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February 15, 2011
Safeway is making it simple to shop healthy

In addition to the sales and the coupons, Safeway is making news today with a new in-store program called "Simple Nutrition." According to the supermarket chain, new "green" shelf tags will make it easier for consumers to find items that are more nutritious. The tags will identify ingredients that are associated with healthy eating like: organic, gluten free, good source of calcium, low cholesterol, low fat and good source of fiber. Items that you are likely to see tagged in green are: Cheerios, Yoplait yogurt, Quaker Instant oatmeal, O Organics milk and Healthy Choice entrees.

This week's specials at Safeway are also good for your budget. Here's what we like: Whole Foster Farms chicken for 79-cents a pound; cooked shrimpmeat for $3.99lb; Eating Right boneless skinless chicken breasts for $3.49lb. In produce, seedless grapes are 79-cents a pound and broccoli crowns are 79-cents a pound, too. For 99-cents or less you can get a pound of Braeburn apples; Kiwi fruit; mangos; squash; Texas Ruby red grapefruit and yellow onions.

Open Nature and Safeway whole wheat breads are BOGO. Oroweat breads or sandwich thins are $1 off with coupon. Quaker Life and Post Fruity Pebbles cereals are $1.99; Special K is $1.99 with coupon. A case of Arrowhead drinking water is $2.99 and an 8-pack of Dasani mini bottles is $2.49.

In the coupon category, a 6-roll pack of Bounty paper towels is $5.99; (if you prefer Viva towels, they are $5.99, too) Special K or Fiber Plus bars are $1.99; Quaker Chewy granola bars are $1.77; Lucerne butter is $2.49; Breyers ice cream or Klondike bars are $2.29; Prego pasta sauce is $1.49 and Powerade is 60 cents a bottle.

There's a 4-day President's Day sale (Fri-Mon), which includes the All American (1/2 cherry; 1/2 apple) pie for $3.49; an 8 pounds of oranges for $3.49; Florida OJ for $3 and Lay's or Kettle chips for $1.88.

And this week's Friday Only $5 specials include: Whole roasted chicken; Foster Farms frozen chicken breasts or tenders; SeaPak butterfly shrimp and a Cherry Boston Cream cake, too.

Save Mart has more President's Day weekend savings. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can get pork country-style ribs for $1.37lb; beef short ribs for $2.97lb; a 5lb bag of Idaho potatoes for 67 cents and 10 cartons of Dannon Light & Fit yogurt for $4.

Petite sirloin steaks are $2.99lb in the max pak. Jeannie-O smoked sausage is BOGO; Foster Farms split chicken breasts are BOGO, too. In produce, green seedless grapes are 97-cents a pound; fresh asparagus is $1.97lb; Driscoll's berries are $2.99 for a container. Cucumbers and green bell peppers are 67-cents each; hothouse tomatoes are $1.97lb and green onions, radishes or cilantro are 50-cents a bunch.

Kellogg's cereals are buy 3, get 3 free - works out to $1.79 a box; Thomas' English muffins are BOGO. Sunny Select cookies are $1 a package.

Tropicana OJ is $3 a bottle; a huge jug of Minute Maid OJ is $4.99. Tilamook sliced cheese is $2 a package and Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $1.89.

The back-page coupons at Save Mart include $3 off fruit pies in the bakery; $1 off artisan breads in the bakery; a 5lb bag of Hinode rice for $1.99 and jugs of Dew or Pepsi for $1.

Raley's has promising produce prices with BOGO strawberries, blueberries and blackberries; large oranges for 47-cents a pound; avocado for $1 and broccoli crowns for 97-cents a pound.

Foster Farms whole chicken is 77-cents a pound; pork spareribs are $2.49lb and R Everyday boneless, skinless chicken thighs are $2.49lb. Campbell's condensed soups are $1 a can; Santitas tortilla chips are 2/$5 (plus a free jug of Pepsi when you buy 2 bags). Minute maid OJ is 2/$5 and Thomas' English muffins are $1.89.

Sunnyside Farms is introducing single serving cottage cheese with fruit on the bottom (like yogurt) 4/$5; Kozy Shack pudding is $1.99 and Pillsbury Grands! are 2/$3.

A case of Crystal Geyser Spring water is $3.28; Kids' Clif bars are 5/$3 and Ronzoni pasta is $1 a box. Raley's 100% pure maple syrup is $4.99. Buy a loaf of Nob Hill Trading Co. Pugliese bread and get a free jar of Smucker's Orchard's Finest preserves.

A 9-inch cherry pie in the bakery is $4.99.

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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