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October 5, 2010
Fill your cart with fall foods

It's time to make the switch to fall with soups and stews and all the flavors that a new season brings. We still have California grown grapes and strawberries but Bartlett pears, sweet pineapple and crunchy apples are in abundance.

Here's what we like this week:

Going to start with Raley's this week because they have Quaker mini rice cakes for $1 a bag and Lundberg rice chips for 99-cents a bag. Another favorite - Milton's multi-grain bread - is $2.49 a loaf. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 77-cents a pound. If you are craving seafood, there's a one-day sale on Saturday, Oct. 9. All frozen seafood and fresh Atlantic salmon fillets are 50% off regular prices.

In produce, "holiday" seedless grapes are $1.47lb; large 'chokes are 97-cents each and apples are 87-cents a pound. If you are ready for them, pumpkins are 2/$6 and pears are 97-cents a pound.

Before we go any further, I need to vent about milk prices. A couple of weeks ago "Moms asked for lower milk prices" and got them. But that didn't last long. Two gallons at most stores are more than $5. Think the Moms need to protest!

UPDATE: Milk prices are back down below $5 for 2 gallons. Maybe, they do listen!

Heading over to Save Mart, there's country-style ribs for 99-cents a pound. Be sure to clip the recipe for "Laura's Best BBQ Country Style Ribs." To go with the ribs, there's Russet potatoes for 97-cents; Iceberg lettuce for 37 cents and avocado for 89-cents.

Home Pride or Nature's Pride breads are $1.99 a loaf; a case of Sunny Select drinking water is $2.88 and Golden Grain pasta products are 79-cents each. Pillsbury "Grands" biscuits are 99-cents each; Sunnyside Farms eggs are 99-cents a dozen and sliced cheese is $1.99 a package.

Clip the coupons and you can get Gallo salame or pepperoni for $1.99; ketchup for 69 cents and 3-12 packs of Coke products for the price of 2.

Campbell's soups - chicken noodle and tomato - are 50-cents each; Dennisons chili is $1 a can and Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.50 a loaf.

We are going to Safeway for the Saturday/Sunday/Monday sale. Johnsonville Italian sausage for $2.99; fresh pineapple for $1.99 and bakery French bread for 99-cents a loaf. Other stuff we like at Safeway: BOGO Oscar Mayer bacon; Bartlett pears for 39-cents a pound; Arrowhead or Nestle water for $3.49 a case and BOGO bagged salads.

Buy two jars of Classico or Barilla pasta sauce (2/$4) and get 2 boxes of Barilla pasta free. Add a loaf of that 99-cent bread and you have a meal for $3!!! Heck, you can add an apple pie from the bakery for $2.99 and still only spend $6 for dinner.

Safeway again has expanded the $5 Friday promotion. This week you can get chicken tenders; Tony Roma's ribs and a DVD for $5 each. The deals are pretty good in coupon country, too. I'll be clipping the coupons for General Mills cereals, $1.99; Eating Right baby carrots, $1.49; Breyer's ice cream, $1.99 and Lucerne cheese slices for $1.29.

In produce, Haas avocados are $1 each; Iceberg lettuce is $1 a head; celery is 99-cents and strawberries are 99-cents a pound.

Let's make a quick stop at Henry's for produce because it's hard to beat their prices. Seedless grapes are 77-cents a pound; avocados are 2/$1; bell peppers are 2/$1; pears are 2lbs/$1; asparagus is 2lbs/$5 and pumpkins are 3/$10.

Come back on Thursday because we have soup cooking in 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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