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March 3, 2009
It's back to basics at the supermarket

This is a meat and potatoes kind of week. Stores are going big on beef  with Raley's advertising tri tip roast for $2.77 a pound. Save Mart has cross rib roast for $1.77 a pound. To go along with the beef, there's Russet potatoes and jumbo artichokes.

But that's only the beginning. Here's the rest of the story:

At Save Mart, in addition to the cross rib roast and the jumbo artichokes at 2/$3, there are coupons for grape tomatoes (79 cents per container); baby carrots ($1.49 for a 2-pound pack) Farmer John links (49-cents each) and Bar S franks (79 cents each.) Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.79  a loaf; eggs are $2.69 for an 18-pack; and Foster Farms whole chickens are 99-cents a pound.

In produce, Roma or vine ripe tomatoes are 99-cents a pound; berries are 2/$5 and leaf lettuce is 79-cents a head.

But the best deals at Save Mart can be found in their tabloid ad that is good the entire month of March. Some examples: Crystal Geyser spring water $3.50 a case; Sargento deli sliced cheese for $3 and shredded cheese for $2.69. Sunnyside Farms ice cream is $2.99 a quart and Gatorade drinks are $1 each. There's a yummy recipe inside for Irish Cream Brownies and Easter treats are already on the shelves.

If you shop Safeway, get out the scissors. On the front of the ad, you'll find coupons for DiGiorno pizza for $3.97; Oreo cookies for $1.29 and Classico Pasta Sauce for $1.47.And inside you'll find coupons for Simply Orange juices $1.99; Knorr-Lipton sides 88-cents each; Dole fruit bowls $1.67 and Tide or Cheer detergent $5.99.

Safeway's 48-hour weekend sale includes frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts $1.69lb; Refreshe water $2.99 a case and Angel Soft bath tissue or Sparkle paper towels for $4.99.

A buy 5 save $5 sale includes cereal as cheap as 99 cents a box for Kellogg's corn flakes or Quaker Life cereal. Other varieties include Post Raisin Bran and Fruity Pebbles ($1.49 each); Honey Nut Cherrios and Mini-Wheats ($1.99 each).

If you're bringing your lunch these days, check out Oscar Mayer deli shaved lunchmeat 2/$5 and in the deli dept. pan roasted turkey breast $4.99 a pound with Club Card and $2 off  coupon. BOGOs worth mentioning include Foster Farms variety pack lunchmeat; Hillshire Farm smoked sausage; Bar S Jumbo beef franks; Stagg chili with beans and Celestial Seasonings tea. 

If your house needs cleaning before we switch over to Pacific Daylight Time on Sunday, Lysol wipes are BOGO; Scotch-Brite sponges  are buy two, get one free; Comet is $1 per can and Softsoap liquid hand soap is $1.

In produce, large oranges are 99-cents a pound; limes are 5/$1; red bell peppers are 2lbs/$3 and cucumbers are 69-cents each.

The Friday $5 special is meatloaf. Grab a container of Signature Cafe soup for $3.99 and you have a nice hot meal.

Raley's has you covered with an easy recipe for Italian Marinated tri tip ($2.77 a pound); 2 pounds of Russets for $1 and crusty French bread for 97-cents. You'll be clipping at Raley's, too, with a coupon for a 12-pack of Dasani water or Coca-Cola for $2.99 and Yoplait yogurt for 48-cents. Other dairy savings include 32oz. of Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese for $2.99 and two pounds of butter for $1.89.

In produce, large oranges are 59-cents a pound; zucchini is 99-cents a pound; tomatoes on the vine are $1.99 and bagged carrot chips are 99-cents.

Michelina's frozen meals are $1 each; Tina's frozen burritos are 10/$4; frozen veggies are 2/$3 and Marie Callender's large pot pies are $2.50 each.

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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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