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June 28, 2011
Celebrate the Fourth with a bang and a BOGO

Not even going to mention the nasty weather because it's going to be gone before you can say BOGO.

So let's get down to business. The business of the BBQ, the Fourth of July weekend and all the ways you are going to save money on groceries.

First stop, Save Mart where you can get corn on the cob for 12-cents (6/96 cents) Friday-Monday. To go with the corn there's BOGO Ball Park franks, a 3lb container of Reser's deli salad for $4.99 and a coupon for Kingsford charcoal for $4.99. Sunnyside Farms buns are $1.25 a package. General Mills cereal is $1.79 a box when you buy 4.

Pork spareribs are $1.97lb; tri tip is $2.97lb and Pepsi, Dew and Coke in the 12-pack is buy 2, get 3 free. Lays Kettle, Doritos or Tostitos are $1.69 a bag. Regular Lay's potato chips are BOGO. Nabisco snack crackers are $1.99 a box.

In produce, cantaloupe is 97-cents each; Driscoll's berries are BOGO; grape tomatoes are BOGO and 2 pounds of baby carrots are $1.99 a bag.

If you're staying away from soda, Hansen's apple juice is $1.89; Minute Maid punch and lemonade is 79 cents and Santa Cruz organic lemonade or limeade is BOGO. A case of Sunny Select drinking water is $2.50; Gatorade is 88-cents and Arizona ice teas are $1 a jug.

In the bakery, an 8-inch apple pie is $2.99; strawberry Boston cakes are $7.99 and patriotic cupcakes are $6.99 a dozen.

Heading over to Raley's where the tri-tip is $2.99 a pound; corn on the cob is 25 cents each and pies in the bakery are buy 2, get 1 free. Ball Park franks are 2/$3; gourmet burgers are $3.99lb and Johnsonville bratwurst is 2/$7. Couldn't find any bargain buns in the Raley's ad but I'll bet you'll find them at the store.

Nabisco snack crackers are $2 a box; there's a coupon for Tostitos ($1.69/Limit 2); Lundberg rice chips are $1.50 a bag. Other fixin's like Rosarita refries are $1 a can; Dennison's chili with beans is 79-cents a can with coupon and Bush's baked beans are 3/$5.

In the beverage dept., 12-packs of Coke are $2.39 when you buy 4 or more; Minute Maid punch or lemonade is 79-cents (with coupon); Santa Cruz organic lemonade is $1.50 and a case of R Everyday drinking water is $3.48.

In produce, berries are a bargain. Strawberries are $5.97 for 4 pounds; blueberries are the same price for 2 pounds. Cantaloupe is BOGO; seedless watermelon is $3.99 each and tomatoes on the vine are $1.99lb.

In the deli, you can order an entire picnic for just $19.99. It comes in a reusable thermal bag to keep everything cool and includes 16-piece fried chicken; potato or macaroni salad, cookies, rolls, plates. The entire meal feeds 8.

For dessert, there's patriotic cakes at $5.99 and $12.99; fresh fruit cheesecake for $12.99 and shortcake for $9.99.

At Safeway, we find "Hot deals," "Daily deals," and the "Friday only deal." Yikes! it's hard to keep everything straight so we are going to keep it simple instead.

From Wednesday through July 4, Safeway is advertising a different daily deal. Want chips & soda, shop Wednesday. Burgers & cheese, go Thursday; brats and buns on Saturday and Yada Yada Yada, you get the idea.

The hot deals are another story. You can get those anytime. For example: Oscar Mayer dogs are buy 1, get 2 free; 12-packs of soda are buy 2, get 3 free and Nabisco crackers are BOGO.

Adding to the BOGOs are Lay's classic or Kettle chips; Wish Bone dressing; Orville Redenbacher's microwave pop corn; Jennie-O turkey store burgers and mix & match Hillshire Farm sausage, Ball Park and Hebrew National franks.

In produce, corn on the cob is 12/$2; red bell peppers are 4/$5 and mangos are $1 each.

Trimmed tri-tip is $4.99lb and boneless country style ribs are $2.49lb.

In the deli, the All-American sub sandwich is $5.99; red, white and blue potato salad is $2.99lb and a Signature Cafe meal deal is $8.99 for 8 pieces of chicken, salad or beans and a jug of Coke.

And finally, the Friday only $5 offerings are Signature Cafe chicken wings; 20-ounces of roasted pistachios; Foster Farms corn dogs; frozen Jennie-O turkey store burgers and Boston cream cakes in the bakery.

Come back on Thursday for some unique recipes for your Fourth of July celebration

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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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