WRAL SmartShopper

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Just the Basics best deals 2/16

Posted February 16, 2012

Just the Basics


Here's the new weekly feature we chatted about on the blog last week: Just the Basics, a list of good prices for the basics at our various grocery and drug stores including milk, meat, produce, and more. These include deals from the ads, not regular priced items. Please add any other great deals (regular price or sale) on basics that you find!


Smart Balance Milk $3 - $1.50 coupon from 1/8 SS = FREE at Harris Teeter through 2/21


Fresh chicken leg quarters, 10 lb bag, .49/lb – Food Lion through 2/21

Chuck roasts $2.99/lb at Lowes and $2.59/lb at Food Lion (thanks jdouglas!)

Tyson split chicken breasts, drumsticks, thighs .99/lb - Kroger through 2/18

Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins, frozen 2.25 – 2.7 lb bag BOGO making them as low as $2.03/lb if you buy the 2.7 lb bag - Kroger through 2/18

Boneless sirloin tip roast $2.49/lb - Kroger through 2/18


Green or red grapes .89/lb – Aldi through 2/21

Cantaloupe $1.19 each – Aldi

Grapefruit, 5 lb bag, $1.19 – Aldi

Navel oranges $1.39 per 4 lb bag – Aldi

Bananas .44/lb - Aldi

Green bell peppers 2 for $1 – Food Lion through 2/21

Green grapes .99/lb – Food Lion

Dole or Fresh Express garden salad , 12 oz., .99 - Food Lion

Peeled baby carrots 1 lb bag, $1.00 - Food Lion

Zucchini or Yellow squash $1.29/lb - Food Lion

Vine ripe tomatoes .98/lb – Lowes Foods through 2/21

Sweet corn 3 for $1 - Kroger through 2/18

Green bell peppers 2 for $1- Kroger through 2/18

Cucumbers 2 for $1- Kroger through 2/18

Yellow or Zucchini squash .99/lb - Kroger through 2/18

Roma tomatoes .99/lb - Kroger through 2/18

Strawberries, 1 lb, $1.50 - Kroger through 2/18

Kroger jumbo russet potatoes, 8 lb bag, $2.99 - Kroger through 2/18

Misc Grocery

Nice Orange Juice, 59 oz., $1.99 – Walgreens through 2/18

Kroger shredded cheese 12-16 oz or slices 24 oz $2.99 (like paying $1.50 for an 8 oz shredded cheese when you buy the 16 oz on sale for $2.99 – a decent price) - Kroger through 2/18

Kroger bread and buns $1.00 - Kroger through 2/18


Colgate toothpaste, select 6.4 oz $1 - .50 coupon from 1/29 SS or .75 coupon from 2/12 SS = FREE with .50 coupon doubled! - Kroger through 2/18

Colgate Triple Action toothbrush $1.00 - .40/1 coupon from 1/29 SS = .20 - Kroger through 2/18

Purex laundry detergent, 33 loads $1.99 - Walgreens through 2/18




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  • coupongirl718 Feb 21, 2012

    Just wanted to say, I really like this post summarizing the best deals.

  • nakabi Feb 17, 2012

    jdouglas13: how do you make your meatballs? DH requested meatballs and I've never made them before.

  • terr19 Feb 17, 2012

    Faye- I like this basic best deal list. Thanks for all you do.

  • jdouglas13 Feb 17, 2012

    heremeaj, at the risk of sounding gross, after I saw a butcher putting a bag of bloody, slimy scraps through their meat grinder at a supermarket a while back, I don't think I can ever buy pre-ground meat again. For me, the benefit of grinding it myself is I know the grinder is clean and does not have the remains of prior grindings, and I can grind the meat as coarse or fine as I like. Mainly, it's an OCD thing.

  • HBarb Feb 17, 2012

    Just got back from Food Lion. First time asking the butcher to grind the meat. Pretty impressed. Got three pounds for 7 bucks. For me it made 5 small batches. Exciting!

  • Nancy Feb 17, 2012

    heremeaj - there are benefits :) I could custom make mixes with spices, could make sausage and such as well. But the biggest benefit would be adding flavorings as it's ground. Currently I've been requesting the butcher grind my roasts that I'm not going to cook whole. Plus a lot of times I would like to mix the types of meat - such as adding a percentage of round roast to chuck to balance the fat content etc.

    But in the meantime..... :)

  • heremeaj Feb 17, 2012

    nancy, why don't you just have the butcher grind the roast when you purchase it? Is there an added benefit to doing it yourself at home?

  • Nancy Feb 17, 2012

    As you can see, buying whole roasts and having them ground up is so much more economical. Seems the roasts go on sale more frequently, and at a much better price, than any pre-ground meat you may wish to buy.

    And by golly, I will be getting a meat grinder for the KA yet LOL But in the meantime, thank goodness the butchers are so generous and helpful to grind those up for us!

  • stephlw Feb 17, 2012

    You are all the best! Thanks for sharing again! We are in need of some and it looks like Kroger gets the business today after our trip to HT of course! :)

  • Dr D Feb 16, 2012

    Whoops; lost the blank lines between the quotes about beef cuts recommended for ground beef. :-)