Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hispanic Grocery Stores Offer Great Deals on Meat

From ABC-13 in Houston, TX.

"If you haven't set foot in a Hispanic grocery store, you may be missing out on big savings because these stores are geared to the value customer; it's a no-frills place, but you can save big.

It's a Monday afternoon in Pasadena at the grocery store called Mi Tienda, and the place is busy. Meat manager Joaquin Loera says it's normally that way.

"We have very competitive prices," Loera said."


"Customers like Maria Garcia come here to stock up on beef. She says the prices can't be beat. Because most customers like Garcia fix dinner almost every night of the week, they usually purchase a two to four week supply of beef so the price has to be right.

"Price is at the top of their list, and they're always wanting to see how much they can get for less," Loera said."


"At Mi Tienda, we found boneless rib-eye steak for $3.49 a pound; at Randalls on Weslayan, boneless rib-eye is priced at $10.99 a pound, a difference of $6.50.

At Mi Tienda, ground beef is priced at $1.89 a pound; at Kroger on Buffalo Speedway the price is also $1.89 a pound.

At Mi Tienda, T-bone steaks are $4.29 a pound. At Randalls, T-bone steaks are $9.99 a pound. That's a difference of $5.70.

Mi Tienda's top sirloin with its bone is on sale for $1.99 a pound, but at Kroger, the store carries boneless sirloin, and it's on sale right now for $3.49 a pound.

Shopper Maria Ramirez says she has price compared and finds traditional stores are too pricey."

By all means check out ethnic grocery stores--the deals are great compared to regular grocery stores, but be prepared to do a little translating, because some items will need it. I find spices are cheapest in Indian stores, rice and beans are cheapest in Asian stores, and pasta (when I could eat it) was cheapest in Latino stores, but this is in Virginia. Texas is a whole 'nuther matter entirely--for one thing, they are the beef capital of the country, and next to Mexico, so meat (and practically everything else) is going to be cheapest there.

If you have no access to foreign grocery stores, try looking in the international foods aisle of your grocery store.


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