Shop Cheap

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

January 6, 2009
2009: The year of the coupon

Shop Cheap is BOGO this week. But you don't have to buy one to get one free because there's one online and one in The Bee's Food&Wine section. In the paper we are sharing 15 way to save at the supermarket and here we are doing what we do every week - telling you how to Shop Cheap.

After scanning this week's ads we are declaring 2009 the "Year of the Coupon." Both Raley's and Safeway have enough coupons to keep clipping. BOGOs are also back in a big way, too.

Here's the rundown:

RALEY'S wants you to get a jump on the Super Bowl party by advertising avocado for 89-cents and Mission Tortilla chips for $1.79 a bag. Two-liter jugs of Coca-Cola are 88-cents and a 24-pack of the soda is $5.99. There's a great deal on Folger's Coffee (up to 34.5 oz) for $5.99. Other coupons are BOGO, too. Tia Rosa flour tortillas, Volpi lunch meat and Melitta coffee filters are buy one, get one free. Kraft sliced cheese, Nob Hill gourmet soups and bakery cake squares are buy two, get one free.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.88 in the value pack; family size boxes of Nabisco crackers are $3.50 and a case of Crystal Geyser water is $3.50.

Raley's is still promoting its own brands. This week the focus is "Full Circle," natural and organic products, including boneless chuck roast or steak for $2.99lb; ground beef for $3.99lb; refried beans for $1 a can; broth for $2.29 a package and soups for $1.99 a can. Not the Raley brands, but located in the natural food aisle are Lunberg rice chips 2/$4 and gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser for $1.

There's also a sale on General Mills products: buy four advertised items and get $3 off produce. Items include Cheerios, Fiber One or Whole Grain Total cereal 2/$4; and Fiber One granola bars 2/$5; muffin mix $2.89; toaster pastry $1.69 or pancake mix $2.99.

In produce, there's a sale on citrus, including oranges for 69-cents a pound; Texas grapefruit (a Fiesta Bowl favorite) for 69-cents each and fresh limes at 5/$1. Blueberries are a good buy at $2.50-$5.99, depending on the size of the container. Pinata apples - a cross of three varities, they say - are 99-cents a pound. Hot-house tomatoes are $1.77lb.

Over at SAFEWAY, coupons (and your Club Card) will get you Cheerios for $1.50; a package of lean ground turkey for $2.49; and a 3lb bag of Fuji apples for $1.49. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 79-cents a pound and lean ground beef is $3.99lb. BOGOs in the meat and deli departments include Foster Farms marinated turkey tenderloins; Ball Park franks; Tyson sliced bacon; Foster Farms thin sliced lunchmeat; and Tyson grilled chicken strips - perfect for a quick and easy chicken Caesar salad!).

Safeway is advertising 2 gallons of Lucerne milk for $4.59; a case of Arrowhead water for $3.99 and Yoplait yogurt for 50-cents a carton. It's the middle of winter, but this soda sale is hard to pass up. If you want to stockpile, 12-packs of Coca-Cola fridge packs are buy two get one free and 2-liter jugs of Pepsi are buy 2 get 3 free.

The Friday meal deal is back with whole roasted chicken. Add a signature soup at $3.50 a container and you have dinner for less than $10.

SAVE MART hasn't discovered the "Year of the Coupon," but they have sale items worth sharing. Fresh chicken in the max pack is 99-cents a pound; an 18-ounce pack of blueberries is $3.99; Kraft cheeses are $3 and Sunny Select drinking water is $3.33 per case. Sunnyside large eggs (18-count) are 2/$6; frozen veggies are $1.50 a bag and a 5lb bag of apples is $2.99.

Other items in produce include Ruby Red grapefruit for 50-cents each; fresh lemons or limes 6/$1 and oranges are 69-cents a pound. Mangos and avocados are $1 each; bell peppers are 3/$1; for 49-cents you can get a bunch of radishes, green onion or cilantro and eggplant is 99-cents each.

In the deli, oven roasted turkey breast is $5.99 a pound; artisan breads are $2.99 a loaf and rotisserie chicken salad is $4.99 a pound.

FOODS CO. is having a seafood sale, but perhaps their best deal is 4 boxes (you must buy 4) of General Mills cereal for $6. Nabisco saltines are 3/$5; Progresso soups are 4/$5; avocados are 67-cents each and fresh white corn is 3/99-cents. The seafood sale includes red snapper, Dover sole and pollock for $8.99 a bag - frozen. Fresh Bay scallops are $3.98 a pound. Boneless beef stew meat is $3.28 a pound and Hillshire Farms rope or link sausage is 2/$5. In produce, green onions are 3/99-cents; iceberg lettuce is 2/99-cents and fresh Jalapeno chiles are 88-cents a pound.

VIC'S in Folson has Golden Grain pasta for 99-cents a box; IGA large eggs (18 count) are $2.99 a carton and Crystal butter is $2.99 for 2lbs. Asparagus is $1.99lb; a three pound bag of apples is  $1.99; celery is 99-cents; and iceberg lettuce is $1.29. Foster Farms chicken breasts in the value pack are $1.49lb; rump or bottom round roast is $2.99lb and Talapia fillets are $4.99lb. Hills Bros. or MJB coffee is $6.99 for at 24-39oz container.

Come back on Thursday for recipes to match what's on sale.


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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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