I was calling around to check prices on corned beef. Smiths Kroger 2.99, I couldn't get anyone to answer the phone at my local Albertson's (luckily) so I got one about 8 miles a way. I asked how much the corned beef was and he said "I have some that are on clearance because the due date is about to expire." I said how much? " He said 1.00 a pound." I thought I heard wrong and asked him to repeat that because I had a bad connection which I didn't. " He said 1.00 a pound" I said can you hold them I'll be right over. He said sure! I back tracked about 8 mles and picked up 12 pounds for 12.00. Unbelieavable!!!!! Now, for the bad news if there is any, they are corned beef rounds, but hey, 1.00 a pound!!! When I got there, there was a different butcher that waited on me. He said hell, I would have bought them myself if I had known, oh well too late now!! Then I stopped at Sam's for some black pepper corns. They cost half as much as the meat. I am a happy camper and will soon doing good old hot Pastrami! http://www.mohawkpacking.com/products/CB.html I am so ready for this! Stay tuned for a Pastrami QVIEW.