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February 8, 2011
Sweet savings for you and your Valentine

Everything is all red and flowery at the supermarkets this week. Quite a change from the rough and tumble Super Bowl savings. Here's what we like this week:

The 4-day sale at Safeway - Friday-Monday - includes Italian sausage for $1.99 a pack; asparagus for $1.27lb; Pepperidge cookies for $1.88 and Haagen-Daz ice cream for $2.79. And those Friday Only $5 specials include roasted turkey breast or turkey pot roast; Signature Cafe family meals; 32-oz. pack of Lucerne shredded cheese and a Penguin (black&white) Bistro Cake in the bakery.

Highlights of the weekly specials: Rancher's Reserve ribeye steak (bone-in) for $4.99lb; chicken parts for $1.09lb; and Dungeness crab for $4.99lb. Refreshe water is $3 a case; a 2-liter Coke is 99-cents and Tropicana OJ is 2/$6.

Lot's of BOGOs on the list: Jennie-O lean ground turkey; Safeway butter-top breads; Oscar Mayer bacon and carving board tubs of lunchmeat. Lucerne large eggs are BOGO (with the coupon). Kellogg's cereals are 3/$6; SnackWells cookies are $1.99 and Safeway pasta is $1 a box.

In produce, oranges are 99-cents a pound; bell peppers are 99-cents each. Cucumbers are 50-cents each and cantaloupe is 49-cents a pound.

Heading over to Raley's, bell peppers are 87-cents each; pears are 77-cents a pound and Fresh Express bagged salads are 2/$3. Boneless rib eye steak is $5.97lb; asparagus is $1.47lb and cross rib  roast is $2.99lb.

Raley's has the best-looking sweets for your sweetie: Hand-dipped apples and strawberries. Chocolate-Raspberry Charlotte is $12.99 in the bakery and single serve desserts are 4/$10.

Buy 10 items in the Mix & Match sale and you end up paying $1.50 for General Mills cereals, Chex Mix; Bisquick; Old El Paso taco shells; and Progresso soups. Arrowhead and Nestle waters are $3.33 a case; Citrus soda - something new from 7-UP is $1.99 for a 12-pack; and Simply Juices are $3. A 2-liter Coke is 98-cents (must buy 4 or more).

In produce, large artichokes are 2/$3; apples are $1.27lb and a large container of blueberries is $4.97.

If you want a cozy meal without all the prep, try Raley's "Valentine's dinner for two." Your choice of filet mignon for $59.99 or chicken ravioli for $39.99. Get $5 off if you order online.

You'll find sweet savings at Save Mart, too. Their 4-day sale includes a free cake when you buy a "Chicken Dinner Deal"; grapes for 97-cents a pound and Master Cut turkey breast for $1.59lb.

Bonless pork loin roast doesn't scream "Happy Valentine's Day," but it is reasonable at $1.99lb. If you want to impress your date, filet mignon roast is $7.99lb and bone-in rib eye is $4.97lb. Sunnyside chicken parts are 99-cents a pound; Foster Farms ground turkey is $3.99 and cross rib roast is $2.99lb. Featured produce includes Roma tomatoes for 37-cents a pound; avocado for a $1 and baby lemons 10/$1. Asparagus is $1.97lb and a 3lb bag of fuji or gala apples is $2.99.

Quaker and Dole and mixin' and matchin'. Buy 5 items - everything from Life cereal to granola bars and juices - and you pay only $1.89 each. Arrowhead and Nestle drinking water is $3.33 a case; Simply Juices are 2/$6.

In the back-page coupons, clip the $1 off butter; 2-liter sodas for 99-cents; Hunt's Ketchup for 99-cents; Busset salami for $3.49 and a free tub of Hillshire Farm deli lunchmeat when you buy 2.

Be sure to come back on Thursday for recipes to treat your Valentine 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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