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July 22, 2008
Produce and seafood top the week

As we head into the last weekend in July (really), it's tough to get excited about grocery shopping. But our friends at the supermarkets are keeping things interesting and offering some variety. That's why we're highlighting fish and fresh produce:

Fresh catfish fillets ($3.99lb), raw shrimp ($4.99lb) and vine-ripe tomatoes ($1lb) at Safeway.

Fresh salmon fillets ($3.99lb), bartlett pears (57-cents a pound) and cantaloupe (37-cents a pound) at Raley's/BelAir.

Shrimp meat ($4.99lb), fresh catfish ($3.99lb) and Bing cherries ($2.99lb) at SaveMart.

And the store-by-store breakdown:

Pound-for-pound, the best deals this week can be found at Food Co., with three stores in the Sacramento area www.FoodsCo.NET. Check it out: A case of Crystal Geyser water for $2.99, a loaf of Western Hearth sliced bread for $1.78; seedless grapes at 77-cents a pound and nectarines at 2lbs. for 98-cents. They also have fresh chicken breasts in a family pack for 97-cents a pound and Zacky farms franks for 88 cents a pack. Oranges are 2lbs for 98 cents; cantaloupe is 3lbs. for 99 cents and head lettuce is 78 cents.

Over at SaveMart, cross rib steaks are 2.49lb; and Italian sausage is $2.49lb. SaveMart doesn't list its price for milk, but 18 eggs are $3 and Sunnyside Farms lemonades are $1 for a 64-ounce carton. The BOGOs are hard to come by this week. Only Doritos tortilla chips and FX styling products. Lots of canned goods for $1: olives, chili, pineapple, Chef Boyardee and Cadbuy or Hershey's candy. A rather odd combination but a good price is a good price. SaveMart has Aquafina bottled water for $3.99 a case. The best bargains can be found in produce with blueberries (18oz carton) $3.99; cantaloupe 2/$4; Iceberg lettuce at 79-cents a head and 1-pound bags of baby carrots for $1 each.

Raley's /BelAir is advertising a big mix&match/10 for $10 sale. Dollar items include 2-liter Cocal-Cola; Celest pizza for one; frozen vegetables; olives; Raley's pasta and Airwick air freshener and Dial bar soap. There's also boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs at $2.27lb and the recipe this week is for Sutter Sirloin grilled sandwiches. The sirloin is $3.97lb. Raley's also is offering free marinades and rubs when you purchase meat or seafood. Arrowhead water is $3.99 a case and the 34oz sparkling water is 4/$3. Johnsonville sausage or brats are 2/$7. More 10 for $10 items in produce, including bagged garden salad; broccoli; mini carrots and large eggplant.

Safeway scores with chuck steak ($1.29lb at Howe Ave. and Sierra College stores; $1.49lb elsewhere). Whole boneless pork loin is $1.99lb and those Johnsonville sausages are BOGO at Safeway. If you are near the Howe or Sierra College stores, grab the tuna coupon and head over before they run out. Starkist solid white is 4/$2 with coupon. Don't have to tell you how many tuna sandwiches that will make, especially if you go for the 99-cent loaf of Safeway premium bread. If you're looking to stock up on frozen meals, Smart Ones and Eating Right brands are $1.88 each.That 10/$10 deal is everywhere, including Safeway. It includes Mama Lucia meatballs, Chef Boyardee; Pasta or Rice-a-Roni; 7*UP; Gatorade; Kraft Mac&cheese; Clif or Luna bars and aluminum foil or snack bags. BOGOs include eggs (large, grade AA, 18 count); Nabisco crackers or fig newtons; Paramount Farms pistachios; Tropicana orange juice and Windex glass cleaner. If you are in the store on a Friday evening, check out the "Friday only" meal deal. I have tried them twice and haven't been disappointed. This week it's a foot-long loaf "All-American" sub sandwich with turkey, ham, roast beef, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce for $5.

The three Vic's Supermarkets have some good items in common. A whole Foster Farms chicken is 99-cents a pound. A case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.99; Dannon yogurt is 50-cents a container and V-8 fusion drinks are 2/$6. Sun Burst or Ultra detergent is $2.49 and Sun Stations dish soap is 99 cents. The Vic's on South Land Park has fresh squash or zucchini for 59-cents a pound and fresh peaches for 79-cents a pound. Fulton Avenue Vic's has Davis Ranch sweet white corn 5 ears for $1. and yogurt cakes in the bakery are $3.99. Vic's in Folsom has fresh asparagus for $2.99lb and seedless grapes are $1.29lb.

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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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