Shop Cheap

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

January 26, 2010
These shopping deals take the (chocolate) cake

First the important news: Today is Chocolate Cake Day. Here are your quick-fix options: A single layer cake at Safeway - $4.99; German chocolate at Save Mart for $6.99 or BOGO Dessert for Two, which always includes a generous slice of chocolate cake, at Raley's.

Now, for the rest of the story. Raley's has a good coupon thing going this week, including Barilla pasta for 89-cents; Nob Hill gourmet soups for $3.99; BOGO coffee cake and Healthy Balance juice for $1.99. The best coupon of all, good this weekend only - buy one Fresh Express salad blend or kit get 2 free - must be downloaded from other deals we like at Raley's boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.77lb; blueberries in the 12oz. container for $3.97; navel oranges for 38-cents a pound; a case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $3.33 and Post cereals - $1.50 a box when you buy 4. Nature's Pride bread is $1.99 a loaf.

In produce, Iceberg lettuce is $1 a head; mini Roma tomatoes are $1.99 each in a 10-oz. package and a bag of apples if $2.47.

If you are planning a Super Bowl gathering - it's just a week from Sunday - you might want to stock up on the Lay's Kettle chips $1.89 a bag; 12 pack of Coke and 2-liter Cokes - buy 2; get 2 free; and Oreos - buy 2 get 2 free.

Save Mart has an "Eat Healthier" deal that gives you $5, $3 and $1 off your next shopping trip when you spend $15 ($5 off); $10 ($3 off) or $5 ($1 off) on items like Hunt's pasta sauce ($1 a can); Healthy Choice dinners ($2.59); Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers (2/$6) and Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn (2/$5).

Other stuff we like: BOGO berries from Driscoll's; green seedless grapes 97-cents a pound and beef backribs in the max pak 88-cents a pound. Sunnyside yogurt is 50-cents a carton; Minute Maid OJ is $2.50 and 7-UP, A&W or Sunkist 2-liters are 99 cents. Buy 2 jars of World Classics pasta sauce and get a free pound of spaghetti; Mission Tortilla chips are $2.50 a bag and Jolly Time microwave popcorn is only 99-cents but you don't get the incentive.

It might be a bit too early to start thinking about Super Bowl guac - but medium avocados are $1 each; Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound and a 5-lb. bag of yellow onions is $2.49. 

In the deli, a pound of Virginia or honey ham is $5.99; 8-piece fried chicken is $5.99; chicken Caesar salad is $4.99lb and sandwich or dinner rolls are 6/$1.79.

Safeway continues to have the weekend thing going. This week, it's Gatorade for 88-cents; green seedless grapes for 98-cents a pound; Arm & Hammer laundry detergent for $2.99 and Doritos for 99-cents a bag.

Other deals we like: BOGO O Organics baby salad blends; Texas ruby red grapefruit 3/99-cents; 10lb bag of Russet potatoes 99-cents; Post cereals $2 a box and Tropicana OJ 2/$5. Two coupons inside the ad are worth clipping: Lucerne cheese slices for 99-cents and ice cream cups for 49-cents.

Fresh lean ground beef is $3.49lb; Ragu sauce is $1.25 a jar; Golden Grain pasta is 75-cents a box and artisan Focaccia bread is $1.79. For your Super Bowl advance planning, Margaritaville chicken wings are BOGO; a 3lb. pack of Bar-S smoked sausage links is $4.99 and 16-oz Planters peanuts is 2/$5.

Lucerne large eggs - 18 count - are BOGO; Jimmy Dean cooked breakfast sausages are 2/$5 and Eating Right Kids yogurt tubes are $1.99. In produce, pears, oranges, mandarins and tangelos are 99-cents a pound; bulk potatoes are 79-cents a pound and if you want to splurge, organic heirloom tomatoes are $3.99lb.

And lastly, selected Progresso soups, Del Monte fruit and Bumble Bee tuna are all $1 a can; McCormick taco seasoning mixes are 67-cents each; Arrowhead drinking water is $3.99 a case and a 6-pack of bottled Coke is $2.50. The Friday $5 special is whole roasted chicken; Signature Cafe pizzas are $4.99 each and Safeway is now offering a BBQ tri-tip sandwich for $3.99 with coupon.

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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