Shop Cheap

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

December 29, 2009
Say Auld Lang Syne to 2009

It's been a good year, shoppers. Lots of good deals at our local grocery stores and some prices that haven't changed in a year. The Shop Cheap archives show London broil at $1.97lb at Raley's this time last year. And guess what? It's the same price this year.

So let's close out 2009 with good food, good friends and good prices.

First stop, Save Mart where you can get fresh Dungeness crab for $2.99lb. Don't want crab for New Year's? How about spiral sliced ham for $1.97lb or boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.77lb in the max pak. Standing rib roast is $4.77 a pound - if you want to splurge.

Along with that crab, there's lots of other seafood on sale. Cooked salad shrimp is $3.99lb; fresh Atlantic salamon fillets are $5.99lb and fresh Pacific oysters are 69-cents each.

There's a special on Johnsonville sausage for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. With each sausage purchase, you get something free. Eggs at breakfast; mustard for lunch and spaghetti for dinner.

A 10lb bag of Russet potatoes is 97 cents and avocados are 47 cents each. Other produce items include BOGO berries; pears for 97-cents a pound and squash for 97-cents a pound, too.

Looking to slim down in the new year? Dannon Light & Fit yogurt is 50 cents a carton and Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $3.39 for a 32oz. carton.

If you need a push getting into the spirit of the season, go to from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday for Wine and Dine with the Spirited Alyssa Lulie. She will give you tips on wine and food pairings plus "mocktail" recipes. Alyssa is Something Extra managing editor and drinks expert for the Raley's chain.

Raley's also has that London broil that's priced the same as last year - $1.97lb. They also have boneless skinless chicken at $1.97lb and BOGO Prospector's slow cooked ribs in the deli.

There's a Special K special with cereals, crackers and cereal bars at $1.99 each when you buy four. Nature's Pride bread is $1.99 a loaf; Freschetta pizza is $3.99 and a case of Arrowhead drinking water is $3.33. Martinelli's sparkling cider is $1.99 a bottle and 12 packs of 7-UP and other selected soda is buy 2, get 3 free.

For the dieters, Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 50 cents a container; Smart Ones Weight Watchers meals are $1.75 when you buy 6 with coupon and Good Earth teas are $2.50 a box.

Mission Tortilla chips are $1.99 a bag; Doritos or Ruffles are $1.99 when you buy 3; and Cheez-It or Wheatable crackers are $1.69 a box.

A 5lb box of Clementines is $5.99; zucchini squash is 99-cents a pound and cucumbers are 50-cents each.

Nob Hill Trading Co. bread for two is BOGO; Raley's Take & Bake pizza is 2/$10 and Nob Hill Trading Co. dip is 2/$7.

Let's head over to Safeway where you can stock up on BOGO Dungeness crab. Works out to $3.50 a pound, a little more than Save Mart at $2.99lb. Safeway also has London broil at $1.79lb - that's less than a year ago. Fresh pork spareribs are $1.67lb. You can start your meal with BOGO bagged salads - Fresh Express or Eating Right - and topped off with avocado for 67-cents each.

If you plan on eating just soda chips, Safeway has a deal for you. Buy 3-12 packs of Pepsi or Dew for $9.99 and get two bags of Tostitos free. Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies or smokes sausage are 2/$5; Safeway Signature Cafe pizza is $5 for the family size and packaged catering trays are $6.99 each when you buy 2. Arrowhead water is $3.99 a case.

Clip-worthy coupons include Northern bath tissue or Brawny paper towels for $5.99; Joy dish detergent for $1.99; Lucerne ice cream for $1.99 and Go-Gurt for $1.99, too.

If you want to ring out the old with a little chocolate, check out the artisan Mousse Cakes in the bakery. And just to even things out, there's sweet mangos for $1; Pears for $1 a pound and BOGO bags of Eating Right sugar snap peas.

Come back on Thursday as we give you the best recipes of 2009 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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