Not Your Ordinary “Fish Story”

WOW, one of the grocery stores is advertising 17+ different fish deals in their ad this week…someone must be thinking Lent. To sort it all out, I converted the prices into price per pound and then put them in order from the least to the most expensive per pound.

My fish list told this story:

  • Buying in bulk saves money.
  • Breaded fish usually costs less—that’s because you are paying for breading and fat instead of fish.
  • If you want the convenience of someone packaging your fish into serving sizes, cooking it, or stuffing it  you pay more—sometimes a lot more!
  • Canned tuna is not the least expensive fish.

Most fish are low in fat and cholesterol and a good source of protein, which makes them a good choice for a healthy diet. Going fishing with one of these reels is always fun. Oil-rich fish, such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring and sardines, are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to our diet and reduce the risk of heart attacks.

So what am I going to buy? I don’t need the extra calories and fat that comes with the breaded fish, but I can’t use 10 pounds of Pollock either. I will probably buy a couple of packages of the imitation crab meat which is Pollock that has been processed and flavored. I’ll use it to make a sandwich filling or add it to pasta salad. Since the shrimp price is good for that size shrimp, I’ll buy a pound to keep on hand for a super fast, no work appetizer. Although it is not advertised, I bet I can get a pound of Pollock for under $2.50/pound which I will bake in the oven with some seasonings and bread crumbs. I am going to keep looking for a good price for salmon.

-Pointers from Peggy

2 thoughts on “Not Your Ordinary “Fish Story”

  1. I went to Hy-Vee armed with a $1 off coupon for two Gordon’s fish products. The box only had two fish in it for $2.77!! I was disappointed. We headed on over to the fish section in the meat department. They had a one lb bag of frozen pollock for $2.50. So we got that instead! We haven’t eaten any of it yet, but there are 10 small frozen fish in the bag.

    Glad to have found your website by the way! I write about how I live frugally in Des Moines at You can click on the Frugal Tuesday Tips on the right side bar for short tips like yours. Although yours are definitely better than mine!

  2. Breaded fish is as bad as your standard crappy processed meals. When I rented back in college, all I could afford was crap like that, but it would be wise for someone to buy the real deal without the extras.

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