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December 1, 2009
It's OK to be crabby this week

Well, that was fun! If you're like me, the Thanksgiving turkey is only a memory and it's time to move on. But we're kind of in limbo this week. T-Day is so last week but we still have a ways to go before the Christmas season shifts into high gear.

That said, it's a perfect week for the delicacy that is fresh Dungeness crab. Both Safeway and Raley's have it on sale this Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to pretty decent prices, get ready for some gimmicks to keep us out of the mall and in the grocery store. Safeway is offering a $10 reward card when you accumulate $250 in purchases on your Club Card. Raley's has 50% off crab on Saturday and Sunday but you must print your coupon from raleys.com. And most stores are offering coupons for $5 off their party trays.

Here's the deals this week:

Safeway has Saturday and Sunday specials including the Dungeness crab for $3.99lb; and teen-ager favorites the All-American sub sandwich for $5.99; Doritos for $1.69; 2-liter Pepsi or 7-UP for 69-cents each and Post Fruity Pebbles or Honey Bunches of Oats for $1.47.

Their Rancher's Reserve New York strip steak, assorted pork loin chops and chicken leg quarters are 50% off. Jumbo raw shrimp are $4.99 a pound when you buy a 2-pound bag.

Coupons worth clipping include Lucerne large eggs $1.49 for 18; Hostess treats, Wonder and Nature's Pride breads for $1.99; Safeway select pizza for $2.99 and Glade candles for $1.49.

In the BOGO category there's Eating Right salad blends; raspberries, blueberries or blackberries; Cheez-It crackers or Keebler cookies; Tyson breaded chicken nuggets and Cara Mia marinated artichoke hearts.

In produce, mangoes are $1 each; crisp apples are $1.49lb and navel oranges are 49-cents a pound.

If you can still handle poultry, the $5 Friday special is whole roasted chicken.

Over at Raley's, you need to sign up at www.raleys.com to gain access to the crab coupon. Getting e-mail alerts from Raley's was definitely worth it last weekend when they offered $25 off grocery purchases of $100 or more. Stuff you don't need a special coupon for include Raley's Black Angus tri tip roast for $2.97lb and premium ground beef at $1.67lb.

If you are looking to stock up on soda, 12-packs of 7-UP are buy 2, get 3 free. That works out to $2.35 a pack. In the cereal category, Post varieties are $1.50 a box when you buy 4 and Colgate toothpaste is BOGO. Minute Maid OJ is $2 a half-gallon; Sunnyside cottage cheese is $1.99 and non-dairy creamer is $1.99.

In produce, pomegranates are 2/$3; blackberries and raspberries are BOGO; Fresh Express garden salads are 99 cents a bag; and cucumbers are 2/$1. If you like Raley's Nob Hill gourmet soups, they are 3/$12. Add a bread bowl for 99-cents.

Save Mart has a great deal on Post cereal, but you have to buy 6 boxes to get the sale price of $1.33 each. And you can't beat their price on mangoes - 3/99 cents. If you're in the mood for chicken, Whole Foster Farms birds are only 77-cents a pound. Sunnyside Farms boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the Max Pak are $1.99lb; fresh spareribs are $1.79lb and London broil is $1.99lb.

Gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser Spring water are 88-cents each; a case of Arrowhead Spring water is $3.99 and Nestle hot cocoa mix is BOGO.

In produce, avocados are $1 each; red delicious apples are 79-cents a pound; Driscoll's berries are 2/$5 and fresh eggplant is 99-cents each. If your family just loves, "Pigs in a Blanket" during the holidays, check out the recipe on the back page of the Save Mart ad. These little piggies come with a twist - cranberry sauce and dijon mustard.

And when your finish your grocery shopping, you can pick up a Douglas Fir Christmas tree for $19.99.

Come back on Thursday for a cioppino recipe to go with that Dungeness crab.

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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 pdinsmore@sacbee.com

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