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April 21, 2009
Less than 2-buck chuck roast

So, what's the deal with chuck roast? For the first time in memory, all three of our major supermarkets are advertising this cut of beef this week. There's Rancher's Reserve ($1.49lb at Safeway); Black Angus ($1.76 at Raley's) and Master Cut ($1.49 at Save Mart).  But don't worry, we've got you covered. Recipe researcher Sheila Kern is at work in the Shop Cheap kitchen coming up with ways to cook the beef.

We are choosing to focus on Earth Day today and give you the skinny on all things green and on sale. There's asparagus - again - for $1.37 at Raley's and $1.27 at Save Mart. There's artichokes for $1 each this weekend at Safeway. Celery and Fresh Express salads are also $1 at Safeway. Raley's has Green Giant vegetables for 99-cents a can; zucchini for 89-cents a pound and broccoli for 99-cents a pound. Organically grown baby lettuce from Earthbound Farm is $2.99 at Raley's. Save Mart is going green with medium artichokes for 69-cents each; avocados for 99-cents each; fresh green beans for $1.29lb; celery is 79-cents and seedless grapes are $1.79lb.

Now, for the rest of the specials.

SAFEWAY: If you want strawberries, it's the place to go. A 4lb container is $4.99.  In probably the best deal of the week, buy two jars of Classico pasta sauce for $4 and two free packages of Safeway pasta. If you want to add meatballs to the sauce, shop on Saturday when lean ground beef is on sale for $1.69lb. If talapia is your fish, a 3lb bag is $9.99 on Saturday and Sunday. A case of Refreshe drinking water is $3.33; it's free when you purchase three Kellogg's Special K products.

If you need stuff like Comet, Dawn, Dial soap, Aquafresh toothpaste or other cleaners, they are $1 each if you buy 10. Dollar days continue in produce with mushrooms, oranges, onions, baby carrots and Del Monte fruit cups all coming in at $1. Kellogg's Rice Krispies or Froot Loops are $1.99 a box and Lay's potato chips are BOGO.

The $5 Friday special is homestyle or turkey meatloaf - not my fave. But they do have a coupon for a Signature Sandwich for $3.99. I suggest the flatbread wrap with chicken salad.. You also can get free chips and a drink when you use your Club Card. In the bakery, Angel Food cakes are $1.99 - and they even have chocolate! Safeway sliced sandwich bread is $1.99 a loaf and English muffins are $1.49.

Moving over to Raley's, fresh cooked salad shrimpmeat is $3.99lb; tomatoes on the vine are $1.27lb and strawberries are 2lbs/$5. Raley's has a 99-cent sale that includes everything from 7-Up and Gatorade to Bisquick, Golden Grain pasta, refried beans and Blue Ribbon rice.

If your family eats a lot of yogurt, Dannon is 45-cents a cup when you buy 20. Aquafina drinking water is $3.77 a case. If you need kitchen products, Sun dish soap, Dial bath soap and Airwick air freshener are all 99 cents each. Arm & Hammer Laundry detergent is $4.99 and Shout stain remover is $2.50

Save Mart is the place to go for boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1.99lb; cross rib roast $1.99lb and catfish fillets $2.99lb. Bayview Farms milk is $3.98 for two gallons and Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.99 a loaf (it's 2/$3 when you clip the coupon on Page 3 of the ad).

Driscoll's strawberries and blackberries are BOGO and so is Earthbound Farm organic salad. Fresh white corn is 2/$1 and large oranges are 69 cents a pound. It's Dollar Days for liters of 7-Up; large jugs of Arrowhead drinking water and Puffs facial tissue. Kellogg's cereal is buy 3, get 3 free and Purex Laundry detergent is $3 for 50 ounces. Arrowhead drinking water is $3.99 a case and Simply Juice singles are $1 each.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for all those chuck roast recipes, plus strawberries and asparagus, too. 

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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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