Are you a fan of manager’s special or reduced for quick sale markdowns? I love finding a deal on meat that’s about to expire, or a marked-down salad that expires the next day but that we need for supper tonight!
Seems like markdowns used to be more generous than they are now. I rarely buy markdown meat at King Soopers or Safeway, because they initially only mark it down to 30% off and they frequently run sales when it’s “fresh” at 50% off! But, if you walk into the right store at the right time, you can often find some amazing “about to expire” deals.
Here’s my list of the Top 5 Grocery Stores for Markdowns:
I am sometimes tempted to walk into Albertsons for the sole purpose of looking for meat markdowns. I can’t even tell you the dozens of pounds of meat I’ve gotten for super cheap at Albertsons – ground beef for 99¢/lb, for starters. It’s pretty much luck of the draw, as far as I can tell. Sometimes I’ll find amazing markdowns at 8 in the morning and I’m sure they’ll be gone in a couple of hours, and then other times I’ll stop by at 2 in the afternoon and fill my cart with cheap meat.
Out of all the stores in town, Albertsons is definitely my favorite place for meat markdowns. If you’ve never spotted a meat markdown at Albertsons, here’s what to look for:
They usually use little orange stickers that say “reduced for quick sale”, and then adjust down the actual price tag. Those little orange stickers are just like the ones that say “great for the grill” or “buy one get one free”, so it’s easy to get your hopes up and then realize it’s just a “promo” sticker.
There’s not usually a separate place where they put the markdowns – definitely look right along with all the fresh meat for the markdown deals.
On occasion I’ll buy markdown meat at King Soopers, but as I mentioned above, they don’t usually mark their meat down enough that it’s really a better deal than waiting for a regular sale.
However, King Soopers tends to mark down a lot of produce – we regularly buy their red-tape bananas for 39¢/lb! Often they are marked down because they are bruised in just one or two places, or they’ve taped together a bunch of “loose” bananas that got separated from the bunch. Markdown produce is usually found right along with the fresh produce.
And if you hit the dairy markdowns at the right time, King Soopers can be a place to score cheap organic milk and eggs! There aren’t as many dairy markdowns as there used to be, but not that long ago I bought several dozen organic eggs for 99¢ after manager’s markdown and coupons.
Most King Soopers stores usually have a special markdown area somewhere in the dairy section. All of their markdowns are tagged with an orange and yellow sticker with the markdown price and a new barcode. And typically, they’ll allow you to use a coupon with a markdown (though they may have to enter it in manually).
Safeway tends to be a bit more hit-and-miss than the others, but sometimes they’ll mark down deli meats, eggs, and dairy products for a decent price. Seems like their markdowns are a bit more up-and-down as far as whether or not they’re a good deal or not. They usually mark their dairy, eggs, and deli meats with little orange stickers that say “75¢ off” or similar. Sometimes the products will have several 75¢ off stickers attached.
4… and 5…
Can you fill out 4 and 5? What other stores in Colorado Springs mark items as “reduced for quick sale”? Do any of the natural and organic markets? Are there are particular locations of a chain that you’ve found mark down items more freely than others?
Share your thoughts in the comments!
Don’t miss out! Get deals like this via email: