Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hy-Vee: 7/21-7/27

Below are the best items I see for the week. My goal here is to get you the best price possible! I compare prices to Aldi because I believe if you can beat or come close to the Aldi price you are getting a GREAT DEAL! That being said I don't post everything in the ad, just the stuff that is a good deal.

**This is one of the BEST weeks I have ever seen at Hy-Vee!!!!  It is so good that if it weren't for the Mega 10 sale I wouldn't even be shopping at Dillons!** 

Weekly Deals:
Farmland Jumbo Hot Dogs - $.49 with in ad coupon 
Use $.50/1 coupon from farmland mailer
Final Price - FREE!

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix - $.49 with in-ad coupon
Aldi price for their brand is $.79 and higher 

Select General Mills Cereals - $1.67
Use $1/2 from 7/11 SS insert
Final Price - $1.17

Earth Grains Eco-Grain Bread - BOGO with in-ad coupon

Pepsi 2-liter Bottles - $1.00

Hy-Vee Salad Dressing ( 16 oz.) - $.88
Beats Aldi price of $1.19 for their brand

Hy-Vee Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns - $.69 with in-ad coupon
Beats Aldi brand price of $.79 and higher

Hy-Vee Party Mix or Tortilla Chips - $.78 with in-ad coupon
Beats Aldi brand price of $.99 for chips

Midwsest Country Fair sliced peaches or pear halves - $.67
Beats Aldi price of $.88 and higher

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup - $.88
Use $.20/1 from 6/20 SS
Final Price - $.68/1

Peter Pan Peanut Butter (16.3 oz) - $1.50
Good price for the brand

Hy-Vee light apple juice or coctail blends - $.88 with in-ad coupon
lowest price!

Hy-Vee Flour - $.99 with in-ad coupon
Beats Aldi price of $1.33

KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce - $.99
Use $1/1 printable (enter contest)
Final Price - FREE!

Hy-Vee gelatin or pudding - $.25 with in-ad coupon

Hy-Vee popcorn (3ct.) - $.88 with in-ad coupon

Hormel Always Tender Boneless pork loin - $1.99/lb.
Use $1/1 printable
Final Price- ?

Hy-Vee sliced bologna - $.99 with in-ad coupon

Hy-Vee shredded Cheese (8 oz)- $1.67
Aldi price for 12 oz is $2.50 and higher

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles - $1.77
In-ad coupon :Get this FREE when you buy 80% lean ground beef and Hy-Vee ricotta cheese

80% lean ground beef roll ( 1lb.) - $1.99

Hy-Vee Cottage Cheese (12 oz) - $.77 with in ad coupon
Aldi price for 24 oz is $1.99

Hy-Vee 1lb. butter block or sticks - $1.99 with in ad coupon
Same as Aldi brand price
Midwest country Fair light brown or powdered sugar - $.99
Beats Aldi price of $1.19 and higher
Betty Crocker Suddenly Salads - $.79 with in-ad coupon
Use $.50/2 from 6/6 or 6/27 SS inserts
Use $.50/2 printable
Final Price - $.54

Hy-Vee brand batteries 8 ct (AA or AAA) - BOGO
PSA $3.99
Final Price - $1.99/1

Kraft Mac and Cheese - $.50

Hy-Vee Bacon or pre-cooked sasuage - $1.88
Beats Aldi price of $2.50

Hy-Vee Large Eggs (18 ct) - $1.38
That is only $.92/dozen

Hy-Vee cottage bread - $.99/1 white or wheat
Aldi price for their bread is around $.89
Hy-vee peanuts ( select varieties) - $1.50

Hy-Vee brand cream cheese - $.99
Same as Aldi brand price

Midwest Country Fair Frozen veggies ( 16 oz.) - $.99
Aldi price is $.95

Dole Broccoli Bunch - $.99
awesome price!

Kandy Cantaloupe - $1.50

Driscoll's 2 lb. tub of Strawberries - $2.88
or only $1.44/lb.

Fresh Blueberries (1 pint) - $.88 with in ad coupon

Brings Co. Mild Yellow Onions (3lb. bag) - $1.99
Aldi price has been about this or higher

Grimmway Farms Baby carrots (16 oz. bag) - $1.00
Same as Aldi brand price

Mangoes - $.67/1

Popeye Fresh Spinach (10 oz) - BOGO
PSA $1.99
Final Price - $.99/1

Green Seedless Grapes - $.89/lb.

Dole Iceberg Lettuce - $.49 with in-ad coupon

Dole Classic Iceberg or Cole Slaw - $.97/1
Beats Aldi price of .99/1 for their brand
Fresh Green Beans - $.99/lb.

If you would like to see deals at other grocery stores be sure to visit the BeCentsAble Grocery Gathering here!

Dillons 7/21-7/27

Here are the best deals I see for the week. I only post the items that I think are a good deal and I determine this by considering the Aldi price. Therefore, you will not just see couponable items in this post.

**Don't forget to load your CELLFIRE e-coupons and be sure to check COUPONS.COM and RED PLUM for any NEW coupons!**

For questions regarding Dillons or if you don't understand some of the terms I use then please read the Dillons FAQ page HERE! If you still have questions please email me and I would be happy to answer!!!

All prices posted assume the coupon has doubled and I use this site here in compiling the coupon dates. All other information, such as Aldi's price, is from my memory bank:)

Weekly Deals:
Dillons Large Eggs (12 ct) - $.97
Great Price

Doritos - $1.98
Great Price for the brand

Kroger Delux Ice Cream (48 oz) - $1.88
Beats Aldi price of $1.99

Kellogg's Cereal - $1.88
Use $1/2 coupon here
Final Price - $1.38

Crest Toothpaste - $1.00
Use $.75/1 from 7/4 P&G
Use $.50/1 from 6/6 P&G
Use $1/1 from RP insert
Final Price - FREE

Oral B Indicator Toothbrush - $1.00
Use $2/2 from 7/4 P&G
Final Price - FREE

Fresh Ground Round - $2.19/lb.
Sold in 3lb package for $6.57

Kroger Value Pack Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Thighs - $1.99/lb.

Peaches (tree ripe southern) - $.77/lb.

Kroger canned fruit (15 oz) - $1.00

Kroger frozen veggies ( 12 oz) - $1.00
Aldi price is $.95

Kraft American Singles - $1.79
Buy 5 and get a $5 catalina back... read here for details
Final Price - $.79/1 wyb 5 and after catalina
This is the Aldi price for the off brand

Coke or 7-up 2-liters - 3/$4
Get 1 FREE when you buy 3
Final price - $1.00

Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick - $.88/1
Use .75/1 Lady Speed stick printable
Final Price - FREE + overage

Crayola Crayons ( 24 ct) - $.25

Crayola Classic Markers - $1.00

Oxford Portfolio folders - $.15

MEGA 10 Event!
I am going to route you to I Heart Coupon Deals for all this info. Mandie did a great job compiling coupons and I used this site last week in making my list which you can see HERE!

**Note: Kraft is offering a catalina Deal. Buy 5 participating items get a $5 catalina back! Read post here for more info.... this means FREE cream cheese!

Please let me know if you catch something I missed by emailing me or leaving a comment!

If you don't live in this region or are looking for an ad for another store I hope you visit The Grocery Gathering or found here or Money Saving's Mom list here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Aldi Challenge

When I first started this blog 2 years ago I did so with intentions of only posting weekly ads for Dillons and Hy-Vee. I found that I was regularly purchasing items (name brand even) for myself at these major grocery stores for less than I was paying at Aldi. I learned that by watching the ads and clipping coupons I could purchase items that cost the same, or less, than the Aldi price. My motto has always been that if you can beat the Aldi price, you know you are getting a great deal!

During my 2 week break, I have been doing some thinking and praying about what role this blog would play in my life. The answer came when I got an email from Aldi announcing a week long grocery challenge. They are challenging their customers to shop their store only for 1 week and see how much they save (see full press release below). In their email to me this following statement caught my attention:

"ALDI prices are typically 30 to 40 percent less than store brands at traditional supermarkets and 15 to 20 percent less than big box store brands."

After reading this I was reminded of my original intent of this blog. This blog exists to help my readers learn how to shop wisely at the major grocery stores and pay the least amount possible for items. Another goal of this blog is to provide information about coupons and the best price to pay for an item. The items I pick to post from the weekly ads are items that I know to be a good price based on my years of comparing prices to Aldi. I will frequently tell you if a particluar item beats the Aldi price. I only share coupons that I believe will get you a good price. I also continue to shop at Aldi because some prices really are unbeatable!

Having said all of that, I have decided to continue posting once a week on this blog. I will post the Dillons and Hy-Vee ad every week. If time allows, I will post Apple Market as well. These posts will get posted Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. I invite you as my readers to always comment with other great deals you may find at these stores throughout the week.

Thank you for being such faithful readers. A BIG thank you to everyone who commented and emailed their encouragement!

The full Aldi press release is below if you want to read it.

ALDI to Launch “One Week Challenge”
Grocer to dare shoppers to compare savings
Average family to save nearly $2,000 annually

Batavia, Ill. (July 15, 2010) – Starting Monday, select assortment discount grocer, ALDI, will boldly launch a “one week challenge,” daring consumers to shop ALDI for one week and compare the cart-to-cart savings to their typical weekly shopping bill. The new campaign comes with its own reward for shoppers: a family of four can save approximately $1,996.80 per year – each year – compared to traditional supermarkets’ store brands, or $998.40 compared to big box store brands.

“Everything we do is designed with one goal in mind – to help our customers stretch their grocery dollars,” said Joan Kavanaugh, ALDI vice president of corporate purchasing. “Competitors may offer specials or sales on an item here or there, but cart-to-cart, no one matches the quality and value ALDI offers everyday.”

Known for offering high quality grocery items, fresh meats and produce at up to 50 percent less than the competition, customers can expect to find more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased items sold under its exclusive select brands.

The grocer’s streamlined, efficient approach eliminates hidden costs (such as in-store banking, pharmacies, bagging clerks, check cashing, photo processing or other non-essential grocery store services), and passes on the savings to customers in the form of lower prices.

ALDI stores’ efficient layout makes it easy for shoppers to get in, get out and get on with their day, and the smaller store footprint uses less land and utilities, all helping keep prices low on the high quality items offered every day.

“We know that anyone who shops ALDI will save money, but there’s nothing like seeing those receipts for yourself and feeling the satisfaction of having more money left in your pocket,” said Kavanaugh.

Quality, taste and satisfaction are always double guaranteed at ALDI. If for any reason a shopper is not 100% satisfied with any product, ALDI will replace the product and refund the money.

[Note: Estimated savings based on the average $416 monthly grocery shopping bill for a family of four, according to Consumer Reports, 2009. ALDI prices are typically 30 to 40 percent less than store brands at traditional supermarkets and 15 to 20 percent less than big box store brands.]