Green Bay grocery shopping: I remember when…

August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Coupons, Grocery 

Whenever I host coupon classes, the topic of how couponing has changed often comes up.  So I thought I’d get a little nostalgic and share some of my memories of growing up and shopping in Green Bay.

So let’s join Professor Peabody and his pet boy Sherman for another trip in the Wayback Machine.

For instance, I remember when…

  • New Market, the grocery store that was on Oneida Street in Ashwaubenon.  Loved that store.  Even though they were small, they often had really good deals!  Like Pork Tenderloin for $.99 a lb.
  • Kohls grocery stores with their unmistakable half-circle arch on their stores.  The East side store became a Rogans shoes, the west side was Big Lots.  The building was razed a few years ago.
  • When Cub Foods came to town, they were a giant store compared to the others, their prices were cheaper and they had these new things that scanned something called UPC codes.
  • Remember the giant coupon bins at the front of the store at Cub?  I never asked but always assumed they took the leftover Sunday newspaper coupon inserts and cut up the coupons.  Every time I looked it was always the same coupons that I didn’t want and none of the ones I was looking for.
  • Blazei’s Sausage Shoppe on Velp Avenue and Buddha’s Sausage Shop on Main.  Blazei’s lives on through Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly–when the Olsens bought the store, the Blazei’s taught them all their signature recipes.
  • We used to drive to Appleton to shop at Woodmans once a month because Green Bay didn’t have a Woodmans until about 1990.
  • When Woodmans came to Green Bay,  they were the first store to accept internet printables (when printing coupons was still in its infancy).  And on their first and second anniversaries, they even had unlimited DOUBLE COUPON events.
  • Then Woodmans famously stopped taking internet printables for more than a decade.  They started accepting them more than two years ago but many people still believe they don’t!
  • I discovered Copps was doing Double Daze about nine years ago.  In a way, they helped me become a much better strategic shopper instead of just buying what was on my list.
  • Festival Foods became my favorite store when I was ridiculously pregnant and found their Pregnant and New Mom parking.   Oh, yes, four kids in six years, I used that spot a lot!
  • NestEgg.com had printable coupons where the face value was only $.10, but once redeemed, as much as $2.00 was put into an online account that you could cash out later.
  • How about the Copps Warehouse on Taylor Street where they had flat carts ala Sam’s Club?  Years before warehouse clubs popped up all over the country, too.  It was a pilot store that never got off the ground probably because it was at least a decade ahead of it’s time.  That store morphed into what is now Taylor Creek home furnishings.

Those are just some of my memories of grocery shopping in Green Bay.  What are some of your memories?

I remember when… Sticker Shock!

August 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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(Sigh)  I am officially “that” age.  That age when a person starts sounding like the old people they remember from their childhood (who really weren’t that old, after all).  My parents would talk about gasoline for $.19 a gallon.  Now I realize I’ve become my parents!  I guess that just shows my… MATURITY.

When it comes to shopping, I’ve always had a knack for remembering the prices of many items at many stores.  At least, I remember what the prices used to be.  So let’s take a trip in Professor Peabody’s Wayback Machine.

For instance, I remember…

  • New Market, the long-gone grocery store on Hansen and Oneida Street, would frequently have pork tenderloin on sale for $.99 lb.
  • 12-packs of brand name soda went on sale for $.99.  Just a few years ago, $1.99 was a good deal.  Now a “good” deal on name brand soda is $2.50 – $3.00 a 12-pack
  • Dolly Madison bakery thrift stores had $.29 bread.
  • The regular price for store brand cereal was $.99 for the jumbo box.
  • During baking season, you could get brand-name box cake mix for $.39 before coupons.
  • A bag of holiday candy like Hershey’s Kisses or M&Ms was $1.50 before coupons and sales.
  • Coupon expiration dates were six months after they appeared in the paper, not three weeks!
  • Coupons in the paper almost always coincided with a sale that week.  Now you may have to wait a few weeks to find the sale.
  • There were actually a lot of coupons in the paper and not ads for Bradford Exchange, Blair and Michigan Bulb in our inserts.

What do you remember?  (And please, if you don’t know who Professor Peabody and his pet boy Sherman are, I don’t want to hear about it. I’m feeling old enough as it is!)

I remember when… Sticker Shock!

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Coupons 

(Sigh)  I am officially “that” age.  That age when a person starts sounding like the old people they remember from their childhood (who really weren’t that old, after all).  My parents would talk about gasoline for $.19 a gallon.  Now I realize I’ve become my parents!  I guess that just shows my… MATURITY.

When it comes to shopping, I’ve always had a knack for remembering the prices of many items at many stores.  At least, I remember what the prices used to be.  So let’s take a trip in Professor Peabody’s Wayback Machine.

For instance, I remember…

  • New Market, the long-gone grocery store on Hansen and Oneida Street, would frequently have pork tenderloin on sale for $.99 lb.
  • 12-packs of brand name soda went on sale for $.99.  Just a few years ago, $1.99 was a good deal.
  • Dolly Madison bakery thrift stores had $.29 bread
  • The regular price for store brand cereal was $.99 for the jumbo box
  • During baking season, you could get brand-name box cake mix for $.39 before coupons
  • A bag of holiday candy like Hershey’s Kisses or M&Ms was $1.50 before coupons and sales.
  • coupon expiration dates were six months after they appeared in the paper, not three weeks!
  • coupons in the paper almost always coincided with a sale that week.  Now you may have to wait a few weeks to find the sale.
  • there were actually a lot of coupons in the paper and not ads for Bradford Exchange, Blair and Michigan Bulb in our inserts.

What do you remember?  (And please, if you don’t know who Professor Peabody and his pet boy Sherman are, I don’t want to hear about it. I’m feeling old enough as it is!)