Nothing like a little last-minute shopping to get you in the spirt for St. Patrick's Day. Decent prices help lift the spirt, too. So for all of you who waited until today - or even tomorrow - to get your corned beef, have not fear. There's plenty of brisket, cabbage, potatoes and carrots to go 'round.
Safeway's 2-day sale (Wednesday and Thursday) has corned beef for $1.79lb. If you want a better cut, it's going to cost you $2.69lb. Cabbage is 39-cents a pound and don't forget the Irish soda bread in the bakery for $3.29. Don't forget the rye bread for leftovers. Oroweat is $2.99 a loaf. Once you've shopped the 2-day sale, there's a 4-day sale - Friday to Monday. That includes Kraft Mac&Cheese for 75-cents; Bumble Bee tuna for 50 cents and Oreos or Honey Maid graham crackers for $1.99. 12-packs of Coke are buy 2, get 2 free. That's $12.58 for 48 cans or 26-cents a can. Nathan's beef sausage is BOGO and a Signature Cafe Family pizza is $5.99. If you like pistachios, an 8-oz. bag is $2.99.
Other stuff we like at Safeway: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99lb; Rancher's Reserve trimmed tri-tip for $3.99lb and BOGO Farmer John sliced bacon. Green seedless grapes are 79-cents a pound; tomatoes on the vine are $1.49lb; and green onions are 50-cents a bunch. Post cereals are $1.99 a box.
In the coupon category, Dole juice blends are $1.99; Welch's grape juice is $2.49; Skippy peanut butter or Welch's Grape Squeeze are $1.49 and Kellogg's mini-wheats are $1.99.
The Friday only $5 specials are: 8-piece chicken or 5-piece fish in the deli; waterfront BISTRO large cooked shrimp and Lemon Bistro Cake.
Raley's has a 2-day St. Pat's sale as well. Their cut of corned beef - rounds or brisket flats - is $2.77lb; baby potatoes are $2.50 a bag. Irish Soda Bread was advertised last week so check your bakery.
Good prices on Raley's produce. Berries are BOGO; green beans are $1.47lb; limes are 4/$1 and blood oranges are 97-cents a pound. Pistachios are a penny more - $3 a bag. If you're clippin', Aquafina water is $2.99 a case; 12-packs of 7-UP are $2.99 and 2-liter Pepsi or Dr. Pepper is 89-cents.
Thomas' English muffins are $2 a pack; a 32-oz. container of Mountain High yoghurt is $2.50; Eggo waffles or French toast are $2 a box; and Skippy peanut butter is $1.49 at Raley's, too.
Michelina's frozen entrees are 89-cents each and Ore-Ida potatoes are $3 a bag.
If you want a Shenson's corned beef, head to Save Mart. The brisket cut with a spice packet is $2.17lb. A 5-lb. bag of potatoes is $2.49 and fresh green beans are $1.97lb.
Save Mart is advertising a 3-day sale (Friday-Sunday), which includes Rotisserie chicken for $5.99; green onions, radishes or cilantro - 4/$1 and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies 2/$5.
Boneless cross rib roast is $1.99lb; pork butt roast is $1.69lb. and Foster Farms fresh chicken breasts are BOGO.
Strawberries are BOGO; blueberries and blackberries are $2.99 a basket.
S&W beans are 79-cents a can; Hunts diced tomatoes are $1 a can and Sunny Select pasta sauce is $1.49 a jar. Sunny Select pasta is 89-cents a package. Sun Chips an Lay's chips are $2.50 a bag; Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.50 a loaf. The back-page coupons include $1 off a loaf of La Brea bread in the bakery; Minute Maid punch for 88-cents and Aidells smoked chicken sausage links for $3.99.
Come back Thursday to see what's cooking in the Shop Cheap Kitchen.