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January 31, 2012
Shopping's super; game's an excuse to party

Ah, what might have been. We really should be planning red and gold Super Bowl parties. Instead, we'll have to watch and wait until next year. But just because we don't have a Northern California team in the Super Bowl doesn't mean we aren't going to find super savings at the grocery store. It just would have been a lot more fun.

If you're eating healthy, this isn't the ad week for you. Lots of chips, guac, BOGO soda and pizza. There is the veggie tray but that's so not football!

Here's what we like this week.

We're stopping at Safeway first for that 5-day sale (Wed.-Sun) and the $10 reward coupon  when you spend $75 or more. In addition to that incentive, Safeway is advertising daily specials ranging from Tostitos ($1.69) and Pepsi (88-cents) on Wednesday to chicken wings ($6.99), deli salad ($3.99) and 20 cans of Coke for $5 on Sunday.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb; lean ground beef is $2.99lb and Nathan's beef franks are BOGO. Oscar Mayer dogs are buy 1, get 2 free!

Avocados are 50-cents each; vine-ripe tomatoes are $1.49lb;  and a 5lb. bag of potatoes is $2.50.

5-day specials include Signature Cafe baby back ribs for $5; 8-piece cooked chicken for $5.99; Ritz crackers for $1.99 and a dozen donuts for $3.99..See what we mean about eating healthy.

Wholly Guacamole is BOGO in the deli; cole slaw is $2.49lb. There's a whole page of coupons, including Skippy peanut butter for $2.99; Kellogg's cereal for $1.99; General Mills cereal for $1.88 and Mission tortillas for $1.49. Fresh Express salad blends are $3.99; Safeway buns are 99-cents  and a big jug of Welch's grape juice is $1.99.

BOGO mix & match items include Hillshire Farm packaged meat; Mt. Olive pickles; Safeway Select salsa; and French's mustard.

Safeway Kitchens whole wheat bread; Guerrero tortillas; brown rice; Safeway apple juice, Nabisco crackers, Quaker instant oatmeal and a 4lb bag of Navel oranges are all buy one, get one free.

A case of Arrowhead water is $3.50.

Save Mart knows what it's doing when it advertises avocado 3/99-cents. Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day for guac on the planet. They also have fresh crab meet in a 16oz container for $7.77 and Ball Park franks for $1.99.

Roma tomatoes are 37-cents a pound; grape tomatoes and Fresh Express salads are BOGO. Bell peppers, cucumbers, green onions, radishes, cilantro and Italian parsley are all 2/$1. Baby lemons and limes are 5/$1 and a 5lb bag of apples is $3.99. Berries are BOGO, too.

Lay's chips are BOGO, Pepsi 12-packs are buy 2, get 3 free. Coke 12-packs are buy 2, get 2 free. Nabisco and Ritz crackers are $1.99. Fresh baby carrots are $1.99 for a 2lb bag.

A slab of ribs in the deli is $10.99 and fresh potato salad in $2.99lb.

Got the game face on as we head to Raley's. First purchase - Dungeness crab for $5.99lb. Next, a couple of take and bake pizzas 2/$10. Raley's tri-tip is $2.99lb; 8-piece fried chicken is $4.99 (includes a free liter of Pepsi) and a veggie tray for $4.99. A meat and veggie tray is $8.99 If you're making stuffed potato skins, the Russet variety is 49-cents a pound and there's a recipe at

Lots of BOGOs in produce. They include avacados; fresh pico de gallo; Marie's dip and pistachios. Fresh limes are 5/$1; kiwi is 99-cents a pound; blueberries are BOGO and cucumbers are 69-cents each.

In the deli, Sabras Hummus is BOGO and hot soups are $1 off. The bakery has game day cakes for $14.99. If you'd rather socialize than cook, slow-cooked ribs are $7.99 when you buy 2 or more and family pack cookies are guy 2, get 1 free.

Not into the game? Sunday will be a perfect day to go to the movies, dine at your favorite restaurant or go somewhere that's normally crowded. It won't be from 2-7, guaranteed.


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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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