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Title: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Peacemaker on November 09, 2008, 04:19 PM NHFT
Here is my Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when buying Food in New Hampshire.

I've found I've been able to save the most money cheapest prices for buying food/sundries, etc. by using the following "strategy.'  This is only what "I" have found and so if you've found something better, please let me know!  THanks.

First, if you want to take the time to study all the grocery circulars, then this is your easiest way to zero in on the absolute best buys of the week ....strategy: go and buy big on the biggest deals of the week and don't buy anything else....but as this is the Lazy Man's Guide, I'm lazy to do that, I do not wish to choose to take the time doing that, so here's my Lazy Man's Guide to buying on the cheap!


1) Shop Wal-Mart first and buy everything you can.

2) Shop Market Basket Grocery stores (if you have one or Price Choppers in Keene) for everything you could not get at Wal Mart.  $4 whole roasted chickens at MB yesterday, I've found great deals on everything I usually buy, except for the Frozen Pizzas. The prices seem high on these.

3) Shop Shaws for marked down breads, whole roasted chickens (a bit larger than MB's) can be had for $5 (after $2 dollar markdown, done at the end of the day, before the day shift goes home). 

         RE: Stop & Shop.  I've found some fairly good prices (Frozen Pizza deals are good here) but in general, I've found Market Basket to be much better.  But with that said, if Stop & Shop is the only store around, then I have learned they have awesome program that let's you save big time on gas.

4) Hannafords.  Most expensive in around that I've found, but they also have the greatest selection (not sure about Price Chopper's, in Keene, selection depth but can only say I've found it be an amazing store with great deals.)



Final word for hard core savers, first don't go to the store hungry, second go after dinner rush, I've found after 6:30 or so to be good for Shaws when looking for the day's marked down items, buy only items that are on sale or items you know are priced good and finally (i'm too lazy to do this) but if you can make a list and stick to it, it's a good thing too.


Well that's all this lazy man has to say on matter for now (other than this lazy man now needs a beer for all that hard "work" he just did!). :drevil: :bdance2:








Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Kat Kanning on November 09, 2008, 06:03 PM NHFT
Price choppers in Keene always seemed more expensive than the other stores to me.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Peacemaker on November 09, 2008, 06:45 PM NHFT
Oh OK, thanks.  I was in there once, found some good deals right inside the front but never made it past that so I assumed the front deals were a reflection of the rest of the store (game buzzer now!!)     
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: freeborn on November 09, 2008, 07:23 PM NHFT
Yup, if you want to get ripped off, just shop at Hannaford. They are experts at it. >:D
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Recumbent ReCycler on November 09, 2008, 08:56 PM NHFT
I buy mixed frozen vegetables at Wal-Mart for about 75 cents/lb.  Bananas are usually only about 39 cents/lb.  I recently started buying grains and beans for as little as 99 cents/lb at Market Basket and as little as 77 cents/lb at Wal-Mart, and have started growing sprouts from them.  Last year I bought 10 lb bags of potatoes from Market Basket for $2 each.  The ones that didn't get eaten before they sprouted and started getting wrinkly got planted in my compost pile, which provided a decent crop of potatoes this year.  On most days I spend less than $3/day on food.  Eggs, rice, mixed veggies and cheese can make a good and fairly inexpensive meal, especially if you add a little spice to it.  Oats with milk and/or water and a little cinnamon and brown sugar can make an inexpensive breakfast.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Dave Ridley on November 09, 2008, 09:33 PM NHFT
here is my raw price list compiled over the last 18 months
may be hard to read...mb means market basket, wm means walmart
seb means seabrook amh means amherst, etc

wheat - 55 cents/lb in bulk in early 07 at whole foods, same prices as in 04 i think , maybe even same as 01.
m & m's  m and m's - 2.36 for large at market basket 8/07  that;'s per pound i think , was 2.58 /lb wal mart amh.

raisins - 2 yrs?  market basket by postal:  10/06 1.66 / lb  for store raisins best price so far   still same in 8/07, same at wal mart in 9/07
peanuts peanuts  1.75/lb best as of 4/07 i think stable long time
best price for non condensed clam chowder appears to be 1.10/can  19 oz  may be up since 06f   1.00 a pound that makes it i think mb 2 yr life
am wm has condensed clam chowder for 1.55/lb...which would be like 73 cents/lb uncondensed  2 yf life
canned milk - 2 yrs?  canned milk  .54  wal mart  early 07.  12 oz  stable since 06 i think.  went up to 58 in mid 07, market basket .79,  wm 57 cents per can 10/07 1.52/qt
76 cents per can wm 3/08 best price :( 
prices:  toastem's 99 cents market basket  11 oz   '07
below in dollars per unit:
store rasins 1.67 lb
clam 1.00 lb at mb

tuna 1.60 lb
flag poles
NH flags
sterno:  On ebay best price was $77,  $1.08 each for lot of 72, each lasting 2 hrs, km sterno lasts 2.5 hrs per 8 oz.   part of kit at kmart hooksett,  at wal mart 12/07 costs 2 bucks a can
4 hr sterno 24 pack for 55 bucks
6 hr sterno 9 oz   59 bucks incl. shipping for pack of 24

2.5 hr sterno at wal mart keene 1/08....3 cans.... total price $3.86.   1/08
fire starter flint wal mart keene 6 bucks 1/08
50 ft camo cord  1.45
propane:  32 oz. for $4.77 wal mart


peperoni $3.98 lb  pepperoni i think is maybe sometimes 3.38/lb  also was 1.99/pkg in 8/07 at mb postal...whatever that comes to
pepperoni $1.79 per container best price i'v seen, 7/07 market basket postal:  7/07
bleach $1.19 gal,       at wal mart keene it was 42 cents/qt

apple juice  $2.64 cquart
oj $3.50 quart
non ziplock storeage bags  $1.98 / 100 countf
toothbrush .25 ea  best price (market basket) , matched by dollar tree.   8 cents each best price on ebay incl shipping
green bels  1.19 best, 1.40 something on 4/07  were 1.99 10/07
wheat thins 2.50 lb on sale for 2   
old granddad whisky;  only price i know is roughly 7.50 bucks per bottle.  later i found this is the best price i could locate
sour mash type kentucky bourbon 7 bucks a bottle 10/07 old crow i think
john stark vodka:  21.50 i paid per 750 ml plus mileage to visit brewery. much more expensive at store
 raisin bran crunyy      2.64/lb market basket prices at the one by staples  4/07,  2.23/lb at wal mart amherst 8/07, still 2.23/lb 9/07, 2.28/lb 10/07
green bell peppers 1.23/lb   1.19 best i've seen  Amherst wal mart prices 5/07
cheese Amherst wal mart prices 5/07  3.54/lb   1.79 per cabot's slab appears best price 
beans .37 cents a can  Amherst wal mart prices 5/07 , aka 39.5 cents/ lb .   same price 10/07
small posteroard 2.68 each    Amherst wal mart prices 5/07  20 x 30 best price 2.68 ea wala mart  5/07.  found less high quality poster board for a buck each at dollar tree
fajita steak soup 1.60 /lb , up a lot   Amherst wal mart prices 5/07
18 gal plastic container for storage  3.97 /   Amherst wal mart prices 5/07   3.65/contaner was best price and was very brief
cabot chees 3.38 / lb  market basket postal:  7/07  went up to 5.16/ lb wm 6/08
store cheese bulks 2.66 / lb  market basket postal:  7/07
magic marker 75 cents each /   not htat great store brand  staples  5/07
biggest sign boards roughly 3 x 4   6.70 each for, 5/07 staples  5/07
kleenex market basket as of 6/07 :  44 cents per 100 cou/nt  , best price  i know of for now ...store brand.... good tissues
  - they were e60 cents per 100 in may!    best price at wal mart is around 80 cents per 100.   now best price as of 10/07 was 33 cents per 100

jerky:  8.97/lb best price wal mart amherst 9/07
silver certs.   as of 3/07 usually pay 1.50 occasionally 1.00 or 1.25 for low grade,  on ebay as of 3/08 the price is running as low as 1.75 per cert for lo or mixed lots over 20.   that's down from two bucks each back in 07. 

 
wheat cents - usually pay around 3.5 cents thus far, best price 3 cents i think 
handi-wipes - best price 1.1 cents each at bldg 19 nashua,   1.6 cents each for non antib iotic at am wm.   3.1 cents per wipe, for am wm equate.  and they are big wipes.  it's anti bacterial
dandruf shampoo mb 5.61/qt  2 yr life
smoothie blender 17.96 10/07, same price as in 5.07 i think

handiwipes non antibiotic mb 2.6 cents each
sun detergetn 38 cents/lb mb,      42 cents lb 1/08 keene wal markt
detergent stan's grocery:  8 lbs 2.50
deoderizer trees 7.5 oz   94 cents
odorless mineral spirits home depot 10.50/gal
hammer home depot cheapest: 5.00
fig bars mb 1.50.lb  fig bars wal mart 83 cents/lb
pepperoncini 99.5 cents/lb mb  best priced of the pickle type things there that day v
multivitamins 2.6 cents/pill wal mart amh 10/07  large sized.  same price keene 1/08 equate bran
equate mouthwash large 1.56/qt wm
baggies mb:  10/07 2 cents per baggie

wal mart amherst:  barbeque sauce bbq  77 cents / lb.  best price i've seen so far
paper plates 3/08 wm seb 1.88 for 100, cost more than that in beford
100 grand bars 14 cents an ounce 3/08 dollar tree,   8/08 mb concord
aluminum foil mb store brand 2.67/100 sq ft....
trash bags mb 8 cents a bag
7.00/100 aleve 08


shoes
t shirts
socks - 75 cents/ pair best price at first glance in wal mart for white
hand sanitizer 8oz for one buck dollar tree includes dispenser , germ x 29 bucks a gallon at market basket for small size, best price i've seen as of 1/08 is 1 buck for 12 oz...dollar tree keene
Size D batts:   50 cents each goodwill hooksett 12/07  40 cents each bldg 19 12/07
sleeping bags each around 25 bucks   kmart hooksett.
parafin lamp oil 2.79 for 32 oz lo grade   kmart hooksett.   i think 2 bucks a litere at wal mart , 2.10/liter actually 3.97 for big bottle 
aa batteries  8 for one buck heavy duty exp 2010, at dollar tree.
double razors:  8 for on buck at dollar tree for one buck hooksett
candles 20 mini candles in metal for one dollar at dollar tree hooksett, 60 hr candle 3.59  kmart.  best price as of 12/08 is 50 mini candles for $1.98 wal mart (4 cents each) update:  best price as of 1.08 is 1.87 for 50
soap (liquid): 20 oz for one buck dollar tree hooksett 12/07, same price dollar tree keene
soap (solid) 9.5 oz for $1 dollar tree
hair gell:  32 oz for 1 buck dollar tree hooksett


below prices include shipping
license plates after 10 min 2/07  best completed prices i could find for license plates is 1.90 for lots of 10
atari i am considering best price for console 20.00, joysticks and paddles 2.50 each, games .50,
viewmaster reels best price .20  , viewers best price 2.50,   i've bought some for 13 cents , now however in 8/07 from 30 min looking best price i see on recent sales is 50 cents
old postcards best price 7 cents each
star wars dolls: 
star wars dolls each:
2.00  new hope era
2.40  new hope era
1.20  phantom
1.10  from 90s and 2000s.

8 controllers  worth 20 bucks
1 console   worth 20 bucks
50 games  worth 25 bucks, also have boxes and instructions

baking soda: wal mart 12/07 43 cents/lb
aluminum foil 40 sq ft one buck dollar tree hooksett  12/07 - beat the wal mart prices of the day.  same price keene dollar tree
plastic wrap 200 sq  ft one buckdollar tree hooksett  12/07
Maxi pads equate with wings 3.34 / 28 walmart hooksett 12/07   12 cents per pad
maxi pads always brand  48 for 5.17 walmart hooksett 12/07  11 cents per pad  ebay:  144 pads for 17 bucks , inferior price, few options  in both cases no wings

cofee filters best price as of 12/07:  200 / 97 cents walmart hooksett 12/07 , not viable on ebay
paper towells 1 cent / sheet,   not sure if the following is accurate: 4000 for $7.00 charmin...not sure if sharmin is full size sheets.  walmart hooksett 12/07
  paper towells .79 cents/sheet for mb 3/08 during sale.   sheet size is fine.
9mm JHP 50 rounds 14.77  walmart hooksett 12/07
hormel corned beef 2.14/lb  walmart hooksett 12/07  expires after 3 years allegedly but other sources say indef

honey  2.66/lb walmart hooksett 12/07.   keene wal mart 2.38/lb   1/08  hannafords mjuch higher.   2 bucks a pound mb seb 3/08
trash bags 50 for 6.38 black walmart hooksett store brand i think .   12/07   12 cents per bag i think, i think 15 gal
 ebay: $40 for 1000 15 gal trash bags clear ebay  make sure bag can hold water ok , no insecticide or odor control - that makes them 4 cents per bag
     $53 for 250   33 gallon trash bags  .8 mil    21 cents/bag
      $44 for 1000 13 gal  6 microns  4.4 cents/bag




salt:   wal mart 20 cents a pound   12/07
tampons:  best price at ebay 12/15/07 is 9.8 cents/tampon, wal mart has for 9.7 cents equate same time  ,  jumped to 10.5 cents each 3/08
space blankets:  18 bucks for 12 from ebay incl. shipping...is best price   so 1.50 ea..   then found 50 for 69...so 1.38 ea. 
odorless mineral spirits 15 bucks a quart on ebay
Disaster book of some kind  - tom brown they were asking 13 bucks ebay plus shipping , army manual FM 21-76  best price i see it sold at intact was 7.50 incl. shipping ,  my copy of that book in the lfdl would print out to probably 230 pages , less if compressed somehow.   that would cost roughly 5.50 per book to produce but no pics.   other site says its 560 pgs
7.62x51 wolf ammo:  costs .46 a round if you buy 20 rounds from cheaper than dirt...plus shipping .  special price  .   have offered tammy $100 for 720  which would be 13.8 cents/round
.38 +P JHP ammo cost 14.50 i think for for 50 rounds  at wal mart....aka 29 cents a round    it costs 30 cents a round including shipping at midway tho there might be a dealer special for dealers

wool shirts on ebay best prices:  6.00 best price, only 21 were recently sold or listed as complete
wool socks on ebay best price 1.00 / pr used .  2nd lowest price 4 bucks. not that many listings   12/07 , wal mart had higher price at 5.00/pr same time , ocean state peterborough has wool socks 3 bucks.
wool longjohns:  16 bucks  best ebay price 1/08.  bought some 13 bucks each


sterno emergency candle approx 3 bucks for 60 hours (that is likely the best price i would find still checking)
300 cents   3600 minutes  .8 cents / minute
http://www.shop.com/Sterno_20402_6_Column_Emer_Candle-33454355-p!.shtml?trk=1&buy=9
not worth buying  i think

clear tape rippable

bic lighters:  thus far 80 cents/ lighter for ave. sizes seems best price on ebay 1/08
car converters:  40 bucks radio shack...    20 bucks ebay but didn't look long...this is one that runs up to 100 watts but others running less are much cheaper.

mini dv 11.47 for 3 at keene wal mart 1/08, that's 3.90.   2 bucks each ebay best price hard to find that cheap tho
portable power inverter 75 watt 14.78 at keene wal mart 1/08
tear by hand scotch packaging tape 1.77 in x 629 in.      48 mm x 16 m   2.12 at keene wal mart 1/08

all green below 3/08
mustard wm seb 77 cents/ lb small size best price i kno of
wm seb bbq sause same
wm seb iso alchohol 1.86/qt best price so far
mayo with olive oil 1.25/lb best price so far  (not a price per queart i weight it)  1..99 per unit -  not viable as mayo substitute but tasty
  mayo mab seb 2.39/qt.

cheerieos mb seb 2.13/lb
wm air freshener towers 92 cents
mb car fresheners 70 cents each for pack of three...2 bucks total.  i think
bread wm seb 1.52/lb ww
2.50./ lb i think for turkey sandwich meat mb seb
3.85 A  pound for nutri grain cereal bars wm seb   best price i kno so far but mb not checked
split pea soup condenseds:  1.90/lb    would be 95 cents a pound if not condensed , same price for green pea


alum container 9.99 nashua pool place
bleach tabs indef shelf life 5.00 nashua pool plac
3/08 wm seb:  nature's grain 2.16  a lb for that new nutri grain cereal that looks a little like corn flakes

paper plates 3/08 wm seb:   1.88 for 100.



9/08 mb nash
dills 1.19/qt
paper plates 2.00 for 100
starburst 195  a lb
sausage 3.33.lb




Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: porcupine kate on December 16, 2008, 03:54 PM NHFT
Hannafords has great sale prices on meats.
The natural food store on Main st in Concord has good prices on bulk grains. 
Market basket often is cheaper than Wallmart on most things.  Dried beans are the cheapest at Wallmart.
Market basket has great sales but you can't view the circulars on line.  Most other supper markets you can.
I've found Stop and Shop a little pricey.   
Shaw's has great 4 day sale prices over most weekends.  These are good for meats and soda.
Target has some good deals in there frozen and refrigerator section.
BJ's has a very mixed bag.  I like them for some dairy, frozen foods and spices.  They have a great deal on #10 cans of crushed tomatoes.
Canned soups are also cheap there.

One of these days I'll have a nice price list like Dave.  I lost my old one when I moved to NH.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: SethCohn on December 17, 2008, 10:02 AM NHFT
Market Basket often is cheaper than Walmart on most things.

Agreed.  I often regret food shopping at Walmart, since the quality of items (meat, produce, generic food, etc) often isn't as nice as at Market Basket and I'm paying slightly more too... exceptions exist, as certain Walmart generics are quite good and inexpensive.

Location matters though: In Concord, Ft. Eddy Rd Market Basket is much better than Storrs St. Market Basket, for example.

Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: porcupine kate on December 17, 2008, 01:58 PM NHFT
I have to agree with you Seth.

Also the bakery outlet on Loudon Rd in Concord has some very good deals on Bread.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Raineyrocks on March 16, 2009, 10:22 PM NHFT
here is my raw price list compiled over the last 18 months
may be hard to read...mb means market basket, wm means walmart
seb means seabrook amh means amherst, etc

wheat - 55 cents/lb in bulk in early 07 at whole foods, same prices as in 04 i think , maybe even same as 01.
m & m's  m and m's - 2.36 for large at market basket 8/07  that;'s per pound i think , was 2.58 /lb wal mart amh.

raisins - 2 yrs?  market basket by postal:  10/06 1.66 / lb  for store raisins best price so far   still same in 8/07, same at wal mart in 9/07
peanuts peanuts  1.75/lb best as of 4/07 i think stable long time
best price for non condensed clam chowder appears to be 1.10/can  19 oz  may be up since 06f   1.00 a pound that makes it i think mb 2 yr life
am wm has condensed clam chowder for 1.55/lb...which would be like 73 cents/lb uncondensed  2 yf life
canned milk - 2 yrs?  canned milk  .54  wal mart  early 07.  12 oz  stable since 06 i think.  went up to 58 in mid 07, market basket .79,  wm 57 cents per can 10/07 1.52/qt
76 cents per can wm 3/08 best price :( 
prices:  toastem's 99 cents market basket  11 oz   '07
below in dollars per unit:
store rasins 1.67 lb
clam 1.00 lb at mb

tuna 1.60 lb
flag poles
NH flags
sterno:  On ebay best price was $77,  $1.08 each for lot of 72, each lasting 2 hrs, km sterno lasts 2.5 hrs per 8 oz.   part of kit at kmart hooksett,  at wal mart 12/07 costs 2 bucks a can
4 hr sterno 24 pack for 55 bucks
6 hr sterno 9 oz   59 bucks incl. shipping for pack of 24

2.5 hr sterno at wal mart keene 1/08....3 cans.... total price $3.86.   1/08
fire starter flint wal mart keene 6 bucks 1/08
50 ft camo cord  1.45
propane:  32 oz. for $4.77 wal mart


peperoni $3.98 lb  pepperoni i think is maybe sometimes 3.38/lb  also was 1.99/pkg in 8/07 at mb postal...whatever that comes to
pepperoni $1.79 per container best price i'v seen, 7/07 market basket postal:  7/07
bleach $1.19 gal,       at wal mart keene it was 42 cents/qt

apple juice  $2.64 cquart
oj $3.50 quart
non ziplock storeage bags  $1.98 / 100 countf
toothbrush .25 ea  best price (market basket) , matched by dollar tree.   8 cents each best price on ebay incl shipping
green bels  1.19 best, 1.40 something on 4/07  were 1.99 10/07
wheat thins 2.50 lb on sale for 2   
old granddad whisky;  only price i know is roughly 7.50 bucks per bottle.  later i found this is the best price i could locate
sour mash type kentucky bourbon 7 bucks a bottle 10/07 old crow i think
john stark vodka:  21.50 i paid per 750 ml plus mileage to visit brewery. much more expensive at store
 raisin bran crunyy      2.64/lb market basket prices at the one by staples  4/07,  2.23/lb at wal mart amherst 8/07, still 2.23/lb 9/07, 2.28/lb 10/07
green bell peppers 1.23/lb   1.19 best i've seen  Amherst wal mart prices 5/07
cheese Amherst wal mart prices 5/07  3.54/lb   1.79 per cabot's slab appears best price 
beans .37 cents a can  Amherst wal mart prices 5/07 , aka 39.5 cents/ lb .   same price 10/07
small posteroard 2.68 each    Amherst wal mart prices 5/07  20 x 30 best price 2.68 ea wala mart  5/07.  found less high quality poster board for a buck each at dollar tree
fajita steak soup 1.60 /lb , up a lot   Amherst wal mart prices 5/07
18 gal plastic container for storage  3.97 /   Amherst wal mart prices 5/07   3.65/contaner was best price and was very brief
cabot chees 3.38 / lb  market basket postal:  7/07  went up to 5.16/ lb wm 6/08
store cheese bulks 2.66 / lb  market basket postal:  7/07
magic marker 75 cents each /   not htat great store brand  staples  5/07
biggest sign boards roughly 3 x 4   6.70 each for, 5/07 staples  5/07
kleenex market basket as of 6/07 :  44 cents per 100 cou/nt  , best price  i know of for now ...store brand.... good tissues
  - they were e60 cents per 100 in may!    best price at wal mart is around 80 cents per 100.   now best price as of 10/07 was 33 cents per 100

jerky:  8.97/lb best price wal mart amherst 9/07
silver certs.   as of 3/07 usually pay 1.50 occasionally 1.00 or 1.25 for low grade,  on ebay as of 3/08 the price is running as low as 1.75 per cert for lo or mixed lots over 20.   that's down from two bucks each back in 07. 

 
wheat cents - usually pay around 3.5 cents thus far, best price 3 cents i think 
handi-wipes - best price 1.1 cents each at bldg 19 nashua,   1.6 cents each for non antib iotic at am wm.   3.1 cents per wipe, for am wm equate.  and they are big wipes.  it's anti bacterial
dandruf shampoo mb 5.61/qt  2 yr life
smoothie blender 17.96 10/07, same price as in 5.07 i think

handiwipes non antibiotic mb 2.6 cents each
sun detergetn 38 cents/lb mb,      42 cents lb 1/08 keene wal markt
detergent stan's grocery:  8 lbs 2.50
deoderizer trees 7.5 oz   94 cents
odorless mineral spirits home depot 10.50/gal
hammer home depot cheapest: 5.00
fig bars mb 1.50.lb  fig bars wal mart 83 cents/lb
pepperoncini 99.5 cents/lb mb  best priced of the pickle type things there that day v
multivitamins 2.6 cents/pill wal mart amh 10/07  large sized.  same price keene 1/08 equate bran
equate mouthwash large 1.56/qt wm
baggies mb:  10/07 2 cents per baggie

wal mart amherst:  barbeque sauce bbq  77 cents / lb.  best price i've seen so far
paper plates 3/08 wm seb 1.88 for 100, cost more than that in beford
100 grand bars 14 cents an ounce 3/08 dollar tree,   8/08 mb concord
aluminum foil mb store brand 2.67/100 sq ft....
trash bags mb 8 cents a bag
7.00/100 aleve 08


shoes
t shirts
socks - 75 cents/ pair best price at first glance in wal mart for white
hand sanitizer 8oz for one buck dollar tree includes dispenser , germ x 29 bucks a gallon at market basket for small size, best price i've seen as of 1/08 is 1 buck for 12 oz...dollar tree keene
Size D batts:   50 cents each goodwill hooksett 12/07  40 cents each bldg 19 12/07
sleeping bags each around 25 bucks   kmart hooksett.
parafin lamp oil 2.79 for 32 oz lo grade   kmart hooksett.   i think 2 bucks a litere at wal mart , 2.10/liter actually 3.97 for big bottle 
aa batteries  8 for one buck heavy duty exp 2010, at dollar tree.
double razors:  8 for on buck at dollar tree for one buck hooksett
candles 20 mini candles in metal for one dollar at dollar tree hooksett, 60 hr candle 3.59  kmart.  best price as of 12/08 is 50 mini candles for $1.98 wal mart (4 cents each) update:  best price as of 1.08 is 1.87 for 50
soap (liquid): 20 oz for one buck dollar tree hooksett 12/07, same price dollar tree keene
soap (solid) 9.5 oz for $1 dollar tree
hair gell:  32 oz for 1 buck dollar tree hooksett


below prices include shipping
license plates after 10 min 2/07  best completed prices i could find for license plates is 1.90 for lots of 10
atari i am considering best price for console 20.00, joysticks and paddles 2.50 each, games .50,
viewmaster reels best price .20  , viewers best price 2.50,   i've bought some for 13 cents , now however in 8/07 from 30 min looking best price i see on recent sales is 50 cents
old postcards best price 7 cents each
star wars dolls: 
star wars dolls each:
2.00  new hope era
2.40  new hope era
1.20  phantom
1.10  from 90s and 2000s.

8 controllers  worth 20 bucks
1 console   worth 20 bucks
50 games  worth 25 bucks, also have boxes and instructions

baking soda: wal mart 12/07 43 cents/lb
aluminum foil 40 sq ft one buck dollar tree hooksett  12/07 - beat the wal mart prices of the day.  same price keene dollar tree
plastic wrap 200 sq  ft one buckdollar tree hooksett  12/07
Maxi pads equate with wings 3.34 / 28 walmart hooksett 12/07   12 cents per pad
maxi pads always brand  48 for 5.17 walmart hooksett 12/07  11 cents per pad  ebay:  144 pads for 17 bucks , inferior price, few options  in both cases no wings

cofee filters best price as of 12/07:  200 / 97 cents walmart hooksett 12/07 , not viable on ebay
paper towells 1 cent / sheet,   not sure if the following is accurate: 4000 for $7.00 charmin...not sure if sharmin is full size sheets.  walmart hooksett 12/07
  paper towells .79 cents/sheet for mb 3/08 during sale.   sheet size is fine.
9mm JHP 50 rounds 14.77  walmart hooksett 12/07
hormel corned beef 2.14/lb  walmart hooksett 12/07  expires after 3 years allegedly but other sources say indef

honey  2.66/lb walmart hooksett 12/07.   keene wal mart 2.38/lb   1/08  hannafords mjuch higher.   2 bucks a pound mb seb 3/08
trash bags 50 for 6.38 black walmart hooksett store brand i think .   12/07   12 cents per bag i think, i think 15 gal
 ebay: $40 for 1000 15 gal trash bags clear ebay  make sure bag can hold water ok , no insecticide or odor control - that makes them 4 cents per bag
     $53 for 250   33 gallon trash bags  .8 mil    21 cents/bag
      $44 for 1000 13 gal  6 microns  4.4 cents/bag




salt:   wal mart 20 cents a pound   12/07
tampons:  best price at ebay 12/15/07 is 9.8 cents/tampon, wal mart has for 9.7 cents equate same time  ,  jumped to 10.5 cents each 3/08
space blankets:  18 bucks for 12 from ebay incl. shipping...is best price   so 1.50 ea..   then found 50 for 69...so 1.38 ea. 
odorless mineral spirits 15 bucks a quart on ebay
Disaster book of some kind  - tom brown they were asking 13 bucks ebay plus shipping , army manual FM 21-76  best price i see it sold at intact was 7.50 incl. shipping ,  my copy of that book in the lfdl would print out to probably 230 pages , less if compressed somehow.   that would cost roughly 5.50 per book to produce but no pics.   other site says its 560 pgs
7.62x51 wolf ammo:  costs .46 a round if you buy 20 rounds from cheaper than dirt...plus shipping .  special price  .   have offered tammy $100 for 720  which would be 13.8 cents/round
.38 +P JHP ammo cost 14.50 i think for for 50 rounds  at wal mart....aka 29 cents a round    it costs 30 cents a round including shipping at midway tho there might be a dealer special for dealers

wool shirts on ebay best prices:  6.00 best price, only 21 were recently sold or listed as complete
wool socks on ebay best price 1.00 / pr used .  2nd lowest price 4 bucks. not that many listings   12/07 , wal mart had higher price at 5.00/pr same time , ocean state peterborough has wool socks 3 bucks.
wool longjohns:  16 bucks  best ebay price 1/08.  bought some 13 bucks each


sterno emergency candle approx 3 bucks for 60 hours (that is likely the best price i would find still checking)
300 cents   3600 minutes  .8 cents / minute
http://www.shop.com/Sterno_20402_6_Column_Emer_Candle-33454355-p!.shtml?trk=1&buy=9
not worth buying  i think

clear tape rippable

bic lighters:  thus far 80 cents/ lighter for ave. sizes seems best price on ebay 1/08
car converters:  40 bucks radio shack...    20 bucks ebay but didn't look long...this is one that runs up to 100 watts but others running less are much cheaper.

mini dv 11.47 for 3 at keene wal mart 1/08, that's 3.90.   2 bucks each ebay best price hard to find that cheap tho
portable power inverter 75 watt 14.78 at keene wal mart 1/08
tear by hand scotch packaging tape 1.77 in x 629 in.      48 mm x 16 m   2.12 at keene wal mart 1/08

all green below 3/08
mustard wm seb 77 cents/ lb small size best price i kno of
wm seb bbq sause same
wm seb iso alchohol 1.86/qt best price so far
mayo with olive oil 1.25/lb best price so far  (not a price per queart i weight it)  1..99 per unit -  not viable as mayo substitute but tasty
  mayo mab seb 2.39/qt.

cheerieos mb seb 2.13/lb
wm air freshener towers 92 cents
mb car fresheners 70 cents each for pack of three...2 bucks total.  i think
bread wm seb 1.52/lb ww
2.50./ lb i think for turkey sandwich meat mb seb
3.85 A  pound for nutri grain cereal bars wm seb   best price i kno so far but mb not checked
split pea soup condenseds:  1.90/lb    would be 95 cents a pound if not condensed , same price for green pea


alum container 9.99 nashua pool place
bleach tabs indef shelf life 5.00 nashua pool plac
3/08 wm seb:  nature's grain 2.16  a lb for that new nutri grain cereal that looks a little like corn flakes

paper plates 3/08 wm seb:   1.88 for 100.



9/08 mb nash
dills 1.19/qt
paper plates 2.00 for 100
starburst 195  a lb
sausage 3.33.lb






Wow, thanks Dada!  :)   Your list will be a great help, thanks again!
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: doobie on March 16, 2009, 10:31 PM NHFT
Yup, if you want to get ripped off, just shop at Hannaford. They are experts at it. >:D

I think Shaws and Stop'n'Shop are the rip offs.  Shaw sells the cottage cheese I buy for 3.90.  Hannaford has it for $2.19.  But then again I do most of my shopping online or at Costco/BJs and local farms.

I would personally *never* think of buying any food, esp. produce/meat from Walmart.  I don't think I'd want to know what corners were cut to get the produce/meat they have.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: dalebert on March 17, 2009, 12:49 PM NHFT
I think Shaws and Stop'n'Shop are the rip offs.  Shaw sells the cottage cheese I buy for 3.90.  Hannaford has it for $2.19.  But then again I do most of my shopping online or at Costco/BJs and local farms.

I would personally *never* think of buying any food, esp. produce/meat from Walmart.  I don't think I'd want to know what corners were cut to get the produce/meat they have.

Hannaford has become my primary grocery store in Keene since we don't have a Market Basket that's convenient. Hannaford seem to have the best across the board prices. Price Chopper has no business using a name like that. I consider it false advertising. They're outrageous. They'd have to give away an awful lot of gas discounts to make up for their prices. When you pay $3.50 for something that's $2 somewhere else, a nickel off a gallon of gas is still a great bargain... for them.

I buy eggs, bacon, granola bars, and grape juice at Wal-mart. Haven't had any problems. They had a dozen eggs for a dollar last time I was there. Bacon and pork in general is scary anyway. Just make sure you cook it thoroughly enough. Also buy non-perishables there mostly like paper towels and cleaning supplies.

Tim just ejudicated me to a bakery place that has great prices on baked goods. I'm going to check it out. Said they have english muffins at 6 for a dollar. Cheapest I've seen them so far is $1.39 at Hannaford.

Freihofer Bakery Outlet
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=freihofer+in+keene,nh&vps=3&jsv=150c&sll=42.934841,-72.290983&sspn=0.046564,0.11158&ie=UTF8&latlng=42914514,-72294847,10032643567469773553&ei=WtS_SdbfF4z6Nc3k4I8L&sig2=UdDjeotjx1xdLDD5mq4HZg&cd=1
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Fluff and Stuff on March 17, 2009, 01:34 PM NHFT
Tim just ejudicated me to a bakery place that has great prices on baked goods. I'm going to check it out. Said they have english muffins at 6 for a dollar. Cheapest I've seen them so far is $1.39 at Hannaford.

Yeah, Hannaford's does tend to sell things at pretty high prices.  I'm glad you found english muffins at 99cents a pack.  It's good that a place near you offers Super Wal-mart prices.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: porcupine kate on November 12, 2009, 10:47 PM NHFT
Stop and shop has great prices on dried beans.

Saigon Asian Market on Maple St in Manchester has great prices on spices, rice, and pocky.  They also have a very good selection of different foods from around the world.



Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Pat K on November 13, 2009, 01:18 AM NHFT
Stop and shop has great prices on dried beans.

Saigon Asian Market on Maple St in Manchester has great prices on spices, rice, and pocky.  They also have a very good selection of different foods from around the world.

I just know I am going to be sorry for asking this, but
what is pocky?
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: porcupine kate on November 13, 2009, 09:06 AM NHFT
How can you live in NY and not know what Pocky is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocky


Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: toowm on November 13, 2009, 01:05 PM NHFT
For families, Sam's Club is worth the annual membership if you don't waste the larger quantities. Plus their gasolene for members is about 10 cents a gallon less consistently.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: thinkliberty on November 13, 2009, 04:27 PM NHFT
Pocky is a pretzel with candy coating on it.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Pat K on November 14, 2009, 01:35 AM NHFT
How can you live in NY and not know what Pocky is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocky

I have never heard of it before.
All this time I have been Pockless.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Praeteridiot on November 14, 2009, 11:18 AM NHFT
The grocery stores in Keene all seemed to sort of balance each other out, and their prices vary with different products, but not by a noticeable difference.  I found it easier on the brain to just walk to whichever one I was gonna walk to and be the cheapass that I am and chalk up any price difference at another store to the fact that it'd have been eaten up from walking across town.  Canned tomatoes are only gonna vary by so much. 

Price Chopper was the worst, though, since it's further than Shaws and Hannaford (since that Walmart doesn't have a produce section, and is right next to Shaws which does, I usually skipped Wallyworld entirely). yet the price deals are almost exactly the same as the other stores.  Add to that the fact that they don't carry kale in bunches (I think it only had it pre-bagged and cut, and organic) and their produce section in general was somehow confusing...and it's not worth it to consider.

Hannaford was the most likely to have crappy looking hot peppers for days (if they had them in stock at all), but they had kale.  The only cilantro they had was I think organic, but you can get celery in bulk, there.  Also has a better selection of pasta shapes than the other stores, and their canned chopped clams was markedly cheaper than Shaws.

Shaws has kale (yaaay) but it's by weight and the stems are huge.  Also carries cilantro (and it was of better quality than where I am right now), but the problem of peppers was often the same as hannaford. 
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: dalebert on November 14, 2009, 11:35 AM NHFT
I haven't done a scientific study, but the prices at Price Chopper seem significantly higher in general. I hardly ever go there.

One night my roommate came home with stuph from there and I noticed he bought the exact same brand of blueberries that I had just bought at Hannaford a day or so earlier. I told him I paid $2 for mine and was willing to bet that his were at least $3. He checked the receipt and they were $4!
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Pat K on November 15, 2009, 01:40 AM NHFT
I really like blueberries, they have been very cheap
this year. It must have been bumper crops.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Lloyd Danforth on November 15, 2009, 06:30 AM NHFT
Price Chopper is best for stuff on sale
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: cathleeninnh on November 15, 2009, 11:11 AM NHFT
Nothing lazy about my way. I keep a price list for every item that I buy. I go back through it to check if today's sale price compares favorably to what I paid last time at a different store. Yesterday, I had to pay $1 more for store brand coffee than I paid one year ago. You don't notice it much from one month to the next.

Good thing the is no inflation, so I am told.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: porcupine kate on November 15, 2009, 05:10 PM NHFT
Cathleen I used to do that.  I need to get back into that habit.  It saved me a ton of money.  It also let me know if a sale was a deal or if it would be worth using a coupon on.
Kate
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Scott Roth on November 16, 2009, 12:07 AM NHFT
It was first sold in 1966,[1] and consists of a pretzel stick coated with chocolate. The name was changed to "Pocky," after the Japanese onomatopoetic word for the sound Pocky makes when bitten, pokkin (????). The original was followed by "Almond Pocky" in 1971, with an almond coating, and "Strawberry Pocky" in 1977. Today, the product line includes such variations as milk, mousse, green tea, honey, banana and coconut flavored coatings, and themed products such as "Decorer Pocky," with colorful decorative stripes in the coating, and "Men's Pocky," a dark (bittersweet) chocolate and "mature" version.
It was first sold in 1966,[1] and consists of a pretzel stick coated with chocolate. The name was changed to "Pocky," after the Japanese onomatopoetic word for the sound Pocky makes when bitten, pokkin (????). The original was followed by "Almond Pocky" in 1971, with an almond coating, and "Strawberry Pocky" in 1977. Today, the product line includes such variations as milk, mousse, green tea, honey, banana and coconut flavored coatings, and themed products such as "Decorer Pocky," with colorful decorative stripes in the coating, and "Men's Pocky," a dark (bittersweet) chocolate and "mature" version.
Pocky can be found in dozens of varieties such as chocolate, strawberry, and almond. Some of the more unusual flavors include the seasonal flavors of honey (spring) and kiwifruit mango (summer). The bittersweet version of chocolate Pocky is known as Men's Pocky. Regional flavors of Pocky include grape (Nagano), y?bari melon (Hokkaid?), giant mikan (tangerine, sold in the Ky?sh? region), powdered tea azuki bean (Kyoto), Kobe wine (Kobe), and five-fusion berry (Goka). There are also such flavors as banana, coffee, caramel, marble royal milk tea, melon, milk, honey and milk, choco banana, cream cheese, berry, sweet potato, coconut, crush (crunchy cracker pieces in chocolate), pineapple, pumpkin, hazelnut, kurogoma (black sesame), kinako (soy bean flour), marron, Brazilian pudding, mikan, blueberry, apple yogurt, and green tea.
Special variations of Pocky include Decorer Pocky (which features extra decorative icing) and Mousse Pocky (which features extra thick, "creamy" mousse-like icing and is more exclusive). Unlike other Pocky variations, Mousse Pocky packages especially contain fewer pieces than regular Pocky with only nine pieces per pack.
Another variation of Pocky is the My Calorie Pocky (?? ???? ????, mai karor? pokk??), which has 1/4 the calories of regular chocolate Pocky.
A related product is Pretz, which is an unglazed version of Pocky, featuring flavors like tomato, pizza, and salad, as well as sweet flavors such as French toast.
There is some confusion in the English-speaking world as to how to pronounce "Pocky". Japanese pokk? is pronounced [pok?i?]. Both it and its Roman transcription are analogous to English words such as "rocky", which is taken into Japanese as rokk?, suggesting an intended English pronunciation of /?p?ki/.







Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: AntonLee on November 16, 2009, 03:39 AM NHFT
I agree with those that say Demoulas (Market Basket) is the best for pricing.  I do wish they had online circulars.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: porcupine kate on November 16, 2009, 09:22 AM NHFT
I too wish Market Basket had fliers.  I do try and stop in when I am near one.  It is a half hour drive to the closest one.  It is rumored that they are building in near the Manchester/Hooksett line.


Target has some really good prices on canned goods this week.
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: djbridgeland on November 16, 2009, 01:13 PM NHFT
Very cool, I have always wondered why they (Market Basket) didn't have a store in a city and immediate metro area with nearly 10% of NH's population.  I defiantly prefer the Market Basket being that they have the lowest regular prices (on most items), are not union controlled and don't have those annoying savers cards that I am fearful of.  It does seem like family owned grocery store chains at least where I have lived have had the best prices and deals.   
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: Praeteridiot on November 30, 2009, 12:04 PM NHFT
...One night my roommate came home with stuph from there and I noticed he bought the exact same brand of blueberries that I had just bought at Hannaford a day or so earlier. I told him I paid $2 for mine and was willing to bet that his were at least $3. He checked the receipt and they were $4!

Utter tragedy.  He didn't even know how much they were until after he'd bought them? 
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: cathleeninnh on December 02, 2009, 08:59 AM NHFT
I agree with those that say Demoulas (Market Basket) is the best for pricing.  I do wish they had online circulars.

You and me both! I am a half hour or more from several different grocery stores and if it were online, I could better decide which direction to head.  The Hannaford 20 minutes away has prices higher than the ones further away. That is why the online circular asks for zip code.

Kate, where is the Market Basket on Manchester/Hooksett going in? I need that on my list of possibilities.

Cathleen
Title: Re: Lazy Man's Guide to Saving Money when Buying Food in NH
Post by: porcupine kate on December 04, 2009, 07:24 PM NHFT
I have no idea at this point.  I think it will be near the rest of the new big box stores off on exit 10 on 93.  It was mentioned in an article in the union leader about the Walmart on rt 3 closing.  The Market Basket will not be going in the old Walmart.
Kate