No matter where you shop this week, you are going to find bargains that are easy on the budget. There's no reason not to celebrate Independence Day with a BBQ, a picnic or family gathering. We'll help with the shopping and the recipes, all you'll have to do is organize the cleanup. Let's start by making a list.
If you park your cart at Raley's, check this out: Tri tip roast for $2.77lb; boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.87lb and pork ribs for $1.99lb. Ball Park meat franks are 2/$3 and Hillshire Farm sausage, bratwurst or links are 2/$6. (Why no sale on buns? Don't make me go to another store!) Watermelon is $2.77 each and blueberries are $4.77 for 2 pounds. Want dessert for the gang? Buy two pies and get the third for free. Dreyer's ice cream is $2.79 with coupon. Raley's trying to lure you into the store on Friday, Saturday and July 4. Here's what they have: white corn on the cob 5/$1 and a coupon for Arrowhead drinking water - $2.50 a case.
Mission tortilla chips are $1.77 a bag; Dean's guac is $2 and Ortega diced chilis or jalapenos are 99-cents each.
Don't want to cook? Slow-cooked ribs in the deli are $7.99; pre-packaged salads are 4/$9 and a 16-pieces of fried chicken are $9.99. Raley's veggie trays are $4.99 and $8.99.
Simply juices are 2/$5; Minute Maid lemonade or punch is 99-cents and 12-packs of Coke are $2.50 (when you buy 4).
Safeway has the best mix & match soda sale: Buy 2-12 packs, get 4 more free. Want chips to go with the soda? Lay's are $1.88 a bag and Mission tortilla chips are BOGO. Oscar Mayer meat weiners are buy one, get 2 free. And at Safeway, the buns are on sale, too. $1.19 a bag. Bush's Grillin' or Baked beans are 3/$5 and Hebrew National franks and Francisco sandwich rolls/buns are BOGO.
If you want to clip and save, check out the coupons for Hillshire Farm smoked sausage or Ball Park beef franks $1.99; Nabisco snack crackers $1.69; Wish Bone salad dressing $1.19; Best Foods mayo $1.99 and Kingsford charcoal $5.99.
Don't feel like cooking? St. Louis-style ribs are $7.99 in the deli. Roasted chicken meal deal, which includes a whole Signature Cafe chicken, deli salad or beans and a 2-liter Coke, is $8.99 and All-American Apple-Cherry pies are 2/$5. Signature Cafe 8-piece chicken is $5.99.
In produce, fresh cherries are $1.99lb; jumbo cantaloupe is 99-cents each; Eating Right salad blends are $2 a bag; whole pineapple is $2.99; berries are 2/$5 and personal watermelon is $3.99 each.
Arrowhead or Nestle drinking water is $3.50 a case; Simply Lemonade is 2/$5 and 6-packs of Pepsi in the bottle are 3/$9. Vitamin water is 88-cents.
Lucerne shredded or chunk cheese is $1.99; Pillsbury Flag cookies are 2/$5 and Jose Ole taquitos are $3.99.
There's no $5 Friday special this week - probably because of the holiday.
Save Mart has the best deal on corn on the cob. 6 ears for 96 cents. Driscoll's strawberries are buy 1, get 2 free and Bing cherries are $1.97lb. While we're in the produce dept., radishes, cilantro and green onions are 50-cents each; veggie trays are $5.99 and $8.99. Baby peeled carrots are $1.99 for a 2-lb bag; Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound and berries are 2/$4.
They also have the best deal on dogs and buns. Ball Park brand dogs are BOGO and Sunnyside Farms hamburger or hot dog buns are 79-cents (with coupon; $1.29 without) when you purchase $25 in groceries. Gallo salame is $3.99; Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage is $3.99 and pre-made Moran's hamburger patties are $2.99lb. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound and Sunnyside Farms drumsticks, thighs or leg quarters are 99-cents a pound. Beef tri-tip is $2.77lb and pork spare ribs are $1.49lb. Kingsford charcoal is $5.99.
Doritos are $1.89 a bag; Tribe hummus is BOGO; and Nabisco snack crackers are $1.99. Mother's cookies or Cheez-It crackers are BOGO. In the drink dept., be sure to clip the coupon for 12-packs of Coke. Buy 2, get 2 free. A 128 oz.jug of Minute Maid OJ is $4.99 and Sunny Select drinking water is $2.50 a case. Minute Maid fruit drinks are $1 each.
For dessert, an 8-inch Strawberry Boston is $5.99; Sunny Select ice cream is $2.50 and Cool Whip is 99-cents.
Want independence from cooking? A 16-piece chicken platter is $9.99; Reser's salads are $3.99 and French or Sourdough baguettes are $1.19.
Come back Thursday for Shop Cheap's July 4 recipe recommendations.