Shop Cheap

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

June 9, 2008
WinCo is a winner

Urged on by readers to check out WinCo, I took a field trip on Sunday to the Roseville outlet. It was a dangerous journey because it meant I had to drive past the Galleria without stopping. Once inside the store, I was pleasantly surprised. It's well-stocked with major brands and their own labels. If you like shopping for essentials and buying in  bulk, this is the place for you. But be forewarned: This is no-frills grocery shopping. You must bag your own items and cart them out to the car. One plus, you get 6-cents per bag if you bring your own.

Tale of the (cash-register) tape: The produce section is huge and offers lots of variety. Navel oranges cost 58-cents lb.; apricots were $1.48lb. Fuji apples were $1.47lb - all significantly cheaper that most supermarkets. Other highlights include: tortillas at $2.40 a package; fresh bagels 35-cents each; whole wheat sandwich bread $1.58 a loaf; Barilla pasta 98-cents per box; a gallon of non-fat milk $2.45 and Kozy Shack tapioca pudding at $1.98 is more than $1 cheaper that most supermarkets. One of my favorites - Martinelli's sparkling cider (all varities) is $1.78 a bottle and a case of the WinCo brand (American Falls) of bottled water is $2.98 per case.

WinCo has a large selection of bulk items, too. You can purchase everything from jelly beans to granola to almonds by the pound.

Overall, it was worth the trip and definitely a way to Shop Cheap. To learn more about the company and locations in our area, go to

On my way home, I stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up a copy of the "Summer Guide 2008," which is only available at the store. More on that tomorrow.

And if anyone shops at ULTA, the salon/fragrance/cosmetics store, your reward points are going to expire on June 30. That's what I was told, anyway, when I was there over the weekend using my coupon.



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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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