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

September 8, 2009
More "moo-lah" for milk

We have heard for months that milk prices were going up and now it's finally happened. I was positively giddy a week ago when I paid $1.60 for a gallon of non-fat at Winco. A week later, not so giddy. That same gallon of non-fat shot up to $1.88 at Winco and up to nearly $2.50 a gallon at both Raley's and Safeway.

Thankfully, you've got Shop Cheap to help you find savings elsewhere to make up for the extra moolah you'll be paying for milk.

Here's what's on sale this week:

At SAFEWAY, there's lots of coupons - more than a page - and a good 72-hour sale this weekend. There's no better way to stretch your shopping dollar than with tuna and this weekend Safeway has Bumble Bee solid white albacore for 88-cents a can. And what do you do with that tuna? Mix it up and plop it on some Oroweat bread. Only $1.99 a loaf. Mission tortilla chips are 99-cents a bag; chicken tenders are $3.99 in the deli and Rice or Pasta Roni is 89-cents a box.

Safeway is introducing Signature Cafe organic soups this week for only $3.99 for a 24-ounce container. Sounds perfect for when the weather cools off a bit. This week's $5 Friday special is Turkey or Homestyle Meatloaf.

In the meat dept., Rancher's Reserve boneless top sirloin steak is $2.69lb; boneless center cut pork loin is $1.69lb and Foster Farms lean ground turkey is BOGO.

In the coupon category, Thomas English muffins are $1.49; Lucerne large eggs (18-count) are $1.49; a 4-pack of vitamin water is $2.99 and Alpine Lace cheese is $1.99..

In produce, organic heirloom tomatoes are $1.99lb; berries are BOGO and nectarines are 79-cents a pound. Baby peeled carrots are BOGO and Bartlett or red pears are 99-cents a pound.

Save Mart is still coming through with great prices on produce. Red seedless grapes are 77-cents a pound; a 5lb bag of apples is $2.49 and broccoli is 49-cents a pound. Avocados are still $1 each; raspberries are $1.50 for a 6-ounce container and limes are 6/$1. Fresh celery is 69-cents; green bell peppers are 2/$1 and tomatoes on the vine are $1.69lb. Fresh Express garden salad in the bag is $1.29.

Boneless cross rib roast is $1.97lb and Sunnyside Farms fresh chicken breasts are $1.99lb in the Max Pak. Fresh cooked shrimp meat is $2.99lb and lean ground beef is $3.99lb.

Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soup is 2/$1; Sunny Select pasta is 99-cents and a 16-ounce bag of Sunnyside Farms shredded cheese is $2.99.

Deals in the bakery and deli include master cut roast beef for $5.99lb and chicken tenders for $3.99lb. Bakery rolls are BOGO.

Over at Raley's, check out the Fiesta Tamale kit. You get all the ingredients for a DIY treat. Only $39.99; save $5 if you order online for pickup in the Deli. Also, boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.77lb; black angus cross rib steak or roast for $2.99lb and pork spareibs for $1.67lb. In seafood, check out the tilapia for $5.99lb and salmon burgers for $1.49 each.

Buy two jars of Skippy peanut butter for $1.69 each and get the jam or jelly free. Another interesting offer: mix and match bagels, muffins or croissants for $5.99 a dozen. Plus check out the coupon for a BOGO coffee drink.

Raley's will help you get your game on with Fritos and Cheetos for $1.88 per bag; ground beef patties for $2.99lb and Oscar Mayer or Louis Rich franks for $2.29.

General Mills has a 10 items for $20 special, including cereal, Progresso soups, pancake mix and Betty Crocker mixes. In produce, sliced white or baby bella mushrooms are $1.97 a package; large Hass avocados are 4/$5 and personal size watermelons are BOGO.

Come back on Thursday for recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen. 

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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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