Shop Cheap

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

December 30, 2008
Let's get the party started

Whether you are planning a quiet meal at home, or a house full of guests, there's plenty on sale. Here's to a Happy - but Shop Cheap - New Year! 

Before getting to the grocery stuff, here's the best deal we found: Buy 10 bottles of Vitamin Water or Smart water for $1 each at Raley's and get a FREE voucher for a Boreal Ski Lift ticket.

Remember that the Safeway specials were advertised on Sunday. If you want to check out those offerings, here's the link to an earlier Shop Cheap.

RALEY'S has clip-worthy coupons on blueberries (2/$3); 12-packs of Coke ($2.99); Gatorade (79 cents); Lay's chips ($1.79); Oscar Mayer lunchmeat (2/$6); Brownie bites (2/$7) and Crest toothpaste (2/$3). They also have a big Special K sale on cereal, fiber bars, waffles, crackers and protein water. Buy 4 and save $4.

Now for the party! London Broil is $1.97 a pound, complete with a recipe for Beef Stroganoff. Fresh Express salads are 2/$5 and natural shrimp (cooked or raw) for $6.99 a pound. There's Focaccia bread in the bakery for $2.89 and large artichokes are 2/$3.

For the rest of the cart, there's Clementines at 3 pounds for $3; 6 bagels for $3 and Weight Watchers Smart Ones 5/$10. Dannon Light & Fit yogurt is 10/$4. If you are looking for a quick - but starchy - dinner, Homestyle Meatloaf in the deli is $6.99 and for an extra $1 you get mashed potatoes and mac&cheese.

For the morning, there's Simply Orange, grapefruit or apple juice 2/$6; Rachel's (it's not from Rachel Ray) lowfat yogurt 5/$4 and 3-liter jugs of Arrowhead water for $1. Don't forget the milk at 2 gallons of Bayview non-fat for $3.49. It went up 40-cents since the weekend.

If you shop Raley's own brands, their drinking water is $3.50 a case; frozen veggies are 4/$5; pasta is $1.19; olives are 88-cents a can and diced tomatoes are also 88-cents a can.

Did you vow to go natural in the new year? Check out the two-week sale that includes $1 energy bars, a case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $3.50; Alvarado St. multi-grain breads for $2.99 a loaf; and Lundberg rice cakes or chips 2/$4.

If you are planning a chicken dish, Save Mart is the place to shop. Sunnyside Farms boneless, skinless breasts are $1.88 a pound. Avocado is 99-cents; Tostitos are BOGO; La Mexicana salsa is $2 for 24 ounces; Mexican blend shredded cheeses are $3.99 for 16 ounces; and Dad's Root Beer is 69-cents a jug. Smart Ones entrees are 5/$10; and Sunnyside Farms whole grain white bread is $1.99 a loaf. If you're making pasta sauce, Italian sausage is $2.79 a pound; fresh ground sirloin is $2.99 a pound; DiGiorno shredded cheese is $2.99; and garlic bread in the bakery is $1.99.

In produce, Washington state apples are 99-cents a pound; berries are $2.49 a container; beefstake tomatoes are $1.99 a pound; iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head and fresh green beans are $1.49 a pound. Texas red grapefruit is 2/$1 and pears are 99-cents a pound.

Save Mart is having a 4-week Sunnyside Farms and Sunny Select sale. Highlights include paper towels for 89-cents; sandwich bread $1.79 a loaf and cases of drinking water 3/$10.

FOODS Co. has fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs) for $1.87 a pound; Fuji apples for 57-cents a pound and Yoplait yogurt 10/$4. In the meat department, there's boneless bottom round, rump roast or Tri Tip for $2.78 a pound and boneless pork sirloin for $1.68 a pound. Doritos are 2/$4; Pringles are 98-cents and Calidad tostadas are 98-cents a pack. In produce, fresh pineapple is $1.98 each; avocado is 98-cents each; bell peppers are 2/98-cents and key limes are 68-cents a pound.

The Rainbow Foods celebration begins with boneless chuck roast at $2.39 a pound; fresh shrimp at $4.99 a pound; Idaho potatoes 5 pounds/$1.50;  and chocolate cake in the bakery for $6.99. Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5; Chex Mix is 3/$5 and Gatorade drinks are $1 each. Olives are 99-cents a can; Santa Fe salsa or dip is $1.99; Fritos, Cheetos or Rold Gold pretzels are $1.88 and Quaker rice cakes or quakes are 2/$3. Western Family corn flakes or toasted oats cereal are $2 a box and Langers apple juice is 2/$5.

That should be enough to get the party started! Come back tomorrow for recipes to start the New Year.



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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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