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  • Post #271 - May 10th, 2024, 2:56 pm
    Post #271 - May 10th, 2024, 2:56 pm Post #271 - May 10th, 2024, 2:56 pm
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  • Post #272 - May 15th, 2024, 7:23 pm
    Post #272 - May 15th, 2024, 7:23 pm Post #272 - May 15th, 2024, 7:23 pm
    Week #107: Stay disciplined.

    Outer sheath: 4, D, B, N*.
    * = up to $10.00 off first order code = 9ww5s7

    • Jewel-Osco
    • Aldi
    • Tony's Fresh Market
    • Carnicerias Jimenez
    • Cermak Fresh Market #18 & #16
    • Cermak Produce #2
    • Centŕo Fresh Market
    • Burger King (20 coupons valid through 28 July [but they never expire])
    • AT&T fiber internet ^
    • Menards
    • GreenSky loan sharking

    ^ = The AT&T offer is 300 Mbps internet for $55.00 | month. This does not involve mobile phone service. This is the deal you should investigate. I keenly recommend opting for 1 Gbps [940 Mbps] for $80.00 | month. {Ordering online at this rate sprouts a $150.00 Visa® debit card.}

    The Burger King two-month experiment with the 12-coupon glossy sheet has been ceased. The Whopper® meal for two went up to $13.99 [5605], the Royal Crispy Chicken meal up to $7.49 [5882], the two bacon cheeseburger meal up to $6.99 [5083], and the double cheeseburger deal up to $5.99 [6927]. Depending on how much you like BK's french fries, you can select from the $5.00 Whopper Jr. hamburgers offer, or use a coupon to get two orders of medium fries with them for $5.99 [4865].
    For reference purposes: In July 2022, you could order its ‘Family Bundle’[3 Whoppers, 3 cheeseburgers, 3 small french fries] for $12.99 [2663]. Medium fries were specified starting the next month, and the price was then raised to $14.99 [6946].

    The most arduous portion of compiling the 'good deals' in metropolitan Chicago supermarkets is when a store camouflages its actual price behind a "buy 1 (2), get 1 (2) free" tag. Particularly when a competing grocer annotates its sale price. Must I logon to each chain's World-Wide Web site and virtually fill my cart with those items? This should be a paying job for a consumer ombudscritter. Yes, everybody agrees: When an item is designated for B1G1F, its price has amazingly gone up by 50¢-2.00 from when its price was last annotated in the advert.

    I ensue with Jewel-Osco. I have postponed going out shopping because the lawns here are in urgent need of mowing before the State of Illinois declares them a prairie. I am on numerous voice mails awaiting a callback from somebody (anybody) to inform me it can do the task - and it will be here on {date}. Else, a weekday afternoon extending into early evening is when I would get on a CTA bus to do some moderate grocery shopping.
    But this week @ Jewel-Osco, I will have to haul out the 1987 Chevrolet Sprint.
    Will I motor out to a suburb? I might, but I do not really have to. I have sufficient plastic bags here at the abode to collate the items I would buy (with the lucid exception of 12-packs of 12-oz. soda cans); it is more that putting the bought items back into my cart slows down the patrons behind me in the checkout, and the space set aside for self-checkout is confined. Then also, once the Sprint is out-&-about, what are the other auto-centric trips I should commit? (Recycle the empty 12-oz. cans? Shop for beer - bottles and cans?) More crucially: How rigid is Jewel enforcing the limit 4- digital on the 12-packs of 12-oz. cans? Delving in; it looks like the upper limit is four. But now I wonder if it resets at midnight?
    [The initial four 12-packs will be Coca-Cola brands, and for example, these were bought at 2520 N. Narragansett. The next store would be at 6430 W. Irving Park, and there would be Pepsi-Cola brands.]
    Frankly, I am surprised there is a $3.99 sale on soda this week. I expect any number of chains including Food 4 Less | Mariano's to have $3.99 or lower pricing next week.
    Jewel has the Nathan's Famous Beef Franks 12-oz. for $4.99. If you would prefer the Ball Park beef franks 14-oz., it is B1G1F. The regular chicken & pork franks can be found for $3.65.

    At Tony's Fresh Market the spell check failure was corrected.
    Last week, Tony's was trying to get $3.50 for an 18-oz. jar of Sweet Baby's Ray BBQ sauce. This week, it is actually on sale for 99¢ (must buy at least 5 - no upper limit). {Everybody has Sweet Baby's Ray sauce on sale for 99¢ this week. Jewel-Osco's limit is 3 (digital).}
    Here again, what is Tony's regular price for the Nathan's Famous Beef Franks 12-oz.? If I can find a single package of it selling for $4.49, would anything less than or equal to $8.99 B1G1F be a good deal? Ditto for the Ball Park 15-oz. chicken & pork franks.
    The beer deal at Tony's is the 12-pack of 12-oz. bottles of Bohemia [MX] $12.99 (must buy 2). Bohemia is a better beer than Corona or Modelo, for which Tony's wants another two dollars.

    Gazing at Flipp, Food 4 Less has the held-over (for a 3rd week) $1.00 for theater-box candy. The price on the regular-size Hershey candy bars [1.85-oz.] is $1.00 - you could get that. Food 4 Less has the Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce for 99¢ (in a herd of at least 5 - no upper limit). The 28-oz. bottle of Powerade has gone for as low as 59¢, so I discourage buying it for 77®. The Little Debbie Snack Cakes for $2.50 is good. Try the Zebra Cakes. I'm flexible with store brands, so if you want to test Kroger's soda 12-packs, $3.99 is OK. Kroger's 8-oz. potato chips are tasty, but they usually go on sale at 3 | $5.00, so I would not pay $1.99.

    There is nothing especially remarkable this week at Aldi. Last week, I indicated what I shop for there. Its weekly ad hardly ever lists an item I buy. That it gives up its entire second page to non-food items slows me down trying to advise you what to buy each week. I surmise it is trying to compete with Target®.
    But there are no 'good deals' at Target. People shop at Target because they like its corporate identity and behavior. Why does Aldi want to emulate it? Does it want a suggestion from yours truly? Put a non-Windows® computer from a German manufacturer on sale one week. {From somebody who bought a Windows® Vista desktop from it back in 2008.}

    Carnicerias Jimenez has nothing unless you want to try its in-store taqueria.

    This is what was delivered this week to 60641.
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  • Post #273 - May 15th, 2024, 10:16 pm
    Post #273 - May 15th, 2024, 10:16 pm Post #273 - May 15th, 2024, 10:16 pm
    Hi,

    I thought of you when I saw Jewel was selling canned Coke for $3.99 for a 12-pack. That seems to be the price point worth considering from your point-of-view.

    Maybe I will wait until Tuesday morning to see if a better deal can be had via the preview ads.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #274 - May 16th, 2024, 9:04 am
    Post #274 - May 16th, 2024, 9:04 am Post #274 - May 16th, 2024, 9:04 am
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    I thought of you when I saw Jewel was selling canned Coke for $3.99 for a 12-pack. That seems to be the price point worth considering from your point-of-view.

    Maybe I will wait until Tuesday morning to see if a better deal can be had via the preview ads.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    I would wait until next week. Soda prices are the lowest right before holidays and next week we should see sales for Memorial Day.
  • Post #275 - May 17th, 2024, 8:27 am
    Post #275 - May 17th, 2024, 8:27 am Post #275 - May 17th, 2024, 8:27 am
    I kinda doubt that any of the big grocers will beat $4 per 12pack for Memorial Day, but somewhere like Dollar General or Family Dollar might do 3/$11. Problem there is that flavor selection is limited. Lately the big guys have been pushing cases for $10, an obviously worse deal.

    Some other highlights: Montrose has their good bone-in pork loin roast for $1.79. ShopNSave has muenster for $2.99, Guggisberg baby Swiss for $4.79, and domestic feta for $2.99 along with Lefas olive oil for $22.99/3L (cheap now, only 60ish% more than it was a couple years ago!) KD has pork tenderloin for $2.49, cherries for $2.99, and a group of Polish and German beers 4packs for $3.99, might be the 500ml cans maybe.

    Butera continues the split turkey breast for 99¢ along with jumbo eggs for $1.49 (limit 3 but can revisit), cherries $2.99, strawberries and a bunch of other produce 99¢. Some of those deals are the same as Jewel but with less restrictions and coupons. No weary Hillshire Farm charcuterie this week! The cherry price seems to be the best around - unless you're willing to risk Jerry's where they are $1.49 along with $1.49 peaches. Usually the really early peaches are so small and rock hard they aren't worth the trouble.
  • Post #276 - May 17th, 2024, 3:03 pm
    Post #276 - May 17th, 2024, 3:03 pm Post #276 - May 17th, 2024, 3:03 pm
    Hi,

    I just saw a preview of Jewel's ads for next week.

    Mind bending ad: Pepsi, Coke and Dr. Pepper 12-packs are buy two get three free. $3.99 each when you buy five!

    You can buy at $3.99 this week in any count you want.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #277 - May 17th, 2024, 7:50 pm
    Post #277 - May 17th, 2024, 7:50 pm Post #277 - May 17th, 2024, 7:50 pm
    Umm, at Jewel the 3.99 soda is "when you buy 4, limit 4." Or were you thinking of another retailer?
  • Post #278 - May 18th, 2024, 7:21 pm
    Post #278 - May 18th, 2024, 7:21 pm Post #278 - May 18th, 2024, 7:21 pm
    tjr wrote:Umm, at Jewel the 3.99 soda is "when you buy 4, limit 4." Or were you thinking of another retailer?

    Check out next week's Jewel flyer. I saw a preview.

    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #279 - May 20th, 2024, 9:19 pm
    Post #279 - May 20th, 2024, 9:19 pm Post #279 - May 20th, 2024, 9:19 pm
    This is something which has shifted over the past seventeen years {cicadas on my mind}. Back in 2007, I recall reading a consumer tale that the packagers of Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola had tied-up 44 of the year's 52 weeks for the 'sale' price on their brands at grocers that week.
    There was no cross-marketing.
    One week, it was Coca-Cola brands, the next week it was Pepsi brands. Dr. Pepper | 7-Up (what I now refer to as Keurig Dr. Pepper) got the remnant eight weeks. When it was on sale, neither Coca-Cola or Pepsi was on sale.
    In 2024, it has modified to all packagers' brands that week.
    But the digital aspect is being used to reduce just how much can be bought for that price.
    Those of you who are on facebook (a|k|a DungHeap), chat up the soda manufacturers there. Tell the Pepsi critter that if it goes on sale at a store at the same price as Coca-Cola, you would buy it if you could really buy it at the sale price: i.e.: not discover at the end of your checkout that you were charged $3.99 each for the Coca-Cola 12-packs, but $9.99 each for the Pepsi 12-packs {because of the digital limit}. Tell the critter if it allows its brands to go on sale the same week as its competitor [Drop the "C-C" word in on the chat.], it should have a separate digital limit for each manufacturer.
    And much of this is special to Chicago, because the plant that puts out the Keurig Dr. Pepper brands is truly local. It can, and has, reintroduce Cherry RC Cola because it is is not reliant upon the Coca-Cola or Pepsi manufacturer to schedule more time for Dr. Pepper, 7-Up, A&W, or Canada Dry brands. It might not happen this week, or even this summer, but when it becomes time for the soda manufacturers to renew their pricing deals with grocers, this should be a major contention for them. 8)
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  • Post #280 - May 22nd, 2024, 10:26 am
    Post #280 - May 22nd, 2024, 10:26 am Post #280 - May 22nd, 2024, 10:26 am
    No printed grocery ads in our Wednesday Tribune this week, hope that's not a trend.

    Some highlights from the markets Mr. P doesn't cover:

    Butera: For those who aren't doctrinaire about their weenies, Oscar Meyer are $1.69 per lb pack, must buy 5 OM/Kraft items. For those who are, Vienna Beefs are $4.99/12oz. Also $1.99 cherries - looks like a promising cherry season. The early arrivals I had last week were quite good. Bulholzer muenster for $3.99 - not the cheapest but Bulholzer is really good stuff. 99¢ country style ribs + $1.49 jumbo eggs round it out.

    Montrose: No super deals in the 2 page flyer online, but I've always been curious about the beef clod @ $5.49 - is it different from the usual chuck roast? For something different for Memorial Day, duck @ 3.49. Wonder what duck in the smoker might be like - can't be far more fatty than pork butt?

    Shop&Save: Brick & feta $2.99, Vienna Beefs $3.99.

    KD: 2.49 pork tenderloin continues. $1.99 cherries, 99¢ Georgia peaches, $1.99 Michigan asparagus.

    For the bold, or the uninitiated, Jerry's: 3/$1 pounds of Cal peaches, $5.99/L Italian olive oil, $5.99 2lb Greek honey, 99¢/lb peppers. $4.99/lb container Minor's no-msg chicken base. Plus undoubtedly an assortment of oddball items on the front sidewalk. Should be close to time for a bunch of leftover Passover foods.
  • Post #281 - May 22nd, 2024, 10:53 am
    Post #281 - May 22nd, 2024, 10:53 am Post #281 - May 22nd, 2024, 10:53 am
    tjr wrote:No printed grocery ads in our Wednesday Tribune this week, hope that's not a trend.

    Same here. I do know that they switched printing plants the other day.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #282 - May 22nd, 2024, 11:40 am
    Post #282 - May 22nd, 2024, 11:40 am Post #282 - May 22nd, 2024, 11:40 am
    Vericast switched to doing their own printing and assembling the weekly flyers several weeks ago. The bundles are then shipped to a Tribune facility which inserts them in the papers. Changing the location of the Tribune facilities this week may well have caused some problems. Since Vericast took over the printing and part of the distribution I received a bundle for the wrong zone twice.

    The proper bundle was in my Tribune today.
  • Post #283 - May 22nd, 2024, 1:20 pm
    Post #283 - May 22nd, 2024, 1:20 pm Post #283 - May 22nd, 2024, 1:20 pm
    I am not expending six hours today reporting on the sale items in this week's flyer {and it wasn't here @ 14:18 hours}. I am hauling out the 1987 Chevrolet Sprint and motoring to shops right now.
    Not-so-late flash: The weekly flyer never showed up here this week.
    Please excuse my Italian. This usually expresses in a physical gesture; but what it stands for in text is "Up your arse and break it off."
    This is the final straw for Alden Global Capital. Everything associated with it needs to die. If anything in its control was to print "Memorial Day is May 27th", you should seek independent corroboration.
    This is the one week when having the physical copies of grocers' advertisements was critically significant. But it could not even provide that. And advertisers are | were (?!) paying it to deliver their advertisements. Utterly pathetic, to the level of incompetent.
    Is it trying to linger long enough to attempt to influence November's election?
    If it endorses anybody in the election, vote for the opponent. If you are somebody it endorses, disclaim the endorsement. The only people that matter to it are its 1%-income-level stockholders, most of whom are not eligible to vote in Illinois, Cook County, or Chicago.

    Ooof {exhales}. I really dislike having to do that, forum readers.
    Food 4 Less | Mariano's | Jewel-Osco (limit 10 - not digital | Tony's 12-packs [limit 8] 12-oz. soda cans $3.99. If you do not wind up with at least thirty 12-packs of soda, you are a slovenly {bleep}; and I will loathe having to deal with you in subsequent weeks because you are running low {not really} - insisting that 4.59-4.99 is not a sale price.
    Since this is not digital, there is nothing preventing you from buying 10 12-packs today, another 10 12-packs on Saturday, and another 10 12-packs on Tuesday.
    {Chop Suey King, the Chinese take-out venue close to here which throws in a free 12-oz. soda can with each lunch special [up to 15:30 hours] should absolutely load up via this.}

    Pretty much everybody will sell you Baby Ray's BBQ sauce 18-oz. for 99¢. Incredible that somebody actually advertised 3.50 as a "sale" price for this a few weeks ago.
    Lots of chains will purvey the 20-oz. Scott Pete polish sausage for $3.99 | but whether this includes the beef sausage is a quandary. The advert illustrations confuse rather than elucidate.
    Information received: The beef polish sausage at Food 4 Less is included in the 3.99 sale.
    At Jewel, the same item is priced at 9.99. You're welcome.

    Angelo Caputo has deli salads for $1.49 | lb. or 4.99 for 46-oz., which is way lower than the 5.99 for 3-lbs. at Food 4 Less.
    Then there is also Food 4 Less' attempt to get 1.50 for the Minute Maid 59-oz. {used to be 64-oz.} lemonade cartons which were 99¢ (digital) last week at Jewel.
    But to its credit, the 99¢ for hot dog buns (digital - limit 5) is way less than what so-called 'low-price leader' Aldi wants for the same item.
    Tony's Fresh Market has a coupon for $20.00 off if you spend at least $100.00 there in one trip. Large eggs 99¢ (digital).

    Just with whom is Aldi comparing itself in its 'low-price leader' motto? Martin's Mini Market on N. Cicero Ave.? Yes, it is very likely lower-priced than that, but that's not an especially high bar to clear. Nobody compares themselves to WalMart. The small print usually explicitly excludes WalMart. However, Aldi store managers usually have some leeway to match a WalMart price if you bring it to their attention. {For example: The Aldi at 4627 W. Diversey, across the avenue from a WalMart.}
    Aldi was savagely shredded in its price for hot dog and hamburger buns by Food 4 Less (| Mariano's). Although I had to go down on my hands and knees to get the hot dog buns at the rear of the lowest shelf at Food 4 Less. I ponder if the plant baking the buns for each store is the same? When was the last time Aldi sold a 12-pack of 12-oz. soda cans for 3.99?

    Jewel-Osco has raised the 'sale' price on the Chex Mix | Bugles | Gardetto's 8.5-oz. bags from 99¢ to 1.99 (digital). In addition to the ten 12-packs of 12-oz. soda cans, I bought the Entenmann's chocolate donuts B1G1F ($6.59).

    Am I going to get another eight 12-packs of 12-oz. soda cans at Tony's? That is a solid question. Sometime later this weekend, I'll check Tony's advert on Flipp to learn what else it might have that I would purchase. The purveyors would slant toward Coca-Cola | Pepsi-Cola, but this could be upset if I espy the 'seen-in-the-wild' Cherry RC Cola in stock. More probable are additional 12-packs of Pepsi flavored colas, or caffeine-free Pepsi. (I've tried three Mountain Dew flavors, and Mountain Dew with real sugar. I don't want to buy them again. Manzanita Sol has a higher chance of being bought. I completely held off buying ginger ales and root beers this trip. I'm unenthused about citrus Squirt; but ruby red Squirt would be tried again.)
    A more substantial task is marshalling the 12-packs in order in the beer (& soda) cellar here at the abode. The ones closer to their "best by" dates need to be on top of the stacks; there are several stacks (because if the stacks get too tall, the weight atop the cans can generate a hairline fracture in the bottom ridge and leak all their content); and I endeavor to have different types of soda brought upstairs for consumption. Usually, sixteen cans (4 × 4) go into the refrigerator.

    As for where to report on what I bought today, I'm angling toward this thread, even though the majority of what was bought should go in the Soda topic.
    But more crucially, I need to get this post out so you can get to Food 4 Less and Jewel-Osco on Thursday. To shop via Jewel-Osco forU, I have to use the Brave browser, and to logon it sends a 6-digit verification code to an e-mail address, but it sends it. Food 4 Less does not usually acknowledge me, but it lets me select the store and go through its ad to compose a list. Then, the key is, when paying, I must remember to scan my shopper code widget {on my household keychain} at checkout and to input a 10-digit telephone number as the "AltID" on the payment keypad in order to get its preferred-member pricing. {In Chicago, I also would have to exclaim "no bags" before a checkout clerk rings them up.}
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  • Post #284 - May 23rd, 2024, 6:36 am
    Post #284 - May 23rd, 2024, 6:36 am Post #284 - May 23rd, 2024, 6:36 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    tjr wrote:No printed grocery ads in our Wednesday Tribune this week, hope that's not a trend.

    Same here. I do know that they switched printing plants the other day.

    Yesterday’s ads came in today’s paper. Life is good.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #285 - May 23rd, 2024, 3:36 pm
    Post #285 - May 23rd, 2024, 3:36 pm Post #285 - May 23rd, 2024, 3:36 pm
    Here I go with the output from Wednesday's jaunt in the 1987 Chevrolet Sprint to Food 4 Less, Jewel-Osco, and a Citgo gas station @ Harlem & Armitage in Elmwood Park.

    Oh - I should mention the Weekly Flyer showed up here today [Thursday]. This is another reason I loathe ranting anywhere. I came across really harshly. I mostly kept myself awake Wednesday night because my brain would not detach from what I expressed. I apologize again.
    Dang it.

    The 12-packs of 12-oz. cans of soda:

    • 1 Minute Maid pink lemonade 23 Oct 24
    • 2 Pepsi wild cherry 21 Oct 24*
    • 1 Pepsi mango 26 Aug 24
    • 1 Pepsi peach 16 Sep 24**
    • 1 Pepsi lime 16 Sep 24**
    • 1 Pepsi caffeine-free 13 Jan 25
    • 1 Coca-Cola caffeine-free 6 Jan 25
    • 1 Sprite chill 3 Feb 25
    • 1 Crush peach 10 Feb 25
    • 1 Dr. Pepper creamy coconut D4101
    • 2 Pepsi-Cola real sugar 9 Dec 24
    • 1 Crush orange 3 Feb 25
    • 1 Starry lemon-lime 28 Oct 24
    • 1 7-Up tropical C4072
    • 1 Coca-Cola vanilla 13 Jan 25
    • 1 Coca-Cola spiced 25 Nov 24
    • 1 Coca-Cola cherry 9 Dec 24
    • 1 Minute Maid lemonade 28 Oct 24
    * = bought at both Food 4 Less and Jewel-Osco.
    ** = When is the LTHF picnic? Image Image Image Image
    The receipts for each store: Image Image
    Also bought @ Food 4 Less was 2 Scott Pete beef polish sausage 20-oz. 7.98, 6 closeout fresh baked glazed donuts 2.02, 5 packages Kroger hot dog buns 4.95, Kroger raisin cinnamon bread 16-oz. 2.49, Little Debbie swiss rolls snack cakes 2.49, Little Debbie zebra cakes snack cakes 2.49.
    The sole additional item bought @ Jewel-Osco was the Entenmann's chocolate donuts 8-pack B1G1F 6.59.
    Yes, I am pretty well stocked for breakfast for the next five weeks.
    Total spent = 50.46 + 50.90 = $101.36 {charged to the U.S. Bank Altitude Go Visa Signature credit card}
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