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October 13, 2009
Free pumpkins and more at the store

 It's Fall and we have to start acting like it. Put away the shorts and sandals. Start thinking pumpkins and apples and little, scary things that go bump in the night. 

A free pumpkin sounds good this time of year. And that's what you will get this Saturday at Raley's if you spend $25 or more on groceries.

Need ideas on how to spend that $25? Here goes: How about a pasta dinner for less than $10? Raley's is having a special on all the fixin's. Ground beef is $1.67lb; pasta is 99-cents; sauce is 2/$3 and garlic bread in the bakery is $1.59 a loaf. Another great deal - at all stores - is avocado. At Raley's large Hass avocados are BOGO. Other produce specials include large Russett potatoes at 3lbs for 99-cents;  vine-ripe tomatoes at $1.27lb and leaf letuce for 99-cents a head.

A case of Crystal Geyser drinking water is $3.33; a dozen large eggs is $1.49 and Sunnyside ice cream is $2.69.

 Liters of Coke are 98-cents when you buy 3 and Michelina's frozen entrees are 99-cents each. To top it off, Desserts for Two are BOGO, so you can invite friends.

Save Mart is celebrating Oktoberfest with pork loin chops for $1.17lb; London broil for $1.77lb and Johnsonville brats for $2.99. In produce, large pumpkins are $3.33 each; red, seedless grapes are 97-cents a pound; Fuji apples are 69-cents a pound and medium Hass avocados are $1 each. Vine-ripened tomatoes are 99-cents a pound; Driscoll's berries are 2/$5 and green onions, cilantro or radishes are 2/$1. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb in the Max Pak..

Be sure to clip the coupons for Angel Soft tissue or Sparkle paper towels ($3 off your total grocery bill). A 12-pack of Coke is $2.99 with coupon.

Sunnyside Farms bread - white or wheat - is $1.50 a loaf; liters of orange Crush, Sierra Mist or Mug root beer are $1 each; and Thomas' English muffins are BOGO.  General Mills cereals are $2 a box and Keebler cookies are $1.99 a package.

A case of Arrowhead Spring water is $3.99; and Tropicana less sugar orange juice is $2.50.

In the deli, you'll find chicken tenders for $3.99lb and potato, macaroni or coleslaw salads for $1.99lb. A 32oz. container of Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $3.29 and 5-oz. cups of parmesean is $2.50.

For an easy, fun treat, check out the recipe for "Ice Cream SandWitches" on the back page of the Save Mart ad.

Safeway is bringing it home this week with whole tip roast for $2.47lb; fresh broccoli for 69-cents a pound and seedless grapes for 99-cents a pound. Cheerios and Cocoa Puffs are $1.67 a box. And check out the dollar deals on Iceberg lettuce (79 cents a head); Dial liquid hand soap (99-cents); Close-up toothpaste (99-cents) and Vitaminwater (88-cents).

The weekend's Saturday & Sunday sale includes Kraft Mac & Cheese 5/$2; 2-liter Safeway soda 3/$1; large Hass avocados for 77-cents; Doritos for $1.49 and Oscar Meyer deli shaved lunchmeat or bacon 2/$5.

Hebrew National beef franks and Jimmy Dean sausage rolls are BOGO; 8-packs of Pepsi products are 3/$10 and Barilla pasta is $1 a box. Nabisco Chips Ahoy! or Premium Saltine crackers are BOGO.

In produce, red, yellow or orange bell peppers are $1.99lb; pears are 99-cents a pound and large cantaloupe is 2/$4.

In the deli, Signature Cafe soups are still $3.99; chicken salad is $3.99lb and the Friday only $5 deal is the All-Americcan sub sandwich. .

And, lastly, Nature Made Vitamins are BOGO!

Come back on Thursday for 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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