Grocery Geek Presents Another Great Week at Albertsons and Sprouts

I feel like I am learning all over again the things that I learned back in February and March — how my local grocery stores operate. Last week was so successful at Albertsons and Sprouts, I am focusing on learning those places well and branching out to other places, such as Ralphs and the farmers’ markets later. I’ve heard a few mentions of WinCo, so I may have to make a treck there at some point as well.

Despite the claims that life is more expensive in California, so far, I’m not finding that in my price matching — except in real estate. Grocery sale prices and loss leaders are comparable to what I found in the MidWest. Additionally, milk is WAY cheaper here, generally $2.50/gallon (when you buy 2) compared to the $3.33 I paid at SuperWalmart in KC. I don’t know if it ever goes “on sale,” but I’m happy with the regular everyday price. And Costco actually goes even lower.

My target goal is $100/wk to feed our family. Obviously, this last two weeks I’ve gone over. But, I figure my learning curve gives me a great excuse. Since I’m in the process of building my stockpile back up after moving.

Here’s my week of deals:
2 gallons milk – $4.49
butter $1.89/#
cheese $2.70/#
romaine lettuce 6 heads for $2.99
one large pepperoni pizza $9.95

on-the-vine tomatoes .99/#
gala apples .99/#
pears .69/#
red and green bell peppers 3/$1
cantaloupe .99 eac
celery .89
freshly made tortillas 2.19/doz
freshly made tortilla chips 2.50/#
Muir Glen tomato sauce .99 – .75 coupon = .24
Muir Glen crushed tomatoes and chunky tomato sauce $2.00 – $1 coupon = $1/ 28 oz can
Cascadian farms jam $2 – $1 coupon = $1

Pillsbury flaky twists $3.99 – free coupon
frozen juice $1.79
Pinto beans (2 lb. can) $1
Bertolli Oven Bake meals $6.99 each, Buy $20 get $5 off, Minus (3) $2 coupons = 3 packages for $10
Ronzoni Smart taste pasta 1.66 – $1 coupon = .66
Heinz ketchup $1.50/48 oz. bottle
Mt. Olive pickkles $1.50
Del Monte pineapple .75
light tuna .75
Ore Ida potato products $1.50/32 oz bag (I bought 13 bags!)
Michelina frozen dinners .75 – .20 coupon = .55 (Too bad I forgot that there’s no microwave with this rental!)
Smuckers jam $1.50
Smuckers jelly .75
Johnsonville sausages $3.99 – $1 coupon = $2.99
London Broil 1.49/#

My total this week at Albertsons? $124.98, a mere 46 cents more than last week. Wierd.

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  1. Hi there!

    I look forward to seeing some of your local deals! I have not ventured out much (since we have the commissary), but you are inspiring me to. : )

    Have a great weekend, Michelle

  2. I am glad that you had a good shopping week and that Sprouts is working out for you. I have never heard of WinCo though.

  3. About WinCo: it’s always super packed! Try to go early in the day (or late at night) to avoid huge crowds. You’re expected to pack your own groceries, so bring bags (we always just reused the ones we got from other grocery stores. They do have their bags to use, but why not reuse something you already have?). Check out their bulk food sections–my other half got a small bag full of bay leaves for 14 cents, while my roommate paid 11 bucks for her bottle of bay leaves.

  4. Wow! I’d always thought that prices out in CA were expensive too. But good job finding such great deals!

    I’m down in the South and was thrilled to get butter (on sale) for #2/lb. last week. Peppers often run a dollar each. cantaloupe are going for over 2 a piece…not to mention paying more for milk. Maybe I’m just not looking hard enough. 🙂

    Anyway, thanks for the great breakdowns and happy stockpiling. 🙂

  5. One website to look at for Albertson’s deals is
    I live in Idaho, and if the deals aren’t posted on Wednesday (when the Albertson’s ad comes out) you can always look at another state that has an Albertsons (like Utah). Have fun!

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