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December 8, 2009
It's better eat those fruits and veggies

Last week was so much fun. All that crab. All those coupons. This week, not so much. We do have an abundance of fruit and veggies. It might be kind of boring but at least it's healthy.

If you want apples - Braeburn or Fujis - go to Saveway where they are 79-cents a pound.

Craving avocado? Go to Raley's or Safeway where they are $1 each.

And for some Clementines, go to Save Mart for the Cuties where they are $3.97 for a 5-lb. box.

Here's the skinny on the rest of the sales.

Starting at Save Mart where you can get New York steak for $3.47 a pound. Foster Farms chicken breasts are BOBO. King crab legs are $6.99 a pound; boneless beef chuck roast is $1.88lb. There's a coupon for 12-packs of soda - buy 2, get 2 free. Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.33 a case.Oroweat breads are $2.29 a loaf and Ortega taco shells are $1.99 a box.

In the bakery and deli, a traditional Boston cake is $5.99; turnovers are 2/$5 and chicken tenders are $4.99 a pound.

And produce is where you will find some of your best buys. Fresh cucumbers are 3/99 cents; Fresh Express bagged spinach is 99 cents and extra large avocados are 2/$3. Most varieties of apples are 99 cents a pound; berries are 2/$5 and red, white or yellow onions are 69 cents a pound.

Safeway has shop-worthy deals on boneless top sirloin steak for $2.67 a pound; Eating Right boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.97lb and whole pork shoulder roast for 87 cents a pound. Lucerene shredded or chunk cheese is $1.49. And if you didn't get your fill of seafood last week, cooked shrimpmeat (sold in a 2lb bag) is $3.99lb.

In addition to the apples, Safeway has broccoli for 79 cents a pound and Texas Ruby Red grapefruit 3/99 cents. Large avocados are $1 each, zucchini and onions are $1 a pound. Fresh eggplant is also $1.

Honey Bunches of Oats is $1.99 a box; 2-liter 7-UP and A&W is 88 cents each; Arrowhead water is $3.99 a case. Safeway has coupons for Pillsbury cookie dough ($1.99); a 4-quart container of Dairy Glen ice cream ($3.99);  and Dawn or Ivory dish shoap ($2.49). There's a Mix & Match special on Barilla or Classico pasta sauce ($1.99 a jar when you buy 3 or more); Barilla pasta for $1; fresh ground beef $2.49lb and Italian sausage for $2.99 a package.

The Friday only $5 special is 8-piece Signature Cafe fried or all natural roasted chicken.

Raley's is bringing back the crab for another week at $2.99 a pound (still an excellent price). Chuck or cross rib roast is $2.47lb; and if you are making homemade chowder, fresh Venus clams are $2.99lb.

A case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.99; Chex cereal is $1.50 a box when you buy 3 and 12-packs of Coke are buy 2, get 2 free. 2-liter Coke is 88 cents each when you buy 4. Ragu pasta sauce is 99 cents a jar and Golden Grain pasta is 99 cents a pound.

Raley's has a wide variety of holiday dinners from rack of lamb for $79.99 to the Fiesta Tamale dinner for $39.99. In between, there's the usual turkey and a new maple glazed ham dinner for $59.99. Most are complete dinners. If you order online, you save $5.

In produce, the best deals are on the avocados for $1 each and the 3lb bag of Clementines for $3.99.  In the deli, you can get an 8-piece chicken dinner for $5.99 and a 16-inch Take & Bake cheese pizza for $6.99.

That's kind of it for this week. The holiday push will shift into high gear next week. In the meantime, come back on Thursday as we begin our holiday recipe offerings. First off, holiday cookies. Then on Dec. 16, recipes for the office potluck. On Dec. 23, we'll have everything you need for your Christmas breakfast.


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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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