Shop Cheap

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

October 6, 2008
Shop talk

Well, that was a fun week in Southern California! Lots of sun, some thunder and, of course, shopping. Visited a store called Pavillions (owned by the Safeway chain) and Trader Joe's both on the Newport Coast. Pavillions is a lot like the newer Safeway stores in our area, complete with Starbucks, a sushi bar, Jamba Juice and full-service deli and bakery. The shopping is good, but the people watching is even better. As for the prices, Pavillions had some of the same in-store sales as our local establishments. Grapes for 88-cents a pound; apples for $1.49 a pound and Refreshe water for $3.50 a case. Other items are as much as $1 more - like a bag of Sun Chips for $4.29. The Trader Joe's was a bit roomier than the Roseville location - plus it has an ocean view! Prices were about the same.

On the drive down (are we there yet?) I was thinking shopping came up with a great slogan for the WinCo stores. (I suppose it was because we were passed by one of their giant trucks.) Hello, WinCo, how about this for a slogan: "Been there, bagged that." You know, because shoppers bag their own groceries and because you bag some pretty good savings. I'll let you know if they call with a windfall (or a bag of groceries) for the great idea.

I hope you checked out the Sunday inserts - need those sales and the coupons now more than ever. At Safeway, the Italian squash at 99-cents a pound and the red bell peppers at 97-cents a pound are good deas and the medium cooked shrimp at $5.99lb. make a tasty cocktail. The coupons on the back include paper towels - 8-pack roll - for $4.99 and Tide or Cheer 40-50 ounce for $5.99.

If you love Milano cookies but not the price, head over to Target where a 7.5 ounce bag is $2.41. Also worth mentioning, Simply Juice 2/$6 and Quaker Granola bars 2/$4.

If you're out and about on Tuesday and want to contribute to a worthy cause, Shop Cheap and her colleagues - known as the Newhounds for Health - will be hawking newspapers all over town to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. Stop by the Esquire Tower/Convention Center area and you're sure to get a good deal, expecially between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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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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