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March 17, 2009
Spring into the season with strawberries and snapper

In an ideal world, potatoes and bread would be on sale this week so I could write the headline "Starch Madness" and compete with what's going on in the world of college hoops.

In the real world, it's strawberries, asparagus and snapper. Hmmm, maybe a snappy headline about snapper!

OK, I'll stop because it's bargains you want, not my humor.

Nothing says spring like fresh produce. Raley's has red, ripe strawberries for $2 a pound.  (and Angel food cake from the bakery at $3 each.) Iceberg lettuce is a deal at 50-cents a head along with tomatoes on the vine $1.99lb and asparagus for $1.99lb. Green onion, radishes and cilantro are 2/$1 and seedless grapes are $1.99lb.

Cases of R Everyday drinking water are $2.99 and 2-liter Pepsi is 99-cents each.

Is anyone else hooked on Kozy Shack chocolate pudding? At $2.98 per container, it's definitely a bargain. And then there's peanut butter. If you buy two jars of Skippy for $4, you get a Raley's grape jam or jelly for free.

Raley's is snack central this week with Nabisco crackers for $1.88 a box and buy two 8-packs of Pepsi and 2 bags of Lays or Tostitos for $7.99.

It's a good time to stock up on toothpaste. Aim or Pepsodent is 88-cents a tube.

Over at Save Mart, a two-pound container of fresh strawberries is only $2.99 and large oranges are 39-cents a pound. Medium avocados are $1 each; asparagus is $1.97 a pound and Nature Sweet tomatoes are $1.99 a bag. Gourmet butter lettuce is BOGO and yellow onions are 3lbs/99 cents.

Those fresh snapper fillets are $2.99lb; boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the max pack are $1.99lb and boneless cross rib roast is $1.77lb.

Doritos are BOGO; fresh baked chocolate cookies are $2.50 for 18; Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.99 a loaf and Aquafina drinking water is $3.88 a case.

Save Mart has four good coupons this week. Spend $10 and you get Chicken of the Sea tuna for 59-cents a can; Sunny Select apple juice for 99 cents a jug; bagged Romaine hearts for $1.29 and Hormel lunchmeat for $1.99 a pack.

Get a dozen large eggs for $1.99; Simply Juice for $3 a jug and Sunnyside smoothies for 79-cents each.

Safeway is heavy into the Mix&Match promotion this week. Buy 10 products and save $5. I don't know about you but I'm getting confused by the buy 10, get $5 off deals. Thankfully, they have started telling us what each item costs after the discount. With that in mind, bagged salads, Pepsi, Hunts sauce and Rice-a-Roni work out to 75-cents each; Cherrios, Chips Ahoy!, Motts apple juice and Ajax dish soap are $1.50 each; Hefty storage bags, Nature's Pride sliced bread and Ocean Spray juice are $2 each; artisian breads, Klondike ice cream bars, Crisco and O Organics apples are $2.50.

In items that won't force you to "do the math," there's London broil for $1.99lb; boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99lb and fresh whole boneless pork loin for $1.99, too. In produce, fresh asparagus is $1.29lb; cluster tomatoes on the vine are $1.88lb; fresh broccoli is $1.69lb and Fuji apples are $1.49lb..

In dairy, Lucerne yogurt is 40-cents a container (must buy 10); Kraft Natural cheese slices are $1.99 and that Kozy Shack pudding is $3 a container.

No $5 Friday special this week but the smaller size of Signature Soups are 2/$5. The BOGOs include Oscar Mayer bacon; Breyers ice cream; Van de Kamp's seafood selections and Extra gum. Refreshe water is $3.49 a case; Quaker Oatmeal is $2 for a canister and bagels in the bakery are $3.99 a dozen.

If you want to brighten up your desk or your dinner table, fresh cut daffodils are 2 bunches for $3. When the blooms open it's like they are smiling back at you. What's not to like about that!

Come back tomorrow for recipes with strawberries, snapper and iceberg lettuce.


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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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