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There are some great deals available right now and everyone at iPriceMatch.com can’t wait to head out and fill our carts! This week, we are focusing on store brand (or generic) products, which can be a great way to save money. Read on to learn about great store brand deals this week, how to price match generics and the types of products that can lead to BIG savings! Happy shopping!
Highlighted Deals of the Week: Yogurt & Orange Juice
Brand name yogurt cups normally retail for double this advertised price and a half-gallon of name brand o.j. is on sale this week for $3. The savings from purchasing generics can add up quickly. But how do you, for example, price match a Smith’s brand product in a Wal-Mart store?
How to Price Match Generic Items:
Actually, it’s pretty simple. Most retailers who price match will honor the price of another store’s brand on an equal item of their own. So, for example, Wal-Mart will honor the $0.40 price of the Kroger yogurt on their individual cups of Great Value yogurt. Remember that all stores are different, so check the price matching policy on the store’s website to learn more.
Top Generic Products:
Here are six types of products that can score you big savings while still providing high quality:
- Baby Formula: The 1980 Infant Formula Act standardized the nutritional content of all baby formula sold in the US. Brands will have different textures and tastes but nutritionally all formula is basically identical.
- Cereal: You pay 25 – 50% more for name brand cereal, mainly for packaging and marketing. Most generic and name brand cereals are produced at the same locations, by the same manufacturers.
- Cleaning Products: Occasionally, you will find a name brand product with no generic equivalent, but otherwise almost all cleaning products contain the same basic ingredients.
- Over the Counter Medications: FDA regulations ensure the quality of both name brand and generic medications. Purchasing generic cough medicine or antacid can lead to significant savings.
- Pantry Staples: Go generic – flour is flour, sugar is sugar, salt is salt. The biggest savings in this category can be seen with spices. Name brand spices often cost up to four times more than the generic option.
- Personal Care: The majority of store brand cosmetics and skin care lines are near perfect clones of their name brand counterparts. The next time you need face wash, contact solution or make up remover, go generic.
This Week’s Best Deals:
Arm & Hammer Deodorant – $1.00/ea
Avocado – $0.20/ea
Banana – $0.25/lb
Colgate Toothbrush or Paste – $1.00/ea
Farmer John Spiral Sliced Ham – $0.99/lb
Foster Farms Chicken Breast Halves – $0.99/lb
Grapefruit – $0.25/ea
Hot Pockets (12 pack) – $7.99
Kiwi – $0.14/ea
Lay’s Potato or Kettle Chips – $1.98/ea
Michelina Zap ‘Em Meals – $0.78/ea
Mushrooms (8 oz carton) – $0.99/ea
Nature Valley Granola Bars (6 ct) – $1.88/ea
Oranges – $0.14/ea
Paper Towels (6 pk) – $3.49
Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers – $1.00/ea
Pepsi/Crush (2 liter) – $0.98/ea
Philadelphia Cream Cheese – $1.28/ea
Pork Sirloin Chops or Roast – $1.37/lb
Radish Bunch – $0.17/ea
Roma Tomatoes – $0.33/lb
Spinach Bunch – $0.33/ea
Weight Watchers Smart Ones – $1.79/ea
For details on these deals and more, visit iPriceMatch.com today!
- 3 tbsp. olive oil (pantry item)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced ($0.25/pack)
- 1 large onion, finely chopped ($0.18/lb)
- 1 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, paprika (pantry items)
- 1 carrot, diced ($0.33/lb)
- 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped (not on sale, but very affordable)
- 1 medium bell pepper, chopped ($0.78/lb)
- a handful of parsley, chopped ($0.50/bunch)
- salt & pepper to taste (pantry items)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped ($0.35/lb)
- 4 cans black beans ($0.57/each)
- rind of one orange, several large peels ($0.14/lb)
- juice of above orange ($o.14/lb)
- 6 cups hot, boiled long-grain rice, white or brown ($0.50/lb)
- Onion, cilantro and/or lime wedges, for garnish if desired.
In a large dutch oven or soup pot, saute onions, garlic and spices in oil over medium heat, stirring until onions are translucent.
Add carrots and celery, saute for 3-4 minutes more.
Add peppers and saute another 5 minutes.
Add salt, pepper, parsley and tomatoes.
Simmer until vegetables are tender.
Add the beans and the orange rind.
Simmer on low for about 30-45 minutes. Stir often.
Remove orange rind.
Stick blend the soup until it is at your desired thickness (or, remove a cup or two of soup to blender; blend, then add back to soup)
Add fresh orange juice and cook 5-10 minutes more.
Serve on hot rice. Garnish with chopped onion, cilantro and/or lime wedges, as desired.
The Rest of This Week’s Great Deals:
90% Lean Ground Beef – $2.69/lb
Boneless Chicken Breast – $1.39/lb
Brawny Pick-a-size Paper Towels, 6 pack – $4.99
Cauliflower – $0.50/lb
Cucumbers – $0.12/ea
Family Orchard Cranberry, Apple or Grape Juice, 128 oz – $1.99
Herbal Essences Hair Products, 5.7-10.17 oz – $1.79
Garlic, 3 pack – $0.25/package
Grape Tomatoes, 12 oz – $0.99/ea
Milk, Viva Gallon – $2.59
Orange Juice, 64 oz store brand – $1.67
Oscar Mayer Bacon, 16 oz – $3.50
Parsley Bunch – $0.50/ea
Pineapple, Fresh Whole – $0.99/ea
Red Bell Pepper – $0.78/ea
Red Onion – $0.33/lb
Sliced Lunch Meat, 16 oz store brand – $2.99
Sour Cream, 16 oz store brand – $1.25
Spinach, Fresh – $0.50/bunch
Top Sirloin Steak – $2.99/lb
Yoplait Yogurt, 18 pack – $4.99
Visit iPriceMatch.com for the details on these items and more!
Value conscious shoppers are utilizing price matching (or ad matching) policies at their local grocery and drug stores like never before. The value one receives when matching competitor pricing on everyday items such as milk, meat, and produce is typically higher than what can be expected from couponing. With couponing, manufacturers dictate what product can be purchased and what discount they’re willing to offer. Price matching allows a shopper to choose what items they want and what they’re willing to pay. In essence, price matching shifts decision-making power from the manufacturer back to the consumer, who can then make decisions based on their particular need or preference.
One of the drawbacks associated with price matching is the challenge of the check-out process. Since there are usually dozens of items from multiple stores that need to have their prices adjusted DOWN, proper planning and organization is the key to streamlining the process.
iPriceMatch.com, our grocery comparison website, helps shoppers arm themselves with a comprehensive list of the items they plan to purchase. The list, which acts as a personalized grocery circular, can be generated on iPriceMatch.com. Our free, grocery search engine offers users the opportunity to choose products from a database of all the best current deals in town. Your personalized list is generated with easy to follow product pricing, size information, expiration dates and competitor information. The list will provide the information you need while shopping and the information to verify your prices at the register, if asked.
The key to a quick and easy check-out is a wonderful invention called the SHARPIE MARKER! While shoppers are maneuvering through the store, iPriceMatch.com users simply mark a small, price adjusted price on the product (usually at the bottom, next to the UPC barcode).
When preparing to check-out, simply place all of your items on the conveyor and inform the checker that your price matched items “are marked.” Some users group all of the price matched items at the beginning or end of their order. If the checker has questions as to the validity of your new price, simply refer to your iPriceMatch.com list that includes all of the information the checker needs. In most cases, checkers are EXTREMELY appreciative of the expedited pricing process and you will WIZ right through the line. No one will even know you’re price matching…unless you want to brag to your friends about all of your great deals!!
Highlighted Deal of the Week: Fruit!
Knowing that many people try to eat healthy this time of the year, why not add a fruit platter to the goodies you will snack on during the NFL playoff games this weekend?
Research shows that only 14% of Americans eat the required five daily servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The fruits below are not only a great deal this week, they provide great benefits for your body. Check it out:
Not only is this price INCREDIBLE, blackberries are an incredibly nutritious food. They are packed with antioxidants and are high in fiber, manganese, vitamins C, A, E and K. Reported health benefits include cancer prevention, lower risk of heart disease and hypertension, improved memory and eyesight, a reduced risk for intestinal disorders, and a reduced risk of developing diabetes. What a super food!!
Apples are high in fiber and flavonoid antioxidants which lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Did you know that ounce for ounce, kiwis have more than twice as much vitamin C as oranges? They may also lower your risk for cataracts.
One orange contains nearly a full day’s worth of vitamin C. The scent of fresh oranges has also been shown to help people relax and de-stress!
Grapefruits are high in vitamin C, lycopene and other antioxidants. Eating grapefruit can help lower your cholesterol, prevent kidney stones and protect against colon cancer.
High in a variety of vitamins and minerals, pears are good for your overall health and can help strengthen your immune system.
Here are the other great deals this week:
- Atlantic Salmon Fillets – $5.99/lb
- Broccoli (Fresh) – $0.59/lb
- Canned Tomatoes(Store Brand, 15.5 oz) – $0.57/ea
- Canned Vegetables(Libby, 15 oz) – $0.59/ea
- Cherry Tomatoes (20 oz carton) – $2.00/ea
- Chicken (Boneless, skinless breasts) – $1.79/lb
- Chicken (Foster Farm’s Fresh Whole)– $0.77/lb
- Carrots (Loose) – $0.33/lb
- Downy Liquid Fabric Softener (64 oz) – $1.99/ea
- Haas Avocado – $0.20/ea
- Iceberg Lettuce – $0.35/ea
- Milk (Viva One Gallon) – $2.59/ea
- Onion (Yellow) – $0.25/lb
- Pepsi, 7Up or Fanta Soda (2 liter) – $0.89/ea
- Pork (Boneless loin chops or roast) – $1.99/lb
- Potatoes (Red) – $0.33/lb
- Tilapia Fillet – $1.99/lb
- Turkey Breast(Foster Farms Smoked or Roasted, Sliced in the Deli) – $1.99/lb
Each January, people embrace new beginnings and resolve to change things for the better in the year ahead. For people who have made some of the most popular resolutions, iPriceMatch.com can be a valuable resource.
- Saving Money: For the average American family, groceries are the second largest expense each month, behind mortgage or rent. These expenses can be drastically reduced by using iPriceMatch.com to help you find the lowest price in town on the items your family needs.
- Eating Healthy: iPriceMatch.com separates all products into categories so users can easily identify healthy options like fresh produce, meats and dairy and then find the best price.
- Getting Organized: iPriceMatch.com users can build personalized, printable shopping lists with complete pricing information. These lists will help keep your grocery trips organized and efficient.
- Quit Smoking: iPriceMatch.com includes pricing on health and beauty products. This week, there are over a dozen deals available on anti-smoking products. We can help you find the lowest price on the product that works for you.
- Spending More Time with Family and Friends: In just 15 minutes, iPriceMatch.com can help you fully plan your weekly shopping trip, no need to spend hours preparing. Spend that time enjoying your family and friends instead.
Highlighted Deal of the Week: Bacon
This week, Fresh & Easy has an AMAZING deal on Bacon! They are offering thick, center cut, sliced or applewood bacon (12-16 oz) for $2 per package! This is a GREAT deal and now is the time to stock up. Did you know that Americans eat over 32 BILLION pieces of bacon each year? Why not, it’s delicious! Here is a great recipe for a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing that we love.
2 large hard boiled eggs
8 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
4 large white mushrooms, sliced
1 small red onion, very thinly slicedDirections:
Remove the stems from the spinach and wash, drain and pat dry thoroughly. Place in large mixing bowl and set aside.
Slice each hard boiled egg into 8 pieces and set aside.
Fry the bacon and remove to a paper towel to drain, reserve 3 tablespoons of the rendered fat. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
Transfer the bacon fat to a small saucepan set over low heat and whisk in the red wine vinegar, sugar and dijon mustard. Season with salt & pepper.
Add the mushrooms and onion to the spinach and toss. Add the dressing and bacon and toss to combine. Distribute egg slices on the top and serve immediately.
This recipe is courtesy of the Food Network’s Alton Brown and can be found in it’s original version here.
The rest of this week’s top deals include:
Avocados – $0.16/ea
Bone-in NY Steak – $3.47/lb
Bone-in Ribeye or T-Bone Steak – $4.99/lb
Corn on the Cob – $0.25/ea
Cucumber – $0.17/ea
Iceberg Lettuce – $0.39/ea
Hot Dot or Hamburger Buns (8 ct) – $1.00
Lobster Tails (3 oz) – $3.99/ea
Tomato – $0.33/ea