Real Food Deals August 28 through September 3, 2013


Looking for “real food” sales? Here’s a quick round-up of specials you might find on the west coast. To find specials in other parts of the country, check out the store deals database at Money Saving Mom.

I’ve scanned through the grocery ads to highlight the unprocessed or minimally processed items that I see as good deals this week. I have certain target prices, so what the store may call a “sale” price is not necessarily what I call a deal.

For a Labor Day sale, I’m pretty surprised that there aren’t better prices on grilling meats. And yet again, I think Sprouts and Ralphs are the ones to put your money on this week, unless you don’t have one nearby.

Check with your local store and ad to confirm the sale prices I list. Consider these special prices for stock-up opportunities available in Southern California stores:



Fresh produce

  • Ca-grown red or green seedless grapes $1.50/pound
  • whole seedless watermelon 5 pounds/$1
  • jumbo tropical mangos or maradol papayas $0.88 each
  • yellow nectarines or dapple pluots $0.50/pound
  • iceberg, romaine, red or green leaf lettuce $0.88/each
  • gala apples $0.88/pound
  • roma tomatoes $0.88/pound
  • cauliflower $0.88/each
  • green bell peppers $0.50/each
  • Bartlett pears $0.50/pound
  • organic red, green, or rainbow chard $1.50/bunch
  • organic romaine, red or green leaf lettuce $1.50/head
  • organic granny smith apples or bosc pears $1.50/pound

Meat and Fish

  • fresh boneless Tilapia fillets $3.99/pound
  • boneless, skinless chicken breast $2.49/pound
  • pork or chicken sausage $2.99/pound


Fresh produce

  • green seedless grapes $0.99 each
  • yellow peaches or nectarines $0.99/pound
  • personal size watermelon $1.77 each
  • fuij, gala, red or golden delicious apples $0.99/pound
  • navel oranges $0.99/pound
  • Bartlett pears $0.99/pound
  • iceberg, romaine, greed or red leaf lettuce or organic kale $0.99 each
  • hass avocados or mangoes $0.99/each


  • Starbucks coffee, 12 oz.  $6.99



Fresh Produce

  • Bartlett pears $0.99/pound
  • CA-grown white corn 5 for $1

Meats and Fish

  • Foster Farms Chicken Grill pack $0.99/pound


  • StarKist solid white tuna $1/5 oz. can



Fresh Produce

  • large red bell peppers $0.79/each
  • mini seedless watermelon $1.88/each
  • limes $1.50/1 lb bag

Meats and Fish

  • boneless skinless chicken breast $1.69/pound, if 3 pounds or more



Stater Brothers

Fresh Produce

  • red seedless grapes $0.99/pound
  • mini watermealon $1.88/each
  • red delicious or granny smith apples $0.99/pound
  • bartlett or red pears $0.99/pound
  • sweet white corn 3/$0.99
  • medium hass avocados $1 each

Meats and Fish

  • Foster Farms whole chickens, drumsticks, or grill packs $0.99/pound
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  1. I’m always surprised at how expensive chicken is on the West Coast. Your target price of $1.99 a pound for boneless, skinless breasts is the regular price at the fresh meat counter at Harris Teeter in North Carolina. But your produce is almost always lower. I guess we raise the chickens on this side of the country, and you raise the produce on your side. 🙂

  2. If you’re in SoCal, you should check out Superior Grocery.
    That’s where we end up most of the time for our produce and meat.

    Then we go to WinCo for staples (like cereal, canned veggies, dairy, etc.) because they have an awesome bulk bin section that is a heck of a lot cheaper than Sprouts on a lot of things!

  3. Thanks for the update on sales. It really helps to see what is out there for the sales.

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