Shop Cheap

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

January 5, 2010
It's 2010, time to get cart smart

Hello, 2010. That's Twenty Ten. And no matter what is being said about the recession coming to an end, we all still want/need to Shop Cheap, right? Seems like I'm the only one having a hard time getting up the energy to go to the grocery store after the holidays.

But the family needs to eat and the sales don't stop. Only thing, they are trying to get us to change our ways. There are lots of clip-worthy coupons in The Bee ads, but Safeway and Raley's are really wanting us to go online and click away. Example: Safeway wants us to go to and load coupons to the Club Card. At Raley's you'll pay $9.99 for an ice cream cake (regular price, $16.99) but you must go online to get your coupon.

Save Mart, where I purchased two, fresh Dungeness crabs for $8.85 at New Year's, is still Old School. What you see in the ad is what you get! So, let's start there and let's start with salad. Iceberg lettuce is 47-cents a head and Roma tomatoes are 47-cents a pound. Bumble Bee tuna is $1 a can and Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.99 a loaf.

Lean Cuisine one-dish meals are $1.79 and entrees are $1.99. For $1 you can get Del Monte pasta sauce, diced or stewed tomatoes and 2-8oz. cans of tomato sauce. Sunny Select mac&cheese is 50-cents a box; beans are 89-cents a can and veggies are 69-cents a can.

Fresh Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound; boneless, skinless breasts (in the butcher block) are $1.99lb; and Master Catch raw shrimp are $3.99lb.

Sun Chips, baked Lay's and Ruffles are $2.50 a bag; Good Earth tea is $2 a box and Aquafina drinking water is $3.99 a case.

Produce has oranges for 69-cents a pound; red grapefruit for 50-cents each and blueberries 2/$5. Green bell peppers are 3/99 cents; grape tomatoes are $1.50 a carton and Fresh Express salads are $1.50  a bag.

If you want to take the weekend off from cooking, head over to Save Mart for their rotisserie chicken 2/$10 Friday-Sunday. Strudel bars are $1.99 and Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.99 a carton.

You'll be hearing a lot about Raley's in 2010 because they are celebrating their 75th Anniversary in Northern California and Nevada. There will be lots of fun contests and free gift cards. More on that when we get the info.

As for the groceries this week, they have some pretty cool coupons: California Pizza Kitchen servings for one at $1.99; Deryer's fruit bars at $2.49; Gatorade for 88-cents and 2-liter Cokes for 89-cents. To clean up after the mess, Clorox wipes are $1.99.

On Saturday and Sunday only, get 50% off Full Circle fish fillets or steaks (when you spend $25 on groceries). Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.97lb; a 3lb. bag of apples is $1.97 and Romaine hearts are BOGO. Rice-a-Roni is 99-cents a box; Dannon yogurt is on sale  at 10/$4 and Luna, Odwalla, Clif, Mojo and Larabars are $1 each.

Good Earth tea is $2.50 a box; Snack Wells, Oreos or South Beach cookies are $2.99 a box; Weight Watchers candies are BOGO.

Raley's brands are on sale big time, everything from soups to American singles to chunk light tuna in water for 69-cents a can.If you like their Nob Hill Trading Co. soups in the deli, it's but 2, get one free. That's $9 for 72 ounces of soup!

In produce, the blood oranges sure look good at $1.29lb; avocados are still $1 each and tasty Meyer lemons are 69-cents each.

Safeway has a roast sale cooking with cross rib at $1.79lb; pot roast at $1.89lb and bottom round at $1.99lb. Fresh Eating Right boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs or combo pack are $1.87lb and Saturday and Sunday only fresh ground beef is $1.49lb.

Fresh Express salads are BOGO; Bing cherries are $2.99lb and large bell peppers are $1.49lb.

Quaker Instant Oatmeal is but 2, get 3 free. Campbell's Select Harvest soups; Hormel Natural Choice lunchmeat and Doritos tortilla chips are BOGO.

This weekend only, a 5lb bag of Tilapia filllets is $5.99 and jumbo cooked shrimp are $6.99 a lb (must buy 2lbs.) Coupons worth clippin' include Signature Cafe garden salad for $3.99; Skippy peanut butter and Welch's jelly for $1.49; Pop-tarts 3/$3; Coffee-mate creamer $1.99 and single service ice cream cups for 49-cents.

The $5 Friday Only special is Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken. Grab a chicken, add a soup from the deli at $3.99 and a loaf of French bread for $1.79 and you have dinner for $10.78. (Thanks, jayman29!).

That should be enough to keep them happy this week. Come back 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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