Love is in the ads this week. You won't be at a loss for something to cook for your sweetie. There's everything from the extravagant (lobster tails for $7.99lb at Safeway) to beefy (Sutter sirloin steak with red wine berry sauce at Raley's) to sweet berries (blueberries, strawberries at Save Mart, Safeway and Raley's).
Flowers - from tulips assorted bouquets - will be in abundance at your local grocery store. Prices range from reasonable to red roses.
The Valentine (and beyond) highlights:
Raley's Valentine special includes Sutter sirloin steak for $2.97lb plus a recipe for the red wine berry sauce. The bakery has lots of yummy cakes - a six-inch chocolate for $7.99 and chocolate strawberry kiss for $17.99. If you are signed up for cookies at the class party, check out the 25-count heart shaped sugar cookies for $3.59.
Other items include Fuji apples for 97-cents a pound; strawberries $3 a pound; and blueberries or blackberries 2/$5. Large artichokes are 97-cents each. Aquafina drinking water is $3.99 a case; San Luis sliced sourdough is $3 a loaf ; and if you're looking for a quick meal, classic lasagne in the deli is $6.99 (includes free garlic bread).
A General Mills "super sale" boasts buy 10 items and save $5. With the discount, you'll pay $1.50 for Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Bisquick, Progresso light soups and El Paso salsa.
Over at Safeway, there's a 4-day President's Day sale. Items include 9-inch apple/cherry pie for $3.99; Safeway Select ice cream for $2.49 and a 3lb bag of Fuji or Braeburn apples for 99-cents. Aquafina is the featured water this week at $3.99 a case.
Valentine items include those lobster tails for $7.99 each; Boston cream cakes for $8.99 and a dozen holiday cupcakes for $5.99.
Organic blueberries are $1.88 a carton; seedless red or green grapes are 88-cents a pound and strawberries are $3 a pound.
Safeway has some nice coupons inside including: Safeway bath tissue or paper towels for $4.99; Listerine mouthwash for $1.99 and Arm&Hammer detergent 2/$7. On the food side, coupons include Safeway variety breads for $1.49 a loaf; Hillshire Farm lunchmeat 3/$8; Mission tortilla chips for 99-cents a bag and Signature Cafe soup for $3.99. If you like Safeway Clear sparkling beverage, it's 49-cents with coupon.
Save Mart has boneless skinless chicken breasts or pork loin roast for your sweetie at $1.99 a pound. Decorated cupcakes are $4.99 a dozen, Driscolls strawberries are BOGO and red seedless grapes are 99-cents a pound. C&H granulated sugar is $1.88 for a 5-pound bag and Coke products are 99-cents for a two-liter bottle.
Family favorite Michelina's frozen entrees are $1 each; Skinny Cow ice cream bars are $3.99 and Sunnyside Farms butter is 2/$5. Moran's 96% lean ground beef is $3.99lb. Sunny Select water is $3.33 a case; Nabisco snacks are $1.88 and Mission flour tortillas are $1.89 a pack.
In produce you'll find Beefsteak tomatoes for 99-cents a pound; Fresh Express salads are 2/$4 and leaf lettuce is 99-cents each.
Hope your Valentine likes milk because at Foods Co. it's $1.97 a gallon (when you buy two). Fuji apples are 2lbs/98 cents; Oscar Mayer Lunchables are $1 each and a case of Arrowhead drinking water is $3.98. In produce, oranges are 2lbs./98 cents; fresh cilantro is 25-cents a bunch; and fresh bell peppers are 2/98 cents. In the bakery, Valentine cupcakes are $4.98 a dozen and heart cakes are $3.98 each. Western Hearth bread is $1.77 a loaf.
Walmart has an insert this week with all things sweet. There's everything from a Skittles plastic heart for $1 to a Russell Stover Velvet heart for $12.96.
Come back tomorrow for some special Valentine recipes.