Here's a scary thought, there are 21 shopping days until Christmas. That means grocery shopping and holiday shopping are going to collide for the next three weeks. Not to worry. We're here to help you sort out the sales from the so-so prices.
The best deals of the week
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts ($1.77lb at Foods Co.; $1.88lb at Raley's; $1.99 at Savemart and Safeway).
Large eggs: $1.29 a dozen at Raley's
Bottled water: $2.99 a case at Safeway (with coupon)
Apples: Red delicious (2lbs/98-cents at Foods Co.) 79-cents a pound (Butterfly red delicious at Savemart) ; 97-cents a pound (Sonya - a new variety - at Raley's)
Safeway has a week-long coupon sale that includes the Refreshe water (see above); General Mills cereals and granola bars 4/$6; Charmin bath tissue or Bounty paper towels $5.99; 10 pounds of potatoes $1.99 and Safeway bacon - 3lbs/$5.99.
If you have the slightest craving for fresh Dungeness crab or cooked shrimp, head to Safeway this weekend. Both crab and medium cooked shrimp are $3.99 a pound - Friday-Sunday only. BOGOs include fresh raspberries; pomegranates; Keeber cookies or Cheez-Its; Tyson sliced bacon; Foster Farms variety pack lunchmeat; Steak-umm burger patties; Safeway Select and Breyers ice cream; Safeway mouthwash and vitamins.
Other items worth mentioning: Campbell's chunky soup - buy 2 get 3 free; Navel oranges are 99-cents a pound and the $5 Friday special is cheese or pepperoini pizza.
Raley's-Belair is offering a family meal deal, which includes a Rotisserie chicken for $6.99 and 50% off the sides - coleslaw; mashed potatoes and homestyle gravy. In addition to the new Sonya apples (97-cents a pound), Navel oranges are 2lbs/$1; berries are 2/$6; baking squash is 59-cents a pound and Fresh Express salad is $2 a bag.
Other items: Gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser drinking water are 88 cents; Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents a carton; Chex Cereal is buy 3, save $3; Nob Hill bulk coffee is $4.99 a pound; a case of R Everyday drinking water is $3.77 and 12-ounce bottles of Tropicana OJ are $1 each. Clif, Mojo, Nectar or Luna bars are $1 each and Nestle Hot Cocoa mix is $1.75 a box. In the bakery, sweet or sourdough baguettes are $1.19 each. In the deli, Take&Bake pizza is $6.49-$8.49.
Savemart has the chicken and apples (see above) and Sunnyside Farms large eggs (18 count) are $2.50. Freshetta 13'' frozen pizza is $3.99; Crystal Geyser drinking water is $3.98 a case; Nestle Hot cocoa mix is BOGO; Keebler cookies or crackers are $1.99 a box; Mozzarella string cheese is $3.99 a bag and Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 50-cents a container. In produce, iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head; cherry tomatoes on the vine are $2 a bag; Fresh Express salads are $1.50 a bag; blackberries and raspberries are $2.50 a container and green bell peppers are 69-cents each. In the bakery, turnovers are $2.99 and chocolate chip cookies are $2.99 a bag.
Foods Co.: Lots of great sales items at this store. In addition to the chicken breasts and apples (see above) Rice a Roni and Pasta Roni products are $1 a box; Minute Maid fruit punch or lemonade is $1 a carton; Nestle hot cocoa is 98-cents a box and Spring Natural drinking water is $3.98 a case. In produce, red potatoes are 2lbs/98 cents; cilantro and radishes are 3 bunches for 99-cents and a bunch of garlic is 68-cents. Nissin Cup Noodles are 10/$3; Mission corn tortillas are $1.98 and an 8-piece fried chicken meal is $4.98.
Vic's in Folsom is having a pork sale with roast at 97-cents a pound, steaks at $1.99 a pound and ribs at $1.79 a pound. To go along, a bunch of broccoli is 99-cents and sourdough loaves in the bakery are 99-cents each. In produce, Navel oranges are 59-cents a pound; large avocados are 79-cents each and apples are 97-cents a pound. Progresso soups are 3/$5; General Mills cereals are $2 a box and Bonert's pumpkin or apples pies are $3.99 in the bakery.