Sunday, March 15, 2009

Doesn't hurt to ask!

Several months ago I was making a pass through the meat department around 7 p.m. at Al*bert*sons to see if the ground beef was on sale. Now, I don't know about you, but it just chaps my hide to buy ground beef at $3.49+ per pound. So I just decided it wouldn't hurt to ask if they could give me a better price. The meat guy said, "Sure we need to move it out tonight so you can have it for $1.49 a pound". After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I said I'd take the rest of it. He continued to tell me that because of store policy they have to throw away the remainder of the ground beef every night. Guess what time I go to the meat department? I've lucked out several times since then. Sometimes it has depended on who's working that evening. One evening I didn't even have to ask. The guy just said if I wanted the rest of the ground beef, he'd give it to me at that price.

I don't know if this is their policy across the board, but it sure doesn't hurt to ask, right?!

The other deal we get here is at the dollar store. The Dollar*Tree has a contract with Sara*Lee for bread. This bread isn't day-olds (nothing wrong with that anyway). The expiration date is not for up to a week out. This includes the 100% whole wheat bread (which, btw, doesn't have corn syrup), multi-grain bread, bagels, and raisin bread all of which retail for up to $3.99. Also they have pita bread, hot dog and hamburger buns. All of these freeze well. (But shhhhhhh! this is a secret! I don't want those nasty hoarders stealing my bread!) ;)

Again, I don't know for sure if this is everywhere. I do know they do this in the Phoenix area.

Hope this helps.

Great week to you all!


  1. Our Kroger has a small section at the end of the meat counter where they dicount meat/steaks that are about to hit the expiration date. That is about the only place I do my shopping. I've never asked for a discount, but may give that a shot too.
    ♥ Joy

  2. I'll have to check that out here - what a deal!

  3. We don't have a Dol*lar Tr*ee here in my little town so I'm out on that one. I'm going to check out about the ground beef though. Thanks so much for sharing. I think it's so wonderful that we are all pitching in with these money savings ideas. Makes me smile :o)

  4. This is a great tip!! I always look for reduced meat, but never thought to ask. You can sometimes do the same thing with milk. I used to look through and find the ones that had expired that day, and they would mark the gallons down to 25 cents. I would take them home, remove a couple of inches of milk from the top (to allow for expansion) and freeze them. Now they are marking their milk down to 1/2 price, which is still pretty good. =)

  5. I will also buy discounted beef at S*AM*S. I check for buy one, get one free roasts at my local market also. I love bargains!!! Thanks for the hints!