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April 28, 2009
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The big three supermarkets - Raley's, Safeway and Save Mart - finally have some sales to shout about. In addition to tasty choices for Cinco de Mayo - let's get the Fiesta started - there are great deals for the smart shopper.

Finally, a reason to go back to Safeway! Whole Foster Farms chickens are 79-cents a pound; avocados are 99-cents each and Fresh Express salads are BOGO. The weekly ad also boasts "amazing $1 deals." And we agree. For just a buck you can get a bag of baby carrots, a loaf of Safeway bread, a can of solid white Albacore tuna; toothpaste or Dial liquid soap; Quaker Rice snacks; Rosarita refries and Keebler cookies.

If you have lots of soda in your future, check this out. Buy two-12 packs of Coke and get two  free - plus a case of Dasani drinking water free, too.

To go with your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, there's Lucerne shred cheese for $4.99, fresh pork shoulder blade roast at $1.29lb; Mission flour tortillas 4/$5; Tostitos chips for $1.99 a bag; deli salsa for $1.99 and sweet mangoes 3/99-cents.

If you want to ditch dinner duty, the Signature Cafe pizza is BOGO in the Deli and the Friday only $5 special is turkey pot roast, a new offering.

We go back to BOGO for: Oscar Mayer or Nathan's Famous franks; Smithfield premium bacon or sausage links; Lunchables; Plumrose baked ham lunch meat; and Foster Farms lean ground turkey.

Safeway also has coupons for Downey or Bounce ($8.99); bath tissue or paper towels ($4.99); Ziploc bags ($2.99) and Scrubbing Bubbles ($1.79).

Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.99 and Safeway Select ice cream is BOGO.

The bounty in produce includes large Fuji apples 99-cents a pound; green onion or radishes 3/$1 and fresh limes 5/$1.

The savings continue over at Raley's where the BOGOs are bountiful, including Tostitos or Kettle chips; Powerade; Crystal Geyser gallon jugs; small croissants in the bakery; Mann's bagged vegetables and Mt. Olive Pickles.

The Cinco specials include London broil (cook in a crock pot for shredded beef enchiladas or tacos); mangoes for 39-cents each; avocado for $1 and Tia Lupe's Grande Tamales in the Deli $3.99 for a package of two. Salsa is $1.99 a jar; Ortega taco shells are $1.59 and Rosarita refries are buy three, get a pack of Tia Rosa tortillas free. Fresh chilis are 99-cents a pound.

Sweet white corn is 39-cents each; a 3-lb bag of Fuji apples is $1.99. Fresh limes are 6/96-cents and Fresh Express salads are 2/$4.

Eggs are still a bargain at $1.99 for 18 and Sunnyside cottage cheese is $1.99. Gallo Salame is $4.99 and Raley's brand cereal is $1.88 a box. A 28-pack of Arrowhead water is $3.99.

Betty Crocker brownie mix is better than BOGO - buy one, get two free.

The Save Mart savings include pork shoulder roast for 69-cents a pound; fresh cooked shrimp meat for $2.99lb; and beef short ribs for $1.99lb. In produce, mangoes are 3/99-cents; avocado is 4/$5; the cilantro, radish or green onion trio is 3/99-cents. White corn is 2/$1 and fresh squash is 99-cents a pound. Fresh leaf lettuce is 79-cents a head.

In the Cinco category, Mission flour tortillas are $2.49 for 2-dozen; Tostitos are BOGO; Sunny Select salsa is 2/$5; Tabasco sauce is 2/$3 and Sunnyside Farms shred cheese is $3.99.

Clip-worthy coupons return for another week. With a single purchase of $10 or more, you can get Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soup for 39-cents; Sunny Select soda for 49-cents; a cute veggie tray for $2.99; and Moran's regular ground beef for $1.49lb.

In the bakery, you'll find Bolillo or Telera rolls 6/$1.79 and strudel bars 2/$5. In the deli, John Morrell cooked ham is $2.99lb and Fiesta chicken salad is $4.99lb.

Come back manana for special Cinco de Mayo 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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