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

January 19, 2010
This week, it's shop 'til you drip

The headline for this week: Don't let it rain on your shopping parade. There's lots of good sales out there - you just have to be willing to get a little wet in the process...and bring a towel to dry off the cart!

Safeway is going the way of the 99-cent store this week with dozens of less than $1 deals. Fresh Express bagged salads, Barilla pasta, S&W and Rosarita beans; Filone breads in the bakery, frozen mixed veggies; and single cake slices. If you're going by the pound, Foster Farms split chicken breasts and pork shoulder blade roast are 99-cents a pound. In produce, red bell peppers, apples, pears and oranges are 99-cents a pound. English cucumbers and baby peeled carrots in a 1lb. bag are 99-cents each.

The weekend draw at Safeway includes Breyers ice cream and Klondike bars for $1.99; A&W and 7-UP for 77-cents; frozen pizzas for $2.99, jumbo raw shrimp (in a 2lb. bag) $4.99lb and Goldfish crackers for 88-cents a package.

Other deals worth mentioning: Mix&Match buy 4, save $4. Items include Life Cereal,Cap'n Crunch, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Quaker instant oatmeal. BOGOS include Lay's chips; Foster Farms ground turkey breast; Progresso soups; and Nature Made vitamins.

It's a good week for crab lovers: fresh, whole Dungeness is $3.99lb.

The $5 Friday Only special is Signature Cafe 8-piece fried or all-natural roasted chicken. Signature Cafe soups are still $3.99 each and a 6-pack of cinnamon rolls in the bakery is $1.99.

And even though it's cold and rainy outside, grab yourself some Skinny Cow ice cream treats at only $3.99.

Raley's has us clipping (or downloading) coupons again this week. You can download coupons at Of particular interest is the BOGO bread in the bakery Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you don't want the whole loaf, there's also a coupon for BOGO sandwich rolls. Other coupons worth mentioning include Fritos for 99-cents; 2-Liter Pepsis for 89-cents; Aquafina water - $3.33 a case; 12-pack of 7-UP for $2.99; Fresh Express salads for 89 cents and BOGO sliced cheese.

Boneless pork tenderloin is $2.97lb.; and Black Angus roast is $1.97lb. The best deals in produce are avocado for 77-cents each and broccoli crowns for 97-cents a pound.

If you like fresh salsa, you've got to try the Santa Barbara mango-peach 2/$4. Also in the refrigerated aisle, Stella shredded or wedge parmesan is 2/$5.  And those Michelina's budget gourmet meals are 89-cents each.

Over at Save Mart, they are celebrating 58 years in the grocery business. And their slogan: "We aren't getting older...We're getting better" is one for the ages. In celebration, they are throwing some specials our way like boneless beef chuck roast for $1.78lb; lean ground beef in the Max Pak for $1.58lb and BOGO Driscoll's strawberries. Also, their Bohemian Hearth sliced bread is still $1.99 a loaf.

The Save Mart Mix&Match sale includes most Quaker cereal, oatmeal and granola bars. If you buy 5, it works out to $1.39 a box.

In the Butcher's Block, boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders are $1.99lb; fresh Dover sole fillets are $2.99lb and country-style pork ribs are $1.58lb.

Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents a container; Sunnyside Farms large eggs are $2.59 in the 18-pack. Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and Dew are $1 each in the 2-liter bottle.

Over in produce, Fresh Express salads in the bag are 97-cents each; apples are 97-cents a pound; Roma tomatoes and Brussels sprouts are also 97-cents a pound. Baby peeled carrots are $1 a bag; Risset baking potatoes are 3lbs for 99-cents and seedless Clementines are $3.97 bor a 5lb. box.

Come back Thursday for some rainy day 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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