Shop Cheap

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

March 10, 2009
Save green on St. Patrick's Day

It's the one time of the year that anyone can be Irish and indulge in corned beef, cabbage, soda bread and Guinness. The local grocery stores are making it easy for shoppers to pick up the ingredients and on Thursday we will share some recipes to make your St. Patrick's Day dinner special.

Here's the scoop:

 Let's start at Raley's where corned beef brisket is $2.47lb (round is $3.77lb). If you buy the beef, your cabbage is free with the coupon on the front of the ad. Red potatoes are 59-cents a pound and a large bag of mini carrots is $1.99. In addition, Irish soda bread in the bakery is $1.99 a loaf. Got to scoop the soda bread up quickly because they always seem to run out.

If you'd rather stick to the basics, Foster Farms split chicken breasts are just 97-cents a pound. Raley's has a recipe for "Quick Chicken Cacciatore" that sounds great and cheap at about $10 to feed a family of four.

In produce, bagged salads are 2/$4; hot house tomatoes are 97-cents a pound and Brussels sprouts are 99-cents a pound.

Raley's is having a Heinz sale  and you'd be surprised at what's included: Classico pasta sauce (2/$4); Weight Watchers Smart Ones (5/$10) and Ore-Ida frozen potatoes (2/$4). Spend $10 on Heinz items and get $3 off.

Cooked shrimpmeat is reasonable at $3.99 a pound and fresh bay scallops are $5.99 a pound. In dairy and deli, Gallo sliced salami is $4.99lb; Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $1.99 a carton and Sunnyside coffee creamer is $2.59 for 32 ounces.

 Over at Save Mart, there are more special savings and coupons than ever before. If you spend $25 in a single purchase, you can get a BOGO on Pepsi drinks, Oreo cookies and Mission tortilla chips. Flip to the back of the ad and you will find coupons for Braeburn apples (99-cents for a 3lb. bag); Fresh Express salad (99-cents); Hillshire Farm deli lunchmeat (99-cents) and bacon ($1.69 a pakage).

And there's also the Shenson corned beef brisket for $2.37lb and cabbage 3lbs/99-cents.

In produce, seedless grapes are 87-cents a pound; strawberries are BOGO; asparagus is $1.99lb and Fuji apples are 99-cents a pound.

Save Mart also has the seafood savings on shrimpmeat for $3.99lb and scallops for $3.99, too.

Arrowhead spring water is $3.99 a case and Crush soda is 99-cents for a 2-liter bottle.

Safeway continues with the 48-hour promotion. This week, it's Lunchables or Deli Creations 2/$3; cocktail tomatoes $1.49; Doritos tortilla chips $1.77 and Ritz crackers for $1.88 a box.

They have the coupons, too. Here's the best deal: 18 large eggs for 97-cents. After that it's Quaker chewy granola bars and Peter Pan peanut butter for 99-cents each; and Tropicana orange juice for $1.97. Inside the ad, you will find coupons for shrimpmeat ($3.99); string cheese ($1.99); Safeway bread (99-cents a loaf) and bacon ($1.99 a package).

The St. Patrick's Day  meal has corned beef for $1.79 a pound; cabbage 29-cents a pound; red potatoes 69-cents a pound and Irish soda bread for $2.99.

There's a buy 5 items, save $5 sale that includes Ocean Spray, Tree Top and Welch's juice drinks. Foster Farms whole chicken is 79-cents a pound.

In produce, strawberries are BOGO; seedless grapes are $1.99lb and a 2-lb bag of baby carrots is $1.99. In dairy, you can get 2 gallons of Lucerne milk for $3.98 and yogurt for 50-cents a carton.

BOGOs worth mentioning include Safeway Select ice cream; Lucerne whipped cream and Tyson fully cooked entrees. In a special section on pasta ingredients, Classico pasta sauce is 2/$5; Del Monte tomatoes are $1 a can; lean ground beef is $3.99lb and Barilla pasta is $1 a package. Add Safeway garlic bread for $1.79 a loaf.

The $5 Friday only special is the same as last week: a pound of Primo Taglio pan-roasted turkey or black forest ham. Signature soups have dropped in price to $3.99 each and there's a $3.99 coupon for a deli sandwich.

 Come back tomorrow for recipes to help you plan the perfect Irish-American feast.

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

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

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31