Yesterday I dropped my kids at my friend’s house and hit the outer SE Portland shopping circuit. It’s amazing how quickly one can shop (and concentrate) without a 1, 3, and 4 year old in tow. I was able to hit Fred Meyer, 2 Albertsons, Payless Shoe Source, and Morrow Bros Produce Market (2919 NW Division St; next to the Gresham Grocery Outlet) in less than 2 hours round trip, baby.
Because I know some of you are new and curious how I shop (and some are veteran readers and are still curious), here you go!
I went to two Albertsons, searching for Quaker Oats and the elusive Finish Dish Detergent. I got rainchecks for the Quaker Oats and the Finish at the first store and lucked out at the second. I did Albertsons in two transactions and paid $4.50 out-of-pocket:
- #1: 5 Quaker Oats — Paid $4.50, Received $3 Catalina after coupons
- #2: 3 Mission Tortillas — Paid with the $3 Cat from transaction #1 = $0 OOP
On to Fred Meyer:
- Broccoli and Cauliflower on sale $.68/lb — I bought enough for a week’s worth of veggies
- Organic Navel Oranges on sale $.99/lb
- TicTacs were $.99 and a birthday gift for my daughter
On to Morrow Bros. Produce Market on Division between SE 181st & SE 222nd (Gresham/Outer SE Portland). This is a tough post for me because I desparately want to keep this place a secret, but I’ve been scoring in such a big way over the past few months that I feel it’s my duty to share it with you.
Morrow Bros. has fantastic deals on local and seasonal produce and okay deals on out-of-season produce and close-outs (overstocks from grocery stores and expired items). I try to shop there once a week to stock up on our fruit and whatever else they are giving away. The deals are so good, I can’t bring myself to buy apples or pears (or most other fruit for that matter) at Safeway anymore. You should see me in the Safeway produce section, muttering, “What a rip-off” under my breath.
I took 3 pictures of my haul. I spent around $33 for everything:
- Sun-Maid Organic Raisins @ $6.99 each — I can’t find these at Costco anymore
- Planters Trail Mix @ $1.49 — not a great deal, but another gift for my daughter
- Reser’s Corn Tortillas @ 3/$1 — now, this is a great deal
Produce at Morrows is dirt cheap, but not particularly beautiful. The skin of some of the pears and apples are not grocery store perfect, but the inside is just fine. I’ve rarely run into a nasty piece of fruit.
- Bananas @ $.39/lb
- Apples (all varieties except Honey Crisp) @ $.50/lb
- Pears (Bosc, Asian, and the green one — what’s it called?) @ $.50/lb
- Onions @ $.50/lb (I think)
- Carrots (1 lb bags) @ $.50
- Organic Blueberries (6 oz) @ $1 each
- Yukon Gold Potatoes (3 lb bag) @ $2.99 — didn’t make it into the picture
This is the one I don’t want you to know about. But I’m doing it anyway. Because I love you guys. All cases of yogurt (12 ct) are on special for $1. Yes, $1. Varieties I noticed:
- Yoplait Low Fat
- Stonyfield Organic — Fat Free (gross) and Low Fat (tolerable)
I’ve also seen Brown Cow and Tillamook in the past. If you can’t spot the variety you’re looking for, just ask an employee. They have lots of stuff in the back.
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