Shop Cheap

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

March 23, 2010
Stock up - the kids are back in town

We are coming up on Spring Break, shoppers, and you know what that means: No matter if they are in kindergarten or college, the kids will be home for a week. It's wise to stock the pantry in advance. Not to worry, Shop Cheap has you covered. There's everything from cereal to OJ and burgers on sale to make sure the family is well-fed.

Here's what we like best:

Whatever you do, be sure to head to Safeway on Saturday or Sunday. It will save you from scrambling for breakfast items later in the week. Their weekend sale includes a 3lb pack of bacon for $5.99; a dozen eggs for 99-cents; raisin bread for $1.50 and OJ for $1.99. While you're there, pick up some BOGO raspberries and a 12oz pack of Starbucks coffee for $5.99.

Once that's in the cart, there's Foster Farms whole chicken for 69-cents a pound; BOGO Hebrew National franks and Oscar Mayer bologna and large sea scallops for $6.99lb.

Kellogg's Raisin Bran and Frosted Flakes are $1.99 a box; Lucerne yogurt is 40-cents each and Quaker chewy granola bars or Pop Tarts are $1.88 a box. It's kind of confusing, but if I'm reading it right, if you buy 2 12-packs of Pepsi or 7-UP products and get 3 free.

In produce, Fresh Express salads are $1 a bag; broccoli crowns are 87-cents a pound a a 5lb box of Clementines is $3.97.Lots of $1 items like avocado; bags of baby carrots, leaf lettuce and Odwalla bars. Oranges, cantaloupe, apples, pears and zucchini are $1 a pound.

For the essentials, Progresso soups are BOGO, and a Mix & Match sale includes Pasta or Rice-a-Roni; Mac & Cheese; Hunts Pasta Sauce; Rosarita refries and Safeway mustard. All are 75-cents each when you buy 4 or more.

In the deli, the $5 Friday special is 8-piece natural or whole roasted chicken; a 16-inch pizza is $6.99 and pre-packaged PrimoTaglio ham or turkey is $5.99. Grab a loaf of Safeway sandwich bread for $1.50.,

Raley's knows the kids are coming home. They have Kellogg's cereal - buy 3, get 3 free; 2 liters of Pepsi or 7-UP for 99 cents and the buy 2, get 3 free deal on 12-packs of 7-UP. Rotisserie chicken is $6.99 and you get a free bag of King's Hawiian rolls. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.67lb.

A case of Crystal Geyser Spring water is $3.33; V8 Splash is $1.99 and Hansen's sodas are $2.50 for a 6-pack. Earth Grains or Miltons bread is $2.50 a loaf and sliced turkey in the deli is $4.99lb.

In produce, avocados are $1 each; oranges are 33-cents a pound and a bag of theirTesoro Roma tomatoes is $2.99.

Raley's also has a sale on Full Circle organic brand. Romaine hearts are $1.97 a bag; canned veggies or diced tomatoes are 99-cents a can and a 3lb bag of Gala apples is $3.50.

They also want to get you thinking no-fuss Easter with their glazed ham for $39.99 and already-prepared holiday meals. The Lobster Ravioli meal for $59.99 serves 6-8 with an appetizer, salad, main course, veggies, rolls and cake for dessert. The Rack of Lamb Dinner is $79.99 and the Ham Dinner is $59.99 and it serves 8-10 guests. If you order online at, you'll save $5 on an Easter Lilly.

If Save Mart is your store of choice, get clipping. They have coupons for Oscar Mayer deli shaved lunchmeat for $1.99; cantaloupe for $1.49 each; Cheerios for $1.50 a box and All detergent for $2.88. After that, head to the meat dept. for fresh lean ground beef for $1.99lb; Italian sausage in the Butcher's Block for $2.99lb; BOGO Bar S Smoked Sausage Links and free eggs when you buy 2 packs of Johnsonville sausage for $6.

Save Mart is all about the produce and this week it's 3lbs of Fuji apples for 99-cents; green onion, radishes, cilantro or parsley for 50-cents; Fresh Express garden salad for 97-cents and tomatoes on the vine for $2.49lb.

For the essentials, there's BOGO Thomas' English muffins or bagels; General Mills cereals for $1.99 a box and the Earth Grains or Milton's bread for $2.59 a loaf. In the 99-cents only catergory, there's Betty Crocker brownie or cake mix; Progresso soups; Green Giant veggies and Betty Crocker potato mixes. Pepsi 2-liter jugs are $1 each when you buy 5; Tropicana or Dole juices are 2/$5.

In the breakfast category, Sunnyside large eggs are $2.89 for 18; Pillsbury Grands, cinnamon rolls or rescent rolls are 99-cents each; and Toaster Strudel or Scrambles are 2/$5.

In the deli, Chicken Wings are $4.99lb; master cut roast beef is $6.99lb and deli party platters are $5 off. And don't forget the cookies. A bag of chocolate chip cookies is $2.50.

Come back on Thursday for Spring Break recipes for the family.

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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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