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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/29/2012 6:44 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 some
Posted by ann h


I have an old (might be 35 years old) hamburger mold. I put some meat in, press the top & then I have to shake & shake it till the patty falls out, I like that they are nice & round, but when I make alot, my arm aches for hours. Hubby eats 2 & I have 1 so I put waxed paper between them & put 3 in a bag & freeze.  I cook the meatballs before I freeze them (I  make enough for several meals)
Good to know that a 1/2 C measuring cup holds 1/4# of gr. meat, my patties are not all the same thickness Embarassedl

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/30/2012 4:09 PM EDT
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GRAN A here;
 We all know how dficultit  is to find "bargains" at the grocery stores these days.
We shop the ads, marked down racks/areas & use coupons
 Now the store  where I've ben shhoppin since1987 is no longer acceptingMoney mouthSurprisedFrown FREE COUPONS.I've iot  quite a few of then & will begin shopping at Target Walmart  or elsewhere..... even w/ the longer ride to the other store & their higher prices; since the coupons are for
FREE MERCHANDISE 'll still  shop elsewhere & try to combine shopping  i w/ medical appointments or other errands.Cry

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 6/30/2012 6:55 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.  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 " " 
Posted by ann h


Ann, is this a "chain" grocery store?  If so I would send an email or even a letter, remember them on paper with an envelope and a stamp, to the manager of the store.  If it is a chain send one also to the customer relations department.  It might not help but at least you could vent a little.  I would like to think that management would like to be told of the inept crew that you are dealing with.
Grocery shopping is bad enough with the high prices, smaller packaging that we have to put up with without having to deal with computers that have been programmed with inaccurate prices or mismarked items or incorrect ads that they just have to put a notice up apologizing for the "inconvenience".

All this is one reason that if I do find a great deal I s.n.a.t.c.h (sorry about the punctuation the filter said I can't use that word!) it up and count that as my good luck for the day.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/1/2012 9:52 AM EDT
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i feel it too-----------on wed i was proud of my buys at heb---------but later i looked at my receipts and realized that one of my briskets was over 25. while the other was 15. my g.s. had picked them and put in buggy---we were on our way home from dr it was after 3 and about 105 outside so i didn't check
the briskets were in my son's freezer so he texted me the weight, price charged(2.18 instead of 1.47)
and total price
on my way to walmart i stopped in my nearby heb with my receipt and text------------and after even the store mgr refused me (they wanted me to make a 40 mi rd trip and take the label off pkg) but then he realized how truly stupid that sounded he authorized the refund

also none of my local stores even double coupons any longer---------------kroger quit last yr

so far i have not had any problems with my printed coupons

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/1/2012 3:05 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
Thank you al for your support .This seems to be a common problem w/ retailers trying to make more money while we try to cut our costs.The store is a regional chain een aroundheref or over 40 years.I'vesopped at oneor another oftheirlocations.Theoriginal founder diedafewyearsago & things havegonefrom a pretty goodplaceto shopto beprepared for war every timeyou shopI askedtwo different clerks @ customer service& serveral cashiers& all agreed/insisted that "FREE coupupons wer e not accepted.
I think the "bean counters" took over upper mgt  & good quality @ good prices is no lnger their  goal They never doubled oupons & only recently accept  computer generatedc online coupons I'venot yet  spoken w/ th/  store director mgr.but lan to do so.In the meantime my FREE coupon for 5# of rown rice as expired as have several others.I called Target a block from the rocery store.They stock theitems& accept internet &  FREE coupons.They however have often neglected  to ring up  my coupons whichwere placed w/ the item& pointed out to the cashier.I recently received a $7 gift card from them  to make up for for the neglect/error.
I know  I should cal the store gr but heis usually" not available" & I really don;t wan to deal w/ another  conflict.
 I might go online to their"contact us" area   vent there, costs no money & in thepast got me  my goal ( online ads, so I can know what's on sale&  make up my list based on that info.
It seems that in this area, many people are now unemployed.Those that stil have jobs work longer hours & are very stressed out....They just shop impulsively( no list) & pay whatever thecost at checkout,too iredto battle w/ anyone over accuracy of prices.young ( stay at home)? Moms t still try to  get goodprices, butdon'tknow how/ nevertaught  & seem to temy  pointing out  specials 7 accepting y coupons( up to $1 of)f, saving them a dollar or more each week(coupons only)
.Even they don't check the sale ads;:it's just not done anymore".My eighbors, working or  not often make a 2nd 3rd trip to the store to get  items forgotten since they do not make a list. I suggest to them that they keep a list on the refrigerator & add to it as they use up/run low on often used items, also add special items like watermelon, ketchup & mustard for holiday BBQ mealsInnocentSmile
Even though the store is less than 1/4 mile away neighbors take their cars to pick up a bag of hips, forgotten or eaten up....Hubby  71yo always walksto get lightweight items( a cup ofyogurtor  bag offreshspinach  butforheavier items( milk/ beer/soda/a bag of apples or a melon) he rides his bicycle& fills up his saddle bags/paniers w/ items too heavy to carry  while walkingWhen I finally deidewhat do do( takeaction)I'lllet you knowhowit works out...In themeantime have shorter list each  week [ nFREE COUPON items . &  tellothershopers whenTarget has items on sale for lower prices!    IAM AGOOD FRIEND; BAD ENEMY to  both businesses &  peopleWinkSmile

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/1/2012 4:58 PM EDT
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ann
are you aware that wal-mart will match prices on sale item with the store ads on the same item

and in texas target does this as well----------never hurts to ask

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/2/2012 12:22 AM EDT
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Some Walmart stores do not match other store ads. I called  headquarters to ask why and I was told the store could refuse to match an ad. That is why I shop at other stores. It is easier to save my fuel and time shopping at other stores.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/2/2012 5:57 AM EDT
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The past week I have seen a number of Walmart ads on TV saying they match prices on the "identical" item.  It has been almost 2 yrs. since I have been to a Walmart, but after seeing the ads, I am going to check it out soon. I was told that they do not double coupons.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/2/2012 6:24 AM EDT
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The one store I shop at has their coupon & matching ad on general(not on grocery) items policy on their web site so I printed out a copy & carry it in my purse. I pulled it out a few times when I was told things like "no rain check for special sales",(the ad must say no rain checks or while supplies last)  "we NEVER sub. " ( just a few weeks ago I asked for a manager because I had a raincheck for 24 diet caff. free Coke & every week I checked & they were out so I asked if I could get 2 of the 12 packs & he told me his name & ext. #  to have the cashier call him for the ok), " we can't match the price because the difference is over $ 5.00" (I pulled out the store policy that had the date of their updated policy on it & I got the item for the other store sale price which was about $12.00 cheaper) 
 
If you can, check out the store's website. Knowledge is power. 

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/2/2012 6:48 AM EDT
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Sat. bought the Limit 3 packs of Angus gr. chuck (turns out so many people were complaining about the "around a # " size, that they made the packs a little over 2# ) so got a total of 6.81# for $ 13.41(saved $15.80), got a boneless 1/2 pork loin for $ 1.67# (reg. $ 3.38#) a savings of $ 8.64 with use by date of July 27th. Bought hubby 5 gal. of Hawaiian Punch reg. $ 2.39 on sale $ 1.19 (a mix or match 5 select items sale) & since the exp. date is Aug. 2013 & I really did not like the other sale items I bought the 5 & saved $ 6.00 (he thinks I bought 2). Limit 2 Pepsi cubes (48 cans dated Oct.), 2 packs of breakfast sausage links for him, a pack of Eckrich hotdogs & a large 38# seeded watermelon ( I put it on the bath scale) for $ 3.49. Total was $ 44.21. Another week & no coupon used.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/2/2012 8:34 AM EDT
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Fran, I asked a Walmart to match a price of a store that had an ad flier in my paper.  The store was not in the same town as the Walmart though.  They refused to match the price since it was not a "local" store.  I guess I could have gone to the Walmart in the town that had the grocery store but that would have defeated the purpose of not having to drive.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/2/2012 10:02 AM EDT
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here where i live----------my nearest walmart is in between 3 distinct municipalities , neither of which i live in a little farther out------------they tried for a short while to do that local thing---------but there are different stores within a 15 mi radius in even different locales--so now they take all major stores -of course thay do not match bogo's or in-store coupons-------only a stated price for an item--------they don't double coupons -------but neither do any of the other stores near me
nikki------------as someone once told me you need to be bloody bold and resolute to get results and if a cashier refuses me i always make the mgr come------and usually get what i ask for

and today the g.s. and i are off on a return trip to heb to pick up our limits on the 1.47 brisket (2) and boneless/skinless chicken breasts (4)

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/2/2012 12:43 PM EDT
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A little helpful hint: go on line and make a copy of all the coupon policies from all the stores you shop and have them with you to show the cashier and the manager if needed.It saves time and energy.At our Giant Eagle they have a policy if an item scans incorrectly the item is FREE.Only one item,the first one scanned incorrectly.My son went to buy laundry soap TIDE it scanned incorrectly and he got it for free.Carry your flyer with you also.i have found things on the shelf that were incorrectly marked,don't be affaid to ask why,it's a mistake on their part not yours.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/2/2012 7:30 PM EDT
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here where i live----------my nearest walmart is in between 3 distinct municipalities , neither of which i live in a little farther out------------they tried for a short while to do that local thing---------but there are different stores within a 15 mi radius in even different locales--so now they take all major stores -of course thay do not match bogo's or in-store coupons-------only a stated price for an item--------they don't double coupons -------but neither do any of the other stores near me nikki------------as someone once told me you need to be bloody bold and resolute to get results and if a cashier refuses me i always make the mgr come------and usually get what i ask for and today the g.s. and i are off on a return trip to heb to pick up our limits on the 1.47 brisket (2) and boneless/skinless chicken breasts (4)
Posted by nellie v


I sure love a slow cooked brisket. 
At that price I would be getting all I was allowed to.  And going back to get more!

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/3/2012 12:29 AM EDT
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A package of cooked store deli ribs was 7.99 with a 3.00 off coupon I used another coupon for an additional 1.00 off and paid 3.99

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/4/2012 5:37 AM EDT
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We went shopping yesterday and I found a few great deals.I bought a pound of balogna for $2.29# the girl working in the deli handed me a coupon for $1 off that made it $ 1.29.GFS (Gordons Food Service) Had a 5# box of burgers for $11.99 I bought two boxes,5# box of sirloin steaks for $19.95 and a 1 1/2  # bag of large shrimp for $10.99 Total = $ 54.92 if you spent $50 or more there was an additional  $5 off. = Total  $ 49.92.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

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In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store. : I have an old (might be 35 years old) hamburger mold. I put some meat in, press the top & then I have to shake & shake it till the patty falls out, I like that they are nice & round, but when I make alot, my arm aches for hours. Hubby eats 2 & I have 1 so I put waxed paper between them & put 3 in a bag & freeze.  I cook the meatballs before I freeze them (I  make enough for several meals) Good to know that a 1/2 C measuring cup holds 1/4# of gr. meat, my patties are not all the same thickness l
Posted by FRAN M


Fran I have this gadget that looks like a pair of scissors that has a ball on the top. It is used to make meatballs,it nice all the same size.I dip it in cold water in between making each meatball and the meat doesn't stick to it.I don't know if it would work on your burger press but it might be worth trying.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/4/2012 6:39 AM EDT
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At Publix, they have a ton of BOGO's each week.  Last week I was able to save $45.00 and stock up on some of our favorites by buying them.   Other than that, I never see any good bargins there.

However, at BJ's, I have been able to get a bargin on whole chickens--99 cents a lb., usually towards the end of the day.  The way we eat chicken in this household, that's a good deal.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 7/4/2012 9:03 AM EDT
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Always check the sell by date on the meats in the counter.  Often if you are shopping at the end of the day and the sell by date is that day or the next ask if you can get it reduced.
The Sam's Club I shop quite often has reduced meat items that have a sell by date that day.  I once found some frozen shrimp that had gone out of date the day before and asked if they could be reduced and I was told no because they could not sell them after the date! Shoulda gone the day before!
I was looking at the leg of lamb after Easter and there were several that were marked down to $2.99 a pound needless to say I picked up several.
So go early to Sam's or BJ's (Costco does not mark down like this) for great deals on meat.
I also quite often see some items marked down in the dairy case at Meijers.  Again all with close sell by dates.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

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In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store. : Fran I have this gadget that looks like a pair of scissors that has a ball on the top. It is used to make meatballs,it nice all the same size.I dip it in cold water in between making each meatball and the meat doesn't stick to it.I don't know if it would work on your burger press but it might be worth trying.
Posted by gale g


We must be close in age, I have 2 of them, a lg. & a small one made of metal. If I freeze raw meatballs, I dip in ice water, but if I am cooking them that day, I lightly coat with oil. Mine have a hole in one side that I can push the meatball out if it sticks.
I tried putting waxed paper in the press before I put the meat in, but 80% of the time the paper rips, the press is 1 piece (hinged metal). I just kind of knock it on the cutting board  (I have cut waxed paper sq. & I put one on the cutting board & slap the mold on it ).
Hey, there are times when I am upset with the other 1/2 & then I just pretend that he is the cutting board Embarassed Wink.
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