Shop Cheap

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

April 13, 2010
Here's how to be cart smart this week

Hi Shoppers. We've got BOGO with a twist this week at the major supermarkets. Some sales are better than BOGO, other's not so much. Check it out.

Raley's is adding lots of extras this week. Examples: buy two jars of Ragu and get a free pound of Golden Grain pasta. Get free OJ when you spend $10 on Jimmy Dean breakfast. Buy two bags of Ore-Ida potatoes, get the third free. Get a free baguette with purchase of O-Line & Co. Olive oil and buy two packs of fresh sushi, get the third free.

Over at Save Mart, it's all about the coupons. Gallo salame for $3.59; VO5 shampoo or conditioner for 69-cents and 12 packs of soda - buy 2 get one free. Post Cereal is $1.69 a box when you buy 4.

At Safeway, you'll earn a coupon for $10 off if you purchase $25 or more on Procter & Gamble products. If that sounds like a lot, consider that P&G makes everything from Oil of Olay to Pampers. And taking a page from the 99-cents store, Safeway has everything from Mac&Cheese to Braeburn apples for 99-cents.

Here's the other stuff we like this week:

Raley's is introducing the first corn on the cob of the season at 27-cents each; tri-tip roast for $2.47lb and coupons on everything from All 2x detergent ($2.99) to Lindsay olives (89 cents a can). Pepperidge Farm cookies are $1.77 when you buy 3; 2-liter Coke is 88-cents when you buy 4. Yoplait yogurt is a real bargain this week at 45-cents a container. A carton of 18 large eggs is $1.99 and a big tub of cottage cheese is $3.99.

In the hard-to-resist category, Sun Chips are $2.50 a bag; Chex Mix is $2 a bag and Post Cereal is $1.99 a box. If you need potatoes - lots of them - this is the week to buy. 5-pound bags or Idaho Spuds are BOGO. Cucumbers are 59-cents each and Fresh Express salads are 97-cents a bag.

Over at Save Mart, red seedless grapes are 87-cents a pound; jumbo artichokes are $1.50 each and avocados are still only $1. Doritos or Lay's chips are 3 bags for $6 (must buy 3); Campbell's soups are 50-cents each and Bayview Farms OJ is $1.50 for a big jug.

Foster Farms whole chickens are 99-cents a pound; and pork spareribs are $1.99lb. BOGOs include Tyson chicken nuggets; Nathan's beef franks; and Armour LunchMakers. Just in time for the bake-off, Pillsbury crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls and biscuits are 99-cents. Sargento shredded cheese is $2.50 a bag and Dole juices are $2.50. Hansen's Apple Juice is $1.50 for a large bottle; a case of Crystal Geyser is $2.99 and Capri-Sun or Kool-Aid Jammers are $2 a box.

Hitting the aisles at Safeway, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.67lb; cross-rib roast is $1.99lb and a weekend seafood sale includes salad shrimp for $2.99lb.

In produce, jumbo 'chokes are $1.50 each; blackberries are BOGO and large cantaloupe is just 39-cents a pound. Cucumbers are 79-cents each; cocktail tomatoes are $2.50 per container and a 5-lb bag of Idaho potatoes is $2.50. Cases of Arrowhead or Nestle water are 3/$10. Prego pasta sauce is $1.50 a jar; Lucerne shredded cheese is $1.88 and Florida Natural OJ is $2.50 a carton. In the coupon category, Lucerne natural sliced cheese is $1.99; cream cheese is 99-cents.

12-packs of 7-UP or A&W are buy 2, get 2 free. Doritos tortilla chips are BOGO and 6-packs of Top Ramen are $1.25 each. 

You know spring has arrived when the $5 Friday meal is the All-American sub. And springtime signature salads are $2.99lb in the deli. Safeway select breads are $2 a loaf and hot dog or burger buns are $1.29

Safeway has a full-page "menu" and coupons for their Signature Cafe. They are introducing new salads - Asian chicken and chicken Caesar - and sandwiches, both $3.99 with coupon. Signature soups are only $2.99 this week. They also have ready-to-eat entrees that serve a family of 3 or 4 for less than $10.

Come back on Thursday for recipes from the Shop Cheap Kitchen. .


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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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