Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This Week's Hot Grocery Deals (IMHO)

We have a new sale starting today at our Boulder Sprouts stores, plus what looks to be a new one at Whole Foods (they are really confusing me by this new thing of publishing something every week with specials that may or not be new). And the current sale at Vitamin Cottage continues through March 5th, so look down quite a few posts for that one. Here's what's looking good to me now.

At Sprouts through March 2nd, there are two bits of excellent news: the outrageous BOGO sale continues, and conventional asparagus is ridiculously low at 98 cents a pound. I eat almost exclusively organic produce, but somehow asparagus is one of the exceptions for me, and this price will make it more so.

In meat at Sprouts, value packs of chicken breast tenders are $1.99 a pound, baby back pork ribs are $2.99 a pound, fresh ground chicken, chicken breast or pork are $2.99 a pound (looks like a good week for some Asian dishes), their very good stuffed chicken breasts are also $2.99 a pound, Italian chicken sausage (pork also) is $3.99 a pound, and filet mignon steaks are $14.99 a pound (sounds high but the steaks are by definition small and boneless, so the actual cost is reasonable). In fish, previously frozen 26/30 count wild Gulf shrimp from the USA look good at $7.99 a pound, and previously frozen wild sockeye salmon fillets are $6.99 a pound, but I'd wonder about those so long since the fresh season.

In organic produce at Sprouts, some Earthbound Farms salads are BOGO, five pound bags of either table carrots or russet potatoes are just $2.98 each, Gala or Granny Smith apples are $1.88 each, and four pound bags of Valencia oranges or grapefruit are $2.98 each. Elsewhere in the store, the news is the continuation of the big BOGO sale. Items calling to me this week are my fave Blue Diamond Nut Thins, my new fave Home Run Inn pizzas, Stonyfield organic Greek yogurts, 15 ounce Westbrae organic canned beans, 16 ounce Garden of Eatin' tortilla chips, and Seventh Generation dish liquids ("select varieties" on all, but that usually means just about everything).

In what looks to be a new sale for Whole Foods this week through March 1st, organic on-the-vine tomatoes are $2.98 a pound (although Vitamin Cottage has organic tomatoes for $1.99 a pound through March 5th), 31/40 count easy to peel shrimp are $9.99 a pound (bigger ones are less at Sprouts, but not with the Whole Foods pedigree, although I'm so pleased those Sprouts ones are domestic), organic whole chickens look very good at $2.29 a pound, and their excellent made in house black and blue (for blackberries and blueberries) crostata are $7.99 each. Those can serve as dessert, breakfast, or even birthday cake in this house, where sweets aren't much in favor. Also, some Seventh Generation dish soaps are $2.99, but I'd check the BOGO sale at Sprouts on that one first.

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