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Good buy today

pmccool's picture

Good buy today

I picked up two 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached AP flour and two 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Better for Bread flour at the local Wal-Mart today.  Each was priced at 2 for $4.

If this is a chain-wide sale, you might want to go snag some.


pancakes's picture

During Easter my local grocery store had Gold Medal flours on sale for $1.69/5lb.  I was pretty amazed by that.  How much does everyone pay for KA flours?  The store down the street sells it for $4/69 and the Wegmans a little farther away sells it for $3.80 I think, which is a great price.

arhoolie's picture

My local grocery store (a small, local chain) usually sells KA flour at $4.99 for a 5bl. bag.  But occassionally they run a special and drop the price to $3.99.  When they do, I stock up.  I have a food-grade plastic container with lid that will hold 25lbs. of flour.  I get 5 bags at the reduced price which is like getting one bag free.


-brian (ann arbor, mi)

BNLeuck's picture

...sells KAF for between US$2.38 and US$2.69. The price tends to go up and down a lot, not sure why. But it's usually between those two prices.

sephiepoo's picture

Thanks for the head's up! Will have to check it out.  Wally World is a happy place for staples, especially flour.  When I lived in CT, the local Walmart sold KAF (5lb bag) for $2.44 which was incredible.  Unfortunately, after they revamped it into a Super Walmart, the price jumped to $4.52 :(

Since moving to TX, I've found that local grocery stores carry KAF-AP for anywhere from $4.69 (Kroger) to $4.99 (Tom Thumb), though it does occasionally go on sale to about $4, which is when I stock up on the bread flour at the same price.  Haven't seen it any cheaper than that though, not even at Target or Walmart.

Stephanie Brim's picture
Stephanie Brim

I get KA$3 per 5 pounds. Been that way for a few weeks now. Hoping it'll stay that way.  When working sourdough I go through more bread flour than I do when I'm not working with sourdough.

I can get the bread, AP, white whole wheat, and regular whole wheat at this price. I stay well stocked. :)

sephiepoo's picture

Literally.  That's a really great price for a wonderful flour! :)  I'm currently using the cheap stuff from Sam's because I can't justify paying $5/bag at the rate I go through flour.  I only keep the bread flour for feeding my starters right now.  Maybe someday!

Stephanie Brim's picture
Stephanie Brim

I'll pay up to $4.50 for it, but then I pretty much have to say enough's enough and I buy the cheaper stuff. My favorite bread flour aside from KA is Dakota Maid unbleached, but I have to go 40 miles to get it.

I really need to bake the manager of the store a loaf of sourdough in thanks for selling it that cheap.

photojess's picture

I buy my flour from the co-op locally, and buy it in bulk.  KA unbleached white flour is $.45/lb

I just did a search for Walmart's groceries, and they don't list the prices online, and say they vary by store.  can't tell if it's a chain sale or local this way.

LindyD's picture

The local WalMart was selling the GM Better for Bread flour for $2 a few weeks ago, Paul.  Sounds like that sale is moving west.

Two bucks is what it sold at locally last year, then they increased the price to $2.64.  I bought 25# at the $2 price because that's the flour I use for my SD culture.

Five pounds of KA bread flour goes for $3.68 at the local Wal-Mart.  A high end grocery store sells it for $4.99 (as well as KA AP).  Last week a Meijer store opened and five pounds of either KA BF or AP will set you back $3.99.  I had never tried the KA all purpose, so I bought five pounds.  

Stephanie Brim's picture
Stephanie Brim

The KA all purpose is all I'll use for baking sweets (those that don't use cake flour, anyway).  If you stick your hand in a bag of King Arthur flour and your other in a bag of GM you'll notice right away that the KA is less lumpy. I don't even bother sifting.

I love it and have since I started seriously baking, so I may have a slight bias.

Yerffej's picture

KA AP non organic flour is over $8.00 for a 5 pound bag.  I need a new grocery store!


BNLeuck's picture

If your KA AP *non-organic* flour is $8.00 for a 5# bag, you should seriously consider ordering direct from KA. Stock up when they offer shipping deals and leave behind the insane grocery story! LOL

ivyb's picture

I pay $6.49 for a 10lb. bag of KAF AP at BJ's.  I don't even bother with the other storebought brands anymore, as the quality is - in our opinion - superb. However, I do tend to also stock up on locally ground flours when available. (Our cornmeal comes from a local historic homestead, for example.)


ivyb, ny