Shop Cheap

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

October 28, 2008
Shop cheap - and quick

Let's face it, this week is about costumes and candy - at least until Saturday. To make life easier on Halloween, we'll cut to the chase and tell you that Safeway's Friday $5 special is pizza. Raley's has a Take & Bake pizza for $6.49  and 8-piece fried chicken in the deli is $5.99 (both are available all week). If you're planning to invite the neighborhood, Savemart has a 50-piece chicken meal for $37.99 and pumpkin pies for $5. If it's tradition to have cereal before trick'or'treating, head over to Vic's Markets where most varieties are $1.99 a box.

Now for the other stuff.

SAFEWAY: Let''s promise to get some fresh fruit so that it's not an all-candy weekend. Apples are 88-cents a pound for Fuji or organic Braeburn and Texas red grapefruit is 79-cents each. Pomegranates are BOGO and pears are $1.29 a pound. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99 a pound, lean (93%) ground beef is $3.99 a pound and fresh Atlantic salmon filets are $5.99 a pound. Safeway has a bunch of BOGO  items including, Keebler cookies or Cheez-Its, sliced bacon, Nathan's beef franks, Steak-umm sliced steaks, Smithfield smoked sausage links, Minute Maid or Florida's Natural orange juice, 12-packs of Coke or 7-UP; Oroville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn; frozen orange juice and waffles; butter top breads, Breyers ice cream and Safeway Select vitamins. Arrowhead water is $3.99 a case; Campbell's and Progresso soups are $1 a can and pumpkin pies are $3.99. The 8-hour weekend sale includes Yoplait multi-packs for $2.99; Betty Crocker cake mix for 59-cents each; a 10-pound back of Russett potatoes for $1.99 and a 4-pound bag of frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $7.16.

RALEY'S/BELAIR: You can get apples (88-cents a pound for organic red or golden delicious) here, too. Broccoli crowns are 77-cents a pound and large artichokes are $1 each. Avocados are $1 each and butternut, spaghetti or acorn squash is 99-cents a pound. Pears are $1.29 a pound and pomegranates are 2/$3. Dr. Pepper is $1 for 2-liters; Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.99 a case and Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2 a bottle. Large eggs (18-count) are $2.49 and milk is still the best bargain at 2 gallons of non-fat for $4.29. In frozen foods, Michelina's budget gourmet entrees are 79-cents each and Campbell's chunky soups are 2/$3.

SAVEMART has a deal on avocado - 69 cents each - and Roma tomatoes - 79-cents a pound. Washington state apples are $1.29 a pound; large pomegranates are 2/$4 and raspberries (12 oz) and strawberries (2lbs) are $4.99 each. Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2 a bottle and Sunny Select drinking water is $3.50 a case. Gallo sliced salame is $4.99 a pound and large eggs (18-count) are $3. Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $1.99 a carton and shredded cheese is $2 a bag. Green Giant veggies are $1 a can; Marie Callender's salad dressing is $2 a bottle, English muffins are $1.99 a pack and General Mills cereals are $2 a box..

FOODS CO. has the deals this week. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.87 a pound; large eggs (18-count) are $2.50 and an 8-pack of Yoplait yogurt is $3.98. One-pound chunks of Joseph Farms cheese are $3.50 each; large Hass avocados are 57-each and large boxes of General Mills cereals are 2/$6. 7-UP or Sunkist soda is 88-cents for a 2-liter jug. Rome apples are 2lbs/98-cents; fresh whole pineapple is $1.98; kiwi is 4/$1 and Nissin cup noodles are 10/$3. Wishbone salad dressing is 2/$4; Challenge or Danish butter is $2.98 a pound; a twin pack of Layton Farms bread is $1.98 and Take'n'Bake pizza is $5.98.

VIC'S MARKETS (Folsom and Fulton Ave.): The deal of the week - by far - is the sale on cereal at $1.99 a box (use the coupon inside and get another $3 off if you buy 5 Quaker varities). Other items worth noting include Crystal Geyser water for $3.99 a case; Anderson's soups for $1.39 a can and Michelina's budget entrees for 99-cents each.

And, lastly, for all you last-minute shoppers, Halloween candy:

Safeway: Reese's, KitKat, Hershey's or Mars fun size bars $1.50 a bag (Wed-Friday)

Raleys: Hershey's, KitKat or Reese's for $1.88 a bag.

Savemart: Buy 4 bags get one Free.


Come back tomorrow for recipes that will take the edge off all that candy.






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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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