Shop Cheap

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

June 4, 2008
The Wednesday savings

It's week two of Shop Cheap and just to refresh, here's what we are doing: The U.S. is wrestling with the worst food inflation in 17 years and it's not going to improve anytime soon. We started Shop Cheap so that we can share ideas about saving money - especially at the grocery store. I'm going to scan all the ads available to me and highlight the best bargains but it won't be any fun unless you help. I'll share my best deals in the blog, then you do the same. Together, we'll make ends meet.

And remember BOGO (buy one, get one free) and to get the Safeway prices listed, you must use your club card*.

Here's the Top 5 this week.

1) The best overall deal: a 6oz carton of fresh blueberries for $1.47 at Raley's/Bel Air.

2) A pound of Laura's lean (92%) ground beef at SaveMart $3.99

3) Whole avocados 5/$5, also at SaveMart

4) 24 pack of Raley's/Bel Air bottled water $3.33

5)  Tomatoes on the vine $1.77lb at Safeway*

The best prices overall, go to Raley's/Bel Air and SaveMart this week.

Let's start with Raley's/Bel Air: Flip over the ice cream ad and feast on the coupons.

32oz of Gatorade for 59-cents (limit two)

Aidells sausage (you've got to try this flavorful brand) $4.99

Fresh Express bagged lettuce 87-cents

Frozen California Pizza Kitchen pizza for $3.99 (remember the kids are home)

Other stuff: Sutter sirloin steak $3.77lb;sliced bonless pork loin $2.27lb; gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser water 10/$10; Raley's brands: Sparkling water 4/$3; pretzels 2/$3; canned tomatoes 66-cents, pasta 2/$3. My kids have been popping Michelina's Budget Gourmet classics into the micro since they were little. At 79-cents a carton, it makes a great, quick lunch. Other kid-friendly stuff: Keebler cookies or crackers $1.69, Blueberry muffins in the bakery 6-count/$2.99; Fuji and Gala apples $1.69lb.

In the specialty dept.: You've got to love the Cupcake Party cakes and the coupon for $3 off a graduation cake.

Over at SaveMart:   They are giving things away (like a salad). Spend $25 and you get a head of lettuce; $50 add a bag of croutons; $75 for Kraft salad dressing and $100 add on Oscar Mayer cooked bacon.

Good prices on produce: Jumbo strawberries 28oz/$3.99; whole cantaloupe 2/$4; red and green seedless grapes $1.99lb. There's also green beans $1.49lb; fresh squash 89-cents lb and fresh asparagus $1.99lb.

Other stuff: Fresh cooked shrimp meat $3.99; fresh snapper $3.99lb and Herb crusted Tilapia fillets $5.99lb. Sunnyside products: cottage cheese is 2/$4; 18-count large eggs $2.69 and Shredded cheese is 2/$4.

Got graduation plans? Martinelli's sparkling cider 2/$4; bakery rolls 6/$1.50 and rotisserie chicken salad at $4.99lb.

Over at Safeway, there's more tasty produce prices: Cherries ($2.99lb) are really sweet this year. Seedless watermelon is BOGO and raspberries are $3.99 for 12oz carton. If you're totally pressed for time, Ready Pac cut fresh fruit is $5.99 for a 32oz carton.

Coupons worth mentioning: General Mills cereal 4/$6 and Lucerne shredded or chunk cheese $4.99 for 32-oz.

BOGOs: Ocean Spray Cranberry juice cocktail; Tropicana orange juice; Lucerne large eggs (18-count); Foster Farms chicken breasts; also thighs or drumsticks.

Now, for the independents:

Vics, all locations. Fresh cherries $2.49lb; Nectarines $1.89lb.

Foods Co. (Four Sacramento area locations): Fresh strawberries 4lbs/$5; White corn 4/$1; limes 10/$1; fresh lettuce 2/98-cents; Boneless, skinless chicken breasts $1.87lb; Minute Maid Lemonade or fruit punch 64oz/98-cents; Crest Toothpaste 10/$10; Western hearth bread $1.78 loaf.

Belong to the Co-op? Check out the ad in Wednesday's Bee. Items include: Stonyfield organic yogurt 75-cents; Rice Dream organic beverage $1.69; Drew's organic salsa $2.69 and Garden of Eatin' tortilla chips $2.69; Rising Moon organic pasta sauce $2.49; polenta $1.99.





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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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