Wednesday, September 12, 2012

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

Good morning, Boulder friends.  What is this liquid that is falling so beautifully from the sky?  I vaguely remember seeing it a long time ago.  But it's also Wednesday, so time for the new specials, at both Sprouts (including the former Sunflower) and Whole Foods.

At Sprouts through September 19th, bone-in New York steaks or 26/30 count peeled and deveined shrimp can both be had for $5.99 a pound.  Boneless country style pork ribs, wickedly good done in a smoker, are just $1.99 a pound (same for the pork shoulder cut).  Fresh wild coho salmon fillets and previously frozen swordfish steaks are both $8.99 a pound (I don't usually like previously frozen swordfish, but one time got an excellent piece at Sprouts, followed by one that didn't live up to the prior one).  It's not a great week for a chicken sale here, with tenders advertised at a probable high of $3.99 a pound (hope this isn't a merger effect).

In organic produce, I'm pleased to see one pound bags of baby carrots remaining at $1.25 a bag, as I go through a lot of them, and $1.99 is the usual price elsewhere.  Red or green (and black this time) grapes are inching up to $2.49 a pound, while a one pound clamshell of strawberries can still be had for $2.99.  Broccoli is $1.49 a pound, red or green leaf lettuce is $1.29 a head, grape tomatoes are $1.99 a pint, and five pound bags of russet potatoes are stil $3.99 each.

Sprouts is also offering a bunch of BOGOs (shades of last week), including five ounce Earthbound Farm organic salads, Oikos Greek yogurts, Lundberg rice chips (my downfall, but their rice cakes are BOGO too), Cascadian Farm ten ounce organic frozen veggies, Cascadian Farm organic cereals, the 14.5 ounce size of Muir Glen organic fire-roasted tomatoes, and Westbrae organic beans in the 15 ounce can.

Whole Foods is being a bit mysterious in the midst of change.  I have to check their new specials online, since I can't get my hands on their hardcopy sale flyer until I get to the store, and they appear to be changing their web design once again.  The Pearl Street store now has a mini set of boxes showing specials effective from today through September 25th, while the downloadable pdf is still the flyer that expired yesterday as of this writing.  So looking at just the nine specials in the boxes, I'm pleased to see organic heirloom tomatoes continue at $3.99 a pound, and organic gala apples are $1.99 a pound.  Whole Foods tends to have excellent chicken, so a two pound bag of Nature's Rancher boneless skinless chicken breasts for $6.99 each sounds pretty good, especially considering Sprouts has upped mere chicken tenders to $3.99 a pound this week (i.e., $7.98 for two pounds).  Also, Muir Glen canned tomatoes are $2 each, but the size isn't specified; that's good if it's the large can, but bear in mind that Sprouts has the small can of the fire roasted ones on BOGO this week.

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