Shop Cheap

Sharing the best prices on groceries and other stuff in the Sacramento region.

June 25, 2008
Independents' day

And now a few words on the independent markets in our area.

Vic's has some fine Fourth of July offerings at its stores. But remember, each is independently owned so prices will vary. At all the markets, there are good prices on New York steaks, leaf lettuce, Crystal Geyser water and 32oz bottles of Gatorade.

If you need the staples, Vic's has plenty to choose from. Kingsford charcoal is $6.99 for an 18lb bag; Alhambra water is even a better bargain at $3.49 for a case; Best Yet paper towels in a 3-pack $2.99 and IGA Ketchup is 99-cents.

Minute Maid fruit punch is $2.99 in the gallon jug; mozzarella or ricotta cheses are $2.99 and our faves Michellina's frozen entrees are 99-cents.

Foods Co., with four locations in Sacramento/Elk Grove, scores with Quaker cereals at 3/$5; fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.87lb; cases of Arrowhead water are 2/$7 and Doritos are $1.88 a bag. Kraft BBQ sauce is 78-cents; Minute Maid juices and punch are 2/$5; Ball Park franks are 2/$3 and the buns are a great deal at $1.88 for 16-count. In the deli/bakery, the Take'N'Bake pizza is $5.99; fresh croissants are $4.48 for 12 and fresh baked rolls are 5/$1.

Rainbow Foods on Florin has prices worth mentioning in the meat department. Beef strips for fajitas are $2.99lb; London broil is $2.39lb. and fresh Tilapia fillets are $3.99lb. In produce leaf lettuce is 2/$1; strawberries are 2/$4 and peaches are $1.50lb.If you haven't tried Lofthouse frosted chocolate cookies, now's your chance. They are heavenly at 2/$5. Ball Park franks are 2/$4; buns are $1.99 a pack and Nabisco crackers are 2/$5 (do I hear Wheat Thins?). Jones sodas are $3.33 for a 12-pack and dessert shells (to fill with fresh fruit) are 99-cents each.

If you live near a Grocery Outlet - there are about 10 in the Sacramento area - head on over. Sara Lee sliced bread is $1.79 a loaf - most other stores charge $2.50. There are lots of other bargains - cereal, paper products, candy and household goods - at the Grocery Outlet. Definitely worth a visit - even if it's only for the bread.

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About Shop Cheap

Pam Dinsmore is The Bee's Community Affairs Director. When she's not working, she's shopping. The goal of this blog is to help you save time and money at the grocery store. She's pretty good at it but she can't do it alone. That's where you come in, sharing your tips and secret methods for saving money. You can either respond to the blog or email her at

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