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

October 21, 2008
Why you should shop Raley's this week

If you had to pick one store to shop this week, it's definitely Raley's/BelAir. Here's the No. 1 reason why: There's a coupon on , which, if you print out, gives you $10 off if you spend $50 or more and $25 off if you spend $100 or more. It's only good Saturday and Sunday but when haven't you gone to the grocery store on the weekend?

If that's not enough to get you in the store, here's 5 other reasons why:

1) Buy a boneless beef roast ($2.88 a pound with a recipe included) and get a pack of Ore-Ida mashed potatoes, a bag of Fresh Express garden salad and a loaf of bakery French bread for FREE.

2) A dozen eggs are $1.49 or Sunnyside Farms egg substitute 2/$4

3) Bakery bagels are 3/99-cents

4) Buy a 5-lb bag of Idaho potatoes and get one free (BOGO)

5) The 10 items for $10 sale.

Other items include: Luna or Clif bars for $1; 2-liter Pepsi for 88-cents; Lundberg Rice chips $1.50 a bag; buy Ragu Pasta sauce 2/$3 and get one pack of Barilla Pasta FREE. In produce, organic Valencia oranges are 99-cents a pound; Earthbound Farms salad blends are BOGO and cucumbers are 79-cents each. Tomatoes on the vine are $1.99 a pound and Fresh Express salads are 2/$4. And, lastly, Halloween decorations are 50% off.

At Safeway, the weekend 48-hour sale focuses on breakfast with bacon, butter and orange juice on sale. But if you're focusing on breakfast, shouldn't eggs be included? Just a thought. Whole fresh pineapple for $1.99 each is the best part of the weekend sale.

Other items at Safeway: Whole trip tip for $2.99 a pound; whole Foster Farms chickens for 79-cents a pound; medium pumpkins for $2.99 each and Safeway sandwich breads for $2 a loaf. Safeway has a BOGO on Ragu sauce but you don't get the free pasta. Other BOGOs include Red Baron pizza; Hormel Black Label sliced bacon (BLTs anyone?); Dreyer's ice cream; Safeway facial tissue; Hefty storage or sandwich bags; Vlasic pickles; Star olive oil; Pop*Secret microwave popcorn; IBC 6-pack soda and Airborne Health Formula.

 In produce, 8-ounce packs of whole or sliced mushrooms are 99-cents; eggplant and cucumber are both 99-cents each and bell peppers are 99-cents a pound. Fresh Express bagged salads are $1.29. Kellogg's Rice Krispies and Capt'n Crunch are $1.88 a box and Lucerne Milk is 2 gallons for $5.19. The 10  for $10 items include Goldfish crackers, Gatorade or SoBe Lifewater; Rice or Pasta Roni; PowerBars and Zone Perfect Bars.

SaveMart: It must be roast season because tri-tip is on sale for $2.77 a pound; Sunnyside Farms boneless, skinless breast and thigh combo pack is $2.99 a pound; fresh gound sirloin is $3.99 a pound and white Ruffy fillets are $3.99 a pound. Cartons of Dannon Light&Fit yogurt are 50-cents each; Crystal Geyser drinking water is $3.34 a case; Bayview Farms orange juice is $1.69 and a family size serving of Stouffer's Mac&Cheese is $4.99. Pillsbury ready to bake cookies are 2/$5. Sunny Select chili is $1 a can; tomato sauce is 4/$1 and canned fruit is also $1 a can. In produce, pumpkins are $4.33 each; whole pineapple is $2.99 each; Fuji or Gala apples are $1.29 a pound and a 3-pound bag of tangerines is $3.99. Earthbound Farm organic salads are BOGO and Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound.

At Foods Co., produce is a good deal with red delicious apples at 57-cents a pound; seedless red grapes at 87-cents a pound; fresh spinach is 68-cents a bunch and Valencia oranges at 2 pounds for 98-cents. Got kids in college? Nissin family packs of Cup Noodles and Top Ramen are 2/$3; Crystal Geyser water is $3.98 a case; Kraft shredded cheese is 2/$5 and fresh-baked sub rolls are 5/$1. Foods Co. is having a 98-cents sale, which includes Hormel chili, Rice or Pasta Roni, Nestle hot cocoa; Guerrero corn tortillas, Hass avocados, Michelina's budget gourmet frozen entrees; HIllshire Deli Selects lunch meats and for after your meal, Colgate toothbrushes.

Vic's on Fulton has full-sized pumpkins for $3.49 and coupons for charcoal ($1.99 for a 9-lb. bag); $5.99 for 24 pack of Pepsi and Nissin cup noodles 3/$1..

Vic's in South Land Park has pumpkins for $3.99; tomatoes for 79-cents a pound and apples for $1.49 a pound. Fresh raspberries are $1.99 a carton and fresh pineapple is $2.89.

Vic's in Folsom is the place to go for Crystal yogurt (50-cents a carton); cottage cheese or sour cream ($1.99 a pint) and sliced pumpkin cake $3.99.

Whew! That's a lot of stuff. Come back tomorrow for some tasty 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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