Shop Cheap

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

April 14, 2009
Lots of ways to save on Tax Day

Yep, it's Tax Day. You need to file that one for another year and move on - to the grocery store.Stop sulking and start shopping because bargains await. Here goes!

We're starting at Save Mart because they beat Safeway by a penny on the price of red seedless grapes. At 87 cents a pound, you can grab a healthy snack and save some money, too. Save Mart also has a 72-hour sale that runs Friday-Sunday. Items include country style pork ribs for 99-cents a pound; iceberg lettuce 49-cents a head; fresh salad shrimp $2.99lb and Bayview Farms OJ for $1.50 a jug. London broil is a good deal at $1.88lb and lean ground beef is $1.69lb in the max pax. Save Mart has a cereal deal that's hard to pass up: Buy three boxes for $10.98 and get three boxes free. That's $1.83 each on popular boxes of Kellog's cereals.

Save Mart is offering more coupons with purchase of $10 in groceries. Ocean Spray juice cocktail is $2; Hillshire Farm deli lunch meat is 99-cents and a 3-pound bag of Fuji apples is less than $1. In produce, jumbo artichokes are 2/$4; Driscoll's strawberries or blackberries are $3.99 each and tomatoes are $1.99lb.

Raley's has tri tip roast for $2.75lb with a recipe for Tomato Avocado Salsa grilled tri tip, too. Avocado is $1 each and tomatoes are $1.99lb to complete the recipe. Add some sweet white corn at 3/99-cents and you have a great weekend meal.  A dozen large eggs at $1.39 and the BOGO muffins will take care of breakfast. If you spend $15 on advertised Healthy Choice products - including Fleishmann's margarine, egg beaters and Orville Redenbacher's popcorn - you'll save $5 at checkout.

Raley's also has a good coupon thing going on the back page with 2-liter Coca Cola for 97-cents; Famous Amos cookies for $1.69; Evergood sausages or franks for $2.99 and a yummy ice cream cake for $8.50. In the non-grocery category, there's Old Spice anti-perspirant for $1.99; Hefty trash bags for $4.99 and Gain or Cheer detergent for $3.99.

Safeway has the red seedless grapes for 88-cents a pound along with fresh pineapple for $2.99 and mangos for $1. In the meat department, Rancher's Reserve london broil is $1.99lb and whole boneless pork loin is $1.99lb. Foster Farms split chicken breasts are 99-cents a pound and frozen cornish hens in the twin pack are 99-cents a pound, too.

Safeway has an Earth Day (April 22) promotion that includes a coupon for a free reusable shopping bag with the purchase of $50 in groceries. And for every $30 you spend in the "Living Well, Feeling Great" category, you will get a coupon for $10 off your next visit. Some of the items include: Eating Right lunch meat; baby peeled carrots; Progresso and Campbell's Select Harvest soups; and Skinny Cow ice cream treats. Arrowhead water is $3.99 a case and General Mills' Trix or Golden Grahams are $1.99 a box.

The Friday $5 special is barbecue pork loin with BBQ sauce. Other deals in the deli include all-natural roasted chicken - 8 pieces - for $5.99 and Signature Cafe pizza for $5.49.

If you want to surprise someone with a bouquet of roses, it will only cost you $4.99 in floral.

Come back tomorrow for recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen.

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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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