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June 15, 2010
If Dads did the shopping...

Father's Day is Sunday so that got Shop Cheap to thinking..."What if Dads did the shopping?" It would be pretty easy this week. They would just have to remember to clip the coupons, look for BOGOS and remember their fruits and veggies.

So in honor of all the Dads out there, a shopping list with them in mind. Happy Father's Day and Happy Shopping!

Dad's first stop is Save Mart where he's filling the cart with the following:

Pork spareribs for $1.99lb; ground beef for burgers $2.49lb; Gallo salame (don't forget the coupon) at $3.49; BOGO Ballpark franks; Alaskan salmon fillets $5.99lb and oysers 2/$1.

In produce, Dad's got mangos 3/99 cents; grapes at 87-cents a pound and a cantaloupe for $1.97. Avocado for a $1 and Roma tomatoes for 97-cents a pound.

Klondike bars are $2.99; Jimmy Dean skillets are 2/$7 and the eggs are free; and Peets coffee is $7.99. Not that he knows about Greek yogurt, but Dannon now has the stuff for 98-cents a carton. And lastly a case of Crystal Geyser for $3.33.

Over at Raley's our Dad is shopping for Tri-tip, $2.77lb; pork spareribs for $1.67lb and Italian sausage for $3.49. A big bag of Kingsford charcoal is $6.99. For breakfast, there's Kellogg's cereal and Pop Tarts, $1.74 each when you buy 4; and cantaloupe for 97 cents.

Liters of Coke are 99-cents; Crystal Geyser is $3.33 a case and Dorritos are $1.99 a bag.

Over in produce, there's corn on the cob 5/$2 and cilantro and green onion 2/$1.

Last stop: The Bakery for Chocolate Strawberry or Strawverry Shortcake for $9.99.

Our Safeway Dad knows he has to be willing to clip coupons to get the best deals. This week it's $5 off Rancher's Reserve beef when you spend $25. To get to the $25, there's top sirloin steak for $3.99lb; London broil for $3.99lb and rib eye for $5.99lb. Evergood hot links are $3.99; fresh cooked salad shrimp is $3.99lb and boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb.

Also on his list: Classico pasta sauce for $1.88; BOGO Lay's chips, Ken's salad dressing for $1.50 and Pepsi products - buy 2, get 2 free.

It's going to be tough to get Dad shopping on Sunday, but Saturday is a good possibility. The weekend deals at Safeway are worth the trip. For example, corn on the cob 4/$1; Simply lemonade 2/$3; Nabisco crackers $1.88 a box; Starbucks coffee $5.99; Hillshire Farm smoked sausage $1.99 a pack and a 2lb. bag of extra large cooked shrimp for less than $10.

Other stuff in his cart: a case of water for $3.49; Life cereal for $1.99; and BOGO eggs. If he's clippin', Dad can get Sargento cheese slices for $1.99; Kleenex for 79-cents a box and Lyson wipes for $1.79.

Mangos are $1 and Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound. Melons and berries are BOGO. Sun Chips are $2.49 a bag and Barilla pasta (to go with the Classico sauce) is 99-cents.

The $5 Friday special is the All-American Sub.

But in the end, Dad might just want to grab his own Father's Day Meal Deal: Signature Cafe smokehouse red ribs, deli counter salad or beans and a 2-liter Pepsi all for $9.99. For dessert, a single layer fudge cake is $4.99.

Come back on Thursday for some Dad-pleasing 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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