Thursday, December 21, 2006

Pinconning and points south

In my quest for the elusive perfect bargain I decided to drive down towards Bay City today. (See previous post)

My first stop was the Pinny Food Center in Pinconning, get it ... Pinny is short for Pinconning. Check out the price for a 32 oz fountain POP, yeah, we call it POP in Michigan. The 59 cent Pepsi bummed me out a bit, because before I left Tawas I stopped at the BK and got a 44 oz Diet Coke for $1.80. I could have got 96 ozs of Diet Pepsi for the same price if I had waited!
Anyway, the Pinny Food Center is a normal supermarket, and actually their prices are a little higher than normal, but they also stock a lot of overstocked and slightly past due items at ridiculous prices.

The first item in my cart was Brachs mixed candy at 99 cents a pound. I had plenty of hard candy and chocolate candy at home, so I went for the holiday theme and bought about 2 pounds of the peppermint nougut. The regular price for Brachs mixed candy was $3.69 a pound, at least according to the Pinny Food Center, but it was a good buy, and it is very tasty too.

The next items in my cart were two 12 packs of Diet Code Red Mountain Dew for $1.50 a twelve pack. I didn't even know they made DIET Code Red, and seriously, that is some cheap ass price. The lowest price that I've seen on any Pepsi product 12 pack is $2.50, and it's very rare that you see it that low.

The third item in my cart was the Sobe Energy Drink called No Fear Gold. I had never heard of it, but at four cans for a buck I didn't think I could go wrong getting two 4 packs. I mean, do you know how much a can of Red Bull goes for?

The last items from the Pinny Food Center were two 4 packs of Starbucks Iced Coffee Italian Roast, described as a premium coffee drink with a hint of low fat milk and sugar. I don't drink coffee, but my niece, who is coming up for Xmas does, and I thought I'd give this to her as a stocking stuffer. Oh yeah, a four pack cost a buck, yeah, that's twenty five cents a can ... 25 cents a can for Starbucks Coffee, what are they crazy or something?

I then headed south towards Bay City and the wholesale supermarket I told you about that had the 4 packs of Orangina for 49 cents. Well, they were all out of the Orangina, but they did have Chocolate Fudge flavor Jones Soda for 4 bottles for a dollar. Jones Soda is the company that makes all the weird flavors of soda like Chicken and Gravy, I'm serious, but anyway, Chocolate Fudge is supposed to be very good if you believe the reviews on the internet.

With that I turned around and headed home, but I was stopped almost in my tracks when I saw a fruit and vegetable market with a sign advertising tomatoes for 49 cents a pound. I couldn't believe it, I thought it must have been $1.49 a pound but the one had blown off the sign. I went inside to check it out anyway, and BAM, there it was big as life a whole display of Florida tomatoes for 49 cents a pound. Damn, the cheapest you can get any kind of tomatoes up here at any time of the year is about 89 cents a pound, and that is in the middle of summer. I haven't seen tomatoes for 49 cents a pound since I had hair like spun gold, and I don't even want to remember how long ago that was. Hell, I bet you can't even get Florida tomatoes in Florida for 49 cents a pound.

Whew, is that it?
I feel like I've been typing for hours.
Oh yeah, it's a 130 mile round trip down to Bay City, which is I don't know how many kilometers, but I bet it's a lot.


At 6:12 AM, Blogger Jonnie 7-11 said...

Those are some fine looking tomatos!

I love those those chewy xmas candies with the little picture of the tree on them. They are my favorite after the classic assorted "old man" hard candies.

I bet your trunk looked like Santa's sleigh when you were driving home

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Juan Bodley said...

First off did you see any Bay City rollers?? (meaning Bay City police cars...)

And damn I'm shopping across the border from now on!! Cheap ass shit indeed!!

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Boz said...

I priced some of the items at the local supermarket today and ...
The Sobe Energy Drink was $6.99 for a 4 pack.
The Starbucks was $5.99 for a 4 pack.
The Jones soda was $3.99 for a 4 pack.
The tomatoes, which they called LARGE TOMATOES but were smaller than the ones I bought, were $1.99 a pound.
I should have priced the Brachs Mix but forgot to because ... I HAVE A PINCHED NERVE IN MY NECK AND IT IS KILLING ME!!!

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At 12:29 AM, Blogger Beachflower said...

stop posting all these good stuff, sodas and coffee....the only light stuff we have over here is coke light, Almudler light and "brand new" is FANTA LIGHT. nothing else :(

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Kari said...

Hey if you get the urge to go to Pinconning again, you HAVE to go to Northwoods Outlet. It's owned by the same people as Pinny Food Center and it's basically all overstock/slightly outdated items. You really wouldn't believe the prices there. It might actually be worth the drive.


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