Shop Cheap

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

September 2, 2008
Falling prices

The temperature outside and the calendar still says summer but it really does feel more like Fall. Most of the kids back at school, Apple Hill outings are being planned and  supermarket ads are featuring apples, frozen foods and "Game Day" sales.

This week beef is back on the menu, along with Gala apples, Johnsonville Brats and foods you eat while watching football. Here are the store-by-store highlights:

Safeway: If you live near the Sierra College Boulevard Safeway in Roseville, the deals are a little sweeter that at the other stores. For example: A case of Refreshe drinking water is $2.99; Bartlett pears are 33-cents a pound (49-cents elsewhere) and Doritos Tortilla chips are $1.77 a bag. Safeway does have a 48-hour weekend sale - at all its stores - that features seedless green grapes for 79-cents a pound; Johnsonville Brats 2/$5 and Mission Tortilla chips for 97-cents a bag. Gala apples (a sure sign Fall is approaching) are 88-cents a pound. Ranchers Reserve Tri-Tip roast is either $2.99 a pound (Roseville) or 50% off at the other Safeway outlets. The Friday special this week is poultry (but thankfully not chicken!). It's the oven roasted turkey breast for $5. Serve it hot or buy a pack of Artisan Sandwich rolls (6 for $1.99) and pile on the lettuce and tomato for a delicious cold sandwich. The BOGOs are plentiful, with whole or sliced mushrooms; Safeway Select ice cream; butter top breads; Keebler cookies and crackers; Welch's Juice cocktail; Safeway Select vitamins; Eating Right frozen waffles and boxed candy like Mike and Ike. If you didn't stock up on cereal last week, there's still time to buy 5 boxes of Kellogg's for $1.49 each. In produce, watermelon is still $3.99 for a whole one; raspberries are $2.49 a carton; zucchini is 99-cents a pound and red bell peppers are $1.69 a pound. If you like limes, get 6 for 96-cents.

Raley's/BelAir: Black Angus beef London broil is $2.87 a pound and Raley's cooks have offered up an interesting recipe for Sesame Beef Noodle Salad. It sounds quick and easy. If you in the mood for boneless pork chops, they're $2.97 a pound and would go nicely with zucchini (99-cents a pound) or Brussel sprouts ($1.49 a pound). Need treats for a school function? Chewy bakery cookies - 30 per carton - are $3.99. Sara Lee breads (2 for $6); gourmet buns and Kaiser rolls (2/$5) are  on sale. Snacks are a big part of weekend TV viewing and all kinds of chips, pretzels, crackers and nuts are on sale. The frozen foods sale includes Smart Ones meals 5/$10; Freschetta pizzas 2/$11; C&W veggies 4/$7; Eggo waffles, pancakes or French toast sticks 3/$6 and Sara Lee frozen pies $2.99. Raley's own brand of R Everyday drinking water is $3.77 a case. In produce, cantaloupe is 37-cents a pound; Bartlett pears are 67-cents a pound and personal size watermelons are 99-cents a pound.

SaveMart: The "More you shop, the more you get free" promotion goes like this: Spend $25 and get a bag of baby carrots; spend $50 and add Kellogg's fruit snacks; $75 gets you a pack of Biddig lunch meat and for $100 you get all of the above plus CapriSun juice coolers. To get to reach those spending goals, you can stock up on Keebler cookies or crackers 2/$4; Sunnyside Farms bread 3/$5; Crystal Geyser drinking water $3.98 a case; London Broil $2.99 a pound; Moran's ground beef (96% lean) or patties $3.99 a pound; Foster farms boneless, skinless breasts (regular or seasoned) $4.99 a pound and cooked shrimp meat $4.99 a pound. In the eat healthy category, Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $1.99 for a container; Yoplait yogurt is 10/$6; DelMonte natural fruit cups are $1 each; seedless grapes are 2lbs/$3; berries are 2/$5 and green bell peppers are 2/$1.In the "but it tastes so good" category, mini cream puffs and eclairs are BOGO; Pillsbury Grands biscuits are $1 each and Colombo sliced French bread is $2.50 a loaf.

Over at the independents, Foods Co. has seedless grapes for 77-cents a pound; General Mills cereals 4/$6 with the coupon in the top left corner of the ad; boneless beef chuck steaks are $2.37 a pound and large nectarines are 2lbs/98-cents. Campbell's items (which provide labels for education) are on sale. Chicken noodle or tomato soups are 58-cents each; select and chunky soups are 2/$3; Prego spaghetti sauce is $1.78 a jar and V-8 Splash juices are 2/$4. Looking for a quick snack for kids or college students? Nissin cup noodles are 10/$3; skippy peanut butter is 2/$4; and LaLa yogurt is 10/$5. Colgate toothpase with a free toothbrush is $1.98; Mennen or Lady Speed stick deodorant is 2/$4 and Orbit or Eclipse gum is 50-cents a pack.

Rainbow Foods has pork spareribs for $1.99 a pound; fresh shrimp meat for $4.29 a pound and Mexican shrimp, also $4.29 a pound. In produce, whole watermelons are 3lbs/$1; fresh corn on the cob is 4/$1; green onions, radishes and cilantro are all 3/$1. DaVinci pasta or sauce is 2/$3; Nestle hot chocolate is $1.49 a box; Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5; and General Mills cereal is $1.99 a box. CapriSun drinks are 2/$4; V8 Splash Juice Blends are $2.99 a jug and Western Family flavored water is 3/$2. And to clean up the kitchen mess, Sparkle paper towels are $2.99 for a pack of three.

Vic's on South Land Park Drive has some impressive prices. Fresh Express garden salad is 99-cents a bag; avocados are 99-cents each; Crystal Geyser water is $3.49 a case; fresh blueberries are $2.99 a pound; zucchini is 79-cents a pound and the radish, cilantro, green onion trio is 3/$1. London Broil steak is $2.99 a pound Tilapia fillets are $4.99 a pound and boneless pork chops are $1.99 a pound. Crystal yogurt is 50-cents a cup and our favorites - Michelina's Budget gourmet entrees - are 99-cents each.

Come back Thursday for three new 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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