Shop Cheap

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

October 20, 2009
BOGO or typo....pumpkins are big and plentiful

Shop Cheap will let you decide if the fine print in the Safeway ad is a typo or a big honkin' pumpkin. On Saturday and Sunday you can get BOGO Halloween pumpkins at the store. In the fine print it says: Save up to $49.99 on 2. Tell me if you find that $50 pumpkin!!!

In addition to all the pumpkins - 3 for $9.99 at Save Mart and 2/$6 at Raley's - there's lots of other bargains this week. Here's the rundown:

Raley's has "Family Meal Deals" that will save you money. Get three free items (5lbs of potatoes; Fresh Express salad in the bag and a loaf of french bread) when you buy a cross rib or boneless chuck roast at $2.97lb. Buy a package of R Everyday split chicken breasts for $1.97lb and get a pack of Farmhouse rice or pasta; the same salad and bread. Add asparagus at $1.97lb and your meal is complete.

Other good stuff at Raley's this week includes Sunnyside orange or ruby red grapefruit juice for $1.99; Aquafina drinking water for $3.99 a case and Campbell's chunky soup 2/$3. Why is it when people talk about "comfort food" no one says "Tater Tots"? If the mere mention of "Tots" makes you want to go out and get a bag, the Ore-Ida brand $2.99 a bag.

In the weekend coupon dept., Raley's has Friday & Saturday specials that include Tide Laundry Detergent for $8.99; Red Baron or Freschetta pizza for $2.79; 2-liter Pepsi for 88 cents; Bar-S sliced bacon 2/$5; gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser Spring water for 78-cents; Hillshire Farm lunchmeat 2/$6 and large artichokes for 97-cents each.

Barilla pasta is 99-cents a box; Campbell's soups are $1 a can; Kettle chips are BOGO. Raley's  99-cent sale includes Steamfresh veggies; Balance bars; gatorade and 7-Up; Hunt's diced tomatoes; Softsoap, Renuzit air freshener and Kleenex. On the Halloween candy aisle, Nestle fun size (isn't all candy fun size?) bags are $1.99.

In produce, those Holiday grapes are back at $1.77lb; green onion, radishes or cilantro are 50-cents a bunch; pears are 97-cents a pound and organic Fujis are $1.49lb

If you are hungry for steak, head over to Save Mart for whole boneless ribeyes at $4.99lb. They will even cut and wrap your purchase. Foster Farms chicken leg quarters in the Max Pak are 69-cents a pound and tri tip or petite sirloin steaks are $2.99lb. If you want to serve shirmp cocktail with those steaks, cooked shrimp meat is $3.99lb.

In the bread dept., Nature's Pride is $1.99 a loaf; Sara Lee is $1.99 a loaf and Sunnyside Farms whole grain white bread is $1.79. Laura Scudder's BBQ or dip chips are $1.99 for a double bag and Doritos are the same.

If you have the cough, Halls Cough Drops are 99-cents a bag and Theraflu is $3.99. Think we'd all be smart to stock up.

In produce, check out the Cameo apples for $1.29lb; pears for 97-cents a pound and sweet red bell peppers for 99-cents a pound. And remember those pumpkins 3/$9.99.

In the bakery, Save Mart has the cutest "Pumpkin Face" cakes for $5.99; a dozen Halloween cupcakes is $4.99. In the deli, you can get their Rotisserie chicken for $5.99 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise, it's $6.99

Over at Safeway, we're still hoping that pumpkin BOGO (save up to $49.99 on two) is a Boo Boo. But there are other deals that we won't question. Boneless cross rib roast is $1.89lb; pot roast is $1.99lb and round tip (just what is a round tip?) roast is $2.29lb. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 77-cents a pound and pork chops are $1.49lb. If you are wanting to celebrate Oktoberfest, all kinds of sausages are on sale. John Morrell smoked sausage is 99-cents a pound; Hillshire Farm smokes sausages are $1.99 a package and Johnsonville brats are $2.99 a package. If you want to go upscale, Aidell's gourmet sausage is $4.99 a package.

Safeway also has all the ingredients for that lunch classic - soup and grilled cheese. Safeway butter top breads are $2 a loaf; Campbell's chicken noodle or tomato soups are 60-cents each and Kraft singles are 2/$4. Update the classic grilled cheese with a slice of tomato.

The Saturday/Sunday sale at Safeway (what happened to the 72-hour sale?) includes those BOGO pumpkins; Oroweat English muffins or whole wheat breads for $1.99; Nabisco snack crackers for $1.47 a box and Golden Grain pasts, Knorr or Lipton sides and Chef Boyardee canned pasta for 79-cents.

Hormel bacon is BOGO. Be sure to clip the coupon for 18-count large eggs for only $1.49 and Simply Orange juice or lemonade for $1.99.

In produce, raspberries are BOGO; Granny Smith or Delicious apples are 69-cents a pound; bagged salads are $1 each and avocados are also $1 each. In fact lots of the items are $1, including eggplant, bags of baby carrots, leaf lettuce and Odwalla food bars. For $1 a pound, you can get zucchini or yellow neck squash; black plums and green bell pepper.

In the deli, the $5 Friday special is the Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken. Add cole slaw for $2.49lb or a Signature Cafe spinach salad for $4.49 and you have a great meal.

In the bakery, a dozen decorated cupcakes is $4.99 and a "monster" cupcake cake is $12.99.

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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