It's June 1 and we should be shopping for big floppy hats and ice cream. Instead, we've got chili in the crockpot and blankets on the bed. Where are you, Mr. Sun? The food in the stores screams summer - berries, melon, BBQ and cool drinks - but we are having a heck of a time believing it's going to heat up anytime soon. Guess we are just going to have to pretend.
That said, here's what we like this week, shoppers.
Safeway has a Mix & Match sale that includes 3,000 items. You get 50-cents off each item when you buy 8 or more. The list includes: Mott's or Hansen's apple juice for $1.99; Doritos for $1.79; paper towels or bath tissue for $2.49; Folger's coffee for $3.99; Nestle water for $3.29 a case and Bumble Bee albacore tuna for 99-cents.
They also have a 4-day sale (Friday-Monday) with Strawberry Boston cream cakes for $5; fresh salad shrimpmeal for $4.49lb and 16-piece chicken for $9.99.
In produce, cherries have come down in price to $2.77lb; cantaloupe is BOGO; peaches are $1.49lb and strawberries are $2.50 a pound. Driscoll's raspberries are BOGO; bell peppers are $1 each and the Friday only $5 special includes 2-pounds of blueberries.
Bar S jumbo meat franks are $1 a package and gourmet hamburger patties are $3.99lb.
The rest of the Friday only $5 special: All American sub sandwich; 20-pack of Coke; and 3lbs of Jennie-O lean ground turkey.
Over at Raley's there's plenty to BBQ - if you dare. Foster Farms split chicken breasts are 99-cents a pound. Sutter sirloin steak is $3.97lb. If you have a graduation to celebrate, their cakes are still on sale at $14.99 for 1/2 a sheet. You can get a free cake if you order 2 or more deli trays.
In produce, cantaloupe is $2; mangoes are 37-cents each and oranges are 97-cents a pound. Cucumber is 2/$1. Breakfast is a bargain because Kellogg's Special K cereal and bars are $1.99 when you buy 4 (that includes Special K crackers, too). A dozen eggs is $1.98 and Minute Maid OJ is $2.50. A case of Arrowhead water is $3.99 and Sunnyside Farms ice cream is $3.48.
Save Mart has our favorite summertime fruit - watermelon - for $2.97. Jumbo cantaloupe is 97-cents Friday-Sunday and locally grown cherries are $3.97lb. Driscoll's berries are BOGO.
For the "Q," chicken breasts or party wings are $1.77lb; boneless, skinless thighs are $2.99lb. Sunny Select vegetables are 69-cents a can; peanut butter is $1.79 a jar and instant oatmeal is $1.99 a box.
Sunny Select eggs are $2.29 for an 18-pack; Monterey pasta is BOGO and Michelina's lean gourmet meals are 88-cents each. If you're looking for coupons, check out Aunt Sue's honey for $1.99; Oscar Mayer shaved lunchmeat for $2.99 and BOGO sausage links from Farmer John.