Happy Ad Thursday, Cheeps!

Logging in was rough, y’all. Thanksgiving. That’s how long it’s been. Nearly half a year but not quite.  So, only five months of ‘I’m posting next week!’ and ‘When berries go on sale, I’ll be ON IT.’ I’m going to shake all that guilt off and get a post up this week, and we’ll see how it goes.

Other thoughts I have had about posting are using the Instant Pot for frugal stuff. Maybe a half-assed return to the meal-planning, but instead of a week maybe I just post one frugal meal using the week’s best sales.  Let me know if you have thoughts in the comments, but for now, I’m going to get started!

The first Cheepie list of 2018, for your perusal:

HEB:

cantaloupe                                                         98c/ea

pork tenderloin, whole in bag                      $2.99/lb

boneless beef shoulder roast                         $2.99/lb

 

Fiesta:

papaya                                                                   59c/lb

Hass avocados                                                      33c/ea

half bone-in pork loin, sliced                           $1.17/lb  (Sat only)

Fiesta cheese, shredded or chunk, 8oz          $1.50/ea

bulk pinto beans                                                   50c/ea

Fiesta frozen vegetables, 16oz                            88c/ea

 

Sprouts:

whole seedless watermelon                           $1.50/ea

Honey mangos                                                    33c/ea

cucumbers                                                           33c/ea

corn                                                                       20c/ea

organic leaf lettuce                                             98c/ea

3 lb. organic gala/pink lady apples                 $3/ea

 

Randalls:

red seedless grapes                                              $1.29/lb

bscb                                                                         $1.79/lb

Lucerne cheese, 8oz. block or shredded          $1.67/ea

Blue Bell half gallons, select varieties               $4.99/ea ( $3.99 on Sat only!)

 

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Holiday Hours, Stock-up Sales

This is going to be a quick look at what you might stock up on given the Thanksgiving sales.  I’m not going to try to run everything down, and I myself avoid leaving the house the entire weekend. You might be one of those folks that finds shopping this weekend invigorating.  Like morning people, I’ve heard of you, I just don’t understand you.

I’m also giving a round-up of holiday hours posted on the stores’ websites, so you don’t end up alone in an HEB parking lot being eyed by grackles denied whatever it is they usually receive from hanging around a busy parking lot.  Cheepie is always looking out for you!

 

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All prices good through Thanksgiving Day!

HEB

pork tenderloin                                              $2.79/lb (whole in bag)

bone-in pork butt                                           $1/lb (whole in bag, limit 2)

HEB Fresh turkey, 10-24lbs                          $1.49/lb

sweet potatoes                                                  25c/lb

Smithfield premium ham               shank   99c/lb

                                                                butt    $1.19/lb

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Oh, Trader Joe’s, I love you and your silly ways.

 

Randalls

NOTE: both of these are limit 1, with $25 purchase:

Honeysuckle White fresh turkey, 10lbs & up                                     1.19/lb 

Honeysuckle White/Signature Farms frozen turkey, 10lbs & up      49c/lb 

 

Fiesta

Jennie-O frozen turkey, 10-14lbs.                  59c/lb (limit 1, with $25 purchase)

pork shoulder roast                                         97c/lb

 

Central Market

free range non-GMO fed turkey, 8-24lbs     $2.48/lb

 

Sprouts

Cuties mandarins, 2lbs                                   $1.98/ea

fresh free range organic turkeys                 $2.99/lb (limit 4, while supplies last)

 

Cheep Tahini

I love hummus. All the kinds. Even the beet hummus that my friend who can’t eat chickpeas buys. For a while, I made hummus at home, but then I had kids became Cheepieaustin and realized tahini was spendy!

Today I have solved that problem. Just look at this!

That’s not even a pint jar, it’s a pint and a HALF.

All that time I knew tahini was just ground sesame seeds, I just needed to connect in my brain that I owned a contraption that would do the grinding. When I googled ‘homemade tahini’ this link showed me just what to do.

Given I spent just over $3 on sesame seeds, and a small container of tahini would cost substantially more, I’m pretty happy. There is the added cost of the oil used to create the tahini paste. I used about 1/4-1/3 cup vegetable oil, which would cost 25c or less.

The link above goes into detail but the take away is:

  • Buy hulled sesame seeds.
  • Put them in food processor.
  • Add oil slowly until a paste forms.
  • Process until smooth.

I’m going to use this in salad dressings, dipping sauces for meat and vegetables, and lots of hummus.

Let me know if you have other tahini ideas!

Happy Ad Thursday!

I’m back!  Apple Wars is in full swing and sucked me back in–hopefully for a good long while.  This week’s got a lot of great produce ,so here’s the list before I lose any momentum.

What will I be buying?  ‘Moon Drops’ grapes, because despite the re-branding I know they’re Witch Finger grapes, and they scare the kids.   Cereal and chicken at Randalls, and pork, cucumbers & peppers at Fiesta. Carrots & colorful bell peppers at Sprouts.

Happy Shopping. Cheep Cheep!

 

HEB

Witch Fingers

Witch fingers!

Moon Drops black grapes                                         98c/lb

Cortland, MacIntosh & Empire apples                   $1.67/lb

HCF drums or thighs, value pack                             99c/lb

Randalls

Honeycrisp apples                                                                 $1.99/lb

chicken: whole fryers or bone-in parts                             99c/lb 

Kellogg’s Cereals or PopTarts                                              4/$10 (and get 2gal milk free)

Fri-Sun only:

        Value Corner milk, gallon                                                    $2/ea (limit 2)

         boneless skinless chix breast                                              $1.79/lb

 

Fiesta

cucumbers & bell peppers                                                       33c/ea

russet potatoes                                                                            $1.29/ea

pork shoulder roast                                                                   $1.27/lb

chicken drumsticks, jumbo bag                                              57c/lb (usually >10lbs)

 

Sprouts

blackberries, 5.6oz.                                                                 $1.25/ea

raspberries, 6oz.                                                                      $1.25/ea

green seedless grapes                                                               98c/lb

red, yellow & orange bell peppers                                          77c/ea

Gala & Granny Smith apples                                                    98c/lb

organic carrots, 5lb bag                                                           $2.98/ea

raw almonds, bulk                                                                    $3.99/lb

Monterey Jack cheese, bulk cut                                              $2.99/lb

 

 

Central Market

organic red & white seedless grapes                          $1.99/lb

Whole Foods

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

Cheepie does not approve.

organic Granny Smith apples                                       $1.69/lb

dozen roses                                                                       $7.99/ea

 

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Double Ad Wednesday!

Every Wednesday, Sprouts has overlapping ads.  Today these are all available!
 
Grapes                 88c/lb
bulk oats             69c/lb
cherries            $1.48/lb
corn                   20c/ear
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Aldi & Lidl are thinking Austin. Maybe.

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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.

Sunday Funday!

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 19145826_10154737072833366_4527451420091252150_na 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:

 

Randalls

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)

 

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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.

Cheep on!