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

February 9, 2010
Shop sweet this week

Want to do something special for your Valentine this weekend? Something that doesn't involve making reservations? Shop Cheap to the rescue. We have all the V-Day bargains and on Thursday we match the sales with some heart-felt recipes. 

We like Safeway best this week because it has everything: good prices, fragrant flowers and lots of clip-worthy coupons. Here's the skinny: London broil at $1.77lb; lobster tails for $5.99 each and colossal sea scallops for $7.99lb. Cube steak is $2.99lb and lean ground beef is $2.29 a pound. (Who says you can't serve a burger on V-Day?) They also have a BOGO mix n' match sale that includes Jennie-O lean ground turkey; turkey breast tenderloins; Hormel fully cooked entrees; Ball Park franks, Johnsonville smoked sausage and Oscar Mayer bacon.

The Saturday-Tuesday sale items include: Gala apples for 78-cents a pound; Starbucks coffee $5.99 for 12 ounces; Haagen-Dazs 2/$5 and Pepperidge Farm cookies $1.88. In the coupon column, be sure to clip Lucerne string cheese for $1.99; Oroweat breads for $1.99; Minute Maid OJ $1.99 and Oreos or Nutter Butter cookies for $1.99. In the non-food coupons, Crest toothpaste is $1.99; Tide is $5.99; Kleenex is $1 a box (in case your Valentine is a no-show); Dawn or Ivory dish detergent $1.99 and Pledge sprays for $2.99.

In produce, asparagus is $1.38lb; Fresh Express salad kits are $1.98 and pears are 99-cents a pound. Organic blueberries are $3 a basket; seedless grapes are $1.99lb and red bell peppers are 99-cents each.

Kellogg's Raisin Bran, Special K bars or Rice Krispie treats are $1.88 a box; Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents; 18-count Lucerne eggs and Whipped Cream are BOGO; and CapriSun drinks are $1.79 a box.

The $5 Friday only special is Chef's recipe 8-piece chicken. Deli counter ham, turkey or American cheese is 4.99lb  and Grab & Go Hoagie sandwiches are $1.99 each when you buy two. Bumble Bee solid white Albacore tuna is 88-cents a can.

Arrowhead water is $3.77 a case; 2-liter jugs of Pepsi or 7-UP are 99-cents each when you buy four and 6-packs of 7-UP bottles are $2 each..

And because it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without something sweet, check out the "Conversation Heart Cake" that you decorate for $1.99; bags of Kisses for $3; chocolate mousse cake for $9.99 or Betty Crocker brownie mix for 69-cents.

You can also find your sweet spot at Raley's where boneless pork chops are $1.88lb (check out the Apricot-Lime pork chop recipe); rib eye steaks are $4.98lb. and lobster tails are $6.98 each.

The Raley's mix n' match sale includes General Mills, Betty Crocker, Progresso, Pillsbury and Green Giant brands so it won't be hard to buy 10 items and pay just $1.50 each.

A case of Nestle drinking water is $3.33; Crystal Geyser sparkling mineral water is 88-cents a bottle and Simply Orange, grapefruit or apple juice is $3 a jug. Keebler cookies or graham crackers are $1.49 each when you buy 4.

In produce, large artichokes are $1.28 each (share one with your Valentine); organic navel oranges and pears are 98-cents a pound.

Now for the fun stuff....The Triple Delight cake in the bakery is $9.99; Valentine cupcakes are $4.99 a dozen; heart-shaped cookies are $3 for 2-dozen; and clip the coupon and get $5 off the Nob Hill "Ultimate Cake," featuring strawberries and chocolate!

.If your sweetie likes chocolate, Ghiradelli squares and Ferrero Rocher hearts are 2/$5.

Save Mart has your Valentine covered with New York Steak for $4.77lb. It doesn't sound very romantic but boneless chuck roast is $1.88lb and boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the max pak are $1.99lb.

The deal of the week has to be the case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $2.98. Clip the coupon and get 2-litre jugs of Pepsi or Dew for 88-cents.

Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents; Pillsbury Grands!, buttermilk biscuits or crescent rolls are 99-cents. Buy two boxes of Krusteaz cookie mix (2/$4) and save $1 on Sunnyside Farms milk. Bayview Farms English muffins are $1.59; Sunny Select oats are $1.50 and instant oatmeal is $2 a box.

In produce, Iceberg lettuce is 47-cents a head; Fresh Express salad kits are BOGO; green leaf lettuce is 79-cents a head; a package of romaine hearts is $1.99 and fresh apples or pears are 97-cents a pound.

Check out the bakery for a dozen Valentine cupcakes for $4.99 or a cherry pie for $3.99.

Come back on Thursday for recipes to woo your Valentine..



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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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