Shop Cheap

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

June 2, 2009
Another good week at the grocery store

It's another good week for fresh fruit, my shopping friends. And it continues to be a good shopping market in the Sacramento region where Raley's and Safeway are going at eachother, both boasting cheaper prices. Savemart has not yet entered the fray, instead, they consistently advertise prices that match the other two. Out in left field is Winco with the best dairy prices around; Nugget, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's with their speciality items and Walmart with everything under the sun.

But here at Shop Cheap we concentrate on the Big Three - Raley's, Safeway and Savemart. Here goes:

Check out the Savemart 72-hour sale this weekend. There's T-Bone or rib steaks for $5.99lb; jumbo strawberries for $3.49 in the 28 oz. container; hot dog or burger buns for 88-cents and Kingsford briquets for $6.99. 

Other stuff at Savemart includes snapper fillets for $3.99lb; tri-tip roast for $2.97lb and Alpine Giants stadium links for $3.99 to go with those 88-cent buns. Eggs continue to be a good deal at $1.39 for a dozen large. Dannon Light & Fit yogurt is 50-cents a container; and Dreyer's fruit bars are $3 each. There's a Kellogg's cereal deal - buy 3; get 3 free; Sunnyside farms white or wheat bread is $1.69 a loaf and Aquafina drinking water is $3.99 a case.

Spend $10 and cash in on coupons: 99-cents for Farmer John weiners; 99-cents for Fresh Express salads; 5lbs. of sugar for $1.99 and nearly 5lbs of Hills Bros. coffee for $5.99.

In produce, berries are BOGO; Kiwis are 4/$1; red seedless grapes are $1.47lb and avocados are $1 each. Large tomatoes are 99-cents a pound; broccoli is 97-cents a pound and a 10lb bag of potatoes is $2.99. In the bakery/deli, demi-baguettes are $1.49 each and chicken wings or tenders are $4.99lb.

In the Oops Dept., I did make one mistake last week. (Yes, only one Dear Husband). When I wrote about sales at Safeway, I was looking at the ad that was specifically for readers in the area of the Fair Oaks Safeway on Madison Avenue. You see, at that store and another in El Dorado Hills on Francisco Drive, the prices are different. Last week's example was the cantaloupe - 88-cents a pound at the Fair Oaks Safeway, BOGO everywhere else. This week at Fair Oaks and El Drorado Hills, it's Rancher's Reserve chuck roast for $1.29lb ($1.39lb elsewhere); Sockeye salmon fillets for $8.99lb  ($9.99 elsewhere); Tropicana OJ for $1.99 (2/$5 elsewhere) and Lucerne butter for $1.49. The price for peaches and strawberries is also cheaper at the Fair Oaks and El Dorado Hills stores.

The stuff that's the same at all stores includes a new flatbread pizza for $3.99 in the deli and the Friday only $5 special on pan-roasted turkey or Black Forest ham in the deli. Safeway Select sliced breads are $1.50 a loaf; Van de Kamp's seafood selections are BOGO and Lucerne milk is 2 gallons for $4.28.

Now for the Mix&Match sale. You know how confused I get with all the numbers, but the ad claims that if you buy 10 "participating" items, you get 50-cents off each one. That equals a savings of $5 instantly.  Here's one example (not the best combination of foods, however): Peter Pan peanut butter, Bertolli pasts sauce and Healthy Choice microbowls are $1.99 each when you buy 10. Other items that are featured in the Mix&Match: Nabisco snack crackers; General Mills cereals; Refreshe water and 7-Up products.

In produce, Safeway has apricots for $1.99lb; cherries for $2.88lb; and red or yellow bell peppers for $1.99lb.

If the teenager is home for summer, stock up on the Renuzit adjustables for $1 each. Hint: Vanilla seems to work best.

Raley's is doing the berry thing with blueberries for $1.47 a carton. They are also tempting us with Pepperidge Farm cookies (read Milanos for $1.77 and Kozy Shack pudding for $2.99. If you saved the dairy coupons from last Sunday's paper, you find one for 50-cents off the Kozy.

Boneless pork loin is $1.99lb; fresh cooked shrimpmeat is $2.99lb and Raley's large eggs are $1.79 for an 18-egg carton. A 24-pack of Arrowheadd water is $3.49; Dannon Light&Fit yogurt is 50-cents and a cute, little Sara Lee Simple Sweets pie is $2.49.

Kellogg's Special K cereal or cereal bars are $1.99 each if you buy 4. Clip-worthy coupons include 2-liter pepsi for 88-cents; Crystal Geyser spring water in the gallon jug is 78-cents; and a dozen donuts (Friday is National Donut Day) cost $4.99.

If you're looking for melon, Raley's has cantaloupes for 39-cents a pound; honeydew for 49-cents a pound and seedless watermelon for 29-cents a pound.

Gallo sliced salame is $4.99 a package (we will re-run that yummy pasta salad recipe on Thursday).

Come back tomorrow for 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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