Shop Cheap

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

November 10, 2009
Two weeks until T-Day, shoppers

 Yep. Saved 44% at Safeway  last weekend. Got the $10 coupon for Kohl's; free bacon, eggs and OJ, too. If you don't believe me, ask my Mom. She was there!

This week the Safeway deals aren't quite as good but...avocado is 2/$1; blueberries and blackberries are BOGO and you can get a frozen turkey for $6.77. And I hope they are giving away free samples of the Pumpkin Chocolate Ganache pie because it sure sounds good. Price is $9.99 each.

The weekend (Saturday&Sunday) sales include Tostitos chips for $1.69lb; Quaker instant oatmeal for $1.50 a box; Ball Park Franks or Hillshire Farm smoked sausage for $1.99 (Safeway buns are 99-cents) and Gala apples for 79-cents a pound.

London broil is $1.79lb. (Remember, with the broil you can cut it up in stew or slice it for fajitas, too.) Safeway is advertising cooked shrimpmeat for $3.99 a pound but be forewarned, that's in a 2-lb. bag. If you want less that that, it's $4.99lb.

In produce, California oranges and Texas red grapefruit are 79-cents a pound; pears are 99-cents a pound and seedless grapes are $1.99lb.

If you want to stock up on 7-UP or Pepsi, a 2-liter jug is 88-cents. Making green bean casserole on Thanksgiving? Green Giant canned veggies are 49-cents each. Or, clip the coupon and get Birds Eye Steamfresh or C&W frozen veggies 4/$5.

Cases of Safeway brand drinking water are $3.49; Aquafina is $3.99.

All the ingredients for an easy Mexican meal are on sale: Fresh ground beef is $2.29-lb.; Mission tortillas are $1.99; Rosarita refries and Safeway diced tomatoes are $1 a can; olives and diced chilis are 99-cents each; Safeway corn taco shells are $1 a box and Fresh Express shreds are $1.50 a bag. Looks like milk is back up to $2.49 a gallon (when you buy 2).

The Friday only $5 special is oven roasted turkey breast; Signature Cafe soups are still $3.99 and cole slaw is $2.49-lb.

Inside the small Safeway ad, check out the Primo Taglio Mozzarella rolls for $4.99. Slice it up on crackers, add a bit of basil. Hello, tasty appetizer.

Raley's is once again advertising its Holiday Dinners, which range in price from the top-of-the-line meal at $99.99 (serves 12) to the deluxe turkey dinner, which serves 8-10. In between, there's Butternut Squash Ravioli ($59.99); glazed ham ($59.99); and Prime Rib ($79.99). You pick up these meals on the Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving and just follow the simple instructions. Order online and save $5.

This week, Raley's has cross rib roast for $1.87lb. Here's an interesting deal: Get 4 Progresso soups free when you buy 2 cartons of broth. That works out to  $6.50 for the broth and the soup. But one carton of Imagine organic broth is $2. A case of R-Everyday drinking water is $2.99. And be sure to check out the Michelina's frozen meals for $1 each.

Some of our favorite crackers are on sale. Cheeze-It; Wheatables and All-Bran multi-grain are $1.69 a box. Wellington water crackers are $2 a box and Keebler grahams are $1.99. Skippy peanut butter is $1.59 a jar. In frozen foods, DiGiorno pizzas are $3.99; Marie Callender's pot pies are $2.79 and Krusteaz Healthy pancakes, waffles or French toast are $2.49.

In produce, large Hass avocados are BOGO a 3-lb. bag of Clementines is $3.99 and apples for baking are $1.29-lb. Stock up on Knudsen sparkling cider. It's $1.50 a bottle! 

Want a free turkey? Shop Save Mart and purchase $99.99 in groceries. Save Mart also has heat-and-serve Thanksgiving meals. The complete Butterball turkey dinner costs $49.99 and includes all the trimmings, plus dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. Don't know who eats ham on Thanksgiving but a complete ham dinner is also $49.99.

This week's specials include lean ground beef for $1.99-lb; boneless London broil for $2.49-lb. and Master Catch cooked prawns in a 2-lb bag are $4.99-lb.

Kellogg's cereals are $1.25 a box when you buy 4; Coke products in the 12-pack are buy 2, get 2 free with coupon and Arrowhead Spring water is $3.99 a case.

Sunshine, Keebler or Kellogg's crackers are $1.67 a box; Dreyer's ice cream is $3 and Sunnyside Farms Premium egg nog is $1.50.

In the Save Mart deli, you'll find chicken tenders for $4.99 a pound and maple pecan sweet potato salad for $3.99-lb. Bakery turnovers and mini cream pies are 2/$5..

Save Mart produce is always plentiful and reasonable. This week there's oranges for 47-cents a pound; seedless grapes are $1.97-lb; the green onion, radish, cilantro trio is 3/99-cents and berries are 2/$5. Get your potatoes this week. A 5-lb. bag is $1.99; Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound and Taylor Farms complete salad kits are 2/$5.

Come back on Thursday for our Thanksgiving side dish 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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