Plus: Thursday-only sales at Roam, Electric Fetus
Aldi, which typically features the lowest prices on groceries of any supermarket, has recently added fresh chicken to its meat case. Its everyday prices can hardly be beat: boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $2.49 a pound, wings for $1.89 a pound and thighs for $1.29 a pound.
Last week, Cub had a Gold'n Plump value pack of thighs for $3.99 (56 ounces, regularly $5.99). That's slightly cheaper than Aldi's regular price, but at Aldi you don't have to buy a big value pack. Shoppers who like boneless, skinless chicken breasts will save a lot at Aldi. Most stores typically charge $4.99 a pound.
Even Costco's price is $2.79 a pound for 12 breasts. Aldi sells the chicken under its Kirkwood brand, but the meat is supplied by Tyson.
If you're looking for frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a 48-ounce bag is $5.49 at Aldi, another deal that's hard to beat. Aldi offers a money-back guarantee if customers aren't satisfied. Aldi stores do not have phone numbers; find locations at www.aldi.us.Half off interior-design consultation
Interior design is one of those businesses that have taken a kick in the chintz amid the recession. Designer Sue Hunter (612-701-0101, www.homeforachange.com) normally charges $450 for a four-hour consultation, but if you schedule in August, the price is $225.
The consultation includes a plan for every room in your home, including paint colors, rearranging of furniture and accessories, design tips, budget decorating ideas, window-treatment options and a suggested shopping list. At about $56 an hour, it's a bargain if Hunter suits your style.
Most interior designers in the Twin Cities charge $75 to $125 an hour with a two- or three-hour minimum, said Karen Soojian, president-elect of the American Society of Interior Designers of Minnesota. Hunter has 24 years in the business.Check out a few Thursday-only sales
The folks at Electric Fetus (2000 4th Av. S., Mpls, 612-870-9300, www.electricfetus.com) will remember the anniversary of last year's tornado that closed the music and gift store for a week by offering 20 percent off storewide Thursday only. A white Fetus T-shirt will be $5, regularly $12, but it's not the design made famous by Ringo Starr when he wore it to the Grammys.
You can find beanbag chairs at Target for $30 to $100. But if you want the ultimate for a media room or an upscale dorm room, try Fatboy's beanbags ($229 to $400) at Roam (813 Glenwood Av., Mpls., 612-377-6465, www.fatboy.com). The oversized, durable bags in more than a dozen colors are 15 percent off Thursday only from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The sale includes special orders. For more choices, also try Totally Kids furniture (7876 Portland Av. S., Bloomington, 952-881-2425, www.shoptotallykids.com), which sells beanbags for $40 to $130.