How to shop smart at Albertson’s
Albertson’s is one of the more expensive grocery stores in our area, but I still zip through every week or two. This morning’s trip was a perfect day to illustrate how even an expensive store can be worth checking out.
Often there’s on-sale produce. Today it was 58 cents/lb oranges — too bad I’d already paid 89 cents/lb elsewhere. I did grab a couple bags of salad greens for 88 cents each.
I always check out the bananas. Our Albertson’s bundles ripe bananas into paper totes and charges a buck for the whole tote. This morning I got 5 lbs for a buck. Not bad, eh? With all the eaters at our house, half of the bananas are already gone. If any survive past tomorrow, we’ll make them into banana bread. Sometimes the bananas are very ripe and need to be eaten within a day or so. Other times, like today, they’re green enough to be fine on the counter for several days.
Another Albertson’s practice is to mark down anything left of that day’s ground beef late in the evening. The evening mark-down is usually to $1.99/lb. If any of that meat still remains the next morning, it’s marked down to $1.29/pound. This morning I bought 11 pounds of 85% lean ground beef for $1.29/pound– definitely my best find of the shopping trip. These days meat is so high that I’m usually jubilant over anything less than $2 a pound.
I also bought a ham that began at $1.49/lb and had a $3 mark-down coupon on it, bringing the per-pound price down to $1.20. While I was there, I cruised down the lunch-meat/cheese aisle hunting green marked-down tags. I often find bacon and lunch meat for $1.99/pound that way. No such luck this trip, but the screaming-good meat prices were enough for me. The whole trip toured through just three aisles of the store, cost $27, and took 15 minutes. Well worth my time.
If Albertson’s was far from my house, I don’t suppose I’d stop there as often as I do. My beloved Winco beats it hollow on the vast majority of food prices. But since I drive past Albertson’s on almost every errand I take, I find it worthwhile to run in and out several times a month.
I went home and made 42 hamburger patties from that ground beef. Have I told you how I make burgers? To my 11 pounds of beef, I added 2 cups of oats, a cup of ketchup, 3 eggs, a tablespoon of garlic salt, and a tablespoon of onion powder. I find that flavors the meat nicely– my kids like these burgers better than the ones you buy from the store. AND it stretches the meat so that we can get another serving or two from each batch of ground beef. I form the meat into patties and freeze it on cookie sheets, with plastic wrap between the layers of burgers.
Do you have a store in your area like Albertson’s, one that has a few great prices mixed in with higher ones? If so, share your hints in comments below — it’d be awesome if folks in every part of the country could get some new ideas.Pin It