Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

We have new sales starting this week at our Boulder Sprouts, Sunflower, and Whole Foods.  This may be the last week I get to say Sprouts and Sunflower, as this week's combined ad notes that "This week, your Sunflower Farmers Market is becoming Sprouts Farmers Market."  The ad also contains a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $30 or more, good through September 23rd, in celebration of the merger.  It further contains some mysterious fine print about how the advertised prices are only for Sprouts, although I've found them at Sunflower.  Here's what's looking best to me in the sales.

At Sprouts and hopefully Sunflower through September 5th, boneless top sirloin is low at $3.99 a pound, all chicken sausage (pork, too) are $2.99 a pound, fresh wild coho salmon fillets are $8.99 a pound, and pretty small 41/50 count raw shrimp are $3.99 a pound.  In organic produce, green or red grapes are $1.99 a pound, one pound bags of baby carrots remain low at $1.25 each, six count packages of romas are $2.50, Italian (think zucchini) or yellow squash three count packages are also $2.50 (this prepackaging is driving me nuts - I wanted one squash a couple of days ago and had to buy three), broccoli isn't the lowest we've ever seen at $1.49 a pound, grape tomatoes have bumped up to $2.50 a pint, and celery is $1.29 a bunch.  Avocado fans will enjoy conventional ones at three for $1.  I'm glad to see my favorite Cascade Fresh yogurts on sale for 69 cents, which used to be their usual price at Sunflower, until the merger bumped them to a whopping 99 cents each.  Pamela's gluten-free cookies are tempting at $3 a box, and unspecified fresh mozzarella cups are $3.99 for eight ounces.

At Whole Foods through September 11th, the big news to me is 20% off the entire bulk department, excluding the prepackaged items.  Think strategically, my friends.  How about the super-pricey pine nuts for that pesto you'll be preparing and freezing shortly from your flourishing basil plants?  Grab them now at 20% off.  In meat, I'm a fan of their American Homestead pork, and their St. Louis ribs look good at $3.99 a pound, especially with Labor Day on the horizon.  Organic heirloom tomatoes also look good at $3.99 a pound.  Their own smoked salmon spread is $12.99 a pound, only $1 off, but oh so good.  For us non-bakers who like smaller dessert options, half summer pies (still a big 18 ounces) are $6, and to make your Labor Day table festive, you can get a five stem bunch of sunflowers for $5.


  1. Hi Ms. E.,
    Thank you again for your timely helpful. (And yes, three cheers for avocados!).

    Quick question: Did you find the Sprouts/Sunflower $5 coupon online or on the hard copy mailer? (I didn't get any grocery ads in the mail as I usually do on Tuesday night, so I'm hoping it'll be in the mailbox today).

    Thanks again.

  2. Good question, Ms. A. The coupon I have is from the hard copy of the ad that came with my Daily Camera today (I know, how archaic). It's on a little foldover area, so I wonder if the sales flyers available in the stores might not have that foldover. The coupon says "one per household," so I'd think they'd want to prevent folks from using multiple coupons through 9/23, which would be possible if the foldover is on the flyers in the stores. I hope you'll find yours in your mailbox today, and thanks for the question!