It’s a Statesman article, so we have to take it with a grain (gram?) of salt. But there is a report that Aldi, now building in Pflugerville, will continue their Texas expansion. I’ve heard of Aldi for years but haven’t ever been in one. From Community Impact:
More than 90 percent of the products sold in the stores are ALDI exclusive brands, similar to Trader Joe’s, allowing shoppers to buy products at lower prices. ALDI has nearly 1,600 stores in 35 states.
The Pflugerville ALDI will be the first in the Austin area, with the closest stores in Temple, Killeen and College Station.
I do like TJ’s, though I’m not there often, partly because their lunatic magazine of an ad doesn’t let me see deals quickly. Since you know me, Dear Reader, you know that’s a problem. So I’m interested in the possibilities.
From the Statesman article:
Aside from stocking little in the way of name-brand products, the retailers employ a number of other techniques to cut overhead, including building smaller stores – typically just a third the size of most supermarkets. Aldi requires customers to pay 25 cents to use a shopping cart – a fee that’s refunded if the cart is returned to a corral at the front of the store at the end of their visit. It also charges for bags and requires shoppers to sack their own purchases at a counter just beyond the cash registers.
Part of the reason I’ll hit Randalls for basics is simply that I’m not hiking the Brodie HEB hike. Randalls has milk, bread, beans and frozen vegetables for the same prices as HEB and I don’t have to scurry through a parking lot of angry Lexi and a store of meandering post-yoga spirit-selves. If Aldi and Lidl are small stores with low prices, I think they’ll find a market here in Austin. We’ve got small/expensive, and big/cheap. If they’re small/cheap, people will shop there.
I wonder when we’ll hit grocery saturation, though. For every HEB and Randalls, there’s a Royal Blue and a Live Oak Market. We’ve got places like in.gredients, and more CSAs and farmer’s markets than ever. Eventually, just like restaurant dollars, grocery dollars will plateau, and I wonder who will be left standing. With luck, it’ll leave a lot of options for everyone.
Randalls and Sprouts, the biggest loss-leaders in town, are having weekend sales. I didn’t get my weekly post out, but you’ve still got today to hit up some pretty great deals. This is a quick-n-dirty sum up, and anything else I think is a good deal I’ll try to add on.
Remember: If they are out of something you showed up to purchase at a certain price, all you have to do is ask for a raincheck. They will give you a little slip of paper saying you get to purchase X at price Y until date Z (usually about a month off). This is not a big deal and cashiers are totally used to people like me doing this all the time.
Here’s the hit list:
raspberries, 6 oz. $1.50/ea
Blue Bell pints 99c/ea (must buy 3 or more)
coke, 7up, or pepsi 12pks $2.97/ea (must buy 4 or more)
red mangos 25c/ea
seedless watermelons $3.99/ea
bulk dried cranberries $1.99/lb
bulk Turkish apricots $1.99/lb
thick-sliced bacon $2.99/lb (at deli counter)
Berries and mangos both freeze well. Bacon keeps a long time, and dried fruit is basically the epitome of ‘storage food’. All of these are stock-up items at stock-up prices.
A few things seem missing this summer. Of course, I’ve missed two weeks of posts, so that’s one thing missing. Corn seems like it should still be on sale. Berries should be cheaper, especially blueberries which don’t seem to have hit a sale price all season. Watermelons had a briefer heyday than usual. It’s possible this is me just having a cranky old lady moment, but I feel like these are accurate observations.
In good news, cheap meat! Less grackle HEBs have top sirloin, Prime 1, $5.99/lb at HEB. Prime 1, while not being a USDA grade, is in fact prime grade meat, so if you’re splurging, this is a great option. Weirdly, Central Market prime top sirloin for $9.99/lb at Central Market. The CM flyer mentions aging for 14 days, so maybe that’s the difference. Meat science can be baffling. Don’t get me started on things I’ve seen labeled ‘London Broil’.
Mangos are also having a nomenclature problem this week. Three different ads have mangos that are 3/$1. One is Ataulfo mangos, one is yellow honey mangos, and the other is Ataulfo honey mangos. I tried to research, but found this site saying they’re the same. My only comment beyond that is that all the other mangos have guy names, which makes me want to invent a mango and call it the Jen-go.
I will stop rambling. There is food on sale: blackberries, oats, chicken and eggs are all cheep this week. Happy Shopping!
green bell peppers 33c/ea
yellow honey mangos 33c/ea
organic Red Delicious apples 98c/lb
bulk oats 69c/lb
Monterey Jack cheese $2.99/lb
Ataulfo mangos 33c/ea
HEB fajita boneless chicken, thighs or breasts $1.99/lb (more grackle only)
HEB Prime 1 top sirloin $5.99/lb (less grackle only)
Skinner brand pasta, 12oz. 49c/ea
Signature Farms chicken:
split breast, thighs, drums or leg 1/4s 97c/lb
sugar, 4lbs. $1.49/ea
Lucerne eggs, dozen 69c/ea
Ataulfo Honey mangos 33c/ea
pork loin half, bone-in, pre-sliced $1.47/lb
store brand long-grain rice, 4lbs $1.50/ea
store brand eggs, dozen 69c/ea (limit 4)
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I’m starting this at 23:02. Yes, my computer is on military time. No, there is no good reason at all other than for my offspring to moan when they ask the time and I tell them it’s 18:42. The moaning means I’m parenting right. That’s what the parenting books I don’t read say, I figure.
In grocery news! CORN. 6/$1. It’s no 12/$1, but it’s still cheep and you know how I feel about corn.
Remember that ’50 Ways to Cook Corn on the Cob’ link I shared? And then I made like eight of them, and my family thought I was maybe on the opposite of the Atkin’s diet? I’ll go dig that up tomorrow. Tonight I’ve got a round-up to post. To the circulars!
Jazz apples $1.47/lb
Campari tomatoes, 16oz 98c/lb
HEB pork italian sausage chubs, 16oz. $2/ea
HEB seasoned chicken fajita leg meat $1/lb (value pack)
HEB natural ground turkey chub, 16oz. $1/ea
Note: Some Cheepsters have found quality issues with the ground turkey on sale this week. Use your judgment, and maybe look closely if you choose to purchase it.
many kinds of melons 98c/lb
Vidalia onions 50c/lb
whole seedless watermelon, organic $3.98/ea
bulk peanuts $1.99/lb
bulk Thompson raisins $1.99/lb
whole seedless watermelons $3.97.ea
green bell peppers 50c/ea
chicken leg quarters, jumbo bag 47c/lb (usually ~10lbs)
pork country style ribs $1.47/lb (great for carnitas in an Instantpot!)
bone-in pork sirloin chops 89c/lb
India Gate basmati rice, 10lbs $7.99/ea
pork butt roast 88c/lb (limit 2)
Russet potatoes, 5lbs 98c/ea
beef bone-in chuck steak $1.97/lb
beef back ribs $1.67/lb
Note: This is a lot of meat for a Fiesta list. The pork butt is at a serious stock-up price. The chuck steak is a good price, but I’m not doing pot roast for months so I’ll pass. Beef back ribs is not something I’m familiar with (we mostly just smoke pork ribs), but at that price I’ll make beef stock and maybe smoke a half rack to see what happens. The sacks of chicken legs need back portions removed (again, stock), so if you’re not one to process it’s not worth it. And note, those pork chops are sirlion, not loin, and they’re always tougher.
fresh French bread 99c/ea
USDA choice beef brisket, whole in bag $1.97/lb (limit 2)
selected Lucerne cheese , 32oz. $5/ea
raspberries, 6oz. $1.50/ea
pork butt roast 99c/lb (limit 4. if you’re buying 4, though, just go to Fiesta)
Happy shopping, Cheepsters! I’m over an hour into Friday at this point so I’ll change the name of the post, but hopefully I’ll be back to Wednesdays soon. Wish me luck.
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Yes, SNL got to point this out before me. Believe me, I felt like a grocery blogger fail.
It is a large recall though, not involving dates or barcodes, but just all of the product. I’ve got the link and here are some clips. The recall is all Aunt Jemima branded frozen breakfasts, and one Hungry Man item. The Aunt Jemima products will not even return to production, that’s how seriously pissed she is.
I didn’t even realize Hungry Man had non-dinner options. I figured Hungry Men ate ten biscuits and three rashers of bacon, then hit the coal mines. (Note: Now I’ve looked more closely, and it’s a chicken-and-waffles situation, which is an ambiguous meal. The sides of red beans and mashed potatoes make it seem more dinnery though.)(Also, that’s a lot of carbs. And I’m a person that thinks chips should be part of all meals.)
My clipped photos are NOT the entire list, it is much more extensive. Please go look at the link if you have this brand in your freezer.
This recall does not include any syrups or mixes, only the frozen meals.
I hope this helps a few folks, and I’ll be back with my normal post this week. Cheep cheep!
Yes, technically it’s Friday, but I started on Thursday and I still think that’s a valid reason to keep the post name the way it is. If you take offense I’ll thumb wrestle you when you see me.
There are a few fun things on sale this week. My favorite is what Rancho del Cheepie calls ‘Babysitter Pizza’. We bought this pizza when the kids were little and it was something the babysitter could cook and they would eat. Now we get it for nights when we leave them to fend for themselves like cave children while we go out to talk to other adults about the choices that have led us to the peculiar times we now live in. Because the kids are now teens it takes two pizzas to feed them, but at three bucks a pie, I’m a-ok with that. So hit up Randalls for some frozen pizza and train ’em young is my suggestion.
Prime top sirloin is $9/lb at CM, if you’re looking for a splurge. Their meat is always worth it, and steak for less than $10 there is a deal. Sprouts 40% off many gluten-free items, so it might be a good time to stock up if you’re a gluten-free person.
Highlights this week: corn, tomatoes, mangos and mandarins; pork ribs, country and spare.
And lest we forget the loving grocery art of the Trader Joe’s flyer, here’s a challenge!
boneless skinless chicken breast $1.69/lb
chicken leg quarters, 10lb bag, frozen $4.90/ea
signature Select Pizza 12-33.oz, selected varieties $2.99/ea
corn 6/$1 (limit 12)
tomatoes on the vine 67c/lb
HCF chicken drums or thighs 99c/lb
pork baby back ribs $2.97/lb
mandarin oranges, 5lbs $3.98/ea
green bell peppers 50c/lb
zucchini squash 50c/lb
organic baby carrots 98c/lb
organic Red Delicious apples 98c/lb
Ataulfo mangos 25c/ea
seedless watermelons $3.97/ea
pork country style ribs $1.47/lb
pork spare ribs $1.97/lb
Tyson drumsticks 97c/lb
boneless skinless chicken breast $1.47/lb
organic Gala apples $1.79/lb
Happy shopping, Cheepsters!
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