Shop Cheap

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

August 4, 2009
First scan the ads, then Shop Cheap

NEWS FLASH: Preliminary results from a study commissioned by the Newspaper Association of America says six in 10 consumers still rely more on newspaper ads when they are planning shopping and making purchase decisions. Shop Cheap says, got that right!

Question: In these tough economic times, how else are we going to compare prices on a weekly basis? Answer: First scan the ads, then Shop Cheap. This week is a great example: Green seedless grapes are 69-cents a pound at Save Mart but green, red or black seedless are 87-cents a pound at Raley's. Rancher's Reserve New York strip steak is $3.77 a pound at Safeway while whole New York strip steak is $3.97 at Raley's. Safeway has sweet corn on the cob 6/$1; at Raley's, it's 5/$2. Shop and compare. It's part of life.

Let's start with Save Mart this week. They still are promoting the Kellogg's deal (it ends Aug. 11) where you purchase 10 products for $20, mail in the proof of purchase, and get a $10 check in  the mail. Save Mart is definitely the place to go for produce this week, too. In addition to the grapes, they have mangoes 3/99-cents; jumbo cantaloupe at 88-cents each; BOGO strawberries and blueberries; tomatoes on the vine for $1.29lb and Bartlett pears for 99-cents a pound. In the veggie aisle, celery is 49 cents; Italian or yellow squash is 99-cents a pound; Fresh Express bagged salads are BOGO and avocado is 4/$5.

Oroweat bread is $1.99 a loaf; lean ground beef in the max pak is $1.49lb; max pak Foster Farms chicken breasts are 99-cents a pound; large eggs are 99-cents a dozen and cooked shrimp meat is $3.99lb.

Sunny Select drinking water is $2.99 a case; San Luis sliced sourdough is $2.79 a loaf and Sunny Select pastas are 99-cents a package. In the bakery, chocolate chip cookies are $2.99 a box; and for $5.99 you can get a cute watermelon cake or cupcakes. In the deli, Foster Farms sliced turkey is $3.99lb and picnic salads are $1.99lb.

And be sure to check out the recipe on the back page for Vegetable Pasta Salad.

Moving on over to Raley's, red or black seedless grapes for 87-cents a pound is definitely a sweet deal. Also in produce, tomatoes on the vine at $1.27lb; zucchini or yellow squash for 99-cents a pound; Full Circle Romaine hearts 2/$5 and Bartlett pears for 99-cents a pound.

Raley's brand R Everyday water is $3.33 a case; Pepsi 2-liters are 99-cents each; 7-UP 2-liters are 88 cents when you buy four; Simply lemonade and Minute Maid pomegranate tea is $1.99 a jug.

Tilapia, a tasty white fish that's good in fish tacos, is $4.99lb; fresh ground sirloin patties are $3.99lb and whole boneless pork loin is $1.77lb. Deals on frozen items include Smart Ones meals for $1.99; Stouffer's family-size lasagne or chicken enchiladas for $9.99; Sunnyside Farms ice cream is $2.69 and Skinny Cow ice cream treats for $3.99.

If you're out of dish soap, Dawn is $1.99 in the large size; a big jug of Tide is $9.99 and mega packs of Charmin or Bounty is $6.99.

Safeway has a full page of coupons that you can either clip or load onto your club card. This is in addition to the pullout that was in the Sunday paper. The coupon highlights are: 18 large eggs for $1.49; Lucerne butter for $1.49 and Breyers ice cream for $1.99. Barilla pasta is 69-cents a box; O Organics Spring Mix or Baby Spinach is $2.99 and a 5lb. box of Clementine mandarins is $3.99. Most items are limited to one per visit.

The produce buys are hard to beat with ears of corn 6/$1; large cantaloupe 77-cents each; jumbo peaches 69-cents a pound and Wall Walla onions for 88-cents a pound. Organic heirloom tomatoes are $2.99lb and cherries are $2.99lb.

The 72-hour sale  includes Gatorade Michael Jordan (this is new, right?) for 79-cents; Florida's Natural or Safeway OJ for $2 and Pasta or Rice-a-Roni for 88 cents.

Here's a crazy deal: Buy TWO Pepsi 12-packs and get THREE more free, plus a free bag of Tostitos. There's an Oscar Mayer promotion where you buy 5 items and get $5 off instantly. The items include Deli Shaved lunchmeat; bacon; Lunchables and beef franks. You can take that lunchmeat and make a sandwich on Oroweat or Francisco breads for $1.99 a loaf. That's half price!

Ball Park franks are BOGO; Safeway bratwurst or Italian sausage is $2.99. The Friday only $5 special is the 8-piece Chef's Recipe chicken. .

An added attraction this week is an ad from Smart & Final. Haven't seen one of these in a long time. It might be worth a trip for the Foster Farms whole chicken at 79-cents a pound; a dozen eggs for 99 cents; 5-quart ice cream tub for $4.99; a 12 pack of Cup Noodles for $2.99; and a 48-count box of Nutri-Grain bars for $10.99.

Come back on Thursday for some 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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