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Produce Price Comparison for week of 6/30 (DFW)

Download this week’s produce price comparison document (PDF). It covers advertised prices for conventional and organic produce at the following stores:

Central Market
Market Street
Sunflower Market
Tom Thumb
Whole Foods

I will be posting about my kale chip experiment soon. I have read and heard many good things about kale chips, so when I saw the organic kale is $1.50/bunch this week at New Flower Market, I decided to get some. I have two “recipes” – one that you can make in the oven and one that you can make in a dehydrator. I tried the oven method today and think I over oiled them, but some were good. I am going to try the dehydrator method on Sunday and will post a comparison with photos.

When another mother and I met with a Dallas-area Whole Foods store ambassador about food allergies a few weeks ago, she gave us a tour of the produce area. She told us about all the health benefits of kale (better than spinach, she said), and she gave us a small piece to try. It was interesting, but not something I would eat raw very regularly. The kale chips were much more tolerable. Best of all, my daughter LOVED them.

Produce Price Comparison for week of 6/23 (DFW)

My blog re-design is finally live, but there are still several issues I need to fix and content that I need to add, so it will be a work-in-progress for a few more days.

The homepage should work. If it does not look right to you, please let me know what browser you are using.

Issues I am aware of:

1. IE browser – right column is halfway down the page
2. IE and Firefox browsers – inner pages have right column covering the content

I am also going to tweak a few things to make it easier to read, but that’s after I work out the major kinks!

Now…on to the produce price comparison for this week!

Produce Price Comparison

On the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, we are buying LOTS of produce – mostly bananas, apples, pears, blueberries, zucchini, carrots, chard, and French-cut green beans at this stage. We go through dozens of bananas, apples, zucchini and carrots each week for homemade applesauce, banana pancakes, flourless muffins, banana cake, zucchini noodles, etc.

I price-checked produce at Sam’s Club this week to see if I could buy any of these items at a lower cost, but Sam’s was just as expensive or more expensive than the grocery stores! That is not always the case though. I am going to try to hit Sam’s and possibly Costco occasionally to see if buying in bulk will be cheaper. While I will not be covering the warehouse clubs’ prices regularly, I will post any deals I find there.

I am now trying to buy organic whenever possible. For example, I am only buying organic apples since I have read that apples are on the “dirty dozen” list of of produce where it makes the most sense to go organic. I figure if we’re going to do this diet to see if it helps my daughter’s health, then we might as well avoid eating those foods with higher concentrations of pesticide residues. I will include conventional and organic produce in the comparison chart so you can decide where to go based on your preferences. I will create three graphical icons to indicate if produce is:

– Organic
– Locally-grown (“Texas”)
– USA-grown

but for now I just used symbols in the spreadsheet (the symbol meanings are in the footer of each page).

Please keep in mind that stores do not always list the size of the produce. For example, avocados are usually “small” or “large” but the ads don’t always specify. So it will be difficult to know for sure which store has the best price. Whenever possible, I will check on sizes in person and will update the chart.

And last but not least, this is a work-in-progress. This week, I am posting just a PDF download of the chart. In future weeks, I will pull out the best deals and post a summary with a link to the full download.

Please let me know what you like or dislike about this format. And if you stop by a store and find additional produce on sale that is not advertised, please let me know and I will update this list. I plan to do similar comparisons for meat/seafood, nuts and dairy soon.

Download the produce comparison chart for DFW-area stores (PDF format).

Grocery Deals – through Tuesday (6/16) or Wednesday (6/17)

Here are some of the best deals at Dallas-area grocery stores through Tuesday (Tom Thumb & Kroger) or Wednesday (Sprouts) this week:

Good through Wednesday, June 17:

Large Seedless Watermelon – $1.99 each – great price!
Lettuce – green leaf, red leaf or romaine – $0.49 each
Cherries – $2.99/lb.
Asparagus – $1.99/lb.
Bulk Cut Feta Cheese – $2.99/lb.
100% Grass Fed Filet Steak – $9.99/lb.

Good through Tuesday, June 16:

Cantaloupe – $0.97 each
Strawberries (2 lbs) – $2.97
Raspberries (5.6 oz) – $1.50

Certified Angus Beef Boneless Chuck Steak – $1.77/lb.

Kraft Barbecue Sauce 18 oz – FREE with 10 mix and match item purchase
Price: $0.75 when you buy 10 mix & match items
Coupon: $0.75/1 – 6/14 SS

Reach Dental Floss (55 yards) – $0.09 with 10 mix and match item purchase
Price: $1.09 when you buy 10 mix & match items
Coupon: $1.00/1 – 6/14 SS

Schick Quattro Titanium Razor – $1.99
Price: $5.99
Coupon: $4.00/1 – 6/14 SS

Check out this list of qualifying Mix and Match items at Saving With Shellie.

Good through Tuesday, June 16:

Fresh Peaches – $0.77/lb.
Mini Peeled Carrots (16 oz) – $0.97 each

A.1. Marinade (16 oz) – FREE
Price: 2/$4.00
Coupon: $2.00/1 – 6/14 SS

Reach Access Flosser – FREE
Price: 10/$10
Coupon: $1.00/1 – 6/14 SS

Reach Advantage Toothbrush – FREE
Price: 10/$10
Coupon: $1.00/1 – 6/14 SS

John Frieda Root Awakening Detangling Spray (6 oz) – $0.49
Price: $3.49
Coupon: $3.00/1 – 6/14 SS

Scott 6 Mega Roll Paper Towels – $2.99
Price: $4.99
Coupon: $2.00/1 – 6/14 Kroger insert

DFW-Area Grocery Deals until 5/12

Here are the best grocery deals this week at Tom Thumb, Kroger, Albertsons, Sprouts and Market Street:

Kraft Barbecue Sauce (18 oz) – $0.24 to FREE
Price: $0.99
Coupon: $0.75/1- 5/3 SS or free if you print the barbecue coupons mentioned here

V-8 Fusion – $0.49 – $1.49
Price: $2.49 (if you buy 5 qualifying products*)
Coupon: $2.00/1 – printable no longer available OR $1.00/1 – 4.19 SS

Ocean Spray Cranberry Pomegranate Juice – $1.44
Price: $1.99 (if you buy 5 qualifying products*)
Coupon: $0.55/1 – 4/19 SS

CapriSun Sunrise – $0.49
Price: $1.49 (if you buy 5 qualifying products*)
Coupon: $1.00/1 – 4/19 SS

Litehouse Refrigerated Salad Dressing (13 oz) – $1.25 each (must buy 2)
Price: $4.49 each (B1G1 Free)
Coupon: Two $1.00/1 – 5/10 SS

Strawberries (1 lb) – $1.50

Texas 1015 Sweet Onions – $0.48/lb.

* Tom Thumb is running a “buy 5, save $5 promo” where you get $5 off when you buy five participating juice products.

French’s Worcestershire Sauce – $0.69 each, but FREE + overage after catalina
Price: $1.69 (I haven’t confirmed this price, so this is approximate)
Coupon: Two $0.50/1 – 1/18 SS or 5/10 SS
Receive a $1.50 catalina coupon for every 2 bottles you purchase to use on your next Kroger shopping trip.

Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush – $0.25
Price: 10/$10
Coupon: $0.75/1 – 5/3 PG

Ortega Taco Seasoning Packet – $0.29 each (must buy 2)
Price: $0.66
Coupon: $0.75/2 – 4/19 SS

Hunt’s Ketchup (24 oz) – $0.40
Price: 10/$10
Coupon: $0.20 – 5/10 SS

El Monterrey Taquitos – $3.00 each (must buy 2)
Price: $7.99 each – B1G1 Free
Coupon: Two $1.00/1 – 5/3 SS

Bar S Jumbo Franks* or Bologna – $0.49 each (must buy 2)
Price: $0.99 each
Coupon: $1.00/2 – 5/10 RP
* Excludes beef franks

Driscoll Strawberries (2 lbs) – $2.97

Driscoll Organic Strawberries (1 lb) – $2.50

Organic Cameo Apples – $0.99/lb

Hot House Tomatoes – $0.97/lb

Vitamin Water 10 – FREE
Price: 10/$10
Coupon: $1.00 – 4/5 SS

Yoplait Yogurt Cups (4-6 oz) – $0.26 (when you buy 12-18 and if your coupon is doubled)
Price: $0.39 each – You must buy a minimum of 10 and a max of 20 to get this price
Coupon: $0.40/6 – 3/22 SS or 4/19 SS (buy 12 if you use this coupon)

Nature Sweet Cherry Tomatoes – $0.99
Price: $1.99
Coupon: $1.00/1 – 3/9 SS

Pink Lady or Braeburn Apples – $0.77/lb.

Yellow Corn – 10/$2

Broccoli Crowns – $0.77/lb

I didn’t see anything too exciting at Market Street this week.

Sprouts deals & produce price comparison – 3/18-3/25

If you didn’t make it to Sprouts before the 17th or they were out of berries when you got there, you’re in luck…

Berries and pears are cheaper this week!

The Fuji apples are a bit more expensive than last week, but still a good price.

Just for fun, I’ve compared Sprouts to other local stores that have ads online or in the paper. This gives you a general idea where to shop for produce this week, but please keep in mind there are other produce specials at all the stores that I have not listed here.

I could not find an ad for Walmart, but when I was there earlier in the week, their prices were higher than sprouts for pears and strawberries. I didn’t check the other items. You can try a price match if you take the ad from another store in with you. I haven’t had many good experiences at Walmart, so I’d rather go to two or three stores than try to do a price match at Walmart.

These sale prices are for the Dallas area and in many cases the brand is not mentioned, so it may not be an apples to apples comparison (no pun intended – really). And = best price


Strawberries (1 lb.) – 2/$3
– Tom Thumb ad: 2 lbs. for $4.99
– Kroger ad: 2 lbs. for $5.00, but they’re Driscoll. The other stores do not mention the brand.
– Target ad: 2 lbs. for $5.00
– Albertsons ad: 2 lbs. for $5.49

Blackberries (5.6 oz) – 2/$3
– Albertsons ad: $3.99
– Central Market ad: $0.99 each

Bosc and Bartlett Pears – $0.77/lb.
– Whole Foods ad: $0.99/lb. – organic Red Anjou pears

Large Fancy Navel Oranges – $1.00/2 lbs.
– Tom Thumb ad: $3.88 for 8 lb. bag
Just slightly cheaper ($0.02/lb) at Tom Thumb if you want an 8 lb. bag!
– Kroger ad: $4.99 for 8 lb. bag
– Whole Foods ad – $0.99/lb. for Cara Cara navel oranges

Green Seedless Grapes – $5.00/4 lbs. ($1.25/lb)
– Central Market ad: $0.99/lb.
– Kroger ad: $1.79/lb. – green, white or red
– Albertsons ad: $1.99/lb.
– Tom Thumb ad: $2.49/lb.

Texas Red Grapefruit – 3 for $1

Fuji and Jonagold Apples – $0.77/lb.
– Albertsons ad: $0.99/lb for Fuji apples
– Whole Foods ad: $2.99 for 3 lbs ($0.99/lb) for ORGANIC Fuji, Granny Smith or Braeburn if you prefer organic!
– Tom Thumb ad: 2 lbs. for $3 – Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Delicious or Gala


Red Bell Peppers – 2 for $1

Hothouse Tomatoes – $0.77/lb
– Kroger ad: $0.99/lb
– Tom Thumb ad: $2.79/lb.

I used to waste a lot of money on fresh produce. I had no idea the prices could vary so greatly (I just didn’t pay attention), and some of the produce would inevitably go bad before we ate it. Money was being thrown down the drain! At Janet’s suggestion, I am going to try Fiesta this week and see how their produce prices look. I’ll report back if I can make it over there.

There are several deals at the grocery stores this week, but it takes me a long time to compile everything so it will be a few days before I post what I’ve found.

Looks like I’m going to have an awesome tool to help me speed up the matching process so I can post everything sooner and again at the end of the week when the new newspaper inserts come out. I’m very excited about it!!

If you need to get some grocery shopping done before I post the match-ups, you can grab many of the coupon match-ups at or I’ve spotted at least one deal that I haven’t seen listed anywhere else yet, but I need to work up some scenarios to share before I post it!

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