Shop Cheap

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

July 28, 2009
Buy, buy, July

We're heading into August, shoppers. Soon, the kids will be back to school, but it's still going to be summer. And we're still going to shop with summer in mind - cooking on the BBQ, eating corn on the cob and having ice cream outside on the patio.

The biggest news this week is the Kellogg's promotion at Raley's and Save Mart. Here's the deal: buy 10 boxes of Kellogg's products, fill out the rebate form and include the register receipt and UPC symbols and get $10 back. Spend $20 now, get $10 later. Not bad.

Besides the cereal offer, Raley's has a good deal on boneless tri-tip roast - $2.49lb if you buy in bulk. If you're having a group over, check out the Pack O' Patties for $1.77lb. It's 80% lean ground beef, too. Need eggs? Get a dozen large for 99-cents. Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper is 88 cents in the 2-liter bottle when you buy four. And a case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.50.

A package of Gallo Salame is $4.99; oven roasted turkey breast is $4.99lb in the deli and fresh chicken strips are $5.99lb. Buy three packs of Pasta Roni or Rice-A-Roni and get $3 off a Rotisserie chicken in the deli. Get a free can of Bumble Bee tuna when you buy a jar of Best Foods Easy Out mayo and get $2 off when you buy Smucker's preserves and Laura Scudder's peanut butter.

If you like plums and apricots, there's a fruit just for you: Pluots and they are $1.77lb this week,. Also in produce, green bell pepper is 99-cents a pound; Iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head and watermelon is 27-cents a pound.

Aim or Peposent toothpaste is 88-cents.

At Save Mart, you can score that same Kellogg's promotion but each box is a penny cheaper than Raley's. There's a great summer meal right on the cover of the Save Mart ad: fresh pork spareibs for $1.17lb; sweet white corn on the cob 5/$1 and whole seedless watermelon for $2.97 each. Tomatoes on the vine are 77-cents a pound and avocados are $1 each. Time to make salsa!

Also in produce, large green bell peppers are 3/99-cents; cherries are $1.99lb; artichokes are 2/$1 and Bartlett pears are 99-cents a pound.

Sunnyside Farms boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb in the max pak; fresh ground beef patties are $1.99lb and Foster Farms sliced deli lunchmeat is $2.50 in the reuseable container. Sunny Select paper towels are 79-cents each.

Save Mart has a Mix & Match sale going again this week. The 10 items for $10 include Foster Farms franks; Fuze drinks; Classic bath tissue; and Sunny Select fabric softener or Sun dish soap. You can get that same tuna deal: buy Best Foods mayo and get a can of Bumble Bee for free. Sunny Select drinking water is $2.99 a case; Mission tortilla chips are $1.50 a bag and a 12-pack of Dew or Pepsi is $2.99.

Having friends over but you don't feel like cooking? Get two rotisserie chickens for $10 when you shop on the weekend.

Show what you've got, Safeway! How about more tri-tip for $2.47lb, untrimmed. Boneless, skinless breasts or combo pack chicken is $1.99lb; Extra large cooked shrimp are $7.99lb and Ball Park beef franks are BOGO. Safeway has again cut the price of a case of its Refreshe drinking water to $2.99. Dreyer's ice cream is $2.29 and Post Honey Bunches of Oats is $1.49 a box.

Safeway has changed that 72-hour sale. This week it's 4-days: Wednesday-Saturday. Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken is $5.99; Nabisco Chips Ahoy! cookies are $1.99; Rosarita refries or Dennison's chili is 79-cents a can and Smithfield premium sliced bacon is $2.50 for 2 pounds.

In produce, red seedless grapes and nectarines are 59-cents a pound; broccoli crowns are 88-cents a pound and Purewal blueberries are $4.99 for 2.5lbs. There's a good deal in produce, too. Buy any three of the listed items (Fresh Express bagged salad; Nature Sweet cocktail tomatoes; POM Teas or Marie's dressing) and pay just $1 each. Otherwise, it's $2.

Hunts diced tomatoes are $1 a can; Safeway Select variety breads are $2.29 a loaf and hot dog or  hamburger buns are $1.19 a bag.

The Friday only $5 special is a pound of Primo Taglio pan roasted turkey or Black Forest Ham. Potato salad in the deli is $1.99lb and an 8-piece chicken combo is $5.99.

That's it for this week. Come back on Thursday for some simple Summer recipes.

p.s. I save 43% last week at Safeway!




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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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