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Creating a Grocery Meat Cheat Sheet

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Slim picking this week for cheap meat.

Sobeys: fresh mussels 1.79/lb

Freshco: boneless skinless chicken breast 3.50/lb

Zehrs/Loblaws:
bone in whole pork shoulder .99/lb
pork side ribs 1.99/lb

I would do those cheap mussels with onion, garlic, splash of cheap white wine or diluted apple juice, a diced roma tomato, fresh parsley and a baguette for dipping. Come pick on me death_hawk.
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lecale wrote:
Feb 2nd, 2017 7:10 pm
Freshco: boneless skinless chicken breast 3.50/lb
Water or air?
For comparison, Costco is like $5.50/lb (even on sale) but air chilled.
Zehrs/Loblaws:
bone in whole pork shoulder .99/lb
Damn... that's pretty good.
I would do those cheap mussels with onion, garlic, splash of cheap white wine or diluted apple juice, a diced roma tomato, fresh parsley and a baguette for dipping. Come pick on me death_hawk.
Can't say anything bad. That's basically what I'd do.
Either that or curry thai....
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I didn't report last week because it was such a bad week for being cheap.

This week:

No Frills
frozen boneless skinless (probably seasoned) chicken breast $2.00/lb
whole portions corn meal back bacon/cured pork loin $2.00/lb
Seaquest king crab or lobster "fake crab" 227g $2.00 ($4.00/lb)

Food Basics
fresh bone-in skinless chicken breast, $2.22/lb

Sobeys
Mussel King live mussels 907g $4.99 ($2.50/b)
*PEI, 10 minutes to cook, in season now

Walmart
Maple Leaf chicken legs back attached $1.47/lb*
* yes you really want to pay something like $.79-$.99/lb HOWEVER:
* Promotion: $5 pre-paid e-credit card with the purchase of 4... https://www.mapleleafmvp.ca/en/

Metro
lean ground beef $2.88/lb
Deli cooked Mammoth Chicken 1kg $7.99 (2/16-2/19) $3.63/lb
(Costco chicken is 1.2kg and stores go as low as 700g squabs; Metro is 2nd biggest chicken on the market I think)
Selection cod 400g $4.99
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HOLY crap when did beef go up again?
I was at Costco yesterday and it's back to $10+/lb for steak cuts.
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I thought the Marc Angelo sausages at Metro 2/$5 was a deal.
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beachlover wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 12:42 pm
I thought the Marc Angelo sausages at Metro 2/$5 was a deal.
They are 500g so $2.27/lb

There is also Butcher's Market sausage at $2.00/lb at No Frills.

I haven't covered a lot of the ground meats but I will try harder.
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lecale wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 12:58 pm
They are 500g so $2.27/lb

There is also Butcher's Market sausage at $2.00/lb at No Frills.

I haven't covered a lot of the ground meats but I will try harder.
The reason I consider paying a little more for Marc Angelo than a store brand is mostly the packaging. Not only is it not a huge package, I believe it's also packed in some inert gas allowing for longer best before dates. Additionally, I think they also offer a turkey sausage that I prefer.

I also think it's better to use that Maple Leaf promo with the Walmart whole chicken for $1.97/lb instead of chicken legs with back attached for $1.47/lb.
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Sort of on the lines of this thread - does anyone know of an app that keeps track of the lowest price you've spent on an item? I.E i can add my household items (laundry detergent, coffee, paper towels, etc, and add a price i paid, so when i'm out it'll alert me to a cheaper price?
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TagYoureIt wrote:
Feb 18th, 2017 7:25 am
Sort of on the lines of this thread - does anyone know of an app that keeps track of the lowest price you've spent on an item? I.E i can add my household items (laundry detergent, coffee, paper towels, etc, and add a price i paid, so when i'm out it'll alert me to a cheaper price?
Well, for lowest price this week I recommend Sale Whale.

I'm getting my sense of prices from my own spreadsheets - I have entered every item I have bought and the store and price in a spreadsheet since 2010.

This actually started out for me as a health project - I wanted to see what kinds of food I was buying (facts over perception) and bring down the amount junk that I was buying. It is a good way to track your diet without the brutal detailed entry that you need to do for MyFitnessPal or the like. I buy about 125 grocery/household items a month so that's an average of entering 4 products a day vs. MyFitnessPal which can be really challenging because of the daily data entry you have to do. Actually, because many times I am buying a multiple of an item and can track that on one line, I'm doing even less entries than that.

Anyway, I recommend this approach. It is not as much work as it sounds.
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TagYoureIt wrote:
Feb 18th, 2017 7:25 am
Sort of on the lines of this thread - does anyone know of an app that keeps track of the lowest price you've spent on an item? I.E i can add my household items (laundry detergent, coffee, paper towels, etc, and add a price i paid, so when i'm out it'll alert me to a cheaper price?
I'm seriously tempted to write an inventory program.
The current ones on the market don't quite do it for me mostly because I want cross platform and remote db hosting.
This way I know what stock I have at home.

If you don't care about remote db hosting, you could probably use a POS that has inventory features.
They (should) have a price paid line.
it's kind of overkill but you could "sell" yourself your inventory to keep track of what you have at home too if you're a hoarder like me.
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I thought about doing this stuff in Access but I found that Excel gave far me more flexibility.

I have one workbook for each calendar year and I only do inventory once a year in December and then I do an analysis of where I am shopping, how much money I spent there, what points I earned and the return, my most frequently bought items, amount spent by category, how many bags of potato chips and lbs or fruit/veg I bought, that kind of thing. I have adapted what I track over the years so that now I have data to answer any kind of question the internet and me can think of.

I track:

Store,Date,Points Earned
Quantity,Brand,Variety/Flavour,Product
Price,
Price/lb, (in 2016 I tracked Weight in g/Volume in ml and Count)*
Taxable Y/N,Total Coupons,Total In-Store Discounts,Points Value Redeemed,
Net Price

* you can't get this off a receipt so it is fiddly info. You can only pick one fiddly item to track a year or you will drive yourself nuts.
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RCSS has prime rib steaks cap off . Canada AAA or USDA grade beef for $6.98/lbs. or $15.39/kg

I actually when to the one at Scarborough town and there were lots.. Didn't buy i found them way too thick (over an inch thick) and tons of fat. Marbling was nice thought.
Will go back later in the week to find thinner ones.
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explorer11 wrote:
Feb 18th, 2017 4:20 pm
RCSS has prime rib steaks cap off . Canada AAA or USDA grade beef for $6.98/lbs. or $15.39/kg

I actually when to the one at Scarborough town and there were lots.. Didn't buy i found them way too thick (over an inch thick) and tons of fat. Marbling was nice thought.
Will go back later in the week to find thinner ones.
I find my store puts thin ones out for the bargain hunters/flyer addicts on Thursdays/Fridays, thick ones on the weekend for the mainstream shopper that doesn't mind a higher total price per tray. It sounds bizarre, but day of the week can make a difference in the meat department.
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Here's what's coming up tomorrow. Wow, a whole lotta beef up this week under $4/lb! Sirloin tip, top sirloin, outside round, inside round, boneless blade.... (Death_hawk, those are the choices! You are not allowed to say you'd rather...) What would you do?

I would buy the top sirloin (roast) and the boneless blade (stew/curry/chili) and probably not go for the sirloin tip (chewy!) despite the price.

Walmart
Sirloin Tip roast AA $2.97/lb

Zehrs/Loblaws
Boneless Blade roast AAA $3.99/lb
Chicken Wings (split, air-chilled) $3.99/lb
Louis Kemp Crab Delights "fake crab" 320g $1.99 ($2.82/lb)*
* there is one without dressing/dip that contains a 3-pack...that one...not the other ones.

RCSS
Top Sirloin roast AAA $3.98/lb
Seaquest "fake crab" $1.98 ($3.96/lb)

No Frills
Lean Ground beef $2.77/lb
Clover Leaf Wild Red Pacific Sockeye salmon, canned $2 ($4.26/lb)
Seaquest "fake crab" $2 ($4/lb)

Metro
fresh Skinless Boneless chicken breast $3.77/lb
Pork Side Rib $1.99/lb

Food Basics

Outside Round roast AA $3.27/lb
High Liner Catch of the Day, $7.97:
- Wild Pacific salmon 680g ($5.32/lb)
- Pollock 1320g ($2.74/lb)
- Sole 953g ($3.80/lb)
- Basa 1134g ($3.19/lb)
- Tilapia 750g ($4.82/lb)
GO (Green Ocean) Wild Pacific salmon 500g $5.99 ($5.44/lb)

Freshco
Fresh Whole Chicken $2/lb

Sobeys
Inside Round roast AA $3.44/lb
Inside Round steak AA $3.99/lb*
* see... $.55/lb to cut it for you.
Compliments Raw Pacific White shrimp 51-60 shrimp/lb 340g $4.99 ($6.66/lb)*
* these are about 1/2 size of cocktail-size (30+/lb) and 2X size of salad size (120/lb). Small, anyway.

Shoppers Drug Mart
Eggs $1.77/dz*
* Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 only
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lecale wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2017 6:51 pm
(Death_hawk, those are the choices! You are not allowed to say you'd rather...) What would you do?
Yeesh... I'm known for a lot of things around here....
And I like half of those.
Top Sirloin and Blade are awesome.
Tip is a half decent compromise but kind of meh.
Inside round is about as low as I'd go.
I'm not a huge fan of outside round.

Round is decent if you shave it thin.

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