My mom took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese-Its this morning (don’t you love what words kids combine?), so I took the opportunity to hit Portland’s newest Grocery Outlet on SE 72nd and Flavel in SE Portland. The Grocery Outlet gave me $35 in gift cards at a blogging event they had a couple of weeks back in the San Francisco area and those cards have been burning a hole in my pocket ever since!
Here are a few great deals I spotted:
Earth’s Best Diapers (size 1) priced at $4.99 per jumbo pack
They only had size 1, but there were TONS of them. Under $5 per pack of natural disposables is definitely a stock-up price.
Berkley & Jensen Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (4 lb) priced at $5.99
Nestle Chocolate Chips are $8.99 for a 4.5 pound bag at Costco, so this is a better deal. I realize I am comparing apples to oranges for you die-hard bakers out there, but for those of us with less-discriminating taste, this is a fantastic deal, especially if you’re not actively couponing right now. And this brand may be better than Nestle, ya just never know.
Seville Pumpkin (29 oz) priced at $1.59
WinCo and Costco has the Libby’s Pumpkin priced at $2.50+ per can, so this is much cheaper. I was pretty impressed with myself until Kate told me not all canned pumpkin is created the same. Again, discriminating taste. I’m making Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking for our trick-or-treating festivities tonight, so I’ll let you all know if fancy-pants Kate could tell the difference between the Seville and Libby’s.
This is what I actually purchased at the Grocery Outlet this morning:
I need to disclose that I probably would not have purchased the Pop-Secret if I wasn’t on the Grocery Outlet’s dole. I try to keep microwave popcorn to $.25 per bag and this was $.33.
I paid $4.39 for the 3-pack of Best Foods mayonnaise, which isn’t the best deal in the world, but we are months away from condiment sales at the grocery stores and I’ve received numerous texts from my husband with, “Pick up mayo” while shopping last week. The man needs mayonnaise, so I went for it. And I know I paid less than buying the generic equivalent at WinCo or Walmart.
Lastly, I purchased Nesquik Chocolate Syrup for $1.99 per bottle. I am obsessed with making my own lattes with my new Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. I’ve mastered the basics (I can make a mean honey latte), so I’m moving to the mocha. I realize that Nesquik is a bit juvenille, but it does make the mocha taste like it came from McDonald’s. And I love McDonald’s iced mochas. Again, I continue to prove just how un-classy I truly am.
This trip is a great example of what you can expect at your local Grocery Outlet. They have almost everything you immediately need and it’s usually cheaper or the same price as generic at WinCo or Walmart. Strategic couponing will almost always be cheaper than Grocery Outlet prices, but the items you need right now might not be on a great store sale with a manufacturer’s coupon. And, many of you are not actively couponing right now, so the Grocery Outlet will yield you more savings than shopping your regular grocery store or Costco.
And then sometimes you’ll stumble upon a fantastic deal, like the canned pumpkin. When you do, make sure you stock up as it might not be there next week. Please note that selection, product availability and prices vary from store to store. The Gresham store may not have the canned pumpkin, but I did score a great deal on honey-roasted peanuts there last week.
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