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September 28, 2010
There's no debate on produce prices

Hi Shoppers. It's fall and this year, it's election season. While the candidates are debating the issues, there's no debating the fact that California has its share of delicious produce. Plump, ripe raspberries, crunchy asparagus, sweet bananas and juicy grapes. If only ...

Here's what we like this week.

Safeway has a new $5 Friday offering. It's not just the usual pizza or mealoaf, This week they have pre-packaged deli meats; Hormel pork tenderloin, a veggie tray and a single layer fudge cake. They also have gone back to the Saturday/Sunday/Monday 3-day Sale. Got to admit, I like the Friday/Saturday/Sunday combo better. This week's offerings are Foster Farms lean ground turkey for $2.49; seedless grapes for 87-cents a pound 32-oz. chunk cheese for $5.49 and buy 2, get 2 free 12-packs of Coke.

Other stuff we like at Safeway: Foster Farms split chicken breasts for 97-cents a pound; London broil for $1.99lb; Hillshire Farm BOGO bratwurst and beef cube steaks for $3.49lb.

Lay's or Kettle chips are $1.99 a bag; Entenmann's 2/$5 and Yoplait yogurt 10/$5. Safeway English muffins are $1 a pack; whole wheat breads are $1.50 a loaf and Post Froot Loops or Honey Bunches of Oats are buy 2, get 2 free.

Clip-worthy coupons include a case of Nestle drinking water for $2.99; Precious string cheese for $2.49; Wonder breads for $1.99; Nature Valley bars for $1.79 and Special k cereal for $1.99.

Lucerne large eggs are BOGO in the 18-count container; and Refreshe Sparkling water is 69-cents.

In produce, check out the raspberries for $1.27; Fuji apples for 87-cents a pound and a 10-lb. bag of Russet potatoes for $1.77. Large 'chokes are 2/$3; corn on the cob is 3/$1 and cucumbers are 79-cents each.

Heading to Henry's for more great produce. Red seedless grapes are 2lbs/$1; bananas are 3lbs/$1; green bell peppers are 5/$1 and oranges are 88-cents a pound. Onions are 33-cents a pound and cucumbers are 2/$1. Roasted almonds are $3.99lb.

Pork baby back ribs are $2.99lb; New York or Rib Eye steak is $4.99lb and chicken sausage is $2.99lb.

Raley's is doing a good job with it's "Mom's World" campaign and Raley's dailies special pricing. This week vcheck out asparagus for $1.87lb; Bartlett pears for 67-cents a pound and whole pork loin for $1.77lb. 2-liter Pepsi or 7-UP is 99-cents; Yoplait yogurt is 40-cents a cup when you buy 10 and a 3lb bag of apples is $2.98. Nob Hill Trading Co. Focaccia bread is BOGO in the bakery;  and pumpkin pie has arrived ar $4.99.

Fresh, cooked shrimpmeat is $1.99lb (must buy 2 lbs) and chicken thighs, drumsticks or leg quarters are $1.29lb.

In produce, fall squash is 77-cents a pound; strawberries are $2.50 and seedless grapes are $1.97lb. A fresh baguette in the bakery is $1.78; a package of pasta is 98-cents and Raley's sauce is $1.88 a jar.

Last stop on the list this week is Save Mart where we are picking up boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the Max Pak for $1.88lb; whole Foster Farms chicken for 99-cents a pound and a boneless pork loin roast for $1.99lb. Bananas are 79-cents a pound; tomatoes on the vine are 87-cents a pound and oranges are 67-cents a pound.

Eggs are $1.50 a dozen; Michelina's lean gourmet meals re $1 each and Minute Maid OJ is  $2.50. On the back page of the Save Mart ad, where you always find the best deals, there's a coupon for Coke - buy 2-12 packs, get 1 free. Kellogg's family size cereals are $2.99 a box and Mission tortilla chips are $1.69.

Come back on Thursday for recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen.

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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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