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Sales, Menus & Recipes: Make it Yourself & Save Money

30 January 2020  

Make it Yourself—Save Money

Many of the trendy foods you will pay big bucks for on your grocery shelves you can easily make yourself.

For example, take oat milk.  If you buy Oat-ly it will set you back from $4-$5. You can make it yourself for less than a dollar. Or take another tasty new item, cheese crisps. The least expensive ones you can find in stores are $3.50 for a very small package. They are incredibly easy to make yourself. 

Home Made Cheese Crisps

Great for parties.

Oat Milk

No waste!

Super Bowl Sunday

Don’t forget that the Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 2. Even if you are only sharing it with a few people, you will want to share some food too. 

Fry’s—There is a special 4 day Digital Deal Sale including Kroger Butter $1.49/lb and Sargento cheese slices $1.49/pkg. The Buy 5 Get $1 off Sale continues with bargains like LaCroix Seltzer water $1.99/8 pack and Pringles Mega Stack $.97/each. If you get the Digital Coupon, you will get 3x Fuel Points on Produce, Floral, Meat and Seafood.

Safeway—Special Digital Coupons, Fresh Ground Beef, $.99/lb, Value Pack, First 5 lb, Ball Park Buns $.74/each, first 2, Lay’s xl chips $.74/each, first 2. There is a 3 DAY $5 SALE, Jan.31, Feb 1 & 2 including bargains like, Oscar Mayer Bacon $5/22oz, Primo Taglio Roasted Turkey, Ham Roast Beef, Provolone or Muenster Cheese for $5/lb. 

Sprouts—Wants you to know that they are the Title Sponsor of the Mesa Marathon being held on February 8. There will be both a 10k and a full Marathon.  Sprouts has both “You Pick Up” and Same Day Delivery of orders. Visit SPROUTS.COM/ORDER.

And every Wednesday is Double Ad Day. Get last week’s and this week’s bargains on Wednesday.

Special Days This Week

Jan 29Corn Chip Day
Jan 30Croissant Day
Jan 31Hot Chocolate Day
Feb 1Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (another curiously placed day. Who wants to get up and eat Ice Cream for Breakfast in the middle of winter?)
Feb 2Heavenly Hash Day
Feb 3Carrot Cake Day

Super Bowl Week Suggestions

For 49ers Fans

Cioppino (a fish stew popular in San Francisco)
Salmon Patties
Crusty Sourdough Bread
Caprese Salad Reimagined


We don’t have a lot of fresh shellfish here, but use chunks of fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, thawed crab legs, or whatever looks and smells good.

Fresh Salmon Cakes

Caprese Salad Re-imagined

Serve on a bed of Romaine or Spinach.

Baby Heirloom tomatoes would be good. Any small balls of Mozzarella or even chunks of regular Mozzarella would work.

For Chiefs Fans

Oven Cooked Ribs
Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Corn Salad

Oven Cooked Ribs

If you use smoked paprika you will not need liquid smoke.

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken 

Maybe use a bottle of sauce and some chicken stock in the slow cooker. Then add more sauce after pulling.

Corn Salad
Serves 4 (can be easily increased)

2 1/2 cups frozen corn (thawed) Use frozen roasted corn if you can get it.
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming spice mixture
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 cup jicama, peeled and diced 1/4 inch (watch out for waxed jicama, makes it hard to assess freshness) If Jicama is not available use celery or apple, you need something crunchy
1 large tomato peeled, seeded and diced 1/3 inch
1 green chili finely diced
1 or 2 medium/large avocados, diced 1/3 inch
1/4 cup chopped cilantro,
1 small garlic clove, grated, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime zest and juice and chili powder.

In a large bowl, mix corn kernels with olive oil mixture and all the rest of the ingredients. Let sit at least 1/2 hour to let flavors mingle.

For Everyone

Sausage and Pepper Sheet Pan

Chips and Dips
Bacon Wrapped Jalpeños
Fresh Vegetable Plate
Cheese and Meat Board

Here are 3 that look good

My favorite easy dips

Spicy Salsa Dip

Start by making 8 oz cream cheese soft.

Add your favorite spicy salsa until the consistency seems right.

Chili Dip

Start by making 8 oz cream cheese soft.

Stir in warmed chili (canned or home made.) Don’t let it get too soupy.  (This is why you make extra chili and freeze it.) Add some grated cheese, cheddar or jack. Stir well. Some finely chopped green onions are a nice touch

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños

Use thin bacon for this. Also use gloves for the cutting and removing seeds, the heat stays on your hands for a loooong time otherwise.

Here’s another take on the cheese/meat board. 

A good choice for parties where most of the food is snacks and finger food.

Here are some things you might buy, but can easily make yourself

Custom Made Trail Mix

Allergic to some nuts? Don’t like raisins but love dried cherries? Mix up your own snack/trail mix. Many stores have bulk bins where you can pick out exactly how much you want of each item. 

A good mix might be 1/2 nuts, 1/4 dried fruit and 1/4 other (think seeds, chocolate chips) Mix well in a large bowl. 

How to make your own beef jerky in the oven.

And some sweet things

Heavenly Hash

Might look for some way to add a little mire flavor.

Carrot Cake

A Really simple recipe.



Ribs, Pork—$$.99/lb @Fry’s, Spare ribs, with digital coupon, whole in bag, $1.99/lb @Fry’s, back ribs, whole in bag.  $1.97/lb @Safeway, back or spare.  $2.99/lb @Sprouts, back, St Louis or country style.
Beef—$4.97/lb @Fry’ , T-Bone, $3.97/lb @Safeway, New York, bone in. 
Beef, ground—$.99/lb @Safeway, value pack, with digital coupon.  $3.99/lb @Sprouts, value pack.  $8/10 patties @Fry’s, $3.49/lb (3 lb pkg) @Fry’s, 
Chicken—$BOGO @Fry’s, Breast, thin sliced breast, thighs, tenders.  $1.67/lb @Safeway, B/S breasts at full serve counter.  $1.77/lb @Sprouts, B/S breasts.
Turkey—$.49/lb @Fry’s, whole frozen. $3.99/1 lb pkg, Ground.  $4.99/1 lb pkg @Sprouts, Ground.
Fish—$9.99/lb @Sprouts, Salmon, 40% off frozen fish fillets, 32 oz @Sprouts. 
Shell Fish—$3.99/each @Safeway, frozen lobster tails. $10.99/lb @Fry’s, Snow Crab legs.
Shrimp—$5.99/lb @Sprouts, 16-20.  $11.98/2 lb bag @Fry’s, frozen, 21-25.  $15.98/2 lb bag @Safeway, frozen, 31-40.
Sausage—$2.99/lb @Sprouts, Chicken or pork, links or bulk.  $8/10 links @Fry’s, Denmark.

Fruits and Vegetables

Jalapeños—$.99/lb @Safeway
Avocados—$69/each @Fry’s, lg.  $1.25/each @Sprouts, jumbo, $1.25/each @Sprouts (O). 
Tomatoes—$.99/lb @Safeway, Roma.  $1.50/pt box @Sprouts, grape. 2.99/10 oz box @Fry’s, snacking
Greens—$2.50/bag @Safeway, Salad Blends. $2.50/bag @Sprouts, select varieties. 
Celery—$.99/bunch @Safeway,  $.88/bunch @Sprouts $1.25/bunch @Sprouts, (O)
Blueberries—1.97/18 oz box @Fry’s.  $1.67/box @Sprouts.  $ @Safeway.  
Berries—$1.67/box @Sprouts, Straw, Black.  $3.33/box @Safeway, straw, black, rasp.
Pineapple—$2.50/each @Fry’s
Pears—$1.49/lb @Fry’s, Bosc, D’Anjou, Red
Apples—$.98/lb @Fry’s, Honeycrisp
Grapefruit—$.88/lb @Sprouts
Grapes—$.75/lb @Safeway, red, green

Other Good Deals

Whole Cashews—$5.99/lb @Sprouts
Chips—$5/3 bags, Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos @Safeway, must buy 3. $1.67/each @Sprouts, Sprouts brand potato, Veggie, organic tortilla. Also Angie’s Boom Chicka Pops $2/each.
Laundry Detergent—$2.99/bottle @Fry’s, All brand, select varieties and sizes.