Happy Ad Thursday!

Hatch pepper time is here!  Hatch scones, Hatch salsa, Hatch tortillas, Hatch it all up!  It’s the high holiday season for the favorite pepper of grocery stores, so brace yourselves for roasters, bags of blackened peppers everywhere, and some ninny making Hatch limeade and cooling it off with artisanal ice cubes.

File_003It’s Hatch chile pepper time! The High Holy Season of the Pepper Most Favored by Grocery Stores, with Hatch scones, Hatch salsa, Hatch marinades, Hatch brownies, and Hatch tortillas.  Can you eat it? You can Hatch it up!  So prepare yourself when you head out for a shop for the wafting smoke from the roasters, the piles of bags of blackened peppers, and probably some ninny selling Hatch limeade with artisinal ice cubes. 

I joked in a Facebook post about making raisins in the front yard the week it hit over 110 degrees, but this week might be the week to actually give it a try, with the cheapest grapes I’ve seen in a long time.  Also spotted–Concord grapes and champagne grapes, which are both fun if you’ve got a fancy party or are just fancy all on your own.

20% off everything frozen at Sprouts.

It seems like half of Randalls is ‘buy four things and get lower prices’, in their ongoing effort to have you walk in the door.  You don’t have to purchase four of a single item–you can get a can of this, a box of that, some pickles and Ziploc bags and get the lower price on each item.  You might want to check their flyer out at the link below and see if any of your staples are on there at a stock-up price.  If you’re not sure, go ahead and ask me!

Sprouts

whole seedless watermelon                              $1.98/ea

green seedless grapes                                           98c/lb

large red mangos                                                    50c/ea

yellow and orange bell peppers                           98c/ea

organic celery                                                          98c/ea

organic Granny Smith apples                               98c/lb

rolled, quick or steel cut bulk oats                        69c/lb

pinto or black bulk beans                                       79c/lb

whole beef brisket                                                   $1.99/lb

 

Fiesta

peaches                                                                                         77c/lb   

Roma tomatoes                                                                            40c/lb 

pork loin chops, family pack                                                    $1.47/lb

boneless, skinless chicken beast, family pack                      $1.17/lb

Fiesta shredded cheese, 8 oz                                                    $1.50/ea

Lou Ana oil (corn,corn/canola,canola or veg), 128 oz          $7.99

 

Randalls

Blue Bell ice cream, selected 1/2 gal.                    $4.44/ea

 

HEB

black seedless grapes                                                67c/lb

Hatch peppers                                                            77c/lb

organic red or white seedless grapes                   $1.47/lb

blueberries, 18 oz.                                                     $1.88/ea

 

Remember it is tax-free weekend, so plan for crowds and lunatic actions in parking lots!

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Happy Ad Wednesday!

If you haven’t spontaneously combusted, congratulations! That’s really all I’m hoping for these days. That, and that the kids not burn themselves on the seat belts. Again.

Grocery sales are in full summer mode–watermelons, peaches and tomatoes, oh my!  It’s no time for turning on the oven, or even leaving a burner on for very long, so grab a propane tank refill and shop the sales and grill up dinner.  

It’s kind of a weird week, CM has the cheapest strawberries, Sprouts has organic apples for 99c/lb, and HEB is back to the different meat specials for more grackle/less grackle stores. My stock up items this week are: blueberries (if they’re pints, a LOT, they freeze fine), bacon, watermelon (also can freeze for blended drinks)(I’m saying blended drinks because someone once wanted to throw down about ‘aqua fresca’ v. ‘agua fresa’  and I don’t have that kind of time), dried cranberries and country pork ribs.

Happy shopping, Cheepsters!

HEB

red seedless grapes                                                      87c/lb

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clip from the ad! it says PINT

Ball Park hot dogs, regular or bun length               99c/ea

blueberries, pint                                                            87c/ea  (my guess is this is an error, and they mean the 6oz containers)

HCF split chicken breasts                                                   $1/lb (more grackle only!)

HCF hickory smoked bacon, 12oz                             $2.50/ea (more grackle only!)

HEB Prime 1 ribeye steaks, bone in                           $9.99/lb (less grackle only!)

 

Sprouts

seedless watermelon                                                   $1.99/ea

vine ripe tomatoes                                                          67c/lb

yellow or orange bell peppers                                     88c/ea

organic Granny Smith apples                                      98c/ea

organic carrots, 5lbs                                                    $2.50/ea

dried cranberries                                                         $2.99/lb

boneless skinless chicken thighs                                 $1.67/lb

         

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I can’t be the only one that is laughing at this. You do you, Fiesta, I love you.

Fiesta

cucumbers                                                                        33c/ea

peaches, plums, nectarines                                           97c/lb

chicken leg quarters, large bag (~10lbs)                     47c/lb

country style pork ribs, family pack                          $1.27/lb

sliced beef shank                                                             $1.77/lb

Fiesta shredded cheese, 8oz                                          $1.50/ea

Fiesta dry beans, black or pinto, 16oz                          67c/ea

 

Randalls

General Mills cereals, selected varieties                 $1.88/ea (must buy 4)

Fri only

      mangoes, 10ct case                                                     $2.50/ea

      Cornish hen, 2-pk                                                       $5/ea

Fri-Sun only

      pork loin half, sliced                                                   99c/lb

      Lucerne butter, 1lb                                                     $1.99/ea (limit 4)

 

Central Market

strawberries, 1lb.                                                           $1.47/ea

organic Russet potatoes                                                 87c/lb

 

Weekly Flier Links:

NOTE: Poco Loco is gone because I didn’t get a flyer in the mail, and their website thinks it’s May.  If they update, so will I.

 

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.