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.