Shop Cheap hit the road for some R&R - and some shopping - last week. Came back with a better appreciation for our local supermarkets. Prices are about the same on the Other Coast but the produce doesn't even come close. Most of the good stuff comes from California - berries, pears, grapes. Our East Coast supermarket of choice - SuperFresh - did beat out the California competition on a dozen eggs (89-cents); Nathan's beef franks ($1.99 a package); Tropicana OJ ($1.79) and frozen Eggo waffles (4/$5).
Back home and scanning the ads, Shop Cheap was surprised to find the new-look Save Mart ad in Wednesday's Bee. Gone is the full page, newsprint advertisement. It has been replaced by a slick, glossy tab-sized ad that includes more recipes and coupons. The prices are good-looking, too.
Personal-size seedless watermelon for $1.47; peaches for 47-cents a pound; bananas for 57-cents a pound and cantaloupe for $2. Berries are BOGO and avocado is just $1. Grimmway packaged baby carrots - complete with a recipe - are 97-cents each.
Country-style pork ribs are $1.77lb in the max pak; Applewood or peppered bacon is $2.99lb and wild caught shrimp are $5.99lb.
Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.33 a case; a 2-liter jug of Coke is 99-cents (must buy 4); and Hansen's Natural apple juice is $1.50 a jug. Sunny Select olives are 99-cents a can; Nabisco snack crackers are $1.99 a box and S&W beans are $1 a can.
Bayview Farms Milk is $2.59 for 2 gallons; Yoplait yogurt is 10/$4 and Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are 99-cents. Home Pride or Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.99 a loaf; Lay's or Doritos are $2.50 a bag and Pepsi or Dew 12-packs are 3/$9. Coupons worth clipping: Maxwell House or Yuban coffee for $4.99 and Hormel Natural Choice lunchmeat for $1.99.
Over at Safeway, be sure to check out the produce. Blueberries are $1.99 a pint; black seedless grapes are 77-cents a pound and cucumbers are 3/99-cents. Leaf lettuce is $1 a head; bell peppers are $1 each and Bartlett pears are 99-cents a pound.
It's a crazy coupon week at Safeway. The highlights: a dozen large eggs for 99-cents; MultiGrain Cheerios for $1.99; Fiber One cereal for $1.99 and Safeway pasta for 69-cents. Wishbone salad dressing is $1.19. Tide detergent is $5.99 and Mr. Clean cleaners are $2.99.
It's all about Back-to-School this week. On Saturday and Sunday, a 12-pack of Nabisco cookies are $2.99; Doritos chips are $1.88 and Sara Lee Classic white or wheat bread is $1.79 a loaf. A family-pack of Frito Lay chips is $5.49 with coupon; Nabisco snack crackers are BOGO and Capri Sun drinks are $2.69 for a box.
London broil is $1.99lb; Safeway chicken legs are 77-cents a pound and Ballpark franks are BOGO.
If you want to mix & match, General Mills has everything from Gushers to granola bars to Golden Grahams. Buy 4 and save $4.
The $5 Friday special is roasted turkey breast or meatloaf. In the bakery, Angel food cake is $2.49; Artisan dinner breads are $2.99 and giant burger buns are $2 a package.
Raley's is putting a new spin on its advertising, targeting Moms. And with that focus they are highlighting "Raley's Dailies," which guarantee lower prices on more than 1,000 items.
Not "Raley's Dailies" but good prices just the same: white corn on the cob 5/$1 and boneless skinless chicken breasts $1.87lb. Trimmed tri tip roast is $3.97lb.
Raley's clip-worthy coupons: Home pride bread $1.88 a loaf; Oscar Mayer deli lunchmeat $2.99; Frito Lay family pack of chips $4.77 and freschetta frozen pizza for $3.99.
A case of Crystal Geyser water is $3.33; 2-liter Cokes are 99-cents each (must buy 4); and Crystal Geyser sparkling mineral water is 88-cents a bottle.
Michelina's frozen entrees are 99 cents; S&W beans are 89-cents a can and DelMonte ketchup is 99-cents.
Here's a good one. Raley's now has a Kid's Meal in the deli: half a sandwich; apple slices Goldfish and juice for $2.98. (Check out Shop Cheap on Thursday for our suggestions for back-to-school lunches).
If you live in Elk Grove, there's soon to be a new kid on the block. Henry's Farmers Market will open its first Northern California store at 8211 Laguna Blvd. at 8 a.m. on Aug. 18. (That's next Wednesday.) Check out the ad and tell us what you think.
This Sunday, they are sponsoring a charity bike ride to benefit parks and rec in Elk Grove. Registration starts at 6 a.m. for a 52-mile and a 10-mile ride. Entry fee is $25. For more info go to www.henrysmarkets.com