Think if we do the shopping, they'll do the cooking? Or maybe the cleaning? Or maybe they just won't leave their stuff all over the house! I'll be happy with 1-out-of-3.
That said, let's shop like someone else is cooking for us this week.
With Moms in mind, we're stopping first at Safeway. Our "For Her" list includes: A bouquet of roses for $9.99; fresh strawberries for $2.97; Angel food cake for $1.99; boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $2.29lb; a 35-pack of Crystal Geyser water for $3.99; and a 12oz package of Seattle's Best coffee for $6.99.
For the rest of the family: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes or Fruity Pebbles for $1.88; Doritos or Lays chips, buy 2, get 2 free; 2-liter Pepsi or 7-UP for 88-cents and - DUH - Mother's cookies for $2.49.
In produce, jumbo 'chokes are 2/$5; fresh pineapple is $2.99; and large tomatoes are $1.99lb. Ruby Red grapefruit is 3/$1; white corn on the cob is 3/$1, too.
If you're ordering a deli tray for Mother's Day or your favorite graduate, check out the coupon for $5 off. If you want to make things really simple - and cheap - buy the $5 Friday only specials and save them until Sunday. There's nothing like cold fried chicken and strawberry cheese cake!
And if you're still considering a Cinco Celebration, Safeway has pork shoulder for $1.49lb; La Tortilla Factory tortillas for $1.49; Rosarita refries for 88-cents a can; Daisy sour cream and Lucerne shredded cheese for $1.88 and mangos for 3/$1. The Cinco specials are Wednesday and Thursday only.
Raley's is taking care of Mom, too. Here, you can pick up dinner and a gift at the same store . A dozen roses are $9.98; a simple bouquet is $9.99 and a box (4 total) of chocolate dipped strawberries is $10. Raley's is also advertising "Hand Dipped Chocolate Caramel Apples." (Note to Dads and kids...don't get Mom the apples. She will much prefer the strawberries!)
Raley's is also advertising a "Treat Mom to a Movie" deal. It says you can "get a free Movie Voucher when you buy 4 boxes of Kellogg's cereal, pop tarts or bars." Can't tell from the ad if it's one voucher or two. You could just send mom to the movies alone or buy 8 boxes of cereal and get dinner and a movie!
Other stuff we like at Raley's: tri tip for $2.97lb; rotisserie chicken - $4.98 each when you buy 2 or more; and baby back ribs for $3.47lb.
Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents a cup; cantaloupe is 2/$4; berries are 2/$5 and asparagus is $1.97lb. In the bakery, strawberry shortcake - regular or chocolate - is $10.99. And, finally, if you just want to relax, order the Mom's meals at Raley's. Brunch - ham and omelets - for $49.99 or Dinner - chicken ravioli - for $59.99. Place your order online and save $5.
Save Mart is the place to go for Driscoll's strawberries - buy 1 pound, get 2 pounds free. And head on over on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and get a personal size seedless watermelon for $1.66; and an 8-piece fried chicken meal for $5.99 Minute Maid OJ is $2.99 for an 89oz. jug.
Get free Santitas chips when you buy a 24-pack of Pepsi. Tostitos chips are BOGO and Sun Chips are $2.50 a bag.
In produce, sweet yellow Sunburst tomatoes are BOGO; leaf lettuce is 79-cents a head; Earthbound Farm organic salad is BOGO and bell peppers or cucumbers are 69-cents each. Blackberries are BOGO and fresh pineapple is $2.97. A 5lb-bag of Fuji apples is $2.99.
Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2 a bottle; Sunnyside Farms large eggs are $2.50 for 18; and a large box of Eggo waffles is $3.99.
Back page coupons worth clippin' include: Ore-Ida potatoes for $2.50; a family pack of El Monterey burritos for $2.49; Kern's nectar for $1.99 and a free pack of Tree Top apple sauce when you buy 2 jugs of Tree Top apple juice.
Be sure to come back on Thursday. Shop Cheap will help you create the perfect Mother's Day brunch.