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Let's Go Grocery Shopping With Patch

Every week, Patch hits the local grocery stores to compare the best deals of the week.

Every week, Patch goes grocery shopping to find the best deals at the local supermarkets. All prices and availability are subject to change. If you know a good deal out there, please share with our readers.

STEAK

  • SHOP & SHOP - Fresh Petite Sirloin Steak, $4.99 per pound.
  • SHAW'S - Boneless Chuck Roast, $3.99 per pound
  • HANNAFORD - Boneless Shoulder Roast, $2.59 per pound.
  • ROCHE BROS. - London Broil Steak, $3.99 per pound
  • BIG Y - Big Y All Natural Angus Beef, $6.99 per pound.
  • MARKETBASKET - Boneless Chuck Steak, $3.59 per pound.

BLUEBERRIES

  • SHOP & SHOP - Pint for $3.99
  • ROCHE BROS - Two for $5 six ounce packages
  • BIG Y - Driscoll's Blueberries 18 ounce package $4.98 with silver coin, one package per coin.

FROZEN MEALS

  • SHAW'S - Lean Cuisine Dinners, five for $10
  • SHOP & SHOP - On-Cor Traditional Dinner two for $5
  • ROCHE BROS. - Healthy Choice Entrees, 8-9.4 ounces five for $10
  • HANNAFORD - Weight Watchers Smart One Entrees, $2.29 8.5-11.5 ounces
  • BIG Y - Healthy Choice Entrees 5 for $10
  • MARKETBASKET - Swanson Hungry Man two for $5

CHIPS

  • SHOP & STOP - Wise Potato Chips, two for $5, Ruffles three for $10.
  • SHAW'S - Frito Lay Tositos, Ruffles Chips, two for $5.
  • HANNAFORD - Lay's Potato Chips, 10-10.5 ounces $2.99
  • BIG Y - Big Y Tortilla Chips, two for $3
  • MARKETBASKET - Stacey Pita Chips, two for $4

ORANGE JUICE

  • HANNAFORD - Hannaford Premium Orange Juice, $2.69
  • ROCHE BROS - Tropicana Premium Orange Juice $2.99
  • SHAW'S -Garlick Farms, Shaw's Premuim 64 ounces, $2.79
  • BIG Y -Tropicana Pure Orange Juice, two for $6
Dan Roos January 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Where is closest Big Y... Walpole? Price Rite in Brockton must be closer and cheaper.
Susan Clare January 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Well, Stop and Shop, Shaw's, and Hannaford are right in Norwood, and Roche Bros. is right outside our boundary. Seems we'd save on fossil fuels and carbon emissions by shopping at one of these, as well as supporting local businesses.
lowertaxes January 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Stop and Shop, Shaws, Hannaford and especially Roche Brothers have such high prices that the normal family go broke going there. You can save tons more taking the trip to Market Basket or Big Y.
Fiscal Conservative January 15, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I save more by growing & preserving much of my families fruit & vegatable needs for the year. When I have to purchase I try to by local produce & haggle over the price (I buy large amounts, eg 100Lbs of winter squash). Price gets lower. I buy meat, early in the AM when those reaching expiration are marked down (even sale meats get marked down). Circulars & coupons are used & I only purchase what is needed (I'm not a "compulsive" shopper...in & out, thats me). Non perishable products...house brand or major brand only when "on sale" with coupons. My family has been able to keep rising costs of stuff to a reasonable level. Remember, I am the "Fiscal Conservative"!!!
Christine Iacobucci January 15, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I agree with lower taxes on Hannaford and Roche Bros. I only buy items on sale at Roche Bros. I don't find Hannaford worth the trip at all. I do well at Shaw's and Price Rite but unfortunately have had really bad luck with Stop & Shop's meat so I don't bother going there either. Like anything you have to know your prices and utilize any storage to stock up on the non-perishables when they are on sale.
Christine Iacobucci January 15, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Fiscal Conservative-I envy your ability to preserve what you grow. I say every year that I will. The only thing I have ever done is make salsa from the extra tomatoes and jar that for Christmas presents one year. My in-laws are great at canning the pears and peaches from their trees. They, too, are a subject of my envy. I am curious as to where you are able to get such large quantities of produce? I think it is Wednesdays when Shaw's marks down its meat but I wasn't aware of the morning. I love taking advantage of that, I either freeze or prepare it right when I get home. My winter money savings with meat is primarily the crock pot. I buy the less expensive meat on the bone and it comes out awesome without having to stress over making dinner during my kids "witching hour". I must admit that I am a compulsive shopper and often deviate from my list (I am a marketers dream). To top it off, when I do clip coupons I end up forgetting them at home half the time, ugh! Do you have any tips or a system you use to stay organized and discipline. Also, do you freeze a lot of items that you find on sale or do you simply focus on the week at hand?
Susan Clare January 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I also would like to know where one buys produce in bulk at an affordable price. I do can produce, but am limited by my budget. I can't afford to can produce that costs an arm and a leg. It becomes cheaper to buy from the grocery store as needed. Anyone who has advice on this must share it, now, before the growing season begins. Please.
Fiscal Conservative January 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I travel around, during growing season, to various farm stands, orchards, etc for produce that I don't grow (which isn't much). I haggle w/owners over price in quantities. The more I buy, the cheaper it gets. I buy 100Lbs of Winter squash (takes too much room to grow) and have gotten the price down to $.40/Lb. Farmers want to sell, not throw out. Buy "drops" of apples at orchards for preserving. Lots cheaper. Have to admit, I've got many years behind me. My friends say I'm "Cheap". I say I'm "Frugal". Either way, I make out, plus I get out in the fresh air. Prices always can be negociated. Its fun being Fiscally Conservative (Cheap).
Kurt Buermann January 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Susan-- If you become a shareholder with Moose Hill Audubon's Community Farms program you'll have produce aplenty. Organic to boot.You have to reckon the cost of Moose Hill Vs. stores, but Moose Hill community produce is outstanding. Plus you get the satisfaction of raising your own as well. You’llay have too much—which you can give to neighbors, Etc, rather than too little. http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Moose_Hill/news.php?id=929&event=no&sanc_news=yes
Helen January 20, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I have had great luck freezing green beans and bell peppers. I just wash and cut the produce, let it dry and then put in freezer bags. It helps to flatten out the bags before you put them in the freezer.

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