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Mako1119 Apr 2017 8:50 p.m. PST

Wow, this week's deal is almost 50% off.

Only $1.01 USD per pound for yellow onions, instead of their "regular price" of $1.99 USD a pound.

Should be about 40 cents a pound, but those Safeway execs can't afford their expensive Corvettes, Porsches, Mercedes, or Ferraris if they don't overcharge for basic staples.

Didn't look at the potatoes, since I know they're way overpriced too, at probably about $5.00 USD for 10 lbs. of those, I suspect.

Andrew Preziosi20 Apr 2017 3:53 a.m. PST

The Mind Boggles.


and, just to be safe…

Oy…as in like, VEY!


StoneMtnMinis20 Apr 2017 4:57 a.m. PST

You might consider Wally World for staples. Most of their canned items are 10 to 25 cents lower. Also, check out their meats, from national brands, and if you go in mid-morning the items expiring the next day are marked down 30% to 40%. Of course the downside is you will rub elbows with the hoi-polloi(if that is a problem).

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 5:35 a.m. PST

There are a few items I still get at Wal-Mart, but
food stuffs, no. Paper products, cat litter,
other non-foods if we need them.

I've thrown out too much Wal-Mart produce and had to trim
as much as 35 % (by weight) of fat from WM meat items.

I shop the local markets for produce, or 'u-pick'
fields in season. Local farmer's market for fresh
meats, including beefalo. Costs a bit more, but I
think (cannot prove) that the cost versus Wal-Mart
is about the same when considering loss from fat

Dn Jackson20 Apr 2017 6:08 a.m. PST

One thing to consider of Safeway pricing; the chain is unionized which drives up prices at least a bit above other chains. They've all gone out of business around here. Couldn't compete with Farm Fresh and Food Lion.

Who asked this joker20 Apr 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

We drive the extra distance to Wegman's. Better choices. Produce is A LOT better. Prices are usually better.

alex75720 Apr 2017 7:23 a.m. PST

Man, I miss Wegman's since I moved away from Buffalo.

genew4920 Apr 2017 7:44 a.m. PST

Yup, those darn middle class workers have ruined another large corporation.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 8:02 a.m. PST

Why are you shopping at Safeway?

The standard grocery stores charge stupid prices. Not high, stupid. I can't imagine why they can get away with it. Get to Target, Walmart, Food Max, or best of all, Trader Joe's.

Safeway, Lucky, and their ilk have figured out that if they raise the prices people just keep coming. Something is protecting them from price competition, and that's bad for the consumer. Get out of there!

Mako1120 Apr 2017 11:15 a.m. PST

Walmart's selling them for 99 cents a pound, and Terget's no cheaper.

I generally don't shop at Safeway, other than for sale items, since I can't afford to shop there for most stuff.

They're the closest though, and the other stores are about 20 minutes drive, each way, so only go to those on a dedicated shopping trip.

Nick Bowler20 Apr 2017 1:17 p.m. PST

Why are we ranting about onions, especially since the price difference is $1. USD

Can we at least rant about the cost of delivery of miniatures?

altfritz20 Apr 2017 1:46 p.m. PST

I know people who have worked at Walmart who advise not to buy food there, esp. frozen stuff. Apparently management will just put it back in the freezer even if an item is discovered left somewhere else in the store.

Re. Pricing. Apparently we spend less on food these days than we did in the past. Relative to income. Prices may be high, but it was worse before.

Mako1120 Apr 2017 5:14 p.m. PST

Feel free, on ranting about miniatures shipping.

I'm in with you on that.

goragrad21 Apr 2017 11:14 a.m. PST

Last yellow onions I bought (sometime last week) in the 'food desert' of a small town in SW Colorado were 0.49 cents a pound.

Dn Jackson22 Apr 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

"Yup, those darn middle class workers have ruined another large corporation."

Considering that grocery stores run on about a 3% profit margin, any rise in cost translates directly into a rise in prices. That's why union stores go out of business if they have to compete with non-union stores.

Mako1122 Apr 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

Winco, our "local" (20 minutes away), employee owned grocery store had them for 40 cents a pound the other day.

Makes it worth the trip, even when you buy just a few items, but does take a bit of time and fuel to get there and back.

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