One of our local grocery stores, Dominick’s, is going out of business before the end of the year. They are closing their doors in a matter of days. This would be sad if it weren’t for the excitement of Mariano’s buying that location and putting in one of their fabulous markets. On Friday, we had heard they were going to put the groceries at 50% off. We had a bunch of stuff to do that day and I didn’t have a chance to call them until late afternoon. I wasn’t about to go over there if it wasn’t true. I’ll have you know I don’t believe everything I hear! 😉 Well, it was true, so hubby and I left at 5 pm and hustled over there. Our Jewel grocery is only 9 blocks away so we go there much more often. Dominick’s is on the south side of town about 2 miles away. We used to shop there if they were having a good deal on something but otherwise no.
There’s a tv show I’ve never watched but I’ve heard of it. It’s called “Supermarket Sweep.” Where someone tries to fill their grocery cart with as much food as they can in a very short amount of time. They literally take their arm and sweep everything into the cart at one time. Instead of lifting the cans one by one or a few at a time, they take the entire section in one motion. Canned goods must get dented beyond recognition that way! Anyway, we didn’t do anything like that. I was proud of us because we actually showed some restraint. 😉
We didn’t take ALL of an item that was there. We took a few or up to 6 if there were a lot. Most things only one or two of. I can’t see being a selfish pig about it. Although apparently, a lot of those shopped before we did. I wanted to get one jug of Maxwell House coffee for Mom (I knew she’d be out soon) but they were ALL gone. We also got a few interesting things that we wouldn’t buy otherwise. There was a Chimichurri sauce I wanted to try but it’s over $6 which I can’t justify spending. But at half price, it was doable to try ONE bottle. It helped that a lot of things were on sale and THEN half off. We got apple juice for Mom for $1 each. Canned beans for less than 50 cents a can. It was like going to an estate sale! We got the same kind of rush. We bought mostly staples and canned goods that will last over the winter or longer.
I’m most excited about the pie filling I got. It was on the bottom shelf way in back and I had to get on my hands and knees and reach way under. I got some blueberry and cherry pie filling that’s normally $6 a can for $2 each. Plus 2 bottles of mincemeat. That sells for $9 each and I won’t pay that so haven’t had that for a few years. It was on sale and then half off so I got them for $3.50 each. I miss mincemeat so much. Someday I’d like to make my own. When we got to the ice cream, it was all gone except our favorite flavor of Haagen Daz. We couldn’t believe that flavor was still there! So we got the few Chocolate Peanut Butter that was left. It didn’t completely melt so that’s a bonus.
It took us about an hour to make it through the aisles and by then, our cart was full and we’d “had it.” Really couldn’t take much more. It was so hot in the store, probably from the sheer volume of people. I had on a vest and a hoodie and was roasting alive so about halfway through I took my hoodie off. At 6 pm we headed to the checkouts. All 9 were open plus the self checkouts. I’ve never seen more than a few checkouts open anywhere! Even with that many, the lines were going halfway down each food aisle. I picked one that only had like 5 carts ahead of us. You’d think it would go fast but pretty much everybody in the entire store had an overly full shopping cart! I’ve never seen that before either. It took forever to check out. Which in Chrisor speak is over an hour. Gah! I just didn’t have the patience to wait but did. I was hungry and thirsty and sick of all the people. Behind us was a guy who had to hold his toddler the entire time in line because his cart was so full there was no where for her to sit. Hubby says, “Who brings a kid to this kind of thing?” I reply, “Apparently, a lot of people. Just from where I’m standing I see 10 little kids tagging along.” Then the toddler behind us starts wailing and crying and won’t stop. The mother says, “Be quiet. Nobody came here to hear you yell.” So my husband, ever the smartass, turns around and says, “I came here to hear you yell!” Which made everyone bust out laughing. We finally got up to the checkout and loaded everything onto the belt. We had a really nice checker who told us how crazy it’s been all day and even though he’s being let go, they all have to work overtime that day for the sale. We ended up paying $180 and got 59%. We had 122 items in our buggy. It’s been years since we’ve had a full shopping cart so it was kind of a thrill. Especially since we usually find out about these things long after they’ve happened! One thing for sure, if nothing else, we’ll be eating good over Christmas vacation! 🙂