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.