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Bargains for the week of June 9 – June 15

BEN & JERRY’S Chocolate Fudge Brownie QUART $1.99 at GROCERY OUTLET!!!
This is NOT a pint, but a FULL QUART!  I don’t know how they do it, but DO let them know their efforts are appreciated!  They also have Delice de France Double Creme Brie 16 oz. & Alouette Brie 20 oz. $3.99! (or $3.19/lb.)  Also a better bargain than the Delice, are the smaller wheels of Alouette Baby Brie Original & Baby Brie with Herbs both at 13.2 oz. $2.99!!!  (or $3.62/lb.)  Still, any one of these bries still beats out the lowest priced brie at either Trader Joe’s or Costco!

Bing Cherries – Sprouts $.99/lb.  Last week Frazier Farms had the cherries at $.99/lb. and now their price is up to $1.49/lb.  The same can be said for the price of blackberries and blueberries.

Blueberries – Stater Brothers $2.99/18 oz. pkg. I almost missed this.  I didn’t whip out my calculator until the last minute, & then realized that this calculates to $.73/4.4 oz. pkg. and beats Frazier Farms $.99/4.4 oz pkg.  Last week Sprouts had blackberries, blueberries, & raspberries on sale for $.99/4.4 oz. pkg, and now their price is up to $1.50/4.4 oz. pkg.  (And shame on you if you didn’t grab some raspberries at that price, cuz I’d be surprised if we saw that price again this season!)

Boneless Chuck Roast – Ralphs $1.99/lb.

Boneless London Broil – Stater Brothers $1.97/lb., Albertsons $1.99/lb.

Can you throw a dinner party for 20 people for $20? I can!!!

The main focus of this blog is something I’m passionate about – – upscale entertaining on a beer budget.  I will still keep up on my side column links to bargain events around San Diego county, but more of my focus will be on entertaining at home. 

Currently, I’m unemployed.  However, even when I was gainfully employed and could afford to spend more, I loved the challenge of entertaining on a bargain budget.  I know what you’re thinking, “Yeah, I buy stuff on sale when I invite people over.”  I’m not talking “on sale,” I’m talking “bargain.”  For example, at certain times grocery chains will have Foster Farms whole chickens “on sale” for $.99/lb.  I like to wait for the price to go down to  $.69/lb.  Now that, is a “bargain.”  When that happens, I like to buy the limit (and maybe go back the next day), cook one, and put the rest in the freezer.

Did you know you can save yourself a lot of money by buying a whole chicken instead of buying one already cut up?  I looked at the online prices for Vons & Albertsons on May 11th, and you can save $2.45 – $6.00 per chicken.  (Depending on which store you choose and using a 3.5 lb. – 5 lb. chicken.)  If you bought a chicken twice a month, that would be over a $120 each year saved by cutting up a chicken yourself!

So, what did I feed 20 people for $20?  I served approximately 18 lbs. of corned beef plus some cabbage and potatoes.  The corned beef was $.99/lb., cabbage was $.15/lb. and $.99 for a 10 lb. bag of potatoes.  I play Texas Hold’em No Limit poker tournaments with a set of smart players who love to eat, and nobody went home hungry!  Every time we had a break to color up chips, we had a few players going back for seconds until there was nothing left.

Each week I will be sharing my takes on current “bargains” at the local markets.  I will be posting withing the next 24 hrs. my bargains for the coming week.  Here is a sample of what I wrote last week for my Frugal Gourmet Foodies http://www.meetup.com/The-Frugal-Gourmet-Foodies/
Bargains for the week of May 6 – May 11th
Good to see stores competing to have the best price for several same items this week:

Alaskan King Crab – in the 16-20 or 16-22 count size, but Ralph $6.99/lb. is the cheapest.

CornSprouts $.19/ear beats Frazier Farms 5/$1

Bone-in Ribeye Steak – Albertsons, Vons $3.97/lb.

Blackberries – Stater Bro/Sprouts $.99/5.6 oz basket

Avocados – Frazier Farms 5 medium/$1

Roma tomatoes – Frazier Farms $.77/lb

Sliced Mushrooms – Frazier Farms $.77/8 oz. pkg.

Russet PotatoesStater Bro. $.99/5 lb. bag only Fri 5/7 – Sun 5/9 (Note: Frazier Farms is actually cheaper per pound if you don’t mind buying 10 lb. at $1.50.

Beware of the lobster tails at Albertsons for only $3.99! They are only 3 oz. each, which comes to $21.28/lb.!!! And you may say, but this is only the tail so I don’t have to pay for the weight of the shell on the claws & body. But I say, I can get over 3.5 lbs. of whole Maine lobster for that same $21.28!

Terree’s Frugal Foodie Finds Wed April 28 – May 4

I like to share the really big bargains at the grocery store (plus recipes they can use with these ingredients) with my friends.
Vons – only Sat May 1st & Sun May 2nd
$2.99/lb. Frozen Medium Shrimp – we just feasted on shrimp recently, but what about shrimp cocktails or shrimp scampi on pasta this summer? These are sold frozen in 2 lb. bags $5.98 each. You can keep in the freezer until we do a seafood get together, or defrost at your leisure for an inexpensive treat for dinner. If you must have large shrimp, then see Frazier Farms below.

2/88 cents Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna – I prefer Solid White Tuna, but at THIS price, I can stand to mix it with a little mayo, Dijon Truffle Mustard (for kick), and slap it on some whole wheat bread with sprouts. Or put it on 1/2 an avocado.

2/$1 Large Hass Avocados – put in a salad, a sandwich, or some of the tuna salad above on 1/2 an avocado.

$1.99 for Safeway Select Artisan Angel Food – top a slice with berries and Fat Free Cool Whip, FF Vanilla Pudding, or my favorite – Yoplait Lemon Yogurt with some berries to make a guilt free dessert.

4/$1 CORN – Frazier Farms has the same price, and usually sweeter.

Albertsons
$3.97/lb. New York Steaks – these cuts I find are best BBQ’d. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to me that it is quite warm enough for BBQ’ing yet.

$1.99/lb. select Lean Cuisine – for those of you who want low calorie convenience. As cheap at fast food, but better for you.

$3.99/lb. Wild Alaskan Cod – if you didn’t get enough fish last Sunday, this is a wonderful mild, white fleshed fish. Cod (or pollack or halibut) can be used to make Poor Man’s Lobster (recipe below)

$0.59/lb. Chicken Leg Quarters – these are sold in frozen 10 lb. bags. This is tough for singles to take advantage of unless you are willing to eat a lot of chicken legs, or have a lot of people over who eat dark meat. (Last month, I bought 10 lbs. of fresh chicken leg quarters at $0.39/lb. (cooked half, froze half)

Bargain & REDBOX Fans NOTE: Look for the EARN $5 OFF your next shopping trip PLUS 5 FREE Redbox one night rentals when you buy $20 or more of participating products.* Several of these products are at a great price and (most of) you WILL need them eventually, and they won’t spoil before then. (*Tide, Charmin, Bounty, Tampax, Bounce, Febreeze, etc.) It is tough for singles to meet the quantity/dollar amount requirements sometimes, so combine with a friend or neighbor!

Frazier Farms
10/$10 – Artichokes
4/$1 – Corn, never have been disappointed by the flavor of their corn. Always sweet!
$5.99/lb. Jumbo Wild Mexican White Shrimp 21-15 count – for those who must have the larger shrimp.
$1.89/lb. Fresh All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – you may see this as low as $1.77/lb. occasionally at Albertsons, but the meats at Frazier Farms are always natural without hormones, added water weight, etc.
$2.99/lb. Bonelss Beef Short Ribs – it’s cold, it’s still stew time. And this cut is particularly flavorful in a stew or in the slow cooker with BBQ sauce.

NOTE: every store is having some Cinco de Mayo “Specials” and though there are some good deals, I didn’t see any big bargains to rave about. If you are going to buy flour tortillas, Vons has Mission Flour Soft Taco Tortillas 99 cents. However, I much prefer the Guerrero Requisimas Flour Tortillas 99 cents at Albertsons, and I’ll tell you why.

When you pull a Mission tortilla in half, you get a break that can best be described as cracking along a crumb line. When you pull a Guerrero tortilla in half, you get more of a tearing along a flake line. That is because the Guerrero tortilla has more gluten. The difference in quality becomes even more pronounced when you warm each over an open flame, and do a blind tasting with a little butter.

Poor Man’s Lobster
white fleshed fish (Cod, Pollack, halibut) cut in chunks
2 quarts water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
Juice of 1 lemon

Combine water, salt, sugar and lemon juice in large kettle; bring to boil. Drop in the fish and boil, just until fish rises to the surface. Serve with melted butter and lemon juice.