Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

Heading into Thanksgiving week, we have new sales starting today at our Boulder Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, while the current one continues through December 12th at Vitamin Cottage (look a post just below for that one). Here's what's looking good to me now.

Sprouts' new sale runs through November 26th, taking it through Thanksgiving Day instead of the usual Wednesday, and they note they'll be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. I sure hope they are adequately compensating those who will be working those hours. The new sale has value packs of boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.77 a pound, although poultry other than turkey won't be a high priority for me right now. Similarly, whole or split fresh chickens are $1.69 a pound, stuffed chicken breasts are $2.99 a pound, and chicken sausage (pork also) is $3.99 a pound for links and $2.99 a pound for bulk. Their Presidential Cut of beef standing rib roast is $9.99 a pound, pork loin chops are $2.99 a pound, fresh farmed salmon fillets are $5.99 a pound, and previously frozen wild Alaskan cod fillets are $7.99 a pound.

In organic produce at Sprouts, some Earthbound Farm salads are $2.50 for a five ounce container (how I wish they still had the bulk organic greens that were always a great price), celery or one pound bags of baby carrots are $1.50 each, acorn, butternut or spaghetti squash are all 98 cents a pound, and Granny Smith or red delicious apples are both 98 cents a pound. In conventional produce, I'm pleased to see asparagus remaining $1.98 a pound. Elsewhere in the store, I'm liking their bulk coffee just $6.99 a pound instead of the usual $9.99, Horizon organic butter $3.99 for a one pound package (a good week for going through organic butter, preferably unsalted), all Spice Hunter items are 50% off, some Horizon organic milk is $3.49 for 64 ounces, putting it on a par with Whole Foods' own brand, some Lundberg rice packages are 30% off (their blends with wild rice are great), and there are a lot of Sprouts' own brand products on sale, including their hummus at $2.99 for the pretty big 10 ounce size, and organic maple syrup $6.99 for a 12 ounce bottle, which considerably beats Vitamin Cottage's sale price.

In Whole Foods' new sale running through December 1st, I'm liking satsumas at $1.69 a pound (presumably conventional, but they're fun and have such a short season), but I'd get my conventional asparagus at Sprouts, as Whole Foods' sale price is $1 higher at $2.98 a pound. Fresh Icelandic cod looks yummy at $13.99 a pound, and mini ovals of San Daniele prosciutto are $3 each (that's only for an ounce, but that can still look like a fair amount of prosciutto. If you are looking for an alternative to turkey, their very fine American Homestead or Wellshire bone-in spiral hams are $5.99 a pound, and have that Whole Foods pedigree. And if you are looking to cheat on dessert, Immaculate Baking Company's ready to bake pie crusts are $2.50 each, or you could go further and just get a WFM prepared iced lemon Bundt cake for $6.99 each.

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