|ShopRite's newspaper flier stated clearly the "sale starts" on Aug. 25, but there are "price breaks" on other items that don't go into effect until days later.|
By Victor E. Sasson
ShopRite's sales fliers are getting as hard to interpret as Manhattan parking regulations or the Talmud.
When "sale" appears in a ShopRite newspaper flier, it isn't the last word, and other items may be discounted through "price breaks."
But "price breaks" aren't always available during the full sale period, as I found out on Monday, when I went to my Hackensack ShopRite to buy Nature's Reserve Whole Beef Tenderloin for Filet Migon.
The sale started on Sunday, but the price break on the free-range, grass-fed beef from Australia doesn't start until Wednesday, meaning I'll have to return to the store.
Luckily, I also went to pick up 48-ounce containers of Turkey Hill Ice Cream for $1.97, a savings of $1.32; and Eggo Waffles for $1.47, a discount of $1.20.
Those items were discounted under an "all-week price break" (Sunday to Saturday).
|A sign at H Mart in Little Ferry said this 15-pound bag of California-grown white rice is "free" with a coupon.|
H Mart is first stop
Of course, when meat-eating members of my family prepare Korean barbecue, they marinate the thin slices of Australian beef in bulgogi sauce, grill the meat, steam white rice and wrap everything in red-leaf lettuce.
We were out of white rice and red-leaf lettuce, so before I went to ShopRite on Monday, I stopped at H Mart in Little Ferry.
H Mart has been heavily discounting 15-pound bags of Kokuho Yellow Label California-grown rice, normally $14.99.
Last Wednesday, I saw it at the Englewood H Mart for $7.99, but the store had sold out.
At the Little Ferry H Mart, the rice was "free" with a coupon or $9.99 without.
I got the coupon from the customer service counter, but didn't read it carefully enough:
The rice is "free" when you purchase $100 in other items.
I also picked up 2 heads of red-leaf lettuce for 99 cents each, and a bottle of B.B.Q. Bulgogi Beef Marinade for $2.99, because it had the least sodium.