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October 25, 2011
Whole Foods opens in Folsom and other scary stuff

If you live in Folsom and subscribe to The Bee, it's your lucky day. Inside Wednesday's paper you will find "The Whole Deal," a foodie booklet filled with coupons, recipes, and great tips all in celebration of Whole Foods' grand opening at 270 Palladio Parkway.

For example: 50-cents off fresh-baked Cibatta bread; $1 off Celestial Seasonings tea; $1 off Imagine broth or butternut squash soup and $1 off earth balance soymilk.

If you're more of a mainstream shopper, there's plenty to scare up this week. Check it out:

Fresh raspberries are buy 1 get 2 free at Safeway; Fuji apples are $1 a pound and bell peppers and medium size 'chokes are $1 each.

General Mills cereals are $1.99 a box and 18 large eggs are $2.49 with coupon.

Dorritos and Ruffles are buy 2, get 2 free. Safeway Kitchens breads are $2 a loaf and English muffins are $1.50 a pack.

And - finally - they took Shop Cheap's advice and combined the special sale days. This week it's back to the $5 Fridays and a 4-day Friday-Monday sale. I'm sure Halloween on Monday doesn't have anything to do with the change!

Here's what we are going to cart away on Friday: $5 bags of candy for the neighborhood goblins; Seattle's best coffee; a 20-pack of Coke and a Claim Jumper pie - all 5 bucks each.

The 4-day sale stuff includes: large avocado for $1; BOGO Cracker Barrel cheese; Dennison's chili for $1; Golden Grain pasta for 89-cents a box; pumpkin pie for $2.99 and maybe a sweet rose bouquet for $5.

If you have cupcake duty, but no time to bake, the cupcakes in the bakery look festive at $6.99 a dozen.

Over at Raley's we'll pick up more berries because they're BOGO. They also have a 4-pack of avocados for $1.99 and pears for 79-cents a pound. A veggie tray is $4.99 and whole pineapple is $2.99.

Raley's weekend sale (Saturday and Sunday) has apples for 49-cents a pound; Prospector's slow cooked ribs are BOGO and Raley's frozen pizza is $3.49. 2-liter Cokes are 99-cents.

Fritos and Cheetos are BOGO and Martinelli's Sparkling cider is $2 a bottle. Golden Grain pasta is $1 a pack and Newman's Own pasta sauce is $2.50 a jar. Fresh baguettes in the bakery are $1.88. In the deli, Volpi Rotola - rolled mozzarella and prosciutto - is BOGO. Sabra Hummus is BOGO, too. If you're looking for a quick meal, 8-piece fried chicken is $4.99 in the deli..

In the bakery, 1/4 sheet cakes that look scary but taste good are $14.99. Single layer holiday cakes are $4.99; cupcakes are $5.99 a dozen.

And, lastly, you might want to save the Raley's tab insert because it's filled with the "Ready to Roast" holiday meals. Choices include turkey, prime rib, butternut squash and glazed ham. Prices range from $59.99 to $109.99 and will be available Thanksgiving and Christmas week.

Save Mart is sticking with the "Indoor Farmer's Market' theme with seedless grapes for 97-cents a pound; BOGO fresh berries; Gala apples for 47-cents a pound and tomatoes on the vine for 87-cents a pound. 5lbs of russett potatoes or yellow onions are $1. Pumpkins are still available for $3.33 each; pears are 97-cents a pound and avocados are $1 each.

Whole, fresh Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound and ground turkey is $3.50 a package.

There's a 10 items for $10 Mix&Match sale with everything from Sunny Select ketchup to Michelina's entrees to Ronzoni pasta. Clip-worthy coupons include Hormel party trays for $8.99; El Monterey burritos for $2.99; Sunny Select canned tomatoes for 50-cents and Hansen's apple juice for $1.50 a jug.

Pepsi, Dew, Dr. Pepper, Coke, Sprite or Barq's 12-packs are buy 2, get 2 free. Newman's pasta sauce is $2 a jar and garlic bread in the bakery is $2.50 a loaf.

Halloween cupcakes in the bakery are $4.99 a dozen

Sunflower Farmers Market has the cheapest price on red seedless grapes at 57-cents a pound. Washington State apples are 99-cents a pound. Radishes, cilantro, green onions, parsley and carrots are 2/$1. Sunflower gives shoppers $5 off a grocery bill of $25 or more. See the coupon on the insert for details.

At Sprouts, shoppers are required to spend $30 to get the $5 off. There red seedless grapes are 88-cents a pound; cucumbers and celery are 49-cents each and bell peppers are 88 cents each. Apples are 88-cents a pound as are tomatoes on the vine. I'd probably grab a pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts at $1.97 a pound .... but unfortunately my kitchen is still out of commission.

Happy Haunting....

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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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