25 - 2008

Food Deals, Trends – Friday Wrap-Up

This Friday wrap-up is all about giving money on food and groceries. Yum.

Economic stimulus deals

You have until the end of the month to take advantage of the economic stimulus bargains offered by Kroger stores. Through July 31, all Kroger affiliates are offering a 10% bonus deal on grocery gift cards if you use your economic stimulus payment to purchase them. That means if you buy a $300 gift card you’ll receive a card valued at $330. If you buy a card valued at $1200, you’ll get a card with a bonus of 120 extra dollars. Think about it — that’s like earning 10% interest on your money that you would be spending on groceries. If you still have your economic stimulus payment hanging around, or if you can afford it, it’s well worth buying ahead on your grocery bill.

At least at Kroger stores, you can simply make a payment in the amount of the economic stimulus increments. Some other stores are offering deals as well, but they say you must present your actual economic stimulus check. For a rundown on all the deals being offered, check out this blog.

What’s fresh?

During the summer, it’s usually easy enough to see what fruits and vegetables are in season. They’re the ones your grocery store is advertising on great sales, and especially the ones that are advertised as coming from local farms. In the Northern Hemisphere, at this time of year, stores and farmers markets are bursting with fresh local produce. For those who like to plan ahead, Wise Bread has put together a list of what fresh fruits and vegetables are in season throughout the year. It still doesn’t mean these foods will be local to your area, but you can save a few bucks and get something fresh.


Now this article beats all. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported on the latest angles of the locavore trend — such as having a guy come grow a garden for you in your back yard.

For a fee, Mr. Paque, who lives in San Francisco, will build an organic garden in your backyard, weed it weekly and even harvest the bounty, gently placing a box of vegetables on the back porch when he leaves.

But perhaps a new industry will spring up …

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