And since I was across the street at Safeway this morning, I couldn’t help but stop by QFC to pick up two (2) pounds of blueberries for $4.99 and see what they had for manager markdowns. If I could marry a grocery store, I am pretty sure I would marry QFC. Not only do they have the best customer service (and a crown in their logo), but they mark down produce and dairy, all. the. time. They get it – better to move it and sell it before it goes bad then to toss it out – and this saves me a bundle of money on items that don’t generally have coupons. And they don’t wait until it’s rotten and smelly – it almost always has a few days left in it, sometimes more, so I big-heart-love my local QFC. (QFC, by the way, is a Kroger store, so if you have a local Kroger store see if it’s as nice as my QFC when it comes to markdowns, for your sake, I hope it is!)
I discovered today that my local QFC has a new little markdown station and a new system. Red mesh bags are all $0.99 unless otherwise marked. Oh my those red bags are like Christmas! I picked up three peppers $0.99, a pound and a half of Gala apples for $0.99 and eight limes for $0.99. Hot-diggity-dog! My husband had asked me to pick up some apples this morning and I was cringing because the prices are so high – but thanks to the markdown we scored apples for $0.66 cents a pound! And we needed peppers for dinner tonight (perfect!) and well, I’m a sucker for limes, so I had to bring those home – but with eight in the bag, that’s only $0.13 each!
I used a $1.00 catalina coupon that I got from Safeway on a gallon of milk at QFC. Did you know Kroger stores accept catalinas from other stores? Yep, as long as it says manufacturer coupon on it. So I was able to pick up a gallon of organic milk for $4.69. They also have green beans $0.99/lb this week as an in-ad price and the yellow corn is $0.44 each
And that’s that. I purposely try to go mid-morning or mid-day. If you go too early, sometimes the dairy or meat manager hasn’t made it around to marking down the items just yet.