Planning: That's all it takes to save some serious cash at the grocery store. Take this week, for example. If you shop Safeway and spend $75 or more, you'll get a $10 rewards coupon to use next week when you are shopping for Easter. Or, shop Raley's and order your holiday ham online and save $5. Mix in coupons and BOGOs and you are on your way. Here's how:
To help you earn that $10 off from Safeway, we start with apples for 99-cents a pound; a case of refreshe water for $3.33 and BOGO blackberries. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb; Foster Farms lunchmeat and Oscar Mayer dogs and lunchmeat are all BOGO.
Dannon single serve Greek yogurt is $1; Open Nature yogurt is $1.99 for 32oz and Kozy Shack pudding is $2.
In produce, blackberries are BOGO; avocados are $1 each; Roma tomatoes are $1.99lb and cucumbers are 79-cents each.
The $5 Friday sale includes the All-American sub sandwich; Tony Roma's ribs; a 3lb container of strawberries; Star olive oil and a 50-count container of cookies.
The Friday-Monday specials include BOGO Sargento shredded cheese; Johnsonville Italian sausage or Bratwurst for $3.49 and Guerrero flour tortillas for $1.99.
If you clip, check out Palmolive dish soap for $1.99; Safeway Select sparkling cider for $1.79; a gallon of Lucerne milk or OJ for $1.99; Florida Natural OJ - the 89oz size - for $3.99; 7-UP or A&W for 88 cents; Bolthouse Farms juices for $2.49 and Safeway buns or brown'n'serve rolls for 99-cents.
Raley's is getting a jump on Easter by offering their fire glazed ham for $5 off when you order at www.raleys.com They also have green beans for 99-cents a pound; oranges for 77-cents a pound and BOGO blackberries. They also have Opening Day options with Ball Park franks 2/$5; Dennison's chili for $1 a can and 12-packs of Pepsi or Dr. Pepper for $2.99. And the best deal - especially if you are heading to a game - Giants and A's packaged peanuts for $2 a bag. Buy them at the ballpark and you'll pay at least twice that much.
Pork spareribs or St. Louis style ribs are BOGO.
Coupons we like: Milano's for $1.99; 12-pack of 7-Up for $2.50; Tropicana OJ for $2.49; Sargento shredded cheese for $2.49.
Coffee cakes are buy 2, get 1 free (freeze and think Easter morning); a family pack of dinner rolls are $1.88 and single serve desserts are 4/$10. Haagen-Daz ice cream is $3.33 a pint.
Chicken strips in the deli are $5.99 again this week. In the Wok, you get 1 free entree when you buy 2 others.
Save Mart has a great deal on greens. Green onions, radishes and cilantro are 5/$1. Fresh green beans are 77-cents a pound and Brussell sprouts are 97-cents a pound. Organic Iceberg is 99-cents a head and organic pineapple is $3.97 each. Red bell peppers are 2/$1.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.88lb; boneless pork roast is $1.49lb and lean ground turkey is 2/$7.
If you need cereal, General Mills varieties are $1.49 a box when you buy 4. Kellogg's fruit snacks are 99-cents each when you buy 4. Coupons worth clippin' include: Ronzoni pasta for $1; Jif Peanut butter for $1.99; Ramen 10/$1 and Foster Farms chicken strips $1.99 a package.
Michelina's entrees are 88-cents each; Sara Lee pies are $3.99 and Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.98 a loaf.
If you still haven't visited Sprouts, check out the prices on produce. A bunch of celery is 49-cents; spinach, Iceberg or Romaine lettuce is 88-cents a head; green beans or squash is 88-cents a pound; avocados are 88 cents each and tomatoes on the vine are 99-cents a pound.
That's it for this week. Hop by next week for tips on holiday shopping.