Update 3/25 10:42 PM:
Supplemental Information on Fry’s for the week of 3/25/2020—3/31/2020
Fry’s put out an online only ad on 3/25. It is only a few pages and contains the disclaimer that the items on sale may not be available at all stores and that the prices apply only to stock on hand, no raincheck will be given.
That being said, there are a limited number of items on a Buy 5 or more—Get $1 off each item. The best bargains in that sale:
General Mills Cereal—$1.49/box
Cheese—$2.49/each, Kraft or Tillamook, select varieties
Other Good Bargains:
Yogurt—$.88/each, 4-5.3 oz, Fage and Dannon
Pork Spare Ribs—$1.29/lb
Many Easter Specials—30% off, Easter Baking, Egg Colors
This week is different—for a variety of reasons, from supply chains to farmworkers to transportation, the coronavirus is having a major effect on our shopping and eating habits. All of a sudden, it’s not clear what food items will be available at any time, or how much we’ll be able to purchase.
Here’s the information we have right now—this may change.
Fry’s—opening—Seniors and disabled special hour 7-9 am, M T W Th.Closing 9 pm every day.
Safeway—opening Seniors and disabled special hour 7-9 am, closing 8pm
Sprouts—opening 7am—closing 8pm, no special hours for Seniors or others.
Wal-Mart—from 3/24 - 4/28, special Seniors and disabled 6am-7am every Tuesday (includes Pharmacy)
Store Sales and Ads
There will be restrictions on the amount of some items you can purchase at one time. These will vary by store and may change at any time .
Fry’s ad status unclear at this time.
Safeway has a reduced ad, some specials. Items may not be available but if they are, sale prices apply. There are the usual Clip or Click coupons but no weekly extra special just for U coupon.
Sprouts has no ad this week, there will be some items on sale but quantities and prices are not clear at this time.
What can we do?
- First, be flexible. Instead of saying “I’m buying THIS,” go to the store with an open mind. See what’s available and consider what you can make with what’s there.
- Inventory your pantry. Try to mix what you have on hand with what you can buy fresh. If there are staples you need, keep a running list so you will remember to buy them when you see them.
- Don’t assume that if something isn’t there today, you’ll never see it again—keep your eye out for items that fit into your overall scheme.
- If you usually buy only small quantities of an item, such as meat for example, consider buying a “value pack” instead and freezing what you don’t need right now.
National Days This Week
Spinach is a highly nutritious leafy green with excellent amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin and folate. It can be eaten both cooked and raw.
Garlic Saute´ Spinach
Catalan Saute´ Spinach
Spinach Lasagne (vegetarian)
A good dish to teach your kids cooking techniques.
Could also be made with tomato/meat sauce.
Spinach Dip, Hot
Maybe add some salt & pepper, garlic powder?
Spinach Bacon Salad
A classic combination. How about an avocado.
Ham and Potato Soup
A ham is always a good thing. It can be used in so many ways.
Another Good Idea—Grain Bowls
A way to use a wide variety of ingredients for nutritious meals.
A quick healthy meal any time, use what you have.
From Struggle Meals.
And some additional recipes.
Lemon Chiffon Cupcakes
Requires fewer eggs than full size cakes.
Fruit Skewer Bouquet
You could just put them in a clean vase or water glass with some flower foam in the bottom.
Here are a few items which are supposed to be on sale at Safeway this week. There is no guarantee that they will be available, but if they have it it should be at this price.
Beef—$3.99/lb, Top Round Steak
Chicken Breast—$1.97/lb, B/S, at full serve meat counter
Bell Peppers—$.99/each, red
Grapes—$1.99/lb, red, green
Strawberries—$2/1 lb. box, first two