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.