Shop Cheap

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

September 22, 2009
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Fall is taking its time this year! Thankfully, we are used to a sizzling September. And this week, the supermarket prices match the weather - HOT!

How about 48-cents a pound for bananas at Safeway?

Iceberg lettuce for 48-cents a head at Save Mart.

And Fuji apples for 99-cents a pound at Raley's.

We're starting our shopping at Safeway this week for the bananas alone. But that's not all! Raspberries are 99-cents a container; whole Foster Farms chickens are 79-cents a pound, Rancher's Reserve London broil is $1.79lb and fresh Coho salmon fillets are $5.99lb.

The 72-hour sale includes those raspberries, Tyson fuly cooked chicken wings for $2.99lb; Oreo cookies for $1.99 and a giant jug of Tropicana OJ for $2.98.

A 35-pack of Crystal Geyser Spring water is $3.99 and milk has dropped in price a bit - $2.29 a gallon when you buy two.

 Mix & Match items are cart-worthy this week. The 10 for $10 deals include Starkist tuna; Kraft Mac&Cheese; 2-liter Pepsi products; Safeway rice cakes and Gatorade. Buy 10 bottles of Gatorade and get 5 bottles of Propel free. Buy 4 cartons of Lucerne yogurt, get 4 more free. 

Mix&Match extends to produce, where apples, Bartlett pears, eggplant, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, yellow onion, Fresh Express salads  and Iceberg lettuce are all either $1 a pound or $1 each.

In the deli, the $5 Friday special is Roasted Turkey Breast; soups are $3.99 and Signature Cafe Pizza is $5.49. In the bakery, Home Pride or Nature's pride bread is $2 a loaf; brownies are $3.99 and Safeway Select cinnamon rolls are 6 for $1.99. 

Aquafresh toothpaste and Suave hair products are 88-cents each; and Safeway bath tissue or paper towels are $4.88 with coupon.

Save Mart is advertising "Crazy 8 Dayz," with many of their items ending in an "8"!!!

For example, that Iceberg at 48-cents a head; tomatoes on the vine for 88-cents a pound; boneless crossrib roast for $1.88lb and shark fillets for $3.98lb. Their idea for "Under $10 meal solutions" is a good one. Buy one 5lb. chub of ground beef and divide it into 5- 1lb. packages.

With that ground beef you can make cheeseburgers, tacos, spaghetti, chili and hamburger helper - all for less than $10 per meal.

A case of Arrowhead Spring water is $3.98; Oroweat, Thomas', Cinnabon or Entemanns' breakfast foods are $1.98 and Krusteaz pancake or waffle mix is $2.68. Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are $1.25 each; garlic bread in the bakery is $1.98 a loaf and a 5lb. bag of Hinode rice is $2.48.

Over in produce, you can still get strawberries - 2lbs. for $3.99; seedless grapes for $1.69lb and pears for 99-cents a pound. Large green bell peppers are 2/$1 and green onions, cilantro or radishes are 50-cents each.

You could mistake Raley's for the 99-cent store this week. Among the 99-cent items, you'll find Yoplait smoothies and Haagen-Dazs ice cream cups; 7-Up, Gatorade or Propel; S&W tomatoes or Farmhouse pasta and rice products. There's a 2-lb bag of Blue Ribbon rice; Ranch Style Beans and lots of cleaning products including Softsoap, Dial Basic soap and Glade air freshener.

Chicken drumsticks, thighs or leg quarters are 87-cents a pound; Sutter sirloin steak is $3.99lb and fresh cod fillets are $5.99lb. Kellogg's Special K breakfast items are $1.99 each when you buy 4; Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 49-cents a carton and Sunnyside Farms ice cream is $2.79

The back page of the Raley's ad has lots of interesting deals, including fresh Atlantic salmon fillets for $6.99lb and a whole Black Angus bottom round for $1.97lb. If you are having a dinner party or family over, Raley's dinner rolls are $2.99 for 36. Bakery cookies are $6.99 for more than 3 dozen.

In produce, seedless grapes are $1.99lb; zucchini is 99-cents a pound; white corn on the cob is 5/$2 and bell pepper is 99-cents a pound.

If you're in a hurry, Raley's take-and-bake pizza is 2/$10. A case of Crystal Geyser Spring water is $3.33.

And, finally, a few BOGOs. Calistoga sparkling mineral water in the 6-pack; sparkling mineral juice in the 4-pack; 8-pack Arrowhead in the mini-bottles and Nestle candy bars.

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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