Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This Week's Grocery Ads and Souped Up Soup!

Thanksgiving Specials

This week's grocery ads were delivered today.  Lots of thanksgiving specials!  Turkey for $.57/lb. with the purchase of $25 worth of additional items (excludes certain items such as liquor and tobacco), at Store A.  Store B is selling turkey for $.77/lb. with $25 purchase (again, excludes certain items).  Store C is selling for $.79/lb. with $75 purchase.  Another store is selling them for $.99/lb. with no minimum purchase required.  Yet another, for $1.99/b. without any mention of a minimum purchase.  Others give a flat price of $7 for a 8-14.99 lb. turkey or $11 for a 15-18.99 lb. turkey, with $25 minimum purchase.  I think this last store gives the best price, provided one gets a 14 lb. turkey; works out to $.50/lb.

This is just an example of the fluctuation in prices in the stores within a 5 mile radius of my home.  I generally stick to about 3-4 stores and select which one to go to that particular week based on what's on sale.

Two of the stores are owned by the same parent company, but one is a bit more up-scale than the other.  Store A (up-scale, where they bag your groceries for you) is also having green beans, broccoli and cauliflower on sale for $.88/lb. which is a good price.  But they are selling grapes for $1.99/lb.  Their Brussels sprouts are $1.99/lb., parent company brand frozen vegetables are $.99/12 oz. and cranberries are $2.50/12 oz. package.   Store B (the discount store, where you have to bag your own groceries, but they have a full service butcher counter, which the up-scale store doesn't have), has the same parent company brand frozen vegetables for $.79/12 oz., but their green beans are $1.29/lb.  Their flyer has fewer pages, so they don't list a lot of their items.  In this case, I might go to Store A and get their green beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and a bag of frozen green peas.

But I might go to the store at the other end of the strip mall (same parking lot) for grapes ($1.29/lb) and cranberries ($1.99/12 oz).  Or, the dollar store midway between the two grocery stores has grapes, too ($.99/lb).

Today, I had a meal replacement/nutritional drink for breakfast - it's the one my primary care doctor told me to take as it has a lot of protein (16g/8 fl. oz).  Grapes for mid-morning snack.  One meat-filled bread roll for lunch (I took 2 with me, but wasn't hungry for both).  A banana for dessert. 5 saltine-type crackers with peanut butter for afternoon snack.  Came home and had a cup of tea.

I wanted soup for dinner - there was 1/3 can of condensed cream of chicken soup leftover from making the chicken pot pies and I decided to have that for dinner.  But, since I am trying to get in more veggies, I decided to add some to my soup!  I made up the condensed soup with some water and I added some sliced celery (from the freezer), the torn off leaves from one of the baby bok choys and a grated carrot, and "souped up" my soup!   

Souped-Up Soup!

Lots of freshly grated black pepper to spice it up a bit.  All the bok choy leaves floated on the top and the celery and carrots sort of sank to the bottom.  So, after I had some of the soup, I decided to take another picture to show that there were other vegetables in it:

Cream of Chicken and Vegetable Soup

It wasn't half bad, actually. 

Speaking of canned condensed soup, the ones I bought the last couple of times for $.49 each (with the purchase of 6 mix and match items) are now on sale for $.99 each.  But, this week, canned vegetables are on sale for $.49 each, if you buy 10 ($.69 @ if buying less than 10). I usually buy a few cans at that price, each year, to keep on hand for emergencies (if there is a big earthquake and we lose electricity, canned stuff will not spoil, unlike the contents of my freezer).  Then, if I haven't used them, I donate them each May, when the postal service have their "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.  

Today, I spent $20 at the pharmacy for medication refills.

I am grateful for:

- The winds calmed down without causing any damage.
- It was warmer, today.
- I had a safe commute to work and back.
- Met a couple of long-time office friends
- Phone calls with family and friends

Are the stores in your areas having their Thanksgiving sales, already?  Do you buy extra turkeys when they go on sale now to freeze for later?  Have you added more vegetables, etc., to canned condensed soups to improve them? 


  1. Keeping track of sales is a work in itself. I've always been enthralled by 'Extreme Couponers' and the effort they make to get their stash. You really do have to stay on top of things.

    No Thanksgiving in the UK, but we have started having 'Black Friday' as one of our top four supermarkets was bought by Walmart who tried it out. The Christmas merchandise has been out since September and the sales are gearing up. Keep going with the veggies - that soup looked lovely! Sybil xxx

    1. Thanks, Sybil; I was pleased with myself for sneaking in the veggies! :)

      I don't usually go through each and every grocery ad each week. Not anymore. I usually recycle the ads from the stores I don't go to much for one reason or another, and stick to the 3 or 4 I go to on a regular basis. Otherwise, it gets to be a bit overwhelming.

      As for Black Friday, the only Black Friday shopping I've done is at the fabric store! It's a little less frenzied than the shopping malls. But this year, I am trying to avoid crowds (to minimize chances of getting ill just before and during treatment). So, I'll just stay home and sew something from the stash I already have!

      Hope things are well with you.

  2. Hi.
    When I worked for a 3 Dr. office they told all of us to stay out of the stores as much as possible in Dec. if we wanted to stay well. Seems people don't care how sick they are they still think they have to get it all done so they go out coughing and sick and touching things then we get sick.

    I'm impossibly behind this year so think I'll just simplify instead of trying to do it all.

    We've been eating mostly out of our pantry and freezer the last two months. Money has been tight as it is every year at this time for us. Work slows down and this year the only thing I had prepared ahead was lots of food stocked up. Already have plans to restock and put away a better emergency fund for next year. So stressful and that just causes my heart to act up and I can't afford to have that happen.

    My mom can take leftovers and make anything out of them. Especially soup. She makes some of the best soups from bits of this and that and of course veggies which grow abundantly in the area of Oregon that they live. I love being up there to visit in spring and summer because you'll go outside and one of the neighbors will have left you veggies from their garden on the bench by the door. That and the berries are so yummy. Guess I better go get our brunch on the table. Take care.

    1. Hi Crystal, good idea to try and simplify instead of trying to do it all. Focus on what is most meaningful to you and do just that.

      Good of you to stock up on food for the lean times. A well-stocked pantry and freezer is a wonderful thing. And if you can stock up when bargains are available, then, that's ideal. Sounds like your mom lives in a lovely part of the country!

      Saving for an emergency fund can be hard. It involves a lot of careful budgeting, making do and doing without, as I'm sure you already know. But the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have an adequate emergency fund is priceless. I hope you will be able to achieve your goal of a better emergency fund for next year.

      Thank you, again, for stopping by and commenting.

  3. I'm one of those rare people that don't like turkey, so nope, don't buy any. Ever year my brother in law goes "YOU DONT LIKE TURKEY?????!!!!". Every single time.

    There is only one store that really does sales here and I didn't see anything that interested me.

    1. Jess, I actually know quite a few people who don't like turkey. When I used to cook Thanksgiving for a lot of people at my house, I used to have a second meat alternative - ham, or roast beef - especially for those who didn't care for turkey. But if it was only my immediate family (daughter and myself, and my mother when she was alive), I used to just make roast chicken.

  4. Hi BLess,
    Our stores had about the same deal with turkeys.. 49 cents with a $75 purchase.. I intend to do this one. I bought one 2 wks ago for Thanksgiving but I always try to get one to two extra for my freezer.
    I will stock up on the can stuff[44 cents for vegetables]. I try to keep my pantry and freezer well stocked, so if we need to eat from it, for a long period. we can and do.
    Your soup sounds really good.. Hope you have a good week.. Take it easy.

    1. Judy, it makes sense to buy turkey when it goes on sale for that price and keep in the freezer for meat throughout the year. Once you roast it, leftovers can be portioned and kept for many dishes, as I'm sure you already know.


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