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

 

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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.

 

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
Link to flyers!
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Happy Ad Saturday

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!

Sprouts

blackberries                                      88c/ea

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No way! ALL of these are vegan? Zowzers.

green bell peppers                           33c/ea

eggplants                                           98c/ea

yellow honey mangos                     33c/ea

organic Red Delicious apples         98c/lb

bulk oats                                             69c/lb

Monterey Jack cheese                    $2.99/lb

 

HEB

kiwis                                                                            33c/ea

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)

 

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Randalls

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

 

Fiesta

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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Happy Ad Friday

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.

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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!

HEB

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.

 

Sprouts

corn                                                                                        6/$118519869_10154653832118366_2581979419502218849_n

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

 

Fiesta

whole seedless watermelons                               $3.97.ea

limes                                                                         12/$1

green bell peppers                                                 50c/ea

tomatillos                                                                 69c/lb

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

        Sun-Mon ONLY:

        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.

                                       

Randalls

fresh French bread                                                             99c/ea

USDA choice beef brisket, whole in bag                         $1.97/lb (limit 2)

       Fri ONLY:

      selected Lucerne cheese , 32oz.                                        $5/ea

                  Fri-Sun ONLY:

                 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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Happy Ad Thursday

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!

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Randalls

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

 

HEB

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

 

Sprouts

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

 

Fiesta

Ataulfo mangos                           25c/ea

limes                                                10/$1

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

 

 

Wheatsville

organic Gala apples                               $1.79/lb

 

Happy shopping, Cheepsters!

 

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Happy Ad Thursday

Yes, we’re rolling with calling this Thursday.

I started the post on Thursday, and it’s not like there’s a blog police. I mean, I belong to a blogger association, but they’re mostly about happy hours and asking me to not blog about stuff I got for free without mentioning I got it for free (Note: if you want to send me free crap, I will blog about whatever free crap I got. And make it clear it was free. For my blogger peeps.).

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Finally, we hit the Easter sales, which are all about the pig. Fiesta has all the parts on sale, and everyone else has decent ham prices. I collected the best ones and suggest you sock one away because there’s nothing simpler than feeding a crowd with a large cut of pig.

Blue Bell is cheap this week, but I understand if you still haven’t forgiven them for the disastrous handling of the contamination problem.  Strawberries are just $1.25, which is good, but normally they’ve hit 99c by now. I’m not buying for the freezer quite yet, but I’m wondering if they’re going to get lower this year at all.  Watermelons are cheap as hell at Sprouts and you can freeze it for making agua frescas later. 

 

Fiesta

russet potatoes, 5lb bag                                    $1.29/ea

Hass avocados                                                      50c/ea

Sugardale smoked ham portions                    $1.49/lb

Owens sausage rolls, 16oz                                buy one, get one free ($2.99 reg)

pork loin center cut chops                               $1.77/lb (family pack)

pork country style ribs                                      $1.77/lb (family pack)

pork spare ribs                                                   $1.97/lb (family pack)

chicken leg quarters, jumbo bag                        57c/lb

Blue bell half gallons                                          $3.87/ea (limit 2 w/$20 purchase)

 

Randalls

raspberries, 6 oz                                               $1.50/ea

Hormel Cure 81 spiral sliced ham                $1.59/lb

Libby’s canned vegetables, selected              59c/ea (buy 4 or more)

Imperial sugar, 4lbs                                         $1.88/ea

Gold Medal flour, 5lbs                                     $1.88/ea

Blue Bell half gallons, selected                      $3.99/ea (buy 2 or more)

$5 Friday

     Lucerne block or shredded cheese, 32oz      $5

     Cal-organic fresh rainbow baby carrots       $5 (yes, ridiculous. but so cute!)

 

HEB

strawberries, 1lb.                                                    $1.25/ea

organic Gala apples, 2lb bag                                $2.98/ea

Smithfield Premium Ham                                    $1.28/lb (shank portion)

Eckrich or HCF smoked sausage, 30-42oz         $5/ea

HEB Prime 1 beef brisket                                      $2.89/lb

(NOTE: The ad says, ‘HEB Prime 1’. Meat grading is a weird land of twisty passages, all alike. The two HEB’s I’ve been in this week have labels saying ‘Prime’, not ‘HEB Prime 1’. I’m not sure if this is a situation where their particular ‘store grade’ was supposed to be on sale, or if some stores threw prime meat out at this price.  Look at your brisket and make a call to the best of your ability. Either way, I think it’s cheap beef.)

 

Sprouts

seedless watermelons                             $1.98/ea

sweet potatoes                                           50c/lb

organic D’Anjou or Bartlett pears         $1.48/lb

celery                                                           50c/ea

organic baby peeled carrots                   98c/ea

organic kale                                              98c/ea

boneless skinless chicken breasts         $1.88ea

Sprouts frozen vegetables, 16oz.            99c/ea

 

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