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June 9, 2009
Mix & Match promotion really does work

Let's jump right in this week and talk about Safeway's Mix & Match promotion. I was skeptical at first, but I followed their advice and let them do the math. (Afterall, we all know our math ability). You can take it from me, this promotion really does work - with one caveat: You've got to count your items because you must buy 10 to get the lowest price.

I went a little overboard last week and bought 20 of the Mix & Match items, but I ended up saving 43% on my grocery bill. In my (check)book, that's worth the effort. Here are this week's offerings that are worth Mixing & Matching:

Barilla pasta, 89-cents; Prego pasta sauce and Mission flour tortillas, $1.49; Johnsonville smoked sausage, $3; Post Raisin Bran, $1.99; Safeway Select fresh pasta and sauce, $2.50 each; 2-liter Pepsi, 75-cents; Betty Crocker brownie mix, 79-cents; 12-packs of 7-UP $2.50; Motts apple juice, $1.49 and Klondike ice cream bars for $2.49. That's like 12 items. So we either buy 8 more - maybe add in some Lysol wipes for $1.99; Right Guard or Soft & Dry deodorant for $1.99; Clorox bleach $1.49; Colgate toothpaste for $1.99 - or we subtract two. See how simple it is?

Other Safeway items that are cart-worthy: Corn on the cob 3/$1 (remember to remove those husks at the store); nectarines 99-cents a pound; BOGO cantaloupe and a loaf of butter top bread for 99-cents. Quaker Life cereal is $1.99 a box; Cheez-it crackers are BOGO and lean ground beef is $3.99lb. If Entenmann's is on your list of guilty pleasures, get the scissors and clip the coupon for $1.99. Also in the bakery area, Safeway sandwich bread is $1.49 a loaf.

In produce, Driscoll's berries are BOGO; cucumbers are 69-cents each and Iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head.

The $5 Friday special is the Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken (32-ounces). Don't like it hot? Buy the chicken cold; cut it up and make chicken salad.

Moving over to Raley's, there's a tasty recipe and boneless, skinless chicken breasts ($1.97lb). The recipe says it feeds four for about $10. Lime Marinated Chicken with Peach Blueberry Salsa sure sounds good. And peaches are on sale for 97-cents a pound. Raley's large eggs are $1.29 a dozen; a case of their R Everyday water is $3.49; A couple of good deals in their "great dairy" ad: Yoplait for 50-cents a carton and Sunnyside Farms butter for $1.79.

If you're in a rush for dinner, there's a $14.99 Family Meal deal in the Sizzling Wok. It includes chow mein; fried rice, two entree choices; egg rolls or spring rolls and 4 pieces of chicken.

Raley's has a 5/$5 sale. The $1 items include Vitamin water, Crystal Geyser; Arizona Tea and varieties of Power Bars.

Save Mart has seedless grapes for 99-cents a pound; Driscoll's raspberries for $2.49 and cucumbers for 50-cents each. Leaf lettuce is 69-cents a head; and jumbo cantaloupe is 2/$4.

In the meat dept., cross rib steak or lean ground beef is $1.99 a pound in the max pak; beef backribs are 99-cents a pound. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99 a pound. Talapia fillets are $3.99lb; and Dover Sole fillets are $4.99lb.

 Lays chips are BOGO and Sunny Select drinking water is $2.50 a case. Whipped topping is 99-cents for an 8oz. container. If you want to stock up on cereal for the summer, Kellogg's is buy three; get three free. Works out to $1.83 a box..

In the deli, Foster Farms premier oven roasted turkey is $4.99lb; potato and egg salad is $2.99lb and the Save Mart rotisserie chicken is $5.99 for a 35-oz. bird. Top it off with a loaf of French or Italian bread for $1.69 and you've got your meal.  

Come back on Thursday for this week's recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen.



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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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