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

January 12, 2010
It's clip-and-save time at the grocery store

This week we are borrowing lyrics from an iconic Bobby McFerrin song and giving them a grocery store twist: "Don't worry, be clippy!"

That's right, it's a coupon kind of a week at both Raley's and Safeway. And if you're not into the paper and scissors thing, Safeway allows you to load the coupons onto your Club Card. Also, at you can download coupons of your choice.

Here's the skinny on Safeway coupons: FREE side dish with purchase of deli roasted chicken.

Quaker granola bars - 99 cents

Ore-Ida TATER TOTS (got to love the tots!) - $1.99 with coupon

Lipton tea in 12-pack: $3.99

Hamburger or hot dog buns: 99-cents

Safeway boneless skinless chicken breasts (frozen) - $1.69lb.

Signature Cafe deli sandwich - $3.99

And the Raley's coupons: Johnsonville Italian sausage or bratwurst - $2.99

8-pack Gatorade - $3.99

8-piece Fried Chicken - $4.99

Cottonelle or Scott tissue - $4.99

Kleenex facial tissue - 89-cents a box

Now for the other stuff, we start with Save Mart. If you are craving ribs, pork spare ribs are $1.49lb; beef back ribs (in the max pak) are 77-cents a pound and boneless tri tip is $2.99lb, also in the max pak. If you promised to eat more fish in 2010, fresh Pacific snapper fillets are $3.99lb and fresh steelhead fillets are $5.99lb.

Sunnyside Farms sandwich bread is $1.99 a loaf; Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5 and Special K items are 4/$10 plus get a case of Sunny Select drinking water FREE.

In frozen foods, Michelina's meals are $1 each. La Mexicana Salsa is $1.59; Tia Rosa soft taco tortillas are $1.89 and natural sliced cheese is $1.99.Sunny Select ketchup is 99-cents.

In produce, mangoes are 3/99-cents; avocacos are $1 each; Driscoll's berries are 2/$5 and Earthbound Farm organic salads are BOGO. Sunripe grape tomatoes are $1.50 a carton and green onion/radish/cilantro trio is 50-cents each.

With coupons in hand, we head over to Raley's on Saturday because we are going to download the black Angus beef coupon and get $5 off. (Cross Rib Roast is $1.97lb). Check it out at Or you can use the coupon for Black Angus London Broil at $2.99lb; stew meat at $3.69lb or short ribs for $3.99lb.

Gallo salame is $3.99 in the 8-ounce package; Padrinos tortilla chips are 2/$3; Raley's salsa is $1.99 and Tia Rosa tortilla bread is 2/$5.

Buying in bulk? Quaker Instant Oatmeal is $1.90 when you buy 4; Kellogg's items are $1.75 when you buy 4 and Sunshine crackers, Keebler cookies and fruit snacks are $1.49 when you buy 4. Raley's R-Everyday water is $2.88 a case when you buy 2.

In produce, Cameo, Jazz or Braeburn apples are 88-cents a pound; 3lb. bag of Clementines is $3.99; iceberg lettuce is $1 a head; and pears are 99-cents a pound.

Safeway has Rancher's Reserve New York strip steak for $3.77lb; fresh salmon fillets are $5.99lb and Foster Farms whole chickens are 77-cents a pound. In seafood, Mahi Mahi fillets are $4.99lb; tilapia is $3.99lb. Healthy Ones lunchmeat, Tyson chicken strips and Lucerne 18-coung eggs are BOGO.

Oranges, tangelos and onions are 99-cents a pound.

On Saturday and Sunday only, you can get Jennie-O ground turkey for $2.50 a package; large avocados are $1 each; Froot loops and Rice Krispies are $1.50 a box and Safeway Refreshe water is $2.88 a case.

Thankfully, the holiday turkey/ham overdose is history because Primo Taglio pan-roasted turkey or Black Forest ham is the $5 Friday Only special. Signature Cafe pizza is as low as $4.99 and lemon meringue pie is $3.99 in the bakery.

Come back on Thursday for some jazzy 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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