Shop Cheap

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

October 6, 2009
Rested and ready to shop

She's Baaaaacck! Nothing like a week away to make you appreciate your local grocery stores. Although, Pavilions (an upscale version of Safeway) is a very nice place to shop. And some of our old favorites - like Ralph's and Albertson's - live on in Southern California.

But now it's back to reality and Shopping Cheap. Here's what's happening this week:

Let's start with Save Mart where you can stock up on beef backribs for 67-cents a pound and boneless chuck roast for $1.97lb. Fresh asparagus is a great deal at $1.47lb and broccoli is 97-cents a pound. Seedless grapes are reasonable again at $1.99lb. If you need drinking water, Sunny Select is $2.98 a case.

Saltine crackers are 99-cents a box and Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soups are 50-cents a can. Foster Farms ground turkey breast is BOGO; ground round is $2.99lb.

Sunnyside Farms split top bread is $1.69 a loaf; Mission flour tortillas are $1.99 a pack and Sunnyside Farms shredded cheese is $1.99 a package. 2-liter bottles of sodas are 99-cents each; Juicy Juice is $2 a bottle and Simply Juice is $3 a bottle.

Save Mart has a great recipe for Italian Meatball Soup and all the fixins' are on sale, too.

Moving on over to Raley's, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.97lb. Holiday seedless grapes are $1.47lb and Keebler cookies are $1.49 a pack when you buy 4. Post Honeycomb, Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles are $1.99 a box. If you like Hansen's Soda, a 6-pack is $2.

Raley's is having a special seafood sale on Saturday only. All seafood - fresh or frozen - is 50 percent off. A couple of Saturday sale examples: fully cooked snow crab clusters for only $3.50 a pound and Sockeye salmon fillets for $4 a pound.

Yoplait yogurt is 10 for $4 - but you must buy 10. Smart Ones entrees are $1.99; Sara Lee breads are $2.49 a loaf and Macaroni Grill dinner kits are $3.59 each. Bertolli meals are $5.99 a bag.

In produce, be sure to check out the winter squash for 47-cents a pound; red or Yukon gold potatoes for 99-cents a pound and Last Tango peaches for $1.47lb.

In the bakery, mix & match bagels, muffins or croissants are $5.99 for a dozen.

Safeway has the 72-hour sale this weekend with lean ground beef at $1.49lb.; fresh white or green asparagus for $1.49lb and Ken's salad dressing for $1.29.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.97lb; boneless top sirloin steak is $2.67 a pound and whole boneless pork loin is $1.67lb

Over in produce, Fuji apples are 88-cents a pound; Roma tomatoes are 58-cents a pound. Safeway has grapes for $1.99lb; pears for 99-cents a pound and zucchini for $1 a pound.

Coupons this week include: 18 large eggs for $1.49; Northern bath tissue or Brawny towels for $5.99 and Arm & Hammer laundry detergent for $2.99. If you need toothpaste, Aquafresh is $1.99 with coupon.

In the deli, the $5 Friday only special is Signature Cafe meatloaf or turkey pot roast. Signature Cafe pizza is $5.49 and soups are $3.99.

That's it for this week's savings. Come back on Thursday for recipes to match.


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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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