I do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, but I always check the weekly circulars for more traditional grocery stores, like Ralphs (Kroger family of stores) and Pavilions (Safeway family). Pavilions tends to track the national sales at all Safeway-owned stores, so planning my trips there is relatively easy. But I’ve struggled with Ralphs.
The single best source of deals I’ve found is the SoCal Grocery thread at SlickDeals, where user CalItalian regularly posts coupon match ups for the weekly ad. But I’ve found that even that isn’t enough, since I find unadvertised deals on other sites like A Full Cup.
So, I’ve decided to list the best deals at Ralphs each week (I’ll update the post throughout the week as I come across more deals). CFO isn’t really a deals blog, but my hope is that the list will help some of you as well – and I’d love to get some feedback on this, too. We’ll see how it goes, but here are the best deals I see in this week’s ad:
DiGiorno or CPK Pizza $4.99 – For DiGiorno, there was a $1 off coupon in the 6/14 SS. If the Flatbread pizzas are included, there was a $1.50 off coupon in the 5/17 SS. For CPK, I’m hoping that the Rising Crust pizza is included because I have $2 off printables (that don’t seem to be available any more).
Lean Cuisine Entrees 5/$10 – There was a Buy 2 Get 1 free coupon in the July All You. There are a couple of other LC coupons out there, but this is the best one I can find.
Ben & Jerry’s – The pints are 2/$7, but I’m hoping this means the new Flipped Out sundaes will also be on sale because I’d like to try it. There were B&J coupons in the 6/28 RP.
Strawberries and peaches (white or yellow) are 99 cents/pound.
Bounty single rolls $1.25 – There were 25-cents off coupons in the June and July P&G inserts, which will double. And there’s a 25-cents off any Bounty ecoupon at P&G eSaver, so that’s 50 cents for one roll (only once, since the ecoupon can only be redeemed once).
Broccoli crowns and cauliflower are 99 cents/pound.
Thomas’ English Muffins B1G1 – The last time these were buy one, get one, I think they were priced at $3.79. They are usually $1.99 at the bread outlet, so it’s a pretty good price if you get two.
Skippy Peanut Butter 99 cents (selected varieties)
Also, if you spend $50 in one transaction, you’ll get double bonus points. According to CalItalian at SlickDeals, the $50 minimum is before coupons. So this is a good time to use those coupons for free items. I will probably try to get my total up to $75 with free item coupons since I have a $5 off $75 purchase coupon from the Clipper magazine that comes periodically in the mail.
Update: This year’s Kellogg’s Fuel for School $10 rebate is back (click on “More” at the bottom right to register so you can print the form). The participating products are
- any Kellogg’s Cereal (10 oz. or larger)
- any Keebler or Austin Product (8 oz. or larger)
- any Sunshine Product (8 oz. or larger)
- any Eggo Product (4 ct. or larger)
- any Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bar (8 ct. or larger)
- any Kellogg’s Special K Cereal Bar (8 ct. or larger)
- any Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries (8 ct. or larger)
- any Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Squares (8 ct. or larger)
- any Kellogg’s Fruit Flavored Snacks (6 ct. or larger)
- any MorningStar Farms Veggie Foods Product (5 oz. or larger)
- any 100 Calorie Right Bites (6 ct. or larger)
Keep in mind that all 10 items need to be purchased in a single transaction. According to A Full Cup user AWools, Morningstar Farms products are on sale for 2/$7. There are apparently $2 off coupons in booklets, but if you don’t have those, there are $1 off printable coupons.
There’s a deal where you get $3 off if you buy 3 selected Keebler products. There are $1 off Fudge Shoppe and 55-cents off any Keebler cookie coupons, and $1 off 2 Fudge Shoppe coupons. You could also use $1 off Sandies coupons if you have any left. The ad says one offer per household, so presumably you can only do this deal once.
Eggos and Eggo Bake Shop products are on sale for $2.39 and $2.99 respectively. There are $1 off Bake Shop coupons at RedPlum (although you should be able to get them for less at Target).