Shop Cheap will let you decide if the fine print in the Safeway ad is a typo or a big honkin' pumpkin. On Saturday and Sunday you can get BOGO Halloween pumpkins at the store. In the fine print it says: Save up to $49.99 on 2. Tell me if you find that $50 pumpkin!!!
In addition to all the pumpkins - 3 for $9.99 at Save Mart and 2/$6 at Raley's - there's lots of other bargains this week. Here's the rundown:
Raley's has "Family Meal Deals" that will save you money. Get three free items (5lbs of potatoes; Fresh Express salad in the bag and a loaf of french bread) when you buy a cross rib or boneless chuck roast at $2.97lb. Buy a package of R Everyday split chicken breasts for $1.97lb and get a pack of Farmhouse rice or pasta; the same salad and bread. Add asparagus at $1.97lb and your meal is complete.
Other good stuff at Raley's this week includes Sunnyside orange or ruby red grapefruit juice for $1.99; Aquafina drinking water for $3.99 a case and Campbell's chunky soup 2/$3. Why is it when people talk about "comfort food" no one says "Tater Tots"? If the mere mention of "Tots" makes you want to go out and get a bag, the Ore-Ida brand $2.99 a bag.
In the weekend coupon dept., Raley's has Friday & Saturday specials that include Tide Laundry Detergent for $8.99; Red Baron or Freschetta pizza for $2.79; 2-liter Pepsi for 88 cents; Bar-S sliced bacon 2/$5; gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser Spring water for 78-cents; Hillshire Farm lunchmeat 2/$6 and large artichokes for 97-cents each.
Barilla pasta is 99-cents a box; Campbell's soups are $1 a can; Kettle chips are BOGO. Raley's 99-cent sale includes Steamfresh veggies; Balance bars; gatorade and 7-Up; Hunt's diced tomatoes; Softsoap, Renuzit air freshener and Kleenex. On the Halloween candy aisle, Nestle fun size (isn't all candy fun size?) bags are $1.99.
In produce, those Holiday grapes are back at $1.77lb; green onion, radishes or cilantro are 50-cents a bunch; pears are 97-cents a pound and organic Fujis are $1.49lb
If you are hungry for steak, head over to Save Mart for whole boneless ribeyes at $4.99lb. They will even cut and wrap your purchase. Foster Farms chicken leg quarters in the Max Pak are 69-cents a pound and tri tip or petite sirloin steaks are $2.99lb. If you want to serve shirmp cocktail with those steaks, cooked shrimp meat is $3.99lb.
In the bread dept., Nature's Pride is $1.99 a loaf; Sara Lee is $1.99 a loaf and Sunnyside Farms whole grain white bread is $1.79. Laura Scudder's BBQ or dip chips are $1.99 for a double bag and Doritos are the same.
If you have the cough, Halls Cough Drops are 99-cents a bag and Theraflu is $3.99. Think we'd all be smart to stock up.
In produce, check out the Cameo apples for $1.29lb; pears for 97-cents a pound and sweet red bell peppers for 99-cents a pound. And remember those pumpkins 3/$9.99.
In the bakery, Save Mart has the cutest "Pumpkin Face" cakes for $5.99; a dozen Halloween cupcakes is $4.99. In the deli, you can get their Rotisserie chicken for $5.99 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise, it's $6.99
Over at Safeway, we're still hoping that pumpkin BOGO (save up to $49.99 on two) is a Boo Boo. But there are other deals that we won't question. Boneless cross rib roast is $1.89lb; pot roast is $1.99lb and round tip (just what is a round tip?) roast is $2.29lb. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 77-cents a pound and pork chops are $1.49lb. If you are wanting to celebrate Oktoberfest, all kinds of sausages are on sale. John Morrell smoked sausage is 99-cents a pound; Hillshire Farm smokes sausages are $1.99 a package and Johnsonville brats are $2.99 a package. If you want to go upscale, Aidell's gourmet sausage is $4.99 a package.
Safeway also has all the ingredients for that lunch classic - soup and grilled cheese. Safeway butter top breads are $2 a loaf; Campbell's chicken noodle or tomato soups are 60-cents each and Kraft singles are 2/$4. Update the classic grilled cheese with a slice of tomato.
The Saturday/Sunday sale at Safeway (what happened to the 72-hour sale?) includes those BOGO pumpkins; Oroweat English muffins or whole wheat breads for $1.99; Nabisco snack crackers for $1.47 a box and Golden Grain pasts, Knorr or Lipton sides and Chef Boyardee canned pasta for 79-cents.
Hormel bacon is BOGO. Be sure to clip the coupon for 18-count large eggs for only $1.49 and Simply Orange juice or lemonade for $1.99.
In produce, raspberries are BOGO; Granny Smith or Delicious apples are 69-cents a pound; bagged salads are $1 each and avocados are also $1 each. In fact lots of the items are $1, including eggplant, bags of baby carrots, leaf lettuce and Odwalla food bars. For $1 a pound, you can get zucchini or yellow neck squash; black plums and green bell pepper.
In the deli, the $5 Friday special is the Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken. Add cole slaw for $2.49lb or a Signature Cafe spinach salad for $4.49 and you have a great meal.
In the bakery, a dozen decorated cupcakes is $4.99 and a "monster" cupcake cake is $12.99.
Come back on Thursday for recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen.