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March 24, 2009
Specials rule the week

It's one of those in-between weeks at the grocery store. Not quite time for all the Easter specials so we get a lot of what we had last week: asparagus, strawberries and Safeway's Mix&Match event. This week Raley's has avocado at $1 each and and 18-pack of large eggs for $1.66. How about asparagus and avocado omelets with strawberries on the side?

Here's the breakdown:

Got to say that Raley's is coming through with the specials this week. In addition to the items mentioned above, they have boneless cross-rib roast for $1.77lb, fresh Tilapia at $4.99lb and bakery baguettes for $1.99.

For all the parents out there, check out the Huggies coupon. $7.99 for a jumbo pack or B is for Baby diapers for $6.99. Raley's has a whole page of coupons on the back of the ad. My favorites are: Langers apple juice $1.69; diced tomatoes for 79 cents a can; fresh blackberries 2/$4 and Coca-Cola 2-liter jug for 89-cents.

In produce, oranges are 59-cents a pound; mini peeled  carrots are 99-cents a bag and yellow or zucchini squash is 99-cents a pound.

In the deli, there's a coupon for $2 off a large espresso drink when you buy a breakfast panini.

Raley's is offering two Ham Dinner specials for Easter. The Nob Hill Trading Co. spiral ham at $39.99 feeds 8-10. You must pre-order the ham in the Meat Dept. and pick it up by April 11. If you want a complete meal, for $64.99 you will get the ham, asparagus, dinner rolls, potatoes, and lemon meringue pie. The dinner serves 8-10 and is available for pick up in the deli on April 11 and 12. If you order online at, you save $5.

Over at Save Mart be sure to get the strawberries because it's a great deal at buy one get two free. They also have boneless pork loin for $1.99lb and a Friday-Sunday sale on tri-tip for $2.47lb. Fresh Express salad blends are BOGO; apples are 99-cents a pound and leaf lettuce is 79 cents a head. Baby carrots are 99 cents a bag; broccoli crowns or Brussels sprouts are 99 cents a pound; and the green onion, radish or cilantro trio is 3/99 cents.

Sunnyside yogurt is 48 cents a carton; Arrowhead spring water is $3.99 a case and Keebler cookies are $1.99 a package. Save Mart has the coupons, too. You just need to spend $10 on groceries and clip the coupons to get 7-Up products for 88 cents a jug; a dozen large eggs for 99-cents (remember Easter is coming); a 5-pound bag of Idaho potatoes for 99-cents and -my favorite - Gallo Salame for $3.99.

And now that Safeway ad. It's mostly the Mix&Match stuff, which is definitely a good deal if you can keep track of the 10 items you buy. Other stuff worth mentioning includes whole tri-tip roast for $2.77 a pound; a two-pound container of strawberries for $2.97 and cooked shrimpmeat for $2.99 a pound. You get a choice this week for the $5 Friday special: either a whole roasted chicken or a cut-up 8-piece roasted chicken. Safeway has also cut prices on its Signature Cafe soup to $3.99 for 24-oz; fresh baked cookies are $2.99 for 20 and a dozen donuts for $3.99.

The Shop Cheap kitchen will be closed for a couple of days. So come back on Friday for some tasty recipes.



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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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