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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/3/2012 3:44 AM EDT
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The 1 store I shop at takes the produce that is going bad, (celery, carrots, onions, bell peppers, watermelon, pineapple & cantaloupe)  cuts it up, put in deli containers & charge an arm & a leg (I have talked to one of the ladies that does this now & then,). People think this is great, they do not have to slice, dice etc. & here the store is using up items they would discount or toss. Both stores have a deli & store brand cheese etc. where one can buy shredded or mini cubes of cheese along with slices in any amount  so I gather they are using up the ends.



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Another great discovery at a local store.  I stopped to get some ham for sandwiches and there was a cooler with "Meat ends and Cheese ends" the plastic bags have different cuts of meat or sausage and the bags of cheese have a selection of cheese.  I grabbed a bag of the cheese ends to make Mac-N-Cheese this weekend. $1.99 a pound for the cheese or meat ends.  So if your deli does not have these packaged ask I am sure they will sell the ends at a discount.  the meat ends would be great to make a chopped sandwich spread with. 
Posted by nikki p

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/3/2012 4:33 AM EDT
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Last week I bought 5 BBQ sauce ($1.00each, reg. $ 2.29 each), 5 packs of kielbasa/smoked sausage at $ 1.49 each(reg. $3.29 each), 3 packs of Oscar Mayer deli sliced ham at $ 1.99#, couple bags of Light & Fluffy noodles ($1.00 a bag), 6 boxes of  store brand instant oatmeal (10 packs in a box) for $10.00 & a 4# bag of sugar for $ 1.89 (reg. $ 2.49).

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/3/2012 7:52 AM EDT
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I was at the store and got alot of stuffor 25.00.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/3/2012 9:37 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
The 1 store I shop at takes the produce that is going bad, (celery, carrots, onions, bell peppers, watermelon, pineapple & cantaloupe)  cuts it up, put in deli containers & charge an arm & a leg (I have talked to one of the ladies that does this now & then,). People think this is great, they do not have to slice, dice etc. & here the store is using up items they would discount or toss. Both stores have a deli & store brand cheese etc. where one can buy shredded or mini cubes of cheese along with slices in any amount  so I gather they are using up the ends. In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store. :
Posted by FRAN M


The two stores I shop at take all the produce that is a bit ripe or bruised and places it on a rack or table.  The items are marked down drastically. The problem is you have to be willing to alter your menu.  This is perfect if one does canning though.  Yesterday I saw a case of plums for about $2.00 and a case of mixed peppers for about the same price.  I just could not figure out what I would do with a case of plums before they really were past the point when you could eat them.  But I do a lot of soups, stew, chili or pasta sauce with the potatoes, onions, celery and other vegetables I find on the rack.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/5/2012 9:24 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. : The two stores I shop at take all the produce that is a bit ripe or bruised and places it on a rack or table.  The items are marked down drastically. The problem is you have to be willing to alter your menu.  This is perfect if one does canning though.  Yesterday I saw a case of plums for about $2.00 and a case of mixed peppers for about the same price.  I just could not figure out what I would do with a case of plums before they really were past the point when you could eat them.  But I do a lot of soups, stew, chili or pasta sauce with the potatoes, onions, celery and other vegetables I find on the rack.
Posted by nikki p

Years ago I canned plums, but we got tired of eating them.  When the kids were home, canning quarts of peaches, pears, apples, applesauce, beets, carrots & bread & butter pickles was the way to go, I still can qts. of tomatoes if the garden produces enough. I have a lot of quart canning jars but just a few pints & I do not want to buy more. If I get a good deal on apples, I will can applesauce, but that is about it. I will make a few jars of pickled carrots or peppers, but just enough to use in a few week (keep in the frig. instead of canning). I normally freeze strawberries, turkey soup, spag. sauce, several batches of lasagna, stuffed shells, stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage, dozens of meatballs, cookies, etc. 
The baked goods(from the bakery) at the one store get marked down a whole 20% & the same with the  meat, but they mark the stuff down with only 1 day left on the date & I do not want to take a chance on the meat. The other store marks down bakery items, store brand breads, some seafood & meat & the % can be from 20% to 50%, but there is not much to choose from. I do get reduced bread or burger buns now & then.  The one store use to have a senior discount day once a month (15% off non food items) & the other store gave seniors (age 65+) a discount on their store brand, but both stores stopped the programs.
 Fri. I was talking to a worker at the one store & he said they throw out enough food to fill a dumpster 3 times a week (it is kept inside to 
prevent  dumpster diving or rats), orders from headquarters & the store manager has no say in the matter.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/5/2012 10:21 AM EDT
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I spent part of next week's grocery $, but it was worth it. I bought 2 whole boneless sirloins (17.93# reg. total price of $82.30) for a total of $44.64, saving $ 37.66. I should get 6 roasts, 2 large steaks & some cubes for kabobs & each roast should be big enough for a roast dinner & then hot beef for another dinner, so about 15 meals for 2 (& a batch or 2 of veg. beef soup). I also bought a 4# bag of fz. chicken tenders ( I separated them into 4 equal packs & double bagged them) for $ 1.75# (saving $ 3.00), Nestle cho. chips were on sale (reg. $ 2.79) & with the coupons I got 4 bags at $ 1.19 each (saved a total of $ 6.40) & Nestle pre cut cookie dough (reg. $ 2.59 ) with Oct. date was on sale for $ 1.49 & I had 2 coupons for $ 1.25 off 2 so I paid $ 1.73 for 2 packs ( $ .87 each, saving $ 6.90), I bought 3 of the mini & 1 oatmeal raisin (first time buying them). I also bought 3 1# packs of cheese for $ 8.97 (saving a total of $10.50) with exp. dates of Dec. I am glad it was the beginning of the month when I had the whole month's grocery $.
 I also picked up a bottle of Karo syrup( saved $ .40), I did not need it, but I now  have a spare & the price will probably go up),  corn meal & some tortilla chips (exp. date of Oct.) for nachos.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/5/2012 11:15 AM EDT
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nikki
next time buy the plums
my g.m. used to make the most wonderful plum butter      just plums and sugar cooked down to (simmered for a long time) to  something like applesauce, but thicker      it was wonderful on toast, biscuits  and maybe in a recipe
she would put it in pint canning jars (heated ) s.c.rew on the heated lids and turn it over on the counter
when the lid pops it can be stored in a cabinet              if the lid fails to pop you can store in fridge and use first
if none pop             you can put in a water bath and cook by the instructions for jelly

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/8/2012 12:25 AM EDT
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It is Super Double Time at Harris Teeter again. Coupons up to and including 2.00 will be doubled.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/8/2012 7:38 AM EDT
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I love to get double value for my coupons.  It is probably as close as I come to winning the lottery!  LOL

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/8/2012 7:50 AM EDT
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I will be headed for the store and find the bargain their.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/8/2012 8:38 AM EDT
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nikki next time buy the plums my g.m. used to make the most wonderful plum butter      just plums and sugar cooked down to (simmered for a long time) to  something like applesauce, but thicker      it was wonderful on toast, biscuits  and maybe in a recipe she would put it in pint canning jars (heated ) s.c.rew on the heated lids and turn it over on the counter when the lid pops it can be stored in a cabinet              if the lid fails to pop you can store in fridge and use first if none pop             you can put in a water bath and cook by the instructions for jelly
Posted by nellie v


One of the things I gave away when I was moving was all my canning jars.  As much as I would like a gazillion jars of plum butter I think I will pass ;)
I do love apple butter and I make a bit of that every year.  And I love pumpkin butter and I will make that a few times as well.  It is great with my pumpkin bread.  Tried making pear butter one year and that did not do so well pretty grainy for some reason.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/8/2012 9:05 AM EDT
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you know ball makes some wonderful freezer canning containers that are with the other canning supplies
8-16 & 32 ozs          i use them for a lot of things---------strawberries-------my soup starter   chili      chopped beef and prepared chicken breast w/broth for some

the shape makes it easy to defrost     just run water on it upside down and the contents will fall out
without resorting to the m/w that will ruin your containers

also cheaper than the glass ones    and fit inside each other for storing

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/8/2012 9:24 AM EDT
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yesterday i had to buy a new ceiling fan for my breakfast room         and i actually remembered to stop at kroger and buy a gift card for lowe's for the purchase
they doubled my fuel points and now i have an extra 20 cents off per gallon on my next fillup

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/10/2012 12:26 AM EDT
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Two bags of Doritos. Two twelve packs of Wild Cherry Pepsi. One 59 ounce Indian River OJ. Using coupons I paid 4.64 for everything.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/10/2012 6:48 AM EDT
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The bargains are fewer even with sales ands coupons.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/10/2012 8:56 AM EDT
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I was at the store and got the 10for 10.00 sale.

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posted at 8/12/2012 1:29 PM EDT
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This week my Hy-Vee has REAL butter for $1.49.  That's great for cookies.  Margarine is more than twice that much.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 8/12/2012 9:00 PM EDT
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Last week I got 2 large cans of pumpkin pie mix for 99 cents each, 3 can turkey gravy 3/1.00, frozen puff pastry for 1.00.  Spent more than I planned on but when I see a bargain I just can't resist lol.

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posted at 8/13/2012 12:29 AM EDT
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Last week I got 2 large cans of pumpkin pie mix for 99 cents each, 3 can turkey gravy 3/1.00, frozen puff pastry for 1.00.  Spent more than I planned on but when I see a bargain I just can't resist lol.
Posted by H. M


Wow great prices, I do the same when I see a bargain. The first of the month I spent part of the 2nd week budget, but the 2nd week did not have very good sales, so I was under (I get the month's grocery $ in a lump sum). I keep the $ in an envelope, write down the amount spent at each store & can see the balance. I have another envelope for the few times that I am under for the month, I just put the         leftover $ in it & if I find a bargain & am short that month, I just take it out of that envelope (that way all is spent from the grocery budget ) I set up a budget years ago (the expenses & amounts have changed over the years ) & have always stuck to it.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

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Last week I got 2 large cans of pumpkin pie mix for 99 cents each, 3 can turkey gravy 3/1.00, frozen puff pastry for 1.00.  Spent more than I planned on but when I see a bargain I just can't resist lol.
Posted by H. M


A few years ago I ended up with 2 cases of pumpkin because when I walked into the store they had a display rack with cans of pumpkin marked at $.25a can. I could not resist  so I tossed 2 cases in the cart then I saw the cranberry sauce for the same price so I added a case of whole berry cranberry sauce.  I use that for my pot roast and some deserts so it went pretty quickly. I used the pumpkin for bread, crunch cake, smoothies and bread pudding.
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