Anyway, it's like a game I enjoy playing: I will check the ads of all the stores I frequent and make a list of those things on sale that I use. I plan my menus around the good buys. It has never kept me from planning a balanced diet, and I think I get more variety that way.
The international market has good buys, i.e., onions 4 lbs for a $1, carrots .39 a lb., green onions 5 bunches for $1, various types of squash .50 a lb., sweet potatoes/yams .59 cents a lb., lettuce 2 heads for $1. Their selection is huge, they have vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds of all kinds and from all corners of the world. Their meat market is OK, some days better than others, but I think that's the way it is with every store. I love their ground beef, it cooks up with very little fat, and I get it on sale for 2.98 a lb when other stores are getting double that. They have incredible chicken legs for .59 a lb. I stay away from the pig's feet and brains and tripe and tongue, LOL, after all is IS an international market! There are always good buys in the service deli, every week different cheeses and cold cuts. The make the freshest and most delicious hummus and tzatziki (sp?). I never saw so many different kinds and brands of oils, a whole aisle is devoted to it. And if you're adventurous, there are foods from all over the world. I recently saw, in the frozen case, a package of jacnoon from Yemen. My daughter's Yemenite-Israeli in-laws introduced us to jacnoon when we visited in the 90s. I have never seen jacnoon anywhere else!
My son, who loved to cook, doesn't get much chance to go shopping due to his disability, but whenever ever he feels strong enough, we go for a short time. He, of course, can't spend the time and effort to be a bargain shopper, he has to go close to home and get in and out quick, so he has to pay the price. We had a great lasagne last night, he bought the ingredients and paid $7.50 just for a pound of ricotta. I almost choked.
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