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September 20, 2011
The family meal is on the table this week

Raley's has designated Sept. 26 - Monday of next week - as Family Meal Day. Here's what they are saying, "We all have a lot on our plate. That's why it's important for families to get together, eat together and stay together." To help, they are offering family ready meals like rotisserie chicken; Heat & Go entrees and ready in minutes creations. Also, at they are sharing their Top 10 meal ideas.

Now, for the prices on those family-friendly foods: The rotisserie chicken is $5.99 when you buy 2; heat and eat meals are $10; ready in minutes meals are $7 and boneless pork chops for when you cook together are BOGO. Split chicken breasts are 99-cents a pound and French bread in the bakery is $1.88.

For breakfast, Minute Maid pure squeezed OJ is $2.69 a jug - when you buy 2. Quaker cereal or chewy granola bars are $1.89 a box - when you buy 5 or more and Greenlees cinnamon bread is BOGO. A large carton of large eggs is $2.78.

Skippy peanut butter is $2 a jar;  a case of Crystal Geyser water is $3.49 and fresh mozzarella balls are $3.99.

In produce, green bell peppers are 3/99 cents; pears are 79-cents a pound and cucumbers are 99-cents each. Organic heirloom tomatoes are $2.99lb;  and large avocados are 2/$3.

In the Wok, potstickers are BOGO and in the Deli, you can get Il Fornaio pizza dough.

Over at Save Mart, they are tackling the family meal, too. It's called "Create a Meal" and it consists of an entree, a side and bread. Prices range from $9.99 to $14.99 and include chicken, meatloaf, turkey breast and ribs. The sides include macaroni salad, potato salad and coleslaw. Breads are Hawaiian sweet rolls, French bread or corn bread.

For the cooks, there's Master Cut turkey breast for $5.99 (when you spend $50 on groceries). Fresh Atlantic salmon fillets are $6.99lb and bay scallops are $6.99.

In produce, Driscoll's raspberries are BOGO; Bartlett pears are 29-cents a pound; and seedless grapes are $1.67lb. Avocados are 4/$5; green onions, radishes, cilantro or green bell peppers are 50 cents each; and oranges or tangerines are 97-cents a pound.

Coupons worth clipping include 12-packs of Coke - buy 2, get 1 free; Chicken of the Sea chunk light tuna for 79-cents and Foster Farms variety pack lunchmeat for $1.99.

A case of Crystal Geyser water is $3.33; Sunnyside Farms breads are $1.99 a loaf and Milton's bread is $2.99 a loaf.

BOGOs include Yakisoba noodles; Gatorade 6-packs; Sunny Select instant oatmeal, granola bars and fruit snacks. Sun Sations dish detergent is BOGO, too.

Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 10/$5; Sargento string cheese is $3.49 and Minute Maid OJ is $2.50 a carton.

Safeway's 3-day weekend sale includes pork back ribs for $3.99lb; Pepsi or 7-UP 12-packs are buy 2, get 2 free; bananas are 47-cents a pound and Primo Taglio peppered turkey or Muenster cheese is $5.99lb.

Rancher's Reserve London Broil is BOGO; Foster Farms young breast halves  are 99-cents a pound and Smithfield premium bacon is $3.99lb.

Safeway is also promoting a Mix&Match sale that features 3,000 items. Everything from General Mills cereal to Yoplait yogurt and Welch's grape juice is 50-cents off when you mix&match 8 or more of the items.

In produce, white peaches are $1.99lb; broccoli is 99-cents; pears and Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound. Bell peppers are $1 each.

The $5 Friday only specials include roasted turkey breast; 3 pounds of seedless grapes; Lucerne chunk cheese and cake slices.

If you're clipping coupons, Philly cream cheese is BOGO; O Organics soymilk is $2.49; Crest toothpaste is $2.69 and a giant jug of Tide is $10.99.

And in the "is it that time already department," pumpkin pies are $4.99 in the bakery. Also, Safeway Kitchen bread is $2 a loaf and Caramel apples are 99-cents each.

Our Sprouts report this week includes Hass avocado for 77-cents; oranges and apples for 88-cents a pound; nectarines and plums for 88-cents a pound and pears for 49-cents a pound.

That's it for this week..


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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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