If only, the grocery stores planned ahead for the Royal Wedding. We could have had some fun with scones, tea, cucumber sandwiches and smoked salmon. Instead, we have "The Big Cheese Event" at Safeway; Cinco de Mayo savings at Raley's and chicken and ribs at Save Mart. Guess we're going to have to come up with our own royal menu!
We'll get the party started at Safeway. In addition to "the Big Cheese Event," they have a pretty good 4-day sale (Wed.-Sat.). Seedless grapes are 99-cents a pound; Barilla pasta is 88-cents a box and Keebler Fudge Shoppe cookies are $1.49. Signature Cafe chicken tenders are $4.99lb; Entemann's donuts are $2.50 a box and Chicken of the Sea solid white tuna in water is 88-cents a can. Safeway apple juice is $1.49.
Weekly savings include BOGO Rancher's Reserve boneless cross rib or pot roast; chicken leg quarters for 99-cents a pound and lean ground beef or $2.99lb. Farmer John sliced bacon is BOGO. That Big Cheese Event features Lucerne chunk, shredded or string cheese for $3; natural slices for $2 and cream cheese for $1. Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.99.
Froot Loops or Frosted Flakes are $1.99 a box; Safeway instant oatmeal is BOGO and bagels in the bakery are 2/$1.
Safeway's Cinco coupons include Mission soft taco tortillas for 99-cents; salsa for $1.79 and 7-UP for 77-cents. Other Cinco de Mayo specials include Rosarita refries; green chilis; Bush's black beans and Del Monte Diced tomatoes all for $1 a can. Fresh pork shoulder is $1.49lb and Knoor/Lipton rice mixes are 88-cents each. Unfortunately, large avocados are $2 each.
There's a 99-cents sale in produce. Kiwi fruit and lemons or limes are all 3/99-cents. Oranges, melon, red potatoes, onions and squash are all 99-cents a pound. Cilantro, radishes or green onion are 2/99-cents.
In the don't need but want category a tub of Red Vines is $5.99; Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn is BOGO and Betty Crocker fruit snacks are 3/$5.
The Friday Only $5 specials are good for 4 days this week - Wednesday-Saturday. For $5 you can get a Signature Cafe pizza; Bertolli dinner for 2; 3 jars of Classico pasta sauce and an Almond-Raspberry Bistro cake in the bakery.
The Cinco de Mayo celebration is starting early at Raley's. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are $1.97lb; pork shoulder roast is $1.47lb and Mission tortillas are 99-cents (with coupon). La Victoria salsa, taco or enchilada sauce is $1.99; Rosarita refries are $1 a can; Raley's shredded cheese is $3.99 for 2lbs. Padrinos chips are $1.69; limes are 10/$1 and green onions or cilantro are 4/$1. Nob HIll pico de gallo or Raley's 5-layer dips are BOGO.
If you're planning an early-morning Royal get together on Friday, coffee cake in the bakery is buy 2, get 1 free; cucumbers for those cute, little finger sandwiches are 2/$1; Florida's Natural OJ is 2/$5; sweet or sourdough baguettes are $1.88 in the bakery. Bagels are $2.98 for six and a dozen donuts is $4.98.
In produce, sweet white corn on the cob is 5/$2; Cherub tomatoes are 2/$5; large 'chokes are 97-cents each; mangoes are 2/$1 and personal size watermelons are 2/$5.
General Mills cereals are $1.49 a box when you buy 4. A case of Nestle water is $3.50. Knondike bars are $2.50.
Save Mart has plenty to report. Country style pork ribs are $1.59lb; chicken leg quarters are 49-cents a pound; Foster Farms fresh wings are $1.99lb and raw shrimp is $3.99 a pound - this weekend only. Included in the weekend sale are mangoes 3/99-cents and Nabisco cookies for $1.99.
Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 10/$4; a case of Nestle water is $2.98; Langers juice cocktails are $1.99 and Crystal Light drink mix is 2/$4. Pace picante sauce is $2 a jar; Las Palmas enchilada sauce is $1.99 and Sunny Select beans are 89-cents a can.
In produce, baby lemons and limes are 10/$1; blackberries are BOGO; spicy peppers are 97-cents a pound; grape tomatoes are BOGO and avocados are 2/$3.
Sunnyside Farms OJ and Dole juices are $2; if you prefer Aquafina drinking water, it's $350 a case. For $1, you can get a can of Hunt's spaghetti sauce; stewed tomatoes or ketchup; Dennison's chili; Hunt's snack pack pudding or a jug of Pepsi or Dew.
A container of Sunnyside fruit on the bottom cottage cheese is 89-cents; Stouffer's party size lasagne is $9.99; Sunny Select garlic bread is $1.50 a loaf and C&W veggies are 2/$3.
In the bakery, single layer cakes are $6.99; fresh strawverry pie is $8.99; Kaiser rolls are $1.99 for a pack. Back page coupons include Gallo salame for $3.99 and Oscar Mayer bacon for $3.99.
Save Mart is also promoting more than $20 in savings in the May 1 ad in Sunday's paper. Check it out!
Come back on Thursday for Cinco de Mayo recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen.