Shop Cheap

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

February 17, 2009
If you shop cheap, you'll save

From BOGO items to deals under $1, grocery stores are feeling our pain and they are making an effort to make shopping more affordable. You really need to shop the ads and know when to stock up. Here's this week's advice. Hope it helps!

SAFEWAY is advertising 'under $1 deals." They include items (all 99-cents) that will help you stretch your grocery dollars, including: Bumble Bee solid white Albacore tuna; Safeway apple juice; Ragu pasta sauce and Hormel chili. For 99-cents a pound, you can get Texas red grapefruit, Hass avocado and large hot house tomatoes.

Reasonable meals can be found, too. Foster Farms whole chickens are 77-cents a pound; fresh asparagus is $1.48lb and two gallons of milk is $3.98. If you drink bottled water, both Arrowhead and Refreshe is $3.77 a case. Tropicana OJ is BOGO.

If you are looking for real meal deals, check out the $5 soup and salad sale. Progresso soup is $1.25 a can; Fresh Express salads are $1 a bag and artisan French bread is $1.25 a loaf. The $5 Friday special is back this week with BBQ combo plates. You can choose between chicken and ribs; chicken and pulled pork or ribs and pulled pork. Also in the deli Primo Taglio pan roasted turkey or Black Forest ham is $4.99 a pound.

RALEY'S is getting into the savings game with an offer to slice your ground beef into patties, cut pork loin into chops and cut whole rib eye into steaks. The incentive: buy whole and save a whole lot. Fresh ground beef is $1.69 when you buy 10lbs; whole rib eye is $3.99lb and boneless pork loin is $1.79lb. You just buy it and the butcher will do the rest.

Raley's also has asparagus at $1.47lb - one penny cheaper than Safeway. Elsewhere in produce, Fingerling, red or Yukon gold potatoes are 2lbs/$5; spinach is 99-cents a bunch and a 4-pound bag of organic oranges is $3.49.

If you're stocking up in the meat dept., check out the Knorr-Lipton sides at $1 each; Michelina's budget gourmet meals are also $1 each and a dozen eggs are $2.

Raley's BOGOs are definitely worth a look. They include: Fresh Express salads; Celeste Pizza for one; Raley's sliced cheese; Mission soft taco flour tortillas; Quaker Life cereal; gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser spring water; Emerald nuts and Herbal Essences shampoo or conditioner. These aren't quite BOGO, but good just the same: Buy 2 Classico pasta sauces and get a free pound of Ronzoni pasta; buy 3 cans of Campbell's Select harvest soups and get 2 free and buy two packs of bakery muffins and get one free.

A case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.50 and fresh bakery baguettes are 99-cents a loaf.

 SAVEMART: We really do need cheering up and thanks to Savemart we all can head to the store for a pint of "Herd of Laughter" ice cream. The name alone - not to mention the price at $1.99 a pint - will get me to buy some.

In the serious shopping category, Savemart has boneless cross rib roast for $1.88 a pound and those asparagus are popping up here, too. Best price yet at $1.29 a pound. In produce, extra large oranges are 48-cents a pound; Driscoll's berries are $2.50 a carton; avocado is $1 each and baby carrots in the bag are 99-cents.

Sunnyside whole chickens are 99-cents a pound; cooked shrimp meat is $4.99 a pound and large eggs - 18 count - are $3. Yogurt is 50-cents a container or 79-cents for a smoothie. Michelina's frozen meals are $1; Knoor-Lipton sides are $1, too. Small cans of tomato sauce are 28-cents each. A case of Arrowhead drinking water is $3.99.

FOODS CO. always has good prices on produce. This week's deals include Braeburn apples 2lbs/98 cents; seedless green grapes for 97-cents a pound and fresh spinach for 58-cents a bunch. Bargains in the bakery include a twin pack of Layton Farms bread for $1.98; Van de Kamp's bread for 98-cents and English muffins at 98 cents for 10. Fresh chicken breasts are 97-cents a pound and Jennie-O ground turkey is 2 packs for $5. Ocean Spray cranberry juice cocktail is $1.77 a jug; fresh bakery baguettes are 98-cents each and Spring! drinking water is $3.50 a case.

VICS in FOLSOM has fresh asparagus for $1.49 a pound and a recipe for Bella Asparagus, too.  Iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head; avocado 99-cents each; large eggs are $2.99 for 18-count and Crystal yogurt is 50-cents a container. Pork chops in the family pack are $1.97 a pound; cube steaks are $3.99 a pound and roast is $2.99lb.

There's also a Target ad in the weekly inserts. Items worth mentioning include $1.99 for 64oz OJ;  and $2.22 for apple juice. Pantene products are $3.33 each; Cascade is $4 for 75-oz. size and Bounty napkins are $2.50 for 200-count.

Come back tomorrow for recipes to go with the whole chickens; canned tuna and asparagus.


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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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