Shop Cheap

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

February 2, 2010
How you can score at the store this week

When you hit the supermarket this week remember guacamole isn't just for parties and ribs aren't just for half-time. And take a tip from Shop Cheap: Stay away from the store an hour before the game. That hour is saved for the guys who never shop - except on Super Bowl Sunday!

But no matter what you plan to do this Sunday, here's how you can take advantage of what's on sale. Beware, most items are geared toward gathering around the TV and watching football.

We'll kick off our shopping at Raley's. Here's what we like best: Tri tip roast for $2.37lb; avocado 5/$3; 12-packs of Pepsi $2 each when you buy 4 and BOGO Idaho potatoes (two 5lb. bags for $2.99). Other stuff: a case of Arrowhead Spring water for $3.33; Dreyer's ice cream for $2.50 and Nabisco crackers - $1.79 a box when you buy 4. Meaty pork spareibs are $1.77lb; a 16-piece chicken meal is $9.99 and if you buy two deli pizzas, the third one is free.

If Little Smokies are on your menu, Miller's cocktail links are 2/$5; Ball Park franks are 2/$3; 2-liter Pepsi is $1 and fresh Dungeness crab is $4.99lb.

Michelina's meals are $1 each; Gallo sliced Salame is $5.49 and Smart Ones frozen items are $1.75 when buy 4 and you use the coupon.

If you want the party but not the cooking, Prospector's slow cooked ribs are $7.99 in the deli; buy two Nob Hill dips and get a free loaf of King's Hawaiian bread. The cheesecake platter from the bakery is $9.99 To order party platters, go online and save $5.

 Make produce a part of the party with radishes or green onion for 59-cents a bunch; limes are 5/$1 and grape tomatoes are $2.50 a carton. Veggie trays are $4.99 and $8.99.

We're 1st and goal at Safeway with avocado for 50-cents each; boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.97lb and BOGO Ball Park franks, Hillshire Farm smoked sausage; Lloyd's ribs and Hebrew national franks.

Safeway's 3-day coupons (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) include 12-packs of 7-UP, Dew and Pepsi 3/$7.98; Johnsonville brats $2.99 each; Best Foods mayo $1.99 and Dreyer's ice cream for $2.49. The 5-day coupons (Wed.-Sunday) include Oscar Mayer weiners 99-cents; Francisco sandwich rolls $1.88; Mission flour tortillas 99-cents; Heinz Ketchup $1.79 and Safeway Select artisan garlic bread 99-cents. If you aren't cool with cleanup, clip the coupons for paper plates $2.99 and Hefty trash bags $4.99.

The BOGOs are big time this week, including: fresh mushrooms and grape tomatoes in produce; Tyson chicken, Farmer John sliced bacon, Jimmy Dean sausage and Oscar Meyer bologna in meat. Doritos or Tostitos chips are buy 2; get one free and Wholly Guacamole is BOGO.

Safeway is making it the easiest not to cook with Signature Cafe pizza for $5; Signature Cafe smokehouse ribs for $5 and a trip-tip sandwich for $3.99. Other buy 'em and eat 'em treats include Apple-Cherry pies for $2.99 in the bakery; pre-packed party trays $6.99 each when you buy two and Deli salads for $4.49.

General Mills products (Cheerios and Nature Valley granola bars) are $1.50 each when you buy 4; Quaker instant oatmeal is buy 2, get three free and Lucerne yogurt is 40-cents a carton.

Save Mart wins the coin toss with avocados 3/99-cents; Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage $2.99 a package; country style pork ribs or beef backribs 99-cents a pound and Foster Farms whole chickens 78-cents a pound. Fresh Atlantic salmon fillets are $4.99lb. Gallo Salame and Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies are $3.99 a bag; fresh cooked crab is $4.99lb and New York steak is $3.47lb.

Party hearty with Nabisco snack crackers $1.88 a box; BOGO Doritos; $1 Goldfish crackers; and Propel Fitness water 79-cents a bottle. Kellogg's cereal, Pop.Tarts or Nutrigrain bars are $1.50 a box when you buy 4 and Aquafina drinking water is $3.99 a case.

Sunnyside and Sunny Select brand items are a deal at Save Mart. Hot dog or hamburger buns are $1.50 a bag; mustard is $1.49; aluminum foil is 99-cents olives are $1.25 a can and a case of drinking water is $2.98.

Produce scores with BOGO Fresh Express salad blends; large Roma tomatoes for 67-cents a pound; green onions, radishes, cilantro and parsley 50-cents a bunch; fresh asparagus for $1.97lb and oranges for 69-cents a pound.

In the bakery, fresh turnovers are $2.50 and a dozen cupcakes is $4.99. In the deli, wings are $4.99lb and Foster Farms turkey breast is $5.99lb.

Come back on Thursday for some game-winning Super Bowl 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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