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August 5, 2008
Stock up on fruit and BOGOs

It's that time of year when summer collides with back-to-school. And the sales at our local markets reflect that phenomenon. There's delicious fresh fruit on sale (or as Safeway says in the ad "absurdly fresh fruits and vegetables") and plenty of pencils, backpacks and peanut butter, too.

Here are the highlights:

We'll start with the "absurdly fresh fruits" at Safeway. Cantaloupe is $1 each (except at Howe Ave. and Sierra College Blvd. where it's 88-cents); nectarines are $1 a pound; watermelon is $3.99 each; organic grapes are $1.77lb and whole pineapple is $2.99 each.

Raley's/BelAir is the place for boneless, skinless chicken breasts at $1.97lb and strawberries 2lbs/$3. Blueberries in a 12oz. container are 2/$6 and grapes are $1.99lb.

SaveMart has tri tip for $2.99 lb; large cantaloupe at 2/$3; bing cherries are $2.99lb; corn on the cob 3/$1; seedless grapes $1.49lb. And in the veggie department, green beans are $1.29lb and Italian squash is 79-cents a pound.

The best of the rest:

Back to Safeway where they are still having that "Grand re-opening" sale at two stores - as noted above. We'll focus here on items available at all locations. The Friday only special this week is in the deli where a pound  of Primo Taglio pan roasted turkey or Black Forest ham is $5. In addition to sandwiches, the turkey or ham make great toppings for salad or inside a wraps. Another  great buy for summer BBQ fans: Whole Foster Farms chicken at 79-cents a pound; BOGO items include Keebler cookies and Cheez-Its; BallPark franks; Breyers ice cream; Lucerne large AA eggs 18 count; O Organics or Nature Made vitamins and orange juice. Sliced or whole mushrooms are 2 packs/$4 and Iceberg lettuce is $1 a head. CapriSun drinks are $1.99 (think back to school lunches); Honey bunches of oats are $1.99 a box;and there's also a coupon  for General Mills cereal 4/$6. If you're starting to think about lunches, Safeway sliced bread is $1.99 a loaf Jif peanut butter is 2/$5 and Planters trail mix is 2/$3.

Raley's/BelAir: In addition to the items mentioned above, check out the London broil at $2.97lb; large tomatoes for $1.27lb and garlic or Dutch crust bread in the bakery for 99-cents a loaf. Raley's brand of bottled water is $3.77 a case; 7*Up liters are buy two, get two free; and 3-litre bottles of Arrowhead water are $1 each. In the bakery, muffins are $2.99 for a pack of six; and fresh bagels are 6/$3. If you like Balance bars, Clif or Luna bars, they are $1 each.  Kid's Clif bars are 5/$3. Other back to school items include, Chicken of the Sea Albacore tuna $1 a can; Skippy peanout butter 2/$5 and Ziploc sandwich bags 2/$5. Raley's also has specials on school stuff like notebooks 2/$1; binders 2/$5; pencils or markers 2/$5 and a good supply of backpacks.

SaveMart: Lots of bargains here, including a case of Arrowhead water for $3.98; large eggs 18-count 2/$5 and Sunnyside Farms cracked wheat bread 3/$5. They're big on BOGOs this week, too. General Mills cereal; Chef Boyardee pasta; and Pasta Prima Fancy Pasta. Fresh cooked shrimp is $4.99lb; Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $1.99 for 16oz; Sargento sliced cheese is 2/$6; Oroweat sliced bread is $2.99 and Pringles potato snacks are $1 each. A gallon of Sunny Select drinking water is 88-cents and Puffs facial tissue is $1 a box.

Heading over to the independent markets, Foods Co. has boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.77lb. and the fresh drumstick and thigh picnic pack is 98-cents a pound. Seedless red grapes are 77-cents a pound; cantaloupe is 5lbs/$1 and limes are 8/96-cents. Natural spring water is $2.98 a case; Western Hearth sliced bread is 3/$5 and Powerade is 58-cents a bottle. Pringles are 98-cents; Take&Bake pizza is $5.98 for a 14-inch pie; homestyle French bread is 88-cents a loaf  and Post cereals are 2/$4.

The neighborhood Vic's Markets have pint packages of blueberries for $2.49 and Roma tomatoes for 99-cents a pound. Foster Farms chicken breasts are $1.49lb in the value pack; Crystal Geyser water is $3.99 a case; solid white tuna is $1.29 a can and Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are $1.69.

Check back on Thursday for recipes that use ingredients from the items that are on sale.




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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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