*This is my opinion, it is obviously not a sponsored article and you will understand that ONCE you read the article.
This tag line should read: Buyer Beware you are about to spend money you don’t need to if you shop here. Here we go again with Giant Eagle. My love/hate relationship for one of our local grocery store chains runs deep. Sometimes I am their largest advocate and other times I dislike the ‘catches’ they offer with deals, or the pricing that is not a REAL offer. As I was in the store again yesterday, I thought I might show you a bit of what I mean and let you see the pricing differences that sales often DON’T offer. Let’s take a look at chicken on sale, and see what the real deal on the chicken really was? Look at I found at Giant Eagle yesterday, making me a not-so-happy Pittsburgh Frugal Mom, based on Advertised pricing. Remember advertised pricing is just that, Advertised and someone has to pay for it!
I was just after boneless breast of chicken, I did not want the frozen packs, because I had an immediate need to use the meat and I did not have time to wait for the thaw out. I quickly headed to this sign, because the special was great, boneless chicken at $3.99, I’m In!
This was their ‘advertised special’, it should be the best price they are offering right? Not so fast and in truest tradition of advertised specials, it is NOT the best price! Look at this price, only $2.39 a pound, and it is still BONELESS Breast of Chicken.
Like I said, I have a love/hate relationship with this store, because while they offer so many different items, they also offer pricing that often does not make sense. While the average consumer may just swoop up the package with no concern for the pricing, Pittsburgh Frugal Mom actually looks at what she is paying for and compares the items. Yes, there is a 15% CHICKEN Broth, but that is not going to change my chicken, it is just broth. What is going to make an impact is the price per pound that I am saving. I can buy MORE chicken at less per pound and I can save money if I just buy the intended amount and spend less. Either way, not buying their ‘advertised price’ save me money. Really it is apples to apples because it is just boneless chicken breast.
Moral of the story: advertised prices are just that, ADVERTISED, and someone has to pay for that advertising. Don’t get caught in the advertised special pricing, read all the other, compare and save. There is always a way to save money when you are shopping and in this case, I saved $1.60 per pound. I don’t need to pay more to save towards gas rewards, because even though I earn them while I shop, if I am paying more for food, that I could pay less for, I can out that money towards gas! BE smart when you shop and read pricing.