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March 31, 2009
Savings are in the bag - no foolin'

Yep, it's April Fool's Day but there's no joking around these days when it comes to grocery shopping. Just tell us where to find the best prices and we're happy. With only 11 days to go until Easter, the holiday isn't making much of a splash at grocery stores other than the baskets, bunnies and bagged candy.  Until then, here's what's happening this week. 

Raley's has come through again this week with boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.97 a pound; large artichokes for 97 cents each and Fuji apples for 97-cents a pound. With the chicken breasts, you get a recipe for Grilled Chicken Salad with Bacon and Apple, which they say costs less than $10 to prepare. In addition, Raley's has a buy 3, get three free Kellogg's cereal promotion. Works out to $1.83 a box. The other "mega" buy offers include: buy four 8-packs of Pepsi products and get $3 off or buy two 12-packs of 7-Up and get two free. A 28-pack of Arrowhead spring water is $3.99. Dannon Light & Fit yogurt is 50-cents a container and Kozy Shack pudding is $2.50 each.

If you plan to order your Easter Ham Dinner, it's still available at $64.99 for the meal. Michelina's entrees are 99 cents each and there's a coupon for a free Smart Ones entree when you buy five.

Raley's is also stepping up to the plate with a sale on hot dogs, buns, pickles and an offer to win free tickets to the River Cats 2009 season.

 Over at Safeway, grab the scissors and clip the coupons for Fruity Pebbles or Life Cereal at 99 cents each; Lucerne butter, also 99 cents and 18-count large eggs for $1.99. Safeway also has boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99lb and boneless pork chops for $1.99lb. Green seedless grapes are 86-cents a pound; fresh broccoli is 88-cents a pound and iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head.

If you want a really tasty dessert this weekend, check out the Safeway Select Fresh Fruit Tart for $13.99. The fruit is sweet, the filling is creamy and the crust is lined with chocolate!

Progresso vegetable soups are $1 a can; Safeway Select ice cream is BOGO and Chicken of the Sea tuna and Safeway breads are 2/$2.

The baseball theme continues at Safeway with coupons for chips, dip and sodas. Buy 5 items and save $5. Personal care product coupons include Dial or Tone soaps for $2.99; toothpaste for $1.99; Kleenex tissue for $1 and Garnier Fructis for $2.49.

The Friday $5 special is the Cafe Pizza. If you're in the mood for a foot-long sub, the All-American sandwich is $5.99 and it feeds a family.

In floral, you will find Easter Lilies for $7.99; roses for $9.99 and tulips in a pot for $6.99.

Let's head over to Save Mart for boneless cross rib roast for $1.77lb; cooked shrimp meat for $3.99 a pound and 18-count large eggs for $2. Save Mart's signature is its produce and this week avocados are 69-cents each; hot house tomatoes are 69-cents a pound  and artichokes are 79-cents each. Iceberg lettuce is 97-cents a head and mangoes are 50-cents each.

If you are planning ahead for Easter breakfast, pick up two packs of Johnsonville sausage links and get a free dozen eggs. Add some Martinelli's sparkling cider at $1.99 a bottle and Dannon yogurt for 50-cents and you have an easy, tasty breakfast. Buy three American Greeting cards and get a free "Mr. Hopsalot Easter Bunny" or Reese's peanut butter eggs.

Save Mart has the Smart Ones coupon, too. Buy 5, get one free.

The blooming Easter Lilies are $7.99 and a Palm Sunday bouquet is $8.99.

Come back tomorrow for the latest recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen.

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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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