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February 16, 2010
Celebrating fruit, veggies and Raley's

The Valentine chocolates and decadent desserts should be long gone by now. It's time to focus on fruit and veggies and a milestone at Raley's. Shop Cheap is going to tell you how.

Save Mart has red seedles grapes for 97-cents a pound and bananas for 39-cents a pound. Fresh Express salads are $2 a bag; green onions, radishes and cilantro are 69-cents a bunch and Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound. Driscoll's strawberries are $2.99 a pound and jumbo cantaloupes are $2.50 each.

Other highlights from Save Mart include boneless petite roast for $1.99lb; fresh Pacific snapper for $2.99lb; Atlantic salmon for $4.99lb and raw shrimp for $3.99lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb in the Butcher's Block; country style pork ribs are 99-cents a pound. Thomas' English muffins are BOGO; Sunnyside Farms large eggs are $2.50 in the 18-count pack; Dannon Light & Fit yogurt is 50-cents a carton and Ronzoni Smart Taste or Healthy Harvest pasts is just 99-cents.

Raley's, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary - Tom Raley opened the area's first store on Feb. 16, 1935, in Placerville - has special offerings for customers. The Raley's 75th Anniversary Cookbook is $4.99; a special blend of Nob Hill Trading Co. coffee is $5.99 a pound and be sure to check out the cupcakes - Red Velvet or Black Tie for $1.49 each.

Sentimental favorites from the deli include Claire's Classic Potato salad for $1.99lb. Claire Raley is said to have made the salad for that first Placerville store. And in honor of Tom Raley's Arkansas roots, there's the Honey Burbon BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, $4.99 with the drink included.

Raley's has some other great buys this week including New York steak for $3.87lb; Fresh Express garden salad for 97-cents a bag; Campbell's soups for 89 cents a can and a case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $3.33. BOGOs are big for this celebration. Check out the BOGOs on Green Giant Steamers, Idaho potatoes, Red Barron Pizza, Better Crocker brownies, sushi and Langers juice.

A dozen large eggs are $1.19; a pound of butter is $1.99 and Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are $1.69. Michelina's entrees are 89 cents each; Ronzoni pastas are $1 and Kellogg's cereals are $1.49 a box. You also might want to check out the seafood sale. Salmon fillets are 50 percent off. Lastly, the 8-piece fried chicken meal is $4.99.

Safeway has fruit and veggie deals, too. Strawberries are BOGO; oranges are 3lbs for 99-cents and Braeburn apples are 99-cents a pound. Red or green bells are 99-cents each. Eggplant is 99-cents, too. Be sure to clip the coupons for Oroweat breads $1.99 a loaf; Powerade 60-cents; Kraft singles $1.49 and Pantene products $4.99.

In the meat department, Rancher's Reserve cross rib roast is $1.98lb; Fresh salmon fillets are $5.99lb and Foster Farms split chicken breasts are 99-cents a pound. General Mills cereals are $2 a box and Progresso soups are BOGO.

Saturday and Sunday only sales include Primo Taglio roasted turkey for $5.99lb; BOGO artichokes and Pasta or Rice a Roni for 75 cents a box.

There's an entire 99-cents or less category, which includes Crest toothpaste, SoBe Lifewater, Safeway Select cornbread, Golden Grain pasta and you bake biscuits, crescents or cinnamon rolls.

Come back Thursday for Shop Cheap recipes. .

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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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