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

July 14, 2009
Beat the heat with some sweet deals

Yes, it's summertime and yes, it's hot. But there are some sweet savings this week, thanks to the deals at our Big Three supermarkets.

Save Mart is hard to beat this week with seedless grapes at 89-cents a pound; whole watermelon for $3.97; Oroweat bread at $1.97 a loaf and a case of Crystal Geyser Spring water for $3.50. If you have a cereal-loving family, buy four boxes of General Mills brands and save $4. That works out to $1.50 a box.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the butcher's block are $2.49lb; Sunnyside boneless breasts and thighs in the max pack are $2.99lb; Johnsonville cooked sausage or brats are $2.99 each and Moran's lean ground beef is $3.99lb.

Customer rewards coupons are back this week and for $50 in purchases you can get Post cereal for $1.49 a box; 2-liter bottles of soda for 88-cents; Colgate toothpaste for $1.50 and a chicken dinner deal for $6.99.

In produce, jumbo Bing cherries are $1.99lb; peachers or nectarines are $1.49lb; whole pineapple is $2.97 and cantaloupe is $2. Leaf lettuce is 69-cents a head; green beans are 99-cents a pound and eggplant is 99-cents each.

Over in the deli, you can grab a pound of roast beef for $6.99; cole slaw for $1.99lb and garlic bread for $1.99  a loaf. Not a bad meal on a hot summer night.

Over at Raley's, dinner is staring right at you from the front page of the ad. Sweet corn on the cob at 4/$1 and Black Angus London broil for $1.97lb. Then treat the family to BOGO dessert for two (that's really dessert for four) for $5.99. Buy two cases of Aquafina water for $3.77 and get a free 6-pack of Flavor Splash. Buy 4-12 packs of 7-UP and pay only $2.99 each and do the Quaker cereal/ granola bar combo and get 5 boxes for just $1.39 each.

In the Natural Foods aisle, Clif is branching out to energy drinks. Now, with your Luna bar, you can have a can of Clif Quench. Both are 88-cents each. Lundberg rice chips are still on sale for $1.89 a bag  and if you like to snack on almonds, they are $3.99lb in the bulk bins.

Raley's has the specials in dairy, including Dannon yogurt 10/$4; a dozen large eggs for 99 cents; a pound of butter for $1.99 and Ben & Jerry's pints for $2.89.

In produce, tomatoes on the vine are $1.27lb; red bell peppers are $1.99lb and cucumbers are 59-cents each. Large nectarines are $1.29lb; Ranier cherries are $2.99lb; blueberries are $2.99 for 12 ounces and seedless grapes are $1.99lb.

Our friends at Safeway are giving us two inserts this week. One has the regular fare and the other is promoting "Thousands of new everyday low prices!"

We'll start with the regular stuff because there are some super coupons inside the flap on the front page of the ad. Foster Farms lean ground turkey is $2.49 a package; Knoor Lipton rice or pasta sides are 88-cents; Minute Maid or Florida's Natural OJ is $1.99; DiGiorno Pizza is $3.99 and Dr. Pepper or Squirt is 49-cents in the 2-liter jug.

If you're into the Mix & Match thing and want to chill this weekend, Dreyer's and Haagen-Dazs products are buy 4, save $4. Other Mix & Match items are buy 5, save $5. They include a case of Nestle Pure Life spring water for $2.99; 6-pack of 7-Up bottles $1.99; and lots of chips: Mission tortilla chips; Fritos or Cheetos; Lay's and Tim's.

There are BOGOs worth mentioning: Safeway 100% whole wheat or crushed wheat breads; Tyson fully cooked entrees; Fresh Express salads; Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn; Orbit gum and Safeway squeeze ketchup.

Safeway sure has a lot going on this week. It's kind of hard to keep up. You've got the Mix & Match, the BOGOs, the coupons, and the 72-hour sale. We have all of them covered - except the 72-hour savings, which include Signature Cafe chicken tenders (try them with honey) for $3.99; extra jumbo (guess that means really, really big) cooked shrimp for $7.99lb; Skippy peanut butter for $1.49 and Chips Ahoy cookies or Honey Maid graham crackers for $1.88.

Over in produce, nectarines are $1 a pound; red seedless grapes are $1.49lb; Ranier cherries are $2.99lb and strawberries are $2.50lb. Tomatoes on the vine are $1.49lb.; corn on the cob is 5/$2 and avocado is 2/$3.

Now for this other sale stuff. The new lowered prices on everyday items include Lucerne ice cream for $2.50; 150-ounce size of Ultra laundry detergent for $9.99; Safeway peanut butter for $2 and Safeway Clear sparkling beverage for 69-cents.

Come back tomorrow for recipes that will help you keep your cool this week. 



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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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