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

January 27, 2009
"Super Sunday" sales

Here's a thought. We rename Sunday's game the "Hass Avocado Super Bowl." The winner  (a professional team) plays the winner of the "Tostitos Fiesta Bowl" (a college team) and we  have the first ever Chip & Dip Bowl. Yep, it's silly, but so is all the food hype over "The Game." So much for the healthy-eating resolution. This is Super Snack Sunday and it's reflected in all of the grocery ads.

We are prepared to name avocado the official fruit (yes, it's a fruit) of the Super Bowl since it's estimated that we will consume nearly 50 million pounds on Sunday - without the chips. If you want more info, here's a great website:

Now, for the specials (most include avocado - the Super Fruit):

 Let's start with Safeway this week where you can find avocado for 67-cents each during the 72-hour "Game Day" sale. To go with that, there's a coupon for 4-12 packs of soda for $7.99; Johnsonville brats 2/$5 and California Pizza Kitchen pizza for $3.99.

The $5 Friday special is Signature Cafe Pizza. Stock up on Friday for Sunday's game. Pork spareribs are $1.99lb (Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce is BOGO); 93% lean ground beef is $3.99lb; Tyson chicken strips and Foster Farms boneless/skinless tenders are BOGO.

In the nothing-but-snacks category, Lays potato chips are $1.69; Nabisco crackers are $1.69 a box; Hillshire Farm Lit'l smokies or sausages are 2/$5; Dennison's chili with beans is $1 a can and Tostitos chips are 2/$6. Pace picante or salsa is 2/$5;  Orville Redenbacher's popcorn is BOGO; and Safeway or Manor House chicken wings are $6.99 for a 4lb bag. Two-liter sodas are 99-cents and the All-American foot-long sub in the deli is $5.99.

Because we need fruit & veggies in our diet, there's seedless grapes for  88-cents a pound; vine ripeded tomatoes for 98-cents a pound; O Organics baby salads for $1.99 each and fresh berries 2/$5.

Other stuff: Campbell's Chunky soups are 99-cents a can; Arrowhead drinking water is $3.50 a case; bakery bagels are 25-cents each and Quaker oatmeal is $2.50 for a 42-oz. box.

Over at Raley's the Chip & Dip Bowl is featured with avocado at $1 each and BOGO Tostitos. Other items for the Sunday menu include: spareribs for $1.99lb (Kraft BBQ sauce is 99-cents); Russet potatoes 2lbs/$1; Nabisco crackers $2 a box; Rojo's salsa is $2.29; and Sunnyside sour cream is 99-cents for 8oz. Ortega taco shells are 3/$5; Tabasco is 99-cents; Rosarita refries are $1 a can; Pace picante is $2.50 and Nob Hill fresh pico de gallo is $2.50 in the deli.

It's a good week to be thirsty; all kinds of drinks are on sale. Buy two-12 packs of 7-Up, get two free; buy three 8-packs of Pepsi, get two free; Gatorade is $1 a bottle; a case of Arrowhead - $3.99 each - or buy two, get one kids pack free. 2-Liter 7-Up is $1 and Pepsi is $1.50.

In produce, limes are 5/$1; Jalapeno peppers are 99-cents a pound; and fresh cilantro is 50-cents a bunch. Berries are 2/$5 and tangelos are 99-cents a pound. Green beans are $1.49 a pound.

Raley's large eggs are $2.50 in the 18-pack; Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $1.99 and a pound of butter is $2.50. If you buy 5 Quaker Oats products (oatmeal, cereal, granola bars or breakfast squares) you get $3 off at the checkout. 

Save Mart is also promoting its "Big Game" values with country-style ribs for 99-cents a pound  (Kraft BBQ sauce is $1.25); medium avocados are 2/$1 (large are 4/$5); Roma tomatoes are 79-cents a pound; Nabisco crackers are $2 a box and Doritos are BOGO. A foot-long "Super" sub is $7.99 and Reser's salads are $4.99 for 3lbs. Jose Ole mini tacos or taquitos are $4 a box; Bobby Salazar's salsa is $1.99; Gallo salame is $4.99 a pack; Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies are $3.50 a pack and 12-packs of Coke or Dasani water are 4/$13 (with the coupon on page 5).

In produce, Fresh Express salads are BOGO as are Blue Diamond almonds in a 6-oz. can. Driscoll's berries are $2.49 and extra large lemons are 3/99-cents.

Vic's in Folsom is doing the game thing with avocado 2/$1 and Tostitos 2/$5. Dennison's chili is 99-cents a can; Pace salsa is $2 a jar; Ortega salsa is $1.79 and pork spareribs are $1.99 a pound (Kraft BBQ sauce is 99-cents).  Frozen tacos or taquitos are $3.99; Lawry's seasoning mix is 79-cents; Kraft cheeses are $2.99 a pack; Lit'l Smokies are $2.99 a pack. Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound; Fuji apples are 99-cents a pound; and Texas red grapefruit is 59-cents each. Crystal cottage cheese is $1.99; yogurt is 50-cents a carton; and Arrowhead water is $3.99 a case.

Foods Co. has a great deal on snack items. Buy 10, save $5. They include Kraft singles; Knudsen sour cream; Philly cream cheese; Fritos or Cheetos; SoBe water; Pepsi 8-packs; Pace salsa; Ritz Crackers and Aquafina water. Boneless/skinless chicken breasts are $1.87lb; Hillshire Farm sausages are $1.98  a pack; and a 4lb bag of Kroger chicken wings is $6.98. In produce, Braeburn apples are 2lbs/98-cents; seedless grapes 97-cents a pound; fresh cilantro is 33-cents a bunch; broccoli is 98-cents each and large pears are 68-cents a pound. Beef backribs are 78-cents a pound (Kraft BBQ sauce is 88-cents); Doritos are $2 a bag; Mission tortilla chips are $2.50 a bag and a twin pack of Western Hearth bread is $2.98.

The specials at Rainbow Foods include beef backribs for 99-cents a pound (Kraft BBQ sauce is 99-cents); Prego spaghetti sauce is $1.99; Golden Grain pasta is 99-cents a pack; Dennisons chili and Rosarita refries are 99-cents a can; and Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soups are $1 a can. In produce, avocados are 2/$1; limes are (seriously) 10 pounds/$1; Russett potatoes are 2lbs/$1; roma tomatoes are 59-cents a pound; and fresh cilantro is 34-cents a bunch.

Come back tomorrow. To make your party planning easier, we'll have recipes for ribs, potato skins, avocado tacos, a lime dessert, and, of course, guac.


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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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