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August 30, 2011
Here's how to be cart smart this week

It's Labor Day weekend. That pretty much means the end of summer fun and the beginning of the school year. Thankfully, it's not the end of bargains. In fact, this week's ads are packed with good deals.

Take the Raley's offer of $20 off your next purchase when you spend $100 or more. Or their soda special: Buy 2-12 packs, get 3 free. White corn is 4/88-cents; pork spareribs are $1.99lb and whole tri tip roast is $2.99lb. Arrowhead or Nestle water is 2 cases for $7 and Lay's chips are BOGO.

Also at Raley's: Whole seedless watermelon for $3.49; tomatoes on the vine for $1.29lb; baskets of berries 2/$5 amd radosjes pr greem pmopms fpr 50-cents a bunch.

Ball Park franks are 2/$4; all natural boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs are $2.99lb and gourmet beef burgers are $3.99lb.

A Picnic Pack in the deli - fried chicken, deli salad; cookies, rolls, plates and an insulated bag - is ready for pick up at $19.99. Iced cupcakes are $5.99 a dozen and summer shortcake is $9.99 in the bakery.

If you hitch your cart to Safeway, be prepared for a long weekend of Daily Deals starting with BOGO buns and fresh ground beef for $1.99 a pound on Wednesday and ending with 16-piece chicken for $9.99 and deli salad for $2.99 on Monday. In between, there's towels & tissues; soda & chips; watermelon & ribs and shrimp & asparagus.

Other items worth mentioning include boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.99lb; Oscar Mayer dogs are buy 1, get 2 free and Gallo salami is $5.99 a package. In the drink dept. 12-packs of soda are buy 2, get 3 free; cases or Arrowhead water are 2/$6 with coupon and 4-12-packs of Coke for $11. Nabisco and Ritz crackers are BOGO.

In produce, cantaloupe is BOGO and ears of corn are 6/$1. Cut watermelon is 59-cents a pound; bell peppers are $1 each and seedless grapes are $1.99lb.

The Friday only $5 specials include Signature Cafe chicken wings; Minute Maid OJ in the 128-oz. jug; Primo Taglio Black Forest ham and Boston Cream Cakes in the bakery.

The 4-day sale at Save Mart has corn on the cob at 7/98-cents; lean ground beef in the Max Pak for $1.99lb and crispy cooked wings for $3.99. Two great coupons offer Kingsford Briquets for $4.99 and Heinz ketchup for 99-cents.

Honey Nut Cheerios are $1.77 a box - when you buy 3 and Lay's chips are BOGO. Save Mart has that same soda offer: buy 2-12 packs and get 3 free. Gallo salame is $4.99 with the coupon on Page 3. For school lunches, Quaker granola bars are $1.77 a box.

Sunny Select beans are 88-cents a can; pudding snacks - good for lunches, too - are $1 a pack and Entenmann's Pop'Ems; Oroweat Italian bread or Thomas' English muffins are BOGO. Fritos and Cheetos are BOGO . Arrowhead or Nestle spring water is $3.50 a case.

In produce, baskets of grape tomatoes are BOGO; green onions, cilantro and radishes are 2/$1 and fresh basil plants are $2.99.

In the bakery, Strawberry Boston's are $6.99; decorated cupcakes are $6.99 and brownie bites are $6.99, too.

If you are headed to a Sprouts Farmers Market, be sure to clip the coupon for $5 off your purchase of $30 or more. Items worth carting away: beefsteak tomatoes for 88-cents a pound; bell pepper at 3/$1 and green onions/cilantro/or radishes at 33-cents each. Whole seedless watermelon is 19-cents a pound and corn on the cob is 19-cents each.

Remember to shop early so you don't have to labor on Labor Day!


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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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