Let's cut to the chase here. If you want to save $10 off your next bag of groceries, shop Raley's this weekend. If you want some pretty decent $5 specials, shop Safeway on Friday. And if you want free stuff, head to Save Mart for free eggs, lettuce and toothpaste (with purchase, of course).
Here's what we like: In the Raley's offer, which is available on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, you can earn a $10 rewards coupon when you spend $75 or more on groceries. Produce is a good buy this week with blueberries for $3.99; heirloom tomatoes for $2.99lb; bell pepers $1 each green chilis from Mexico for 89-cents a pound. White peaches or nectarines are $1.99lb. and red or Yukon gold potatoes are 69-cents a pound.
Pork spareribs are BOGO and chicken thighs, drumsticks or leg quarters are 99-cents a pound. If you're planning a picnic, Claire's Classic potato salad is $1.49lb and chicken strips are $4.99 in the deli. S&W beans are 69-cents a can. Fresh shrimpmeat is $5.99lb and BBQ oysters are 12/$9.
Raley's Take & Bake pizza is BOGO; a case of Aquafina is $3.99 and Oroweat buns are $1.99 a package.
In the bakery, sliced cheesecake is BOGO; fresh baguettes are $1.88 and family pack cookies are $3.99. Kellogg's Special K products and Mother's cookies are $1.99 each when you buy 4. And if you're clippin' Sunnyside ice cream is $2.99; Near East Rice Rilaf or Couscous is $1.49; Frito-Lay variety pack chips are $3.99 and Kleenex or Scott bath tissue is $5.99.
Over at Safeway, the Friday $5 specials include the All-American sub; chicken tenders; Artisan cake slices; a 6-pack of smartwater and 3lbs of Jennie-O lean ground turkey.
In produce, nectarines are 99-cents a pound; a 22oz carton of blueberries is $4.99 and oranges are 99-cents a pound. Cantaloupe is $1.99; white corn is 6/$2 and everything from bagged spinach to baby carrots are BOGO.
Safeway is advertising fresh Yellowfin tuna steaks for $6.99lb; Italian sausage for $3.49 and the chicken drumstick, thigh or leg quarters for 99-cents a pound.
Golden Grain pasta is $1 a box; Rosarita refries are $1 a can and Pillsbury Grand! biscuits are $1.50. If you're still clippin' like Shop Cheap, check out the coupons for Skippy, $2.49; Folgers coffee for $7.99; Safeway OJ for $4.49; Drumsticks for $2.49 and Lucerne sliced cheese for $1.99.
To get the free stuff at Save Mart, you do have to buy stuff. To get a free dozen eggs, you must purchase 5 items from ConAgra, which includes Hunt's; Rosarita; Banquet and Egg Beaters! To get the free head of lettuce, clip the coupon on the back of the ad and spend at least $15. Want free toothpaste, clip the coupon above the lettuce and spend $25.
Save Mart has boneless chicken breasts or thighs for $1.99lb and is also advertising a boneless steak sale. Fresh cooked shrimpmeat for salads is $4.99lb and Harris Ranch fresh ground sirloin is $3.99lb.
In produce, 2lbs of blueberries is $4.97; corn on the cob is 3/99-cents; red bell pepper is 3/99-cents and organic heirloom tomatoes are $2.97lb. If you like capese salad, fresh mozarella is $3.99; fresh basil is 99-cents and vine ripened tomatoes are 47-cents a pound.
Other stuff we like, Quaker Life cereal for $1.88 a box; Golden Grain pasta for $1 a box; Arrowhead or Nestle water for $3.33 a case; Rainbo buns for $1.99 and Minute Maid OJ for $2.50.
Sunflower Farmers Market on Harding Blvd. in Roseville is continuing its closing sale with 40% off all inventory. The store will close on Aug. 25 because of its merger with Sprouts Farmers Market, which has a location nearby on Five Star Blvd. and Stanford Ranch Road.
That's it for this week...