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

July 29, 2008
It's coupon time

According to Scarborough Research, the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto market is one of the worst for redeeming grocery coupons. Got to change that attitude because there are plenty of coupon savings this week. Check out the highlights:

Raley's/BelAir has an entire sheet of savings. Everything from shredded cheese,($7.99 for 32oz); Johnsonville grillers sausage ($2.99); hot fried chicken ($5.99); Fresh Express salad (89-cents!) to Pop Tarts (99-cents) and bakery mini-muffins (2/$5).

Safeway's coupon savings include marinated pork tenders ($4.69 each); large raw shrimp ($3.99lb); Iceberg lettuce (49-cents each); Nabisco cookies ($1.99) and those PopTarts or granola bars (99-cents).

SaveMart has the "more you spend, more you get free" coupon promotion. It goes like this: Spend $25 get a free loaf of bread; spend $50 and get the bread and sliced cooked ham; spend $75 and you get the bread, the ham and iced cinnamon rolls. Finally, spend $100 and you get all of the above plus a 5 lb. bag of Fuji apples.

So, come on, Sacramento. Start clipping and start saving!

Now, for the rest of the bargains.

Continuing with SaveMart, they have Bohemian hearth bread 2/$4; Driscoll's berries 2/$4; BOGO on Oscar Mayer hot dogs; buns are $1. Sunnyside Farms ice cream 2/$6 and all the sundae fixins' - cones 99-cents; whipped topping 99-cents; syrups $1.99. Sunnyside large eggs (18-count) are 2/$5; Rotisserie chicken salad is $4.99lb and fresh garlic bread is $1.99 a loaf. In produce, peaches and nectarines are 99-cents a pound; broccoli is 99-cents a bunch and vine ripened tomatoes are $1.29lb.

In addition to all the coupons, Raley's/BelAir has tri tip roast at $3.77lb; and fresh baked baguette for $1.99 each. Dreyer's fruit bars and Dibs are 2/$5. Fritos, Rold Gold pretzels or Cheetos are 3/$6. Their split chicken breasts are $1.69lb and St. Louis style spareribs are $2.99lb. White Ruffy Swai Fillets are $3.99lb. Whole seedless watermelon is $3.47.

Once again, the Howe Avenue and Sierra College Boulevard Safeway stores have the coupons to clip for. This week it's Safeway breads for 99-cents; chunk or shredded cheese at $4.99 for 32oz.; and the best deal of all - Refreshe water for $2.99 a case. Also part of the special sale is Kellogg's frosted flakes and raisin bran for $1.88 a box and Rancher's Reserve London broil for $1.99. For the berrie-lovers, blueberries are $5.49 for 2.5 lbs. Watermelon at Safeway is $3.99 each; large green bell peppers are 2lbs. for $3; and yellow or white corn is 5/$2.

Did you try Safeway's Friday special last week? (The whole-loaf sub sandwich). I did and it was well worth the $5. This week they have 8-pieces of fried chicken for $5. A couple of BOGOs worth mentioning: Foster Farms thighs or drumsticks; Hillshire farms smoked sausage; Tyson chicken strips; Safeway sodas; Lucerne ice cream novelties and  Safeway Select vitamins.

One last item worth the cart: Fresh baked cookies at $2.99.

Our independent markets continue to be a great source for bargain shopping. The highlights:

Foods Co.: How about a pound of strawberries for 99-cents; fresh split chicken breasts for 97-cents a pound; large peaches for 38-cents a pound; 7*Up or Sunkist soda for 88-cents; Fritos or Cheetos $1.78 and everyone's favorite Top Ramen (12 pack) or Cup Noodles (6 pack) 2/$3. Tropicana fruit punch is $1 for a 64oz. carton. Navel oranges are 98-cents a pound; green onions are 2/78-cents and red bell pepper is $1.98lb.

Rainbow Foods: Tri tip roast is $3.79lb; whole seedless watermelon is $2.99; nectarines are 99-cents a pound; Youplait yogurt is 50-cents a carton and Crystal Geyser water is $3.99 for a case.

Vic's on Fulton and S. Land Park Drive have similar items on sale. Fresh corn is 3/$1; bell peppers are $1.59lb; Fuji or Gala apples are $1.59lb and cherries are still $3.99lb.

Over at Vic's in Folsom, you might want to grab a tri tip roast at $3.97lb; Arrowhead bottled water for $3.99 a case; Crystal yogurt 2/89-cents and Jif peanut butter at $1.99 a jar. Whole cantaloupes are 99-cents each; fresh green beans are $1.29lb; and fresh sliced mushrooms are $1.69 a package.

That's it for another week. Happy shopping!


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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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