Well, that was a fun week in Southern California! Lots of sun, some thunder and, of course, shopping. Visited a store called Pavillions (owned by the Safeway chain) and Trader Joe's both on the Newport Coast. Pavillions is a lot like the newer Safeway stores in our area, complete with Starbucks, a sushi bar, Jamba Juice and full-service deli and bakery. The shopping is good, but the people watching is even better. As for the prices, Pavillions had some of the same in-store sales as our local establishments. Grapes for 88-cents a pound; apples for $1.49 a pound and Refreshe water for $3.50 a case. Other items are as much as $1 more - like a bag of Sun Chips for $4.29. The Trader Joe's was a bit roomier than the Roseville location - plus it has an ocean view! Prices were about the same.
On the drive down (are we there yet?) I was thinking shopping came up with a great slogan for the WinCo stores. (I suppose it was because we were passed by one of their giant trucks.) Hello, WinCo, how about this for a slogan: "Been there, bagged that." You know, because shoppers bag their own groceries and because you bag some pretty good savings. I'll let you know if they call with a windfall (or a bag of groceries) for the great idea.
I hope you checked out the Sunday inserts - need those sales and the coupons now more than ever. At Safeway, the Italian squash at 99-cents a pound and the red bell peppers at 97-cents a pound are good deas and the medium cooked shrimp at $5.99lb. make a tasty cocktail. The coupons on the back include paper towels - 8-pack roll - for $4.99 and Tide or Cheer 40-50 ounce for $5.99.
If you love Milano cookies but not the price, head over to Target where a 7.5 ounce bag is $2.41. Also worth mentioning, Simply Juice 2/$6 and Quaker Granola bars 2/$4.
If you're out and about on Tuesday and want to contribute to a worthy cause, Shop Cheap and her colleagues - known as the Newhounds for Health - will be hawking newspapers all over town to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. Stop by the Esquire Tower/Convention Center area and you're sure to get a good deal, expecially between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.