Shop Cheap

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

March 5, 2009
Great tips from readers

My newsroom friend Niesha shares this recipe, which is from Bon Appetit. It makes great sandwiches, for home or work.

Lemon Tarragon Chicken Salad

1 store-bought rotisserie chicken

3/4 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise

2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp grated lemon peel

Sliced bread (rye is suggested, but wheat also tastes good)

Thinly sliced romaine lettuce

Prep: Shred chicken, cutting away skin and fat. Mix celery, mayo, tarragon, lemon juice and zest in a large bowl to blend. Stir chicken into mixture and season with salt and pepper. Spread on bread. Chicken salad can be kept covered in fridge for about 3 days.

And a Shop Cheap shopper from El Dorado Hills shares his Walmart story:

 I know you list the coupons and specials at the major grocery chains, but I think you might want to mention how great the prices are at Walmart Supercenters for groceries.

 I know they aren't everywhere and that people may have to drive to get to them, but the prices are considerably cheaper. I have three kids so I end up buying a lot of the same things every week. I was a loyal Raley's shopper but with the tough economic times, I have been trying to save money in evey place possible.

 Thus I switched to Safeway and I focused on many of the weekly specials, stocking up when I thought they had good deals. I had heard that Walmart had good prices but I had never been. I finally went to the one in Orangevale and I was shocked by the price differential. My kids eat Spagetthi-o's with meatballs so I end up buying them every week. On a special week at Safeway I may be able to get them for $1.25 a can. Not on special it is closer to $3. At Walmart, the everyday price is $1. Again my kids like eating Gripz. Regularly nearly $5 a box at Safeway. Rarely on sale. 2 for 5 bucks at Walmart. (I found them in the larger Walmart in Roseville)

If the price difference was a dime or a quarter, it wouldn't be worth the special trip. But these prices are amazing.

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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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