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

August 19, 2008
You can save on groceries

Inflation is in the news today but we know better. Sure the price of gas remains high, but reasonable grocery prices can be found. Shop Cheap is here to tell you where. Remember our promise when we started: Sliced sandwich bread for less than $2 a loaf, a case of bottled water for $3.99 or less and a box of cereal for $2.50 or cheaper. 

Now that summer is winding down and lots of schools are back in session, sales at supermarkets reflect the late-August lifestyle in the Sacramento area. Here are the highlights:

Want peaches? You can get a pound for $1 or less at SaveMart, Raley's/BelAir and Vic's markets.

How about grapes? At most Safeway stores, they're 99-cents a pound. Foods Co. has them for 77-cents a pound.

In fact, produce is a bargain this week. Here's the breakdown:

SaveMart: Back to making lunches?  Bohemian Hearth sandwich bread is $2 a loaf. Peanut butter is 2/$4; Carnation chunk light tuna in water is 5/$4 and Sunny Select mayo is 2/$4. Eggs are back at $1.99 a dozen. Sunnyside Farms chicken breasts are $1.89 a pound and London broil is $2.99lb. Kraft Mac&Cheese is 5/$4; Marie Callendar's pasta sauce is 2/$4 and Ronzoni pasta is 2/$3. In the Beauty/Health aisle, there are a couple of good BOGO items: Got2b hair styling products and Arm&Hammer or Mentadent toothpaste and the new Crest Spin brush. A gallon of Crystal Geyser drinking water is 89-cents and Langers Juice cocktail is 2/$5. A case of Aquafina drinking water is $3.99, Savemart really shines in the produce department where you can get avocado or mango for $1 each, Grapes are a little more expensive at 2 pounds for $3 but jumbo cantaloupe is 2/$3. Driscoll's berries are 2/$5 and baby lemons are 5/$1. If you are feeling adventurous, go for the Green Broccoflower - a combination of broccoli and cauliflower. If not, stick with leaf lettuce at 79-cents a head or Campari hothouse tomatoes 2/$4.

Raley's/Belair has a 10lbs/$10 sale that's worth mentioning. Here's what you get: Peaches or nectarines, navel oranges, bartlett pears, mini carrots, English cucumbers, green bell peppers and zucchini. Check out the recipe for Sutter sirloin with grilled corn and sweet onion topping. It sounds delicious! The Sutter sirloin is $3.97 a pound and the ad says the recipe can be made for about $10. I wouldn't normally mention bread that's $3 a loaf but the San Luis sliced sourdough is so good - especially toasted. For back-to-school lunch snacks, there's Clif Kid Z-bar and Arrowhead drinking water for $3.99 a case. If you buy lettuce in the bag, Fresh Express in on sale for 97-cents. Blueberries are $3.99 for a 12oz. container and $5.99 for 18 ounces and a 3-pound bag of Gala apples is $3.

Safeway is still having that "grand re-opening sale" in Roseville and on Howe Avenue. This week it means "Super coupons" on Cheetos or Fritos, Classico Pasta Sauce and Lucerne cheese. Also, grapes are 88-cents a pound at the "grand re-opening" stores and 99-cents elsewhere. A shrimp salad sounds good this time of year and all the ingredients are here: cooked shrimp for $4.99 a pound; vine ripe tomatoes for 77-cents a pound; iceberg lettuce for $1 a head and celery for $1 a bunch.  Whole seedless watermelon is $3.99; fresh zucchini is $1 a pound and a 2-pound bag of sugar snap peas is BOGO. The Friday $5 special - whole roasted chicken - is a hot one. The possibilities are endless and like last week - it means no-cook Friday. Gallon jugs of Lucerne milk have dropped from $6.19 to $5.49 for two. String cheese is $3.99 for a 12-ounce pack. Back-to-school coupons include Skippy peanut butter or Welch's grape squeeze 2/$3 (Safeway sliced whole-wheat bread is $1.99 a loaf); Klondike ice cream bars for $1.99 and All Detergent for $2.99. And, lastly, there's a cereal sale - but you have to buy 5 boxes to get the best price. The $2 per box cereal includes Kellogg's, Post and General Mills varities. The $1 per box sale is for Safeway and Eating Right brands.

At the independent stores, Foods Co. has boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.87 a pound. Arrowhead water is $3.78 a case; Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5; Ocean Spray juice cocktail is $1.98 for 64oz jug and Keebler cookies are 3/$5.In the bakery/deli Van de Kamp's bread is 3/$5 and jumbo rotisserie cooked chicken is $5.98.

If you shop Vic's in Folsom, be sure to clip the coupons for Arrowhead water ($2.99 a case) and IGA brand large eggs (2 dozen for $3.) The Folsom outlet also has boneless/skinless chicken breasts for $1.87 a pound and seedless grapes for 99-cents a pound. Crystal cottage cheese is $1.99 a pint and zucchini is 99-cents a pound. At Vic's on Fulton, they are having a Columbus deli meats sale. From Black Forest ham to roast beef or salame, it's all $4.99 a pound.  Country-style spareribs are $1.89 a pound and Pacific red snapper fillets are $3.99 a pound. Vic's on South Land Park has grapes for 99-cents a pound; fresh tomatoes for $1.29 a pound and berries at 2/$5.

Come back Thursday for zucchini, cucumber and peach recipes.



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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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