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Written By: Mark Larose from Garden State Growers


It’s March, and whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting your journey into this wonderful hobby, one thing is for sure. Luck favors the prepared!   I like to approach my garden with a strategy.  Taking a soil sample and having it tested can give you a wealth of information on the type of fertilizer you should use.

These tasks may sound routine, but are very important to the success of any garden. Prepare to attack those weeds early on as they can strangle new growth.  At the same time, you can clear your garden of leaves and debris that has accumulated over the winter. As you do that, look at the layout of your land and begin to choose the vibrant, show stopping colors that you want to see this season.

You will want to make sure you have all of your lawn and gardening equipment in working order and accounted for.  Did you lend your shears to your neighbor?  It’s time to get them back.  While you do this, consider taking time to tend to your perennials as well.  You can begin by cutting back old growth.  Consider creating a compost pile.  Using organic matter not only saves money, but helps the environment and your plants.

When choosing what to plant first, I have always leaned towards some beautiful pansies.  They provide eye popping color in beautiful shades.  Sure, in the winter they may not look their best, especially when they are buried under 8 inches of snow, rest assured they are just biding their time until Spring.  Pansies are not difficult to grow. Good soil, steady moisture, and at least partial sun will provide the results you’re looking for. What they don’t tolerate is heat and humidity, which is why they thrive in spring and fall.

Plant pansies 6 to 8 inches apart.  They can be used as borders, or in larger masses, but don’t count on a solid ground cover. The plants are more clumping than spreading.

Picture2Pansies respond well to regular deadheading.  As often as possible, every couple of days if you can, pinch off faded blooms and any fruit (small green seed capsules) that may be forming. This will spur plants to continue blooming.

Pansies best qualities are that their early Spring bloom is very robust and pleasing to the eyes, and nose after they have been in the ground since the previous Fall.  Make sure that the area where you plant has plenty of drainage and proper lighting.

Lastly, clean out any bird baths or wipe down other garden ornaments.  Remember that gardening is a wonderful family tradition for many.  If you have children, consider including them in this seasons planting.  Remember to take pictures of your garden for Facebook and show it off to your friends.
Either way, have fun. Happy Gardening!

Don’t forget to check out our ad this week for great floral specials in your store!

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Written by Kevin Schulke
Category Manager of Beer, Wine and Salty Snacks

One of my favorite Holiday Celebrations is just days away! It will be here soon and in just a blink of an eye and 24 short hours it’ll be gone again until next year;  we better hurry and prepare!  It has always amazed me that so many people love and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day yet fail to fully commit for even one short day.  Are you one of those people that wears green, prepares the corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes and then serves it with Coor’s Light or Budweiser?  Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with either beer but sometimes you need to change it up and this is a day that demands a change.  Promise yourself right now, there will be no halfway celebration this year, it’s all in!

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Jane’s New Items

Written by Jane N. Golub
Director In-Store Marketing Programs


                HO_ClassicMac_MildCheddCows275x414Introducing new Horizon Macaroni & Cheese.  Horizon exists to bring nutritious solutions to mom, so she can provide a healthy foundation for her family.  We all know kids love macaroni & cheese, but mom is looking for more products made with simple, delicious and responsibly produced ingredients.

Horizon’s Mac & Cheese is the only national brand with “real organic cheese” in every box.  You can find the “Classic” variety with “real organic cheese”, the Super Mac with “real organic cheese” and 12 grams of protein and the Organic Mac that is USDA Certified Organic.  All varieties have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and no HFCS.

Look for the Horizon Macaroni & Cheese in the Natural aisle.




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                Introducing two NEW items from The Pictsweet Company – a family owned grower, packer and distributor of select vegetables since 1945.

First there’s Pictsweet’s 9 oz. Steam Deluxe Edamame and Super Sweet Corn – “Edamame Succotash” as they say on their bright red bag!  They blend Pictsweet’s Shelled Edamame with beautiful kernels of the sweetest corn in a steamable bag!  Pictsweet takes Succotash to a trendy new level.

Second is Pictsweet’s Deluxe 12 oz. Baby Leaf Kale, which is also unique to the Pictsweet brand.  Pictsweet worked with their seed suppliers in their Tennessee backyard to get just the right variety that they grow and pack right here in the USA.  It’s the same Baby Leaf variety served in many of the Northeast’s finest restaurants.  Prized as a leafy green vegetable that is an excellent source of Vitamin A, it has zero grams of sugar, is very low in sodium and is naturally fat free.

Look for the two new Pictsweet items in the Vegetable section of the Frozen aisle.

Jane’s New Items

Written by Jane N. Golub
Director In-Store Marketing Programs

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                White Wave Foods partners with Dunkin’ Donuts to introduce coffee creamers at Price Chopper.  For the first time, consumers can enjoy at home the delicious taste of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamer served with Dunkin’ Donuts famous coffee.  The rich heritage of Dunkin’ Donuts is one of quality and great taste.

Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamers are made with real milk and cream for a smooth delicious companion to your coffee.   Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamers are sold in 32-ounce, quart-sized bottles in four different varieties, including Original with real cream and sugar, Fat-Free with skim milk and the right touch of sweetness, Extra Extra with extra real cream and extra real sugar and Unsweetened with real cream and no added sugar.

Look for the Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamers in the Dairy aisle.


                Inspired by Milton Hershey’s first success, The Lancaster Caramel Company, comes a new brand from Hershey – Lancaster Crèmes.  Available in three varieties of 8 oz. roll top bags:

Caramel – The authentic flavor of rich, buttery caramel in a soft crème

Vanilla and Caramel – The taste of sweet vanilla crème and buttery caramel blended together for a uniquely rich experience

Vanilla and Raspberry – The taste of sweet raspberry fruit dipped in vanilla crème, blended together for an indulgent fruity experience

Hershey starts with high quality ingredients like whole milk to create Lancaster Crèmes’ deliciously rich flavor.  Making something extraordinary takes time.  Lancaster Crèmes are carefully crafted for a rich creamy melt-in-your-mouth sensation like no other.

Look for money-saving coupons in most papers on March 2nd, May 18th and September 14th.  Try Lancaster Crèmes today!  Look for Lancaster Crèmes in the Candy aisle.


Andrea’s Coupon Tips!

Written by our Guest Blogger: Andrea McMaster

Hello Price Chopper families and fellow couponers!  I am Andrea from Andrea’s Coupon Club!  I joke that I am a “Mom” of FOUR boys…my husband Sean, my two (2) step-sons Ryan and Andy and my 3 year old son Caden. I work full time from home and I love to shop (who doesn’t?), I do it following one rule….never pay full price!

My goal with Andrea’s Coupon Club is to help everyone cut their grocery bill by at least 50%!  Did you know that the average family spends $600 a month on groceries?  Wow!  Who can afford that?    I admit that I was hooked on “Extreme Couponing”.  How can someone get all that food for next to nothing?  I quickly realized that the “extreme” part of couponing was almost impossible for the average person.  Like many of you, I am a working Mom and wife.  For me, that means kids to take care of and a family and company to run.  However, just as quickly as I realized I could not get 3 pantries worth of food for free, I realized I could get my groceries for the month in one trip for at least half the price.  And YOU can too!

This was something I could not keep to myself.  My Husband, Sean, gave me the opportunity to share my tips with so many people on his Morning Show, The Sean and Richie Show on WGNA.  I am happy to see so many people taking advantage of saving money and realizing it doesn’t take too much time to help your family budget! 1234227_10151587561181767_265145905_n1

Price Chopper offers shoppers an array of ways to save every day on groceries with weekly sales, bonus in ad coupons and bonus fuel items to help save at the gas station too!  This to me is getting triple savings!  Pairing coupons with sales and bonus fuel deals is a no brainer to me and we save SO much on gas.  Working from home, I don’t use as much gas as my husband who commutes about 30 miles each day, so I let him use the savings to fill up, as long as he takes a picture!  We have saved over $500 in fuel in the last year! WOW!

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned couponer, here are some tips that are sure to help!


This is the number one topic I am asked about.  How do you organize your coupons?  Do you bring them all with you to the store in a binder?  There are many ways to get coupons, whether it’s online printable coupons or newspaper coupons.  Keeping them all in one place organized by category and date can seem a bit over whelming.  I often tell beginners to start with a coupon organizer set up by store aisle.  That way, you know where each coupon is when you need it.  If you are making an impromptu shopping trip, this makes it easier for you in the store as well.  If you don’t clip all the coupons from the inserts make sure you use a post-it and mark the date on each one which will allow you to locate coupons quickly. Once you get going and more comfortable with coupons, you will be able to come up with an organization system that works for you.  That may be keeping all the coupons in a binder or just printing as you go! I am a collector of coupons as I go.  I print them when I see them, label them and put them in my coupon organizer with the labeled coupon inserts.  When I am ready to go to the store, I make my list, gather the coupons I need and go.  I NEED a list and I won’t, well try not to, deviate from that!


You always want to pair the sale items with a coupon.  Each weekend I check the flyer to pair the coupons with both the newspaper inserts and on line coupons.  (There is a coupon data base on my website to help search for coupons)   Each week I put out a Coupon Match-up list to help you pair those sales with coupons.  I do all the leg work for you, so you only have to spend minutes getting your list and coupons together!


Lists are KEY to couponing.  Planning your trip out before you go will keep you organized and focused in the store.  Creating a list is a feature on my coupon match-ups making it easy to shop.   If you are a clip as you go shopper, the list will send you to the site to print coupons or the insert name and date to locate the insert coupons!  I always make a list of what I am buying and carry those coupons with me.

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Newer features I love about Price Chopper are the iSave coupon machine and the AdvantEdge e-Coupons.  Just a couple minutes at home on line and you can load manufacturer coupons right to your card.  The coupons come off at the end of your transaction!  This allows you to carry less paper coupons with you to the store as well.  Keep your eyes peeled as well because Price Chopper often has store coupons you can load right to your card for FREE items!  The iSave machine prints out both store and manufacturer coupons right at the store!


I love couponing and watching my total decrease as each coupon is scanned. It’s also important to watch the coupons scan and make sure they double!   NEVER be embarrassed to use coupons, even if you have that one shopper who picks up their items and go to another aisle to check out!  That’s why there is more than one open register! Every dollar counts for your family and coupons are there to help you stretch that dollar!

I promise you, if you want to start couponing, you will love it.  It doesn’t take hours to get organized.  Follow the steps above and you are on your way to saving!  The Andrea’s Coupon Club community is constantly sharing deals and ideas and helping each other out with ideas and tools to save.  Join the club…you will save more and smile more!

Jane’s New Items

Written by Jane N. Golub
Director In-Store Marketing Programs


                Fabuloso makes your nose happy!  Now available as a pourable that removes grease and dirt.

Discover the long lasting freshness of Fabuloso multi-purpose cleaner that leaves your home shiny clean, fresh and fragrant.

Fabuloso understands the importance of knowing not only what is in their products that you and yours family use, but also why they are in there.  That’s why they share the product ingredients and their purpose in each scented formula.  Just go to

Available in three wonderful scents sure to make your housecleaning an enjoyable experience –

Lavender, Bleach Alternative Spring Fresh and Ocean Paradise.

Look for Fabuloso House Cleaner in the 22 oz. convenient pourable bottle in the Household aisle.


                Combining customer favorites into one mix, Setton Farm’s Dried Veggie Chips, packed in a resealable tub, have a little bit of everything.

Sweet Potato, Squash, Carrot, Green Beans and Taro with Sea Salt create a crunchy snack that is a perfect alternative to regular potato ships.

Setton Farms Veggie Chips are Kosher and contain no preservatives or trans-fat, making them a smart choice.

Setton Farms Veggie Chips are delicious on their own as a snack or you can use them to scoop your favorite dip and satisfy any craving.

Look for Setton Farms Veggie Chips in the Produce Department.

Jane’s New Items

Written by Jane N. Golub
Director In-Store Marketing Programs


imagesTurn treat time into play time with NEW Beggin’ Party PoppersTM now available at Price Chopper!

New Beggin’ Party PoppersTM Beggin’ – wrapped cheese flavored cubes you pop off a rubber pig’s nose – which sends your dog flying after them!  New Beggin’ Party PoppersTM come in a canister with a pink pig’s head.  When the treats are gone, just pick up a refill pouch.

Look for Beggin’ Party PoppersTM in the Dog Treats aisle at Price Chopper today!


                Black tea meets green tea in Tetley’s new flavor enhancing blend.  Tetley has a new blend of tea that combines black tea and green tea in the same bag.  The blend, which offers the combined antioxidant strength of both teas, was created for a smoother taste with the black tea making up most o the blend and cutting the bitterness usually associated with green tea.

Black tea and green tea both come from the same plant.  The difference is in how they are processed.  Green tea is steamed or heated to ensure that it won’t oxidize or “ferment”, while black teas are fully oxidized or “fermented”.

Research has shown that both black tea and green tea are high in disease-fighting antioxidants and have significant health benefits.  Don’t you deserve the best of both?

Look for Tetley Black & Green Tea in the Tea aisle.

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