Monday, February 28, 2011

El Rancho Trip 2/28: Shop Local Sales To Save Big!

Last week I told you about some of the meat deals going on right now in the Dallas area.  Today, I was finally able to get to one of the stores and take advantage of some of them, and some produce deals, too.  I went mostly to get the $0.98/lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, which we have been out of for quite some time.  I had also planned on getting some bone-in pork stew meat for the same price, but changed my mind after seeing it.  I did, however, notice that there was an unadvertised special on ground beef for $1.00/lb.  We were out of that, too so I picked up some of that instead of the pork.  Besides, I still had some chops in the freezer.

Here is what I was able to get at El Rancho Today:

15 lbs of chicken @ $0.98/lb=$14.95
10 lbs ground beef @ $1/lb=$10.01
2 5lb bags of russet potatoes @ $0.88 each=$1.76
8 cans tomatoes sauce @ 8 for $1=$1
6 tangerines @ 12 for $1= $0.50
8 avocadoes @ 8 for $1=$1
6 small apples @ 3 for $1= $2
4 yellow onions @ 3lbs for $1=$0.69

My total was $31.87, and to make things even better, I was able to pay for most of it with my $25 gift card that I received from my Prilosec rebate!  After the gift card, only $6.87 of that actually came out of our food budget for the month!

You might be thinking, my goodness that is a lot of meat!  Well, you would be right, it is.  Especially for a family of 4, whose children are 4 and 19 months.  But my husband is a teacher who gets paid once a month, so I try to stock up on meat for the month shortly after pay day.  It also helps to get so much at such a low price.  I will put this into the freezer until I am ready to cook it.  I freezer cook in batches, which means that one day I will cook up a whole bunch of chicken and then prepare several recipes using it.  The cooking time is no different, it just uses a bigger pot, and I can usually put away 8-12 chicken meals into my freezer in one evening (even more with ground beef!).  I have a few favorite recipes that I triple or quadruple, and then dinner time during the week is much less hectic. =)  I will be preparing for some major cooking this week!

I am actually wanting to try out some new recipes for chicken, so if you know of any, especially if they freeze well, please leave a link in the comments!  Thanks!


JRFrugalMom March 4, 2011 at 3:03 PM  

I am so jealous of your avocado deal....

If I had a bigger freezer I would stock up a lot more on meat, as meat is very expensive if there is no sale.

Great job on your shopping!

Thank you for linking up at The Aldi Spot.

Hannah March 5, 2011 at 1:31 AM  

Wow I am so jealous of your meat prices!! They remind me of good deals I used to get back in Colorado *sigh*
You are absolutely right about stocking up with meat, I am saving $$ right now so I can get a bigger freezer and do the same. :D

Amanda March 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM  

You guys should look into getting an older used freezer. I had a former elderly coworker give one to us. Her kids had long moved out and she didnt need it anymore. It is from like the 70s or something but it works great! I don't think that thing will ever die. They sure don't make them like that anymore.

Laura @ Frugal Follies March 7, 2011 at 8:13 PM  

Very nice job! No questions here about why so much meat - when you find it at a good price, get as much as you can store and eat withing a reasonable amount of time!

Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Weekly Shopping at Frugal Follies! I truly appreciate it!

Tammy March 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

You did a beautiful job! Happy cooking. :)

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