here;
 fresh oranges $4 bag of ten
6  BIG Valencias, in a store wraped pkg;$ 1.49= $2.98 for12
had one for lunch,
very very good; juicy &  sweet!
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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/29/2012 12:30 AM EDT
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GRANA  here;
Hi FRAN
 It's likely too late now; but I pkg ground meat by 1/4# patties & wrap in  cling  wrap bag & freeze;
For burgers take out one per person for meatballs browned groun dbeef, take out 4-6 patties to = the amt  of ground meat you needforyourreciee.They wil thawmuch faster er than a one # block off meat and for burgers it is not necessary to thaw before cooking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bythetime I was done making patties, packing&  freezing them tisweek; I was exhausted 
.But tomorrw night when I lplan to make burgers, I  justhave to take out two & cook them ,  stil frozen iny  my stove top grill pan  always juicy done this way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BTW:a 1/4#b urger uses exactly 1/2 cup ground eef/meat, packed firmly.remove, Then flatten & shape; pkg & freeze. for easy RTG burgers / ground beef whenever you want someWink

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/29/2012 12:33 AM EDT
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GRANA here;
 Around here; So.N.H. black cherries are $3.99 # any lower priced  andtherere bruised off color cherries in the    pile!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/29/2012 1:17 AM EDT
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A package of fresh Crab stuffed Flounder was 3.84. A package of fresh Pinwheel Salmon was 2.34. A package of fresh Herbed Salmon 3.29. Using coupons I paid a total of 6.18. Using coupons once again.

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In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store. : Fran, what I often do when I find ground beef on sale I buy a few packages like you din then I package some in 1 pound packs and freeze that but I also brown quite a bit of it.  I then freeze the cooked beef in 1 pound packs.  When I want to make a sauce, sloppy joe's, taco's, chili anything using cooked ground beef I just take out a pack of cooked and toss it in.  It thaws in the pan while the sauce, chili or whatever is cooking. Nice bonus is that cooked it takes up less space in the freezer.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki,
I do the same, I have been freezing cooked gr. meat since 1967(lived in apt. that had a small frig with tiny freezer ) & since it took forever to thaw uncooked meat, I would brown most of what I bought, drain & freeze in bowls then wrap in foil (no baggies or microwave back then). We lived in Calif. & ate tacos once a week(also pasta & burgers & meatloaf), hubby only ate beef back then except for bacon.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/29/2012 6:17 AM EDT
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I should have posted that the freezers are pretty full. I made a ton (not really a ton, have about 30 left ) of burger patties & froze them, also made some to fit the bread for patty melts for hubby, have 3 meatloaves left, a few batches of meatballs, several packs of raw gr. beef, & several packs of the cooked gr. beef. Plus there is chicken, pork chops, beef cubes for kabobs, beef roast, steaks, fish (Gortons & Van deKamp) stuffed peppers, sals. steak for hubby, meaty pasta sauce, plain pasta sauce, beef & gravy for hot beef sandwiches, & I think I still have a small batch of lasagna. Oh yeah, some turkey soup & a chunk of ham. AND then there is the usual freezer items, ice cream, broccoli, strawberries (that I froze months ago), still have some bell peppers from last years garden, brats, kielbasa etc.
I was expecting to get 3# of the meat on sale, not 8#, so I should have posted that I had to decide what to do with the extra 5#. I planned to form some into patties to make mini sub burgers & to brown the rest . WOW, news is on and said the actual temp. got up to 105 (was expecting 100 or 101), the heat is why I did not want to make stuffed pizzabread & freeze it, also I precook meatloaf & the meatballs are cooked before I freeze &  all are cooked in the oven.  I decided to freeze most of the meat raw(for lasagna, stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage). The big decision was to freeze it cooked or raw & I heard on the news that with the heat & drought, expect beef prices to jump again, so raw it is.  When I buy the limit 3 packs of Angus gr. chuck Sat. I will brown it all (unless I luck out & get more than 3#). 
I might go weeks without buying meat, but if there is a good sale, I buy & freeze. If I make stuffed pizzabread instead of just pizza bread, I can use lots of onions, tomatoes & bell peppers (mushroom if I have them) I do what I can to get vegs. & fruit into hubby.
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