First the important news: Today is Chocolate Cake Day. Here are your quick-fix options: A single layer cake at Safeway - $4.99; German chocolate at Save Mart for $6.99 or BOGO Dessert for Two, which always includes a generous slice of chocolate cake, at Raley's.
Now, for the rest of the story. Raley's has a good coupon thing going this week, including Barilla pasta for 89-cents; Nob Hill gourmet soups for $3.99; BOGO coffee cake and Healthy Balance juice for $1.99. The best coupon of all, good this weekend only - buy one Fresh Express salad blend or kit get 2 free - must be downloaded from www.raleys.com. other deals we like at Raley's boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.77lb; blueberries in the 12oz. container for $3.97; navel oranges for 38-cents a pound; a case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $3.33 and Post cereals - $1.50 a box when you buy 4. Nature's Pride bread is $1.99 a loaf.
In produce, Iceberg lettuce is $1 a head; mini Roma tomatoes are $1.99 each in a 10-oz. package and a bag of apples if $2.47.
If you are planning a Super Bowl gathering - it's just a week from Sunday - you might want to stock up on the Lay's Kettle chips $1.89 a bag; 12 pack of Coke and 2-liter Cokes - buy 2; get 2 free; and Oreos - buy 2 get 2 free.
Save Mart has an "Eat Healthier" deal that gives you $5, $3 and $1 off your next shopping trip when you spend $15 ($5 off); $10 ($3 off) or $5 ($1 off) on items like Hunt's pasta sauce ($1 a can); Healthy Choice dinners ($2.59); Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers (2/$6) and Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn (2/$5).
Other stuff we like: BOGO berries from Driscoll's; green seedless grapes 97-cents a pound and beef backribs in the max pak 88-cents a pound. Sunnyside yogurt is 50-cents a carton; Minute Maid OJ is $2.50 and 7-UP, A&W or Sunkist 2-liters are 99 cents. Buy 2 jars of World Classics pasta sauce and get a free pound of spaghetti; Mission Tortilla chips are $2.50 a bag and Jolly Time microwave popcorn is only 99-cents but you don't get the incentive.
It might be a bit too early to start thinking about Super Bowl guac - but medium avocados are $1 each; Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound and a 5-lb. bag of yellow onions is $2.49.
In the deli, a pound of Virginia or honey ham is $5.99; 8-piece fried chicken is $5.99; chicken Caesar salad is $4.99lb and sandwich or dinner rolls are 6/$1.79.
Safeway continues to have the weekend thing going. This week, it's Gatorade for 88-cents; green seedless grapes for 98-cents a pound; Arm & Hammer laundry detergent for $2.99 and Doritos for 99-cents a bag.
Other deals we like: BOGO O Organics baby salad blends; Texas ruby red grapefruit 3/99-cents; 10lb bag of Russet potatoes 99-cents; Post cereals $2 a box and Tropicana OJ 2/$5. Two coupons inside the ad are worth clipping: Lucerne cheese slices for 99-cents and ice cream cups for 49-cents.
Fresh lean ground beef is $3.49lb; Ragu sauce is $1.25 a jar; Golden Grain pasta is 75-cents a box and artisan Focaccia bread is $1.79. For your Super Bowl advance planning, Margaritaville chicken wings are BOGO; a 3lb. pack of Bar-S smoked sausage links is $4.99 and 16-oz Planters peanuts is 2/$5.
Lucerne large eggs - 18 count - are BOGO; Jimmy Dean cooked breakfast sausages are 2/$5 and Eating Right Kids yogurt tubes are $1.99. In produce, pears, oranges, mandarins and tangelos are 99-cents a pound; bulk potatoes are 79-cents a pound and if you want to splurge, organic heirloom tomatoes are $3.99lb.
And lastly, selected Progresso soups, Del Monte fruit and Bumble Bee tuna are all $1 a can; McCormick taco seasoning mixes are 67-cents each; Arrowhead drinking water is $3.99 a case and a 6-pack of bottled Coke is $2.50. The Friday $5 special is whole roasted chicken; Signature Cafe pizzas are $4.99 each and Safeway is now offering a BBQ tri-tip sandwich for $3.99 with coupon.
Come back on Thursday for recipes from the Shop Cheap Kitchen.