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

May 26, 2009
Buy fresh produce - no excuses!

Repeat after me, "I will buy fresh fruit and veggies this week because they are healthy, delicious and on sale." Here's why: From berries and cherries to artichokes and avocado, fresh produce is everywhere and at a decent price.

Safeway has BOGO berries (which works out to 2/$5 - not the greatest bargain), cherries for $2.99lb and cantaloupe for 88-cents each. Jumbo artichokes are $1 each and fresh zucchini is 99-cents a pound.

Safeway is also introducing "combo deals," which consist of items that go together. Chips and soda for $1.99; tuna and white bread for $1.99; bacon and eggs for $2.99 and apple juice and cookies for $2.99. Finally, there's strawberries and Angel food cake for $3.99.

Other specials include whole Foster Farms chicken for 79-cents a pound; cooked shrimpmeat for $2.88lb  and London broil for $1.79lb. If you aren't into cooking the whole chicken, the Friday only $5 special is ... ta da... Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken.

Safeway also has all the fixins' for tacos with corn tortillas at $1.89; shredded cheese for $1.99; shredded lettuce for $1 and Rosarita refries for $1 per can.

It's the perfect temperature for Dreyer's Fruit Bars and they're on sale for $3.50 a box; Safeway ice cream is BOGO and Lucerne yogurt is 50-cents each.

 Raley's has the best price on cherries at $2.87 a pound; avocado for $1 each and a 3lb. bag of apples for $2.50.

London broil is $1.97lb; Jeannie-O ground turkey or Italian sausages are 2/$7 and 90% lean ground beef is $3.99lb.

A case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.50; graduation cakes are half-price; and fresh-fruit tarts are $14.99.

Buy 4 boxes of Kellog's cereals and pay $1.25 for each one or take a look at Raley's 99-cent sale. The list includes family favorite Michelina's budget gourmet meals; Hunt's diced tomatoes; S&W beans; Blue Ribbon rice; Pillsbury cake mix; Sunnyside Farms lemonade; and Kleenex tissues.

Save Mart has a great coupon thing going this week. Spend $10 and get Iceberg lettuce for 49-cents; Knudsen sour cream for 99-cents; ramen for 10-cents; Pepsi for 79-cents and Bar S lunchmeat for $1.99. Avocado is only 69-cents; artichokes are 99-cents  and Arizona iced tea is $1 a jug. (Just had to keep that A thing going.) Sunnyside Farms chicken breasts in the max pax are $1.99lb. If you prefer already seasoned chicken, check out Foster Farms savory servings for $3.99lb. Tyson game hens are 99-cents a pound.

In produce, cheries are $2.99lb; berries are 2/$5 and a jumbo cantaloupe is $2. Leaf lettuce is 79-cents; Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound and yellow onions are 39-cents a pound.

Come back tomorrow for 5 ways to cook those whole chickens and lots of other tasty 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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