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October 27, 2009
Scaring up some bargains

We all know that this is the week when Ghouls just want to have fun. So don't go out and plan any elaborate meals until after Saturday. Until then, let's just scare up some bargains.

Save Mart has it going on this week with fresh pork spareibs for $1.39lb. Nothing like sticky fingers before Trick'or'Treating! If you don't want to cook, check out their 16-piece deli fried chicken for $9.99 and some garlic bread ($1.99) from the bakery. Potato, macaroni or cole slaw salad is also $1.99 in the deli.

Cut of the week in the butcher block is London broil for $1.99lb; a whole Farmland smoked ham is $5.99 and Moran's lean ground beef is $1.59lb. in the Max Pak. Fresh whole Keta salmon is $2.99. Gallo Salame is $3.99 - that's $2 less than most stores. Oscar Mayer products are BOGO.

Large Sunnyside Farms eggs are $1.99 for 18; ice cream or sherbet is $2.89 and Minute Maid drinks are 4/$5. Coke products in the 12-can fridge pack are buy 2, get 2 free; Doritos tortilla chips and Foster Farms original corn dogs are BOGO..

It's time for Martinelli's sparkling cider and it's on sale for $2 a bottle. Bohemian Hearth breads are $1.89 a loaf and Campbell's condensed soups are $1 a can.

You can get all your cupcake needs in the bakery. A dozen decorated delights are $4.99.

Produce has avocado for 50-cents each; Roma tomatoes are 47-cents a pound and Fresh Express spinach is 99-cents a bag. A 3-lb. bag of Fuji apples is $2.50; persimmons are $1 each and raspberries are 2/$5. Just to counter the sugar, you might want to pick up some baby carrots for $1 a bag or an entire veggie tray for $4.99.

Raley's is making it easy on the cook this week with Take & Bake pizza 2/$10; Prospector's slow cooked ribs for $7.99 and a delicious-looking brownie cake is $3.99.

If you're thinking seafood, fresh Venus clams are $2.99lb. and cooked shrimpmeat is $4.99lb.

12-packs of Coke are buy 2, get 2 free at Raley's, too. Arrowhead water is $3.99 for a case + 4 extra bottles and gallon jugs of Arizona tea is $2.99. EarthGrains 100% natural bread is $1.99 a loaf; S&W Beans are 89-cents a can and Maruchan Yakisoba noodles are 89-cents each.

In produce, avocados are 77-cents each; red or golden delicious apples are 67-cents a pound and large hot-house tomatoes are $1.97lb. Raley's veggie tray is $4.99 and two-pound bags of baby carrots are $1.99.

In the bakery, you'll find decorated Halloween cakes for $12.99 and pumpkin sugar cookies for $3.99. Pints of Ben & Jerry's are 2/$5.

Want a tasty treat for the kids before they hit the streets on Halloween? Safeway Signature soups are $3.99 and the $5  Friday Special (which extends into Saturday and Sunday this week) is Signature Cafe pizza, 5 cheese or pepperoni. Or, instead of the pizza, grab the two dozen cooked chicken wings in the deli for $5.99 with coupon.

Produce BOGOs include personal-size watermelon and Fresh Express salad blends. Golden pineapple is $1.99 each and Fuji apples are 79-cents a pound. Kiwi fruit is 3/$1; celery is $1.50 a bunch and red, white or yellow potatoes are 99-cents a pound.

Johnsonville smoked sausage or bratwurst and Tyson fully cooked entrees are BOGO.

In the must-buy-3 to get the savings category, Honey Bunches of Oats are $1.99 a box and Barilla pasta sauce is $1.99 a jar. Dasani water is $3.99 for a case; Refreshe water is $3.37 a case and bottles of Coke and Pepsi are 88-cents each, when you buy 4.

In the bakery, a dozen Halloween cupcakes are $4.99 and the Monster cupcake or cake is $12.99. If you like Claim Jumper pies, clip the coupon and save $1.

 Come back Thursday for special Halloween 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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