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September 15, 2009
It's time to focus on fall, foodies

The cool morning air is ushering in a new season. The leaves are just beginning to change and football is now the sport to watch on TV. With that, comes heartier fare at the supermarket and tailgate parties instead of picnics.

For all you football foodies out there, Save Mart is the place to shop this week. Why: Avocado at 3 for 99-cents; vine-ripened tomatoes for 67-cents a pound and whole rotisserie chicken for $5.99 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And there's no better way to jump-start fall than pumpkin pie, $2.99 in the bakery.

Assorted pork chops are $1.49lb; fresh whole salmon is $1.99lb and chuck steak or roast is $1.97lb in the max pak. A 10lb. sack of potatoes is only 97 cents.

Fresh container salads are 2/$4; jumbo cantaloupe is $2 each and zucchini is 79-cents a pound. Iceberg lettuce is 97-cents a head; cauliflower is $1.29 each and apples are 97-cents a pound.

Barilla pasta is 99 cents; Oroweat Dutch Country bread is $2 a loaf and Thomas' English muffins or bagles are $2 a pack. .

Sunnyside Farms large eggs are $2.50 for 18; yogurt is 49-cents a container and a gallon of chocolate milk is $2.99.

Over at Raley's, check out the salad blends and crumbled cheeses - both 2/$5. A 5lb. bag of Sierra Gold potatoes is $2.99 and boneless chuck steak or roast is $1.97lb. It's time to stock the freezer with Michelina's entrees at 99-cents each; Healthy Choice fudge bars for $3.99 and Marie Calendar's meals for $2.89 each.

In coupon country, you'll find Red Baron pizza for $2.50; 12-packs of Coke for $3.33 and a case of R Everyday drinking water for $2.99. If you are a Gatorade family, an 8-pack is $3.99 with coupon. Also, Cheer or Gain Laundry detergent is $3.99.

Buy 10 Lipton sides at 99-cents each and get $5 off a rotisserie chicken. Buy two 89-oz. jugs of Tropicana OJ and get an 18-pack of large eggs for free. (That 18-pack of eggs would cost you $1.99 otherwise.) A pound of Sunnyside butter is $2.49 and Dannon yogurt is 50-cents each.

In the Natural Foods aisle, Lundberg risotto or rice chips are $1.69

For "Cook's Night Off" or a Football Funday, there's Raley's take & bake pizza - but two, get one free. Chicken strips are $5.99lb and a 12' Mega-Sub Sandwich is $6.99 with a free soda. For dessert, fresh fruit or strawberry cheesecake is $9.99 in the bakery.

Safeway is promoting a 72-hour weekend sale with Oscar Mayer dogs for 99-cents a pack; avocado for 88-cents each and 8-piece Signature Cafe chicken for $4.99. Thirsty? Gatorade or Lipton tea is $3.99 for an 8- or 12-pack of drinks.

Seedless grapes and gala apples are both 79-cents a pound. Green bell pepper is 99-cents a pound and baby peeled carrots are BOGO. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are $2.99 each. 

Rancher's Reserve whole tri tip roast is $2.57lb; pork chops are $1.49lb and for $1.99lb you can get  boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs or the combo pack. You'll save $4 on General Mills cereals and granola bars and get a coupon for a free box of Capri Sun when you buy 4. Prego sauces are $1.87 a jar.

Primo Taglio pan roasted turkey or Black Forest Ham is the $5 Friday special and Flatbread Pizza in the deli is $3.99.

Bush's beans are $1 a can; Chips Ahoy! and Ritz crackers are BOGO and Milano cookies are 2/$4.

Come back Thursday for some fall favorites 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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