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

July 15, 2008
Eat your fruit and veggies

It's going to be easy to follow Mom's advice about eating your fruit and vegetables. Local supermarkets are bursting with fresh summer fruit - some of it exotic - and reasonably priced. That along with lots of specials on beef and the Taste cover story on fresh salads by Leigh Grogan, this should be a cool week in the kitchen.

Here are the highlights:

Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are 2/$4 at SaveMart.

Raley's/BelAir has a BOGO on personal size watermelon. Blueberries are 2/$5.

Safeway has the exotic fruit specials with Black Velvet Apricots, Aprium and Magenta queen peaches all for $1.99lb. They also have corn on the cob at 10/$2.

Some of the independent markets still have the best prices on produce. Rainbow Foods has avacado for 79-cents each; iceberg lettuce for 79-cents a head and personal watermelon 2/$3.

Foods Co. has cherries at $2.98lb; honeydew melon 2lbs/98-cents and a 2 pounds of strawberries for $2.98.

Here's the store-by-store rundown.

SaveMart: If Hawaii isn't in the cards this summer, how about Mahi-Mahi and fresh pineapple instead? Previously frozen fillets are $4.99 a pound; pineapples are 2/$5. If you're feeling more Italian, SaveMart is introducing an imported pasta called Fasolino's at 4 packs for $5. They also have a recipe for Tuscan shrimp and chicken pasta, which sounds delicious. You can add a fresh baguette at $1.49, slices of salame at $5.99 a pound and fresh mozzarella at $3.99 for a complete Italian feast.Other specials include bottled water at 2 cases/$7; 32oz tub of cottage cheese $3.69; Minute Maid OJ 2/$6 and Simply Limeade or Minute Maid enhanced juice at 2/$5. If you need a greeting card, check out the $1 off coupon in the ad.

Raley's/BelAir: Another delicious sounding recipe this week: Grilled Beef and Avocado Melts. I might improvise a little and swap the New York Texas Toast in favor of cibatta rolls but otherwise it's London broil $2.77lb; seasonings, avocado 4/$5; onion, tomato and Monterey or pepper Jack cheese $3.99. It's a main course the ad claims to cost "about $10." Cases of Aquafina water are $3.99; fresh cooked salad shrimp is $3.99lb; Fresh Express salads are 2/$4 and bakery baguettes are $1.29 each. If you want a sweet treat, try Nonni's biscotti 2/$6.

Safeway: In addition to those 10 ears of corn for $2, you can toss a tri tip roast on the BBQ. (Howe Ave. and Sierra College stores $2.99lb; 50% off elsewhere). Safeway has the BOGO going with bacon, Foster Farms lean ground turkey; General Mills cereals, orange juice; Nathan's beef franks; Lucerne whipped cream and Hefty storage bags. The best deal of all is - gasp - the Signature soups. Now, if it was the middle of winter, I'd drop everything and stock up. But even in summer, $3.49 is a great price. Their Kaiser rolls in the bakery dept. are 2/$3. They make great buns for burgers. If you're not into shredding, Lucerne cheeses are 2/$5 and Oroweat breads are 2/$5. I've seen Oroweat products as high at $4 a loaf. In the milk dept., gallons  are 2/$6.19. And one last shout-out for cherries - sweet red or Rainier - $3.99lb.

Vic's Markets: If you get the Fulton Ave. ad, check out that chicken pose on the cover. Is it reclining, or what? A good buy, though, at 89-cents a pound for a Foster Farms bird. Land Park Vic's has avocado for 69-cents each and red or green bell pepper at $1.69 lb. Folsom Vic's has plums, peaches and nectarines for 99-cents a pound. Other good stuff at all the Vic's markets: Tilapia fillets are $4.99lb and Michelinas frozen entrees are 99-cents each.

Rainbow Foods: Don't usually start out with detergent but All varities are $2.99 with the coupon. Golden Grain pasta is $1 a box and Classico sauce is 2/$4. Dannon yogurt is 10/$5 and Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.99 a box.

Food Co.: Produce reigns with raspberries at $1.98 a carton; limes at 10/$1; cantaloupe 4lbs/$1; peaches 2lbs/98-cents; and avocados at 98-cents each. Other good stuff includes Yoplait Yogurt 10/$4; Kellogs cereals 4/$8; Minute Maid juice or fruit punch 2/$5 and LaModerna pasta at 3 bags for 88-cents.



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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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