It's not like Shop Cheap is chained to her chair, she was just too darn busy to get out to Henry's Farmers Market for the grand opening. But if Wednesday's ad is any indication of what the store has to offer, you can bet that Cheap will get there before another grocery insert hits her desk.
Before we give you the skinny on what's cart worthy at Henry's, we want to give a shout out to Raley's for lowering the price of Bayview non-fat milk to $3.99 for 2 gallons. It's all part of their "Mom's World" outreach.
Back to Henry's where at 8 a.m. Wednesday they open their doors at 8211 Laguna Blvd. If you live in Elk Grove and subscribe to The Bee, you'll get the ad in your paper. You can also visit their website at www.henrysmarkets.com
We've got to believe that these are grand-opening prices because they are that good. Bananas 4lbs for $1; peaches 3lbs for $1 and fresh pineapple for 98-cents. Other stuff that has Shop Cheap excited: Eggs for 99-cents a dozen; Arrowhead water for $2.50 a case; boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.59lb and New York steak for $3.97lb. Extra lean ground beef is $2.99 a pound and baby back ribs are $2.99 in the family pack. In seafood, Coho salmon fillets are $6.99lb; sea scallops are $7.99lb and snapper fillets are $4.99lb.
In the grocery aisle, Boulder natural chips are 99-cents a bag; Blue Diamond Almond Breeze is BOGO and extra virgin olive oil is $5.99 for a liter. Henry's kitchen looks pretty tasty with gourmet sliced turkey for $6.99lb; rotisserie chicken for $5.99 each and cibatta bread for $1.99 a loaf.
In dairy, cottage cheese is $1.79 a carton; Cascade yogurt is 50-cents and half-gallons of milk are $1.50. Haagen-Dazs ice cream is BOGO and Van's waffles are 2/$5. In produce, Braeburn apples are 88-cents a pound; avocados are 77-cents each; bell pepers are 77-cents each and a whole seedless watermelon is $2.98.
Heading over to Raley's, where you know we will be picking up the non-fat milk for $3.99. Also on the list, Sutter sirloin steak (it's BOGO); yellow peaches for 77-cents a pound and Breyer's ice cream for $2.50. There a Kellogg's & Keebler sale - buy 4 items like Mini-Wheats, Rice Krispies, Nutri-Grain bars or Club crackers - and each item is $1.79.
Jeannie-O Turkey store Italian sausage or ground turkey is $3.99 a package; French bread or baguettes in the bakery are $1.78 and dog or burger buns are $1.48.
There's plenty to like in produce. Blueberries are $5.97 for a 2lb container. Blackberries and raspberries are 2/$5; a 3lb bag of apples is $2.98 and a bag of mini carrots is $1.58.
Safeway has a Saturday/Sunday sale that includes cooked shrimpmeat for $3.77lb; garlic bread for $1.29; butter for $1.99 and the All-American sub sandwich for $5.99.
Week-long specials include boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.88lb; fresh pork spareribs for $1.67lb and BOGO Nathan's Famous Franks. Watch for a rush on soda, because Coca-Cola fridge packs are buy 2, get 2 free. Other BOGO buys: Classico pasta sauce; 18-count large eggs and berries. Safeway has a ton of coupons, including bath tissue or paper towels for $4.88; All detergent for $3.49; Kleenex for 79-cents and Skippy peanut butter for $1.49.
In produce, grape tomatoes are 99-cents; nectarines are 77-cents a pound; celery is 99-cents and corn on the cob 5/$2.
Safeway English muffins are $1 a package; string cheese is $2.99; Home Pride or Nature's pride breads are 2/$4 and Safeway Select or Minute Maid OJ is 2/$5.
The Friday only $5 meals are Signature Cafe rigatoni or whole roasted chickens. Signature Cafe pizza is $4.99.
Save Mart is back with the glossy ad with prices to match. Red seedless grapes are 67-cents a pound and jumbo cantaloupes are 67-cents each. Also in produce, check out the recipe for guacamole, then pick up some avocado 4/$5. White peaches or nectarines are $1.69lb and berries are 2/$5. A whole seedless watermelon is $4.97.
A Master Cut premium turkey breast is $10. Killer coupons include Michelina's frozen entrees for 69-cents; Coke 12-packs - buy 2, get one free and chicken strips for $3.99.
Quaker cereals are on sale for $1.99. Ruffles, Tostitos, Lay's and Sun Chips are $2.50 a bag; Arrowhead spring water is $3.33 a case and Guerrero corn tortillas are $1.50 a pack. Buy 3 Pillsbury items, like pizza crust, breadsticks or crescent rolls (3/$6) and get a dozen eggs free. Weight Watchers yogurt is 50-cents and Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $1.80.
Klonkide bars are $2.99 and fresh bakery cookies are $2.50.
Come back on Thursday to see what's cooking in the Shop Cheap kitchen.