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June 11, 2008
Put Dad's favorites on the list

It's Father's Day weekend and that means treating Dad to his favorite meal. If you need help, not to worry. The area supermarkets have it all worked out. Here's the best of the bunch.

Raley's/BelAir has Dad covered, including a recipe for "Dad's Tri Tip Dip."

 How about this for a reasonable, easy to fix Father's Day Meal?

Earthbound farms baby green blends 2/$6

Green onions/radishes/cilantro 2/$1

Tri-Tip roast $2.97 lb

Garlic bread $1.29

For dessert: Lemon Raspberry meringue pie sounds delightful at $4.99

Other good stuff at Raley's/BelAir: Grapes $1.27lb; limes 10/$1; Post cereal 2/$4; Arrowhead bottled water $3.99 a case; and my favorite sliced bread Miltons $2.99 a loaf.

Safeway goes BOGO. (Remember you must use your club card for the buy one/get one free offer.)

Here's a BOGO list: Lucerne 18-count Grade AA eggs; Breyers ice cream; Tostitos chips; Vlassic pickles; Arm&Hammer toothpaste; Kellogg's raisin bran; Hormel sliced bacon; Ball Park franks; Jeannie-O Turkey sausage; Foster Farms lunchmeat tubs; Safeway butter top sandwich bread; 12-pack Safeway soda; lobster tails; Minute Maid or Florida's Natural orange juice and Angel food cake.

A tip from reader Mr. Aero: Save $10 off your grocery tab (see ad for specifics) by purchasing $20 in Rancher's Reserve beef (Rib Eye is $4.99 lb; whole beef tenderloin $8.99 lb; London broil $3.49 lb) and four items that include watermelon at $3.99 each; Ruffles chips at $3.88 a bag; 8-pack of Gatorade 2/$10 (Bingo) or Bryers ice cream (BOGO). Alex is getting some steak, a couple of watermelons and two bags of chips.

Other Safeway savings: Seedless watermelon $3.99; yellow or white peaches $1.99lb; Sunchips 2/$5; tub of Redvines $6.99; Aquafina bottled water $3.97/case and the new Jamba Juice smoothies 2/$6.

Save Mart scores with produce: Pineapple 2/$5; Seedless watermelon 2/$5; Asparagus $1.99lb; Peaches $1.69lb; Iceberg lettuce 79-cents a head; Braeburn (and other varities) apples $1.49 lb; Blueberries and raspberries 2/$5 or 12oz carton of raspberries $3.99.

Other savings: Dozen eggs $1.69; Cottage cheeze $3.99/32oz; Crystal Geyser bottled water $3.98/case; Charmin bath tissue $6.88/24 pack; Tide detergent (large size) $6.88; Pantene hair products 3/$9.99; Crest toothpaste 2/$3.


The independents: Vic's has some outstanding values this week. These prices are available at the three Vic's Markets in our area.

If Dad likes rib eye steak, $6.99lb is a good price. They also have white corn at 3/$1 and a 16oz container of blueberries for $2.99. IGA brand large eggs (18 count) are 2/$5 and avocados are 89 cents each at the Land Park and Fulton Ave. stores. Vic's also has two coupons worth mentioning: Arrowhead bottled water $2.99/case and Oreo cookies 2/$4. Both have a limit of two.

Foods Co., with four locations in our area, has many deals worth mentioning. If Dad likes New York steak, $3.97lb in the family pack is a good value. They also have fresh Foster Farm drumsticks for 97-cents lb. If you want to add fish to the menu, fresh salmon fillets are $4.98lb. Fresh Valencia oranges are 3lbs/99-cents and a 5lb bag of long grain rice is $1.98. Malt-O-Meal cereals in the bag are 3/$1 and nectarines are 98-cents a pound.

Rainbow Foods over at Florin and Power Inn has some good bargains. Fresh red snapper fillets are $3.99lb. In produce, Iceberg lettuce is 59-cents a head; a pint of blueberries is $2.79 and peaches or nectarines are $1.59lb. If you like squash (there's always zucchini bread), it's 89-cents lb. and red onions are 59-cents per pound. The fixins' for pasta are a reasonable meal with Del Monte spaghetti sauce at $1 a can and Barilla pasta at $1 a box. If you'd rather Ragu, it's $1.99 per jar. They are also featuring Macaroni Grill meals at 2/$6. And lastly Gatorade is 88-cents for 32-ounces and a case of Crystal Geyser water is $3.99.

That's it for this week's ads. Happy Father's Day.





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About Shop Cheap

Pam Dinsmore is The Bee's Community Affairs Director. When she's not working, she's shopping. The goal of this blog is to help you save time and money at the grocery store. She's pretty good at it but she can't do it alone. That's where you come in, sharing your tips and secret methods for saving money. You can either respond to the blog or email her at

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