Some people enjoy looking through the newspaper and reading through articles of current events. I find that to be a necessity but what I do enjoy is browsing the weekly grocery flyers for the best deals. This doesn't always gauge what I'll cook for the week but it does help me to decide what to stock up on or maybe pickup to cook.
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This page is really going to be best for those living in the Portland-Metro area and even then, sales in different neighborhoods could still vary. Most of my shopping is done at Fred Meyer, Safeway, Winco, New Seasons, Trader Joe's, Costco, US Foods. Please know that my posts are NOT a guarantee of the prices at your local store but if you are local to Portland-Metro should reflect the weekly sales. Most of the stores here run specials Wednesday through Tuesday.
Weekly Deal Roundup
An Overview of Each Store
Fred Meyer has it's advantages to shop with, their fuel points is probably the best reason. Often times they'll have double fuel points on weekend shopping days. Another bonus is their very efficient curbside pickup - I began using this at the height of the pandemic and still use it pretty regularly. They waive the $4.95 fee with a $35 order.
They do also offer a subscription service, Boost, that offers free delivery and double fuel points all the time. The plan with next day delivery is $59/year and if you want delivery in 2 hours (as available) it's $99/year.
Safeway is a pick and choose kind of store for me. One of their greatest features is the $10 off of $50 they provide at least 1x a month. It can be loaded onto the app or paper coupon in the mail. I ALWAYS buy something to get that $10 off, it's a great time to stock up on pantry staples.
I also really love their meat department, I find their meats to be very fresh and the butchers are willing to cut or customize whatever you need. They also have a curbside pickup option which has been great during the height of pandemic and even now. The pickup service is free with a $30 minimum order, otherwise it's $3.95. Safeway does offer fuel points as well but we don't have a lot nearby hence why the Fred Meyer points are more valuable to me.
If you don't know about Winco, let me share a bit about them. They are an employee owned store which is one way they keep their prices low and competitive. The other caveat is that they don't accept credit cards to help keep prices low - so you'll need to come in with a debit card or cash. And lastly, since they work on keeping costs low - they don't advertise or send out weekly flyers, most of their sales and deals you'll just have to show up to find!
One of my favorite things at Winco is their bulk food section. I stock up on nuts, popcorn, dried fruit, beans and more. Prices are very competitive so it's a great bargain! Fruit tends to be priced well most of the time but you can also find good prices at Fred Meyer and Safeway when they run sales. Lately I've been picking up avocados from Winco for $0.67 a piece which is still consistently cheaper than anywhere else, even with sales.
New Seasons is DEFINITELY a speciality store. When I need quality cuts of meat, local lamb and fresh seasonal fish it's my go-to! They also always have a 50% off deal for the week which can be a great stock up sale item such as pasta or nut butters. Recently, they had the most competitive price on 2lb blocks of Tillamook cheese that blew everyone else out of the water! So it's definitely a hunt and peck place for me.
I live VERY close to Trader Joe's - I nickname it my corner store. Trader Joe's doesn't really have sales but rather just their normal stuff or new seasonal items. I do frequent the cheese and crackers, some frozen items can't be beat. There are also a few fruits and vegetables that are consistently priced better there than anywhere else. Cauliflower for one! It's about $2.99 at Trader Joe's where most other places charge a per pound price which adds up FAST! Same with cabbage! That's the thing with Trader Joe, all your prices are set, no weights so you need to know your pricing!
I have a love hate relationship with Costco, I'm a new member (as of 2022) and I held off for so long! Do I find the membership worth it? I'm not sure - I spend more there but I do get some good deals as well. Gas is a great deal so that on it's own is a bonus. I don't buy much in the fruit/veggie/meat departments so as far as grocery, not a hot spot. Definitely great for novelty, some snack items as well, beer, wine and the house goods. Their sales run monthly but I'll definitely include some of my picks when I go!
This isn't a place many people shop, but it's a great one for some staples items. Think Costco but MUCH smaller, less fun frilly things - just the basic bulk items. It's geared for restaurants but I have my staples items I pickup. Best of all, no membership fee and everyone is welcome!