You could pay $6 for a 2-gallon pack of milk at Holiday in Edina, but if you go to any Circle K station by June 30, you can get 2-gallons of any Schroeder milk for $2.99. It's the best deal in the Twin Cities on milk as Circle K franchisees try to establish themselves in the Twin Cities.
Go outside of Circle K, and the lowest prices will be on store brands. On Monday, June 17, Costco in St. Louis Park was $2.43 per gallon and Aldi on Lake St. in Minneapolis was $2.49 for skim or 2 percent. Most other stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Cub and Rainbow are charging between $2.80 and $2.89 for store brands on Monday in their Minneapolis stores.
One more good deal Circle K through the end of the month? Hot dogs for 49 cents each, no limit. Neither the milk nor the hot dog price requires a coupon, although the milk is a 2 gallon limit per customer per visit.
Most of the 13 locations in the Twin Cities have only been Circle K's since last year, although the locations may still be co-branded as a Mobil, Exxon or BP station.
Participating locations include Albertville at 94 and Labeaux, 763-497-4333; Blaine at Radisson and Cloud, 763-784-8071, and Central and 129th, 763-757-9655; Champlin at 169 and Elm Creek, 763-323-9642; Elk River at 169 and Main, 763-441-3810, and 169 and 197th, 763-241-9490; Mahtomedi, 694 and Century, 651-777-7417; New Brighton at 35W and E2, 651-633-2371, and Silver Lake and 45th, 651-636-3998; Rogers at 94 and 101, 763-426-9070; Roseville at 36 and Dale, 651-489-8359; Shoreview at 694 and Lexington, 651-483-1219 and 35W and J/85th, 651-784-3369.
You must buy two gallons to get the discount.
You probably know that Americans will spend less on Father's Day than Mother's Day. About 40 percent less, according to the National Retail Federation. We plan to spend about $120 this year on Dad compared to $168 for Mom last month.
But have you noticed how much lower the bar is set for dad? Pawn America is running television ads with owner Brad Rixmann suggesting that everything Dad likes can be found second hand at a pawn shop.
Local blogger Carrie Rocha of Pocket Your Dollars suggests a whole bunch of freebies and deals to take advantage of for Father's Day. Pottery Barn Kids and American Girl let kids make their own Father's Day cards. Ikea offers a free breakfast and TCBY a free yogurt.
if it's used or free, it's got Dad's name written all over it.
Every consumer buys at least one item with a price they watch with unnatural intensity. Maybe they collect coupons on it, wait for a sale and hope for a rebate. It's a triple play and it can make the day of any super shopper.
I'm not here to make your day with a triple play, at least not this time. But for families who buy can fill their Honda's backseat with Cheerios boxes and never let even one box pass its freshness date, this is a good week to buy.
Target, CVS and Costco all have the toasted o's on sale. Yes, even Costco has them on sale through June 2. Members who buy 2 twin packs (4 individual boxes, 81.4 ounces total) pay $5.49 each for the 2 twin boxes, minus a $4 instant rebate. At $6.68 for the 81.4 ounces, it's 8.5 cents per ounce for regular flavored Cheerios.That's the lowest price I've ever paid, including on Rainbow's double coupon days, but I don't pay Rainbow $50 annually for a membership.
If you're not a Costco member, Target has a good deal too. If you buy 6 boxes (14 oz. each for $2.75 each), you also get a $5 Target gift card. That's 13.6 cents per ounce with the gift card. Use a couple of $1 manufacturers' coupons and it's 11.3 cents per ounce. Use a Red Card and it's 10.7 cents per ounce.
Or you could take an easier route at CVS where a 14 oz. box is $1.79 with an ExtraCare card (12.7 cents per ounce). But the offer is limited to one box. It's a better deal if you can find a coupon for 50 cents off, which is occasionally available online.
All are good sale prices. Admittedly, the savings don't add up to big bucks. Sometimes a shopper gets more excited saving a few bucks at the grocery store than, say, $500 at an appliance retailer. It's similar to consumers who prefer inflated prices discounted during a sale to an everyday low price.
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