Shop Cheap

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

January 20, 2009
Hail to the coupon

We didn't find any post-inauguration sales, but there are plenty of coupons from Raley's, 48-hour budget-stretchers from Safeway and Save Mart celebrating its 57th anniversary with prices to match.

Here are the highlights:

It took me a minute to figure it out, but check the SAVE MART ad because it is so creative. Every price on the front - except for the fresh pork spareribs (at $1.37 a pound) end in .57. So you have London broil for $2.57lb; a case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $3.57; an 18oz. carton of blueberries for $3.57 and peanut butter for $1.57.  Other items worth note (inside the circular) include: fresh ground round for $2.99lb; petite Argentine scallops $3.99lb and Foster Farms ground turkey breast $3.99lb. More on that ".57 theme:" Sunny Select cereal for $1.57; a 12-pack of Dad's root beer  or Pepsi products for $2.57 and Sunshine Krispy crackers for $1.57. S&W beans are $1 a can and C&W veggies are 2/$5. In produce, there's apples and pears for 99-cents a pound; packages of hearts of Romaine 2/$4 and leaf lettuce for 79-cents a head.

RALEY'S will have you clipping again with coupons for Post cereal ($1.57 a box); Tide detergent ($4.99); Pugliese bread in the bakery ($2.59) and BOGO Jeannie-O Turkey Store bacon or sausage. They are also having a mix and match 10 for $10 sale. Items include: Golden Grain pasta; Fresh Express bagged salads; broccoli; Raley's ketchup or mustard. Renuzit air freshener and Scotch-Brite sponges are also $1 each,

The sale also includes many items in produce, where it's 10 pounds for $10. Check out the apples, navel oranges, Roma tomatoes, green bell pepper and zucchini.

A large container of Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $3.99 and Danish Creamery butter is $3.99 a pound. The Raley's brands sale continues with an 18-pack of large eggs for $2.50; instant oatmeal for $1.99; fruit or vegetable juices 2/$5 and canned fruit for 99-cents.

SAFEWAY'S 48-hour Saturday/Sunday sale includes bags of frozen boneless/skinless chicken breasts for $1.79lb; BOGO fresh strawberries and Hunt's canned tomatoes for 77 cents. I get dissed for recommending sales on bottled water, but at Safeway you can get a case of Dasani, Aquafina, Arrowhead or Refreshe for $3.33. The Safeway 10 for $10 sale includes Fresh Express bagged salads; fresh yellow peaches; Fuji apples; oranges; zucchini; roma tomatoes, Iceberg lettuce and Cara Mia Marinated artichoke hearts. Also, Rosarita refried beans.

They have a great price ($1.79lb) on Rancher's Reserve boneless cross-rib roast; and fresh Tilapia fillets at $4.99 a pound (at the Madison Ave. store; $5.99 everywhere else).

In the BOGO category, there's Breyer's ice cream; Ritz crackers and Chips Ahoy!; Smithfield smoked sausage; Foster Farms variety pack lunchmeats; Progresso canned soups or Healthy Choice Microbowls and Lysol cleaning products.

In the bakery, fresh donuts are 25-cents each and in the deli Homestyle Meatloaf is the $5 Friday special.

If you have Super Bowl Sunday plans, Ruffles or Tostitos chips are buy 2, get 2 free. It's the same for 12 packs of 7-UP and A&W root beer.

FOODS CO. has fresh white corn 3/99-cents; Fuji apples 2lbs/99-cents and large avocados for 67 cents each. Campbell's chicken noodle or Tomato soup is 58-cents a can; Western Hearth bread is $1.58 a loaf and Layton Farms English muffins are 98-cents a pack. In the meat dept., fresh whole chicken is 97-cents a pound. Dairy deals include a 16oz mozzarella ball for $2.98; Sunnyside farms yogurt for 50-cents a carton and Kroger OJ for $3.98 a gallon.

At VIC'S in FOLSOM, they have a recipe for "Easy, Classic, Chicken Stir Fry" along with a sale on boneless/skinless chicken breasts $1.79lb; long grain rice for $1.69 a bag; C&W bagged veggies 3/$5 and Kikkoman sauce for $1.29. Sirloin roast is $2.99lb; London broil steak is $2.99lb and fresh Bay scallops are $3.99lb. American Beauty or Ronzoni pasta  is 99-cents a box; Del Monte ketchup is 99-cents in the squeeze bottle; Bush's Best beans are 79-cents a can and Del Monte spaghetti sauce is $1.09 a can. In produce, Tangelos are 89-cents a pound; strawberries are $2.99 a pound and fresh yellow onions are 39-cents a pound.

And if you need a haircut, check out the Great Clips coupons for $5.99 and $7.99.

Come back Thursday (after your haircut) for more 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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