Does it feel like the last week in July? Didn't think so. While that cooling trend is a welcome relief, you know it's not going to last. Got to admit, I love the summertime temps and all the tasty treats that go along with the warm weather. This week, we've got everything you need for the backyard BBQ: Whole chicken at Safeway for 79-cents a pound and the fruit salad at Save Mart and Raley's.
Here's what we like. Starting at Save Mart with the lowest price on bananas we've seen in a long time - 37-cents a pound. Large seedless grapes are 77-cents a pound and white corn on the cob is 6/96-cents. They also have chicken leg quarters for 58-cents a pound and a yummy recipe from Laura McIntosh: Grilled Spicy Chicken and Mango Salsa.
If your family drinks OJ, grab the Minute Maid at Save Mart. It's $4.99 for 128 ounces. Bohemian Hearth Bread is $1.89 a loaf and large Sunnyside Farms eggs are $1.99 for 18. If you like Simply Juice better, it's 2/$6. Minute Maid punch or lemonade is $2.99 in the 128oz. jug..
It's a great time for backyard burgers. Ground beef patties are $2.99lb; Moran's patties in the Max Pak are $9.99 each and lean ground beef is $2.99lb in the Max Pak.
Get free tuna when you buy Best Foods mayo for $2.89. Sunny Select apple juice is BOGO and Powerade drinks are 88-cents each.
In produce, Driscoll's berries are BOGO; cantaloupe is 2/$3 and Bing cherries are $2.97lb. Green beans are $1.29lb and Del Monte Superfruit cups are $1 each. Avocado is $1 each and Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound. In the deli, Butterball chicken breast is $5.99lb and chicken tenders are $5.99lb. Grab a baguette for $1.19 and some Ambrosia salad for $2.99 and you have dinner.
This week we have a separate category for cereal. because both Save Mart and Raley's have a similar promotion going. At Save Mart, if you buy 10 items from Kellogg's, Sunshine or Keebler, you get $10 off and a $10 off coupon for a future purchase. That works out to $1.77 per item. Over at Raley's, the promotion goes like this: Buy 10 Kellogg's products and selected items from Sunshine and Keebler and get a $10 off coupon toward your next visit. That deal works out to $1.99 per package.
Raley's also has a weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) sale going on. Corn on the cob is 5/$1; personal watermelon is 2/$4; Fresh express salad is 77-cents a bag; blueberries are $3.97 for 2lbs and Black Angus strep steak is $5.79lb.
The week-long specials: untrimmed tri tip for $2.77lb.; fresh ground beef patties for $2.69lb and Evergood sausage or franks 2/$7. In produce: Bartlett pears are 47-cents a pound; cantaloupe is 97-cents each and Italian red onion is 97-cents a pound.
Arrowhead Spring water is $3.33 a case; 2-liter Cokes are 89-cents each (when you buy 4); all the Simply Juices are 2/$6 and Powerade is 89-cents each.
Michelina's budget gourmet entrees are 5/$4; and the Best Foods mayo and free tuna deal is $2.99. Raley's whole wheat bread is $1.98 a loaf; Ronzoni pasta is 99-cents a box and sliced Almond Accents are 2/$5.
In the deli, chicken strips are $4.99 a pound. And in the bakery, desserts for two are BOGO.
Get out the scissors before heading to Safeway. It's coupon time again. Shop Cheap's favorites are: a dozen eggs for 99-cents; Land O Lakes spreadable butter for 99-cents; Lucerne string cheese for $2.49; Lucky Charms or Trix for $1.49; Honey Nut Cheerios or Cinnamon Toast Crunch for $1.88; and 6-packs of Pepsi or Dew bottles for $1.99. A 2-pound bag of fresh sugar snap peas is $3.99.
Safeway is where you will find the whole Foster Farms chickens for 79-cents a pound; fresh pork spareribs for $1.99lb and chicken thighs or drumsticks for $1.59lb.
Smart Ones entrees are $1.50 each when you buy 5; Nestle or Arrowhead water is $3.33 a case; Safeway breads are $1.50 a loaf and Lucerne chunk or shredded cheese is 2/$3.
Summer produce is a bargain this week with green seedless grapes for 69-cents; larges oranges for 99-cents a pound and red or green bell pepper 2/$2. Tubs of O Organics salad blends or kits are BOGO. Summer squash is 99-cents a pound.
In the already-prepared category, Signature Cafe 8-piece chicken is $5.99; and the Friday $5 special is Hickory Smoked ribs or Primo Taglio pan-roasted turkey or Black Forest ham. Signature Cafe pizza is $3.99 and deli counter potato salad is $1.49lb. Safeway Select garlic bread is 2/$3.
Rice or Pasta Roni is 89-cents a box and Safeway mac&cheese is 49-cents a box.
Come back Thursday for recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen.