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

February 10, 2009
Sweetheart deals

Love is in the ads this week. You won't be at a loss for something to cook for your sweetie. There's everything from the extravagant (lobster tails for $7.99lb at Safeway) to beefy (Sutter sirloin steak with red wine berry sauce at Raley's) to sweet berries (blueberries, strawberries at Save Mart, Safeway and Raley's).

Flowers - from tulips assorted bouquets - will be in abundance at your local grocery store. Prices range from reasonable to red roses. 

The Valentine (and beyond) highlights:

Raley's Valentine special includes Sutter sirloin steak for $2.97lb plus a recipe for the red wine berry sauce. The bakery has lots of yummy cakes - a six-inch chocolate for $7.99 and chocolate strawberry kiss for $17.99. If you are signed up for cookies at the class party, check out the 25-count heart shaped sugar cookies for $3.59.

Other items include Fuji apples for 97-cents a pound; strawberries $3 a pound; and blueberries or blackberries 2/$5. Large artichokes are 97-cents each. Aquafina drinking water is $3.99 a case; San Luis sliced sourdough is $3 a loaf ;  and if you're looking for a quick meal, classic lasagne in the deli is $6.99 (includes free garlic bread).

A General Mills "super sale" boasts buy 10 items and save $5. With the discount, you'll pay $1.50 for Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Bisquick, Progresso light soups and El Paso salsa.

Over at Safeway, there's a 4-day President's Day sale. Items include 9-inch apple/cherry pie for $3.99; Safeway Select ice cream for $2.49 and a 3lb bag of Fuji or Braeburn apples for 99-cents. Aquafina is the featured water this week at $3.99 a case.

Valentine items include those lobster tails for $7.99 each; Boston cream cakes for $8.99 and a dozen holiday cupcakes for $5.99.

Organic blueberries are $1.88 a carton; seedless red or green grapes are 88-cents a pound and strawberries are $3 a pound.

Safeway has some nice coupons inside including: Safeway bath tissue or paper towels for $4.99; Listerine mouthwash for $1.99 and Arm&Hammer detergent 2/$7. On the food side, coupons include Safeway variety breads for $1.49 a loaf; Hillshire Farm lunchmeat 3/$8; Mission tortilla chips for 99-cents a bag and Signature Cafe soup for $3.99. If you like Safeway Clear sparkling beverage, it's 49-cents with coupon.

Save Mart has boneless skinless chicken breasts or pork loin roast for your sweetie at $1.99 a pound. Decorated cupcakes are $4.99 a dozen, Driscolls strawberries are BOGO and red seedless grapes are 99-cents a pound. C&H granulated sugar is $1.88 for a 5-pound bag and Coke products are 99-cents for a two-liter bottle.

Family favorite Michelina's frozen entrees are $1 each; Skinny Cow ice cream bars are $3.99 and Sunnyside Farms butter is 2/$5. Moran's 96% lean ground beef is $3.99lb. Sunny Select water is $3.33 a case; Nabisco snacks are $1.88 and Mission flour tortillas are $1.89 a pack.

In produce you'll find Beefsteak tomatoes for 99-cents a pound; Fresh Express salads are 2/$4 and leaf lettuce is 99-cents each.

Hope your Valentine likes milk because at Foods Co. it's $1.97 a gallon (when you buy two). Fuji apples are 2lbs/98 cents;  Oscar Mayer Lunchables are $1 each and a case of Arrowhead drinking water is $3.98. In produce, oranges are 2lbs./98 cents; fresh cilantro is 25-cents a bunch; and fresh bell peppers are 2/98 cents. In the bakery, Valentine cupcakes are $4.98 a dozen and heart cakes are $3.98 each. Western Hearth bread is $1.77 a loaf.

Walmart has an insert this week with all things sweet. There's everything from a Skittles plastic heart for $1 to a Russell Stover Velvet heart for $12.96.

Come back tomorrow for some special Valentine 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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