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Glorious “Special” Stickers – Oh How I Love Thee


After dinner, my son and I headed out to the store to get a few things that we needed. As we browsed through the store, I saw a glorious orange “Special” sticker glaring at me from the meat department. Even though no one else was around, I still rushed to it. The sticker was on a beautiful a spiral sliced ham.

I swear my heart started beating faster. I love ham, especially spiral sliced.

My fingers frantically flipped the little tag around to see the price. I couldn’t believe it…it was 99 cents a pound! Around where I live, we’re fortunate to find ham on special for $1.49/lb – and that’s not even spiral sliced! They run $2.00+ a pound on special.

I put that sucker in my cart and was gleaming ear to ear. That made my day.

We’re having ham dinner tomorrow and leftovers for the next few days 🙂


  • Reply Rob Madrid |

    Ahhh the advantages of a price book, you know your prices and know when to pounce. Of course the negative is you also know when prices go up, but so far I’ve managed to negate substantial food infaltion over here. I’ve keep my food budget even over the past few months.

  • Reply Matt |

    Nice find! Sometimes you find amazing deals when you least expect them.

    Thanks for the suggestion – time for a ham sandwich.

  • Reply Sharon |

    Tricia, you’re SPECIAL! No wonder THE “groupies” follow you through YOUR trials and trails. I’m working on my DEBT reduction. Have really been conscientious since I discovered you through the New York Time’s article. But, only when I have succeeded will I write the BIG article. HAPPY VALENTINE’S!

  • Reply Heather Allen |

    Your joy is lovely to behold! Aren’t bargains the best? Getting out of debt doesn’t have to be miserable, good for you!

  • Reply Frugal Dad |

    Even if I just run to the store for milk and bread, I always visit the “Manager’s Special” section in the meat case…there are usually some great finds in there!

  • Reply Jeremy |

    Speaking of good deals on meat, one thing I’ve found is that you should check the frozen turkey section of your store during the non-holiday months. Even though they are frozen, they don’t last forever, and since people aren’t generally looking for turkeys from November through December, stores will often have to have sales to get rid of excess.

    I love when I go up to the freezer case and see big turkeys on sale for 99 cents a pound. For about $12-$20 you have enough meat to last a number of days. And just like ham, they are one of the easiest things to prepare and you can just throw them into the oven.

  • Reply Sherri |

    Hehe! The vegetarian (and Jew) in me does not know what spiral slicing for ham (or any other meat) is and why that might be better than regular slicing…

    I’m always amused at the things I don’t know because I don’t use a product. When people have conversations about alcohol I am equally lost…

  • Reply CanadianSaver |

    I love finding things on sale! I often will buy “Reduced for quick sale” meat if it still looks good and I know I can use it (or freeze) within the next 12 hours or so…

  • Reply Dot |

    I’ve been watching for those special stickers too! I found 8 pounds of the leanest ground beef for $.79 a pound the other day…packaged in one pound packages! I felt like I’d found that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. LOL

  • Reply Emmi |

    I second the after-holiday turkey sale. After t-giving I got a HUGE bird (I don’t remember the total weight but one leg and one wing clocked in at 6.5 pounds) One thing I learned watching the food channel, turkeys don’t cook well all at once (the traditional roast carving at the table thing) because the different parts need different times and temperatures. So this time I hacked the bird up raw out of the package and threw half (breasts and thighs) of it in brine (for the hot smoker seven days later) a leg and a wing went in the slow cooker with some sweet potatoes and onion (delicious!) and the remaining pieces I cooked a few days later just by baking. All the bones went into a pot for stock. The beauty of this was no one got tired of turkey because it all tasted so different. And all of it was cooked perfectly with no worries. I don’t think I’ll ever bother roasting one all at once again. Oh, and the bones from the smoked parts made excellent ham-bone substitutes for split pea soup.

  • Reply MRS |

    Oooh! When you’re almost done with the ham, throw the hock in with some chicken broth, onion and black-eye peas…YUM!! Buttered cornbread on the side and you can’t beat it!

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