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June 30, 2009
Independence Day deals: More bang for your buck

Shop Cheap is amazed at all the great Independence Day deals at our local supermarkets. Times are tough but there is reason to celebrate: freedom from high prices.

Take the water wars. You thought it was a North-South thing here in California. Turns out  we're having water wars - bottled water wars - right here in River City. Just in time for the holiday weekend, you can get a case of drinking water for $2.99 or less. If you'd rather go the soda route, that's a deal, too. How about 72 cans of soda for $12? (According to my calculator, that's less than 17-cents a can). Ball Park franks or Kraft Singles for less than $1?

We're not talking 1776 here, we're talking 2009! So get out your shopping list because we are going to tell you how to celebrate the Fourth - and get more bang for your buck! This week we're going for one-stop shopping.

Let's start at Raley's. Before you do anything else, clip the coupon for a case of water - Arrowhead, R Everyday or Nestle - for $2.48. As for that other liquid - soda - Raley's is the place where you buy 2-12 packs of Coke, and get 4 free. Can't beat 72 cans for $12. For the kids, Capri Sun or Kool-Aid Jammers are $1.77 for a 10-pack.

Since a Fourth party isn't just drinks, Raley's has boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.87lb; Johnsonville  brats or Italian sausage  is buy 2, get a free bag of buns and Ball Park franks are 2/$3. If you want pre-made burgers, 3lbs or more are $1.99lb. Watermelon is 27-cents a pound; white corn on the cob is 3/99-cents and blueberries are $1.77 for a 6oz container.

Lay's or Tostitos chips are BOGO; Nabisco snack crackers are $1.69 each. Sara Lee or Ball Park buns are $2.49 a pack. Buy a big bag of Kingsford charcoal for $6.99 and get a free bottle of KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce.

I'm sure that the Founding Fathers really meant for dessert to be one of the reasons we celebrate the Fourth, and at Raley's you can get a 9-inch apple pie for $3.97; Dreyer's ice cream or yogurt is $2.79; a Patriotic cake in the bakery is $9.99 and a 12-pack of cupcakes is $4.99. And for the table, a Red, White and Blue bouquet is $8.99.

Save Mart has us clipping for deals again this week. A case of Sunny Select drinking water is $2.50; Minute Maid coolers are $1.69; Bull's Eye BBQ sauce is 99-cents; a jar of Vlasic dill pickles is $1.49 and a 3lb chub of Moran's ground beef is 99-cents a pound. A head of Iceberg lettuce is 49-cents and a 3lb container of Reser's salad is $3.99. (All coupons valid with $50 grocery purchase). You get a free pack of buns with purchase of Arrowhead Spring water for $3.99. 12 packs of Pepsi or Dr,.Pepper are 4/$10.

Untrimmed tri-tip roast is $2.47lb. in the max pak; corn on the cob is 5/$1; Foster Farms whole chickens are 77-cents a pound and fresh cooked shrimp meat is $2.99lb. Ball Park meat franks are 4/$5; beef or angus franks are 2/$5. Nathan's beef franks are 2/$7 and Hillshire Farm sausage is 2/$5. Sara Lee buns are $1.99; Sunny Select buns are 99-cents. Fresh ground beef patties are $2.99lb  when you buy 3lbs. or more. Tostitos or Doritos are BOGO; Nabisco snack crackers are $1.68 a box and Gallo Salame is $3.99  a package.

In produce, Bing cherries are $1.99lb; a personal size seedless watermelon is $2.99; large seedless watermelon is $4.99; avocados are 4/$5; green onions, radishes or cilantro are 3/99 cents.

A big tub of Red Vines is $6.49; cool whip is 99-cents and Breyers Ice cream is $3 each. In floral, a Fourth of July bouquet is $8.99.

Safeway is the last stop on the Fourth of July parade route. That's where you will find Ball Park meat franks for 99-cents; buns are 89-cents. Safeway's Refreshe water is $2.99 a case and Nabisco snack crackers are $1.69 here, too. If you're looking to BBQ, ribs are 99-cents a pound for pork shoulder country style. Foster Farms split breasts, thighs or drumsticks are 99-cents a pound and lean ground beef (93%) is $3.99lb.

Safeway's clip-worthy coupons are Kingsford charcoal for $5.99; Kraft singles for 99-cents; Best Foods mayo for $1.99 and Lay's chips 2/$3. Soda at Safeway is buy 2-12 packs, get 3 free (Coke, Pepsi or 7-UP).

General Mills cereals are $2 a box and Safeway Select cinnamon rolls are $1.99 for 6.

In produce, corn on the cob is 5/$2; an Eating Right veggie party platter is $9.99; organic strawberries are BOGO; Dulcinea Pureheart watermelon is $1.99 and sweet cherries are $1.99lb.

If you'd rather wing it on the Fourth, the 25-count Signature Cafe cooked wings are $7.99; Red, White and Blue potato salad is $3.70lb and salsa is $3.49 for 32-oz container.

The $5 Friday special is really special this week because it's available on Saturday, too. Want a really easy meal, pick up the Signature Cafe 8-piece chicken for $5 and pair it with deli counter salads 2/$4.

For dessert, the Fresh Fruit Tart in the bakery is $9.99 (that's $5 off regular price); 9-inch pies are $5.99; both Cool Whip and Lucerne whipped cream are BOGO. Firecracker Popsicles are 2/$4.

The Fourth of July bouquet is $8.99 at Safeway, too.

Happy, Happy Fourth of July. Be sure to come back Wednesday afternoon for Red, White and Blue 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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