Want to do something special for your Valentine this weekend? Something that doesn't involve making reservations? Shop Cheap to the rescue. We have all the V-Day bargains and on Thursday we match the sales with some heart-felt recipes.
We like Safeway best this week because it has everything: good prices, fragrant flowers and lots of clip-worthy coupons. Here's the skinny: London broil at $1.77lb; lobster tails for $5.99 each and colossal sea scallops for $7.99lb. Cube steak is $2.99lb and lean ground beef is $2.29 a pound. (Who says you can't serve a burger on V-Day?) They also have a BOGO mix n' match sale that includes Jennie-O lean ground turkey; turkey breast tenderloins; Hormel fully cooked entrees; Ball Park franks, Johnsonville smoked sausage and Oscar Mayer bacon.
The Saturday-Tuesday sale items include: Gala apples for 78-cents a pound; Starbucks coffee $5.99 for 12 ounces; Haagen-Dazs 2/$5 and Pepperidge Farm cookies $1.88. In the coupon column, be sure to clip Lucerne string cheese for $1.99; Oroweat breads for $1.99; Minute Maid OJ $1.99 and Oreos or Nutter Butter cookies for $1.99. In the non-food coupons, Crest toothpaste is $1.99; Tide is $5.99; Kleenex is $1 a box (in case your Valentine is a no-show); Dawn or Ivory dish detergent $1.99 and Pledge sprays for $2.99.
In produce, asparagus is $1.38lb; Fresh Express salad kits are $1.98 and pears are 99-cents a pound. Organic blueberries are $3 a basket; seedless grapes are $1.99lb and red bell peppers are 99-cents each.
Kellogg's Raisin Bran, Special K bars or Rice Krispie treats are $1.88 a box; Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents; 18-count Lucerne eggs and Whipped Cream are BOGO; and CapriSun drinks are $1.79 a box.
The $5 Friday only special is Chef's recipe 8-piece chicken. Deli counter ham, turkey or American cheese is 4.99lb and Grab & Go Hoagie sandwiches are $1.99 each when you buy two. Bumble Bee solid white Albacore tuna is 88-cents a can.
Arrowhead water is $3.77 a case; 2-liter jugs of Pepsi or 7-UP are 99-cents each when you buy four and 6-packs of 7-UP bottles are $2 each..
And because it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without something sweet, check out the "Conversation Heart Cake" that you decorate for $1.99; bags of Kisses for $3; chocolate mousse cake for $9.99 or Betty Crocker brownie mix for 69-cents.
You can also find your sweet spot at Raley's where boneless pork chops are $1.88lb (check out the Apricot-Lime pork chop recipe); rib eye steaks are $4.98lb. and lobster tails are $6.98 each.
The Raley's mix n' match sale includes General Mills, Betty Crocker, Progresso, Pillsbury and Green Giant brands so it won't be hard to buy 10 items and pay just $1.50 each.
A case of Nestle drinking water is $3.33; Crystal Geyser sparkling mineral water is 88-cents a bottle and Simply Orange, grapefruit or apple juice is $3 a jug. Keebler cookies or graham crackers are $1.49 each when you buy 4.
In produce, large artichokes are $1.28 each (share one with your Valentine); organic navel oranges and pears are 98-cents a pound.
Now for the fun stuff....The Triple Delight cake in the bakery is $9.99; Valentine cupcakes are $4.99 a dozen; heart-shaped cookies are $3 for 2-dozen; and clip the coupon and get $5 off the Nob Hill "Ultimate Cake," featuring strawberries and chocolate!
.If your sweetie likes chocolate, Ghiradelli squares and Ferrero Rocher hearts are 2/$5.
Save Mart has your Valentine covered with New York Steak for $4.77lb. It doesn't sound very romantic but boneless chuck roast is $1.88lb and boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the max pak are $1.99lb.
The deal of the week has to be the case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $2.98. Clip the coupon and get 2-litre jugs of Pepsi or Dew for 88-cents.
Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents; Pillsbury Grands!, buttermilk biscuits or crescent rolls are 99-cents. Buy two boxes of Krusteaz cookie mix (2/$4) and save $1 on Sunnyside Farms milk. Bayview Farms English muffins are $1.59; Sunny Select oats are $1.50 and instant oatmeal is $2 a box.
In produce, Iceberg lettuce is 47-cents a head; Fresh Express salad kits are BOGO; green leaf lettuce is 79-cents a head; a package of romaine hearts is $1.99 and fresh apples or pears are 97-cents a pound.
Check out the bakery for a dozen Valentine cupcakes for $4.99 or a cherry pie for $3.99.
Come back on Thursday for recipes to woo your Valentine..