Shop Cheap

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

April 6, 2010
If you want to save, use the coupons

It's a big coupon week, shoppers. If you don't clip, you don't save. (To be totally correct, you can download your coupons, but if you're like me, you're still clipping.)

Here we go.

Raley's is calling it "The Big Coupon Sale." What you get is Weight Watchers Smart Ones meals or desserts for $1.49 each when you buy 6; JIF peanut butter for $1.49; a 20-pack of Pepsi for $4.99; an 8-pack of Gatorade for $3.99; a case of Aquafina for $3.33 and Raley's cereal for $1.49 a box. Before you clip, be sure to flip the page because BallPark franks are $2.39; buns are $2.50; Fritos, Cheetos or Rold Golds are $2.50 a bag and a big jar of Pickles is only $2.49. Don't forget the Raley's brand mustard for $1.69.

Other stuff we like: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.87lb; lean ground beef for $1.97lb (you must buy 3lbs.); BOGO Milanos and Crystal Geyser sparkling water for 88-cents. Michelina'a budget gourmet entrees are 89-cents and Kozy Shack pudding is $1.99.

If you are trying to eat healthy, check out the Weight Watchers yogurt 10/$6; Kashi Entrees for $1.99; Simply Orange, Apple or Grapefruit juice $3 each and Raley's chunk light tuna in water for 69-cents a can.

In produce, oranges are 99-cents a pound; tomatoes on the vine are $2.49lb and mangos are 77-cents each.

Fresh bakery bread is BOGO and chicken strips in the deli are $5.99.

Over at Save Mart, it's berry time. Buy one pound of Driscoll's strawberries and get two free. Another produce bonanza is green onions, radishes and cilantro at 5/$1. If Quaker is your brand, cereal, granola and instant oatmeal is $1.39 when you buy 5. Save Mart has the coupons, too. Yuban coffee - in the 33oz. tin - si $4.99; Betty Crocker "helpers" are 79-cents each and Hormel cooked entrees are $3.99 each.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the Butcher Block are $1.99lb.; cooked shrimp meat is $2.99lb and London broil is $2.49lb. BallPark franks are BOGO. Didn't see any buns on sale.

A new item "Rich & Thin" ice cream treats are $2.99 a box; Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents a carton and Minute Maid OJ is $2. Buy two jars of Smucker's preserves and get JIF peanut butter for free. Sunny Select apple juice is $1.50 a jug and a case of Arrowhead is $3.33.

In produce, Cherubs grape tomatoes are 2/$5; complete salad kits are $2.50 each and petite carrots are $1.50 a bag. Tomatoes on the vine are $1.97lb. Navel oranges are 69-cents a pound; leaf lettuce is 69-cents a head.

Safeway's got the coupons and the Saturday/Sunday sale, too. If you're clippin', Johnsonville smoked sausage or bratwurst is $1.99; "Krab" is 99-cents; Prego pasta sauce is $1.25 a jar; V8 drinks are $2.49 a jug and O Organics milk is $2.49 for 2-quarts.  Lucerne string or stick cheese is $2.99 and Ore.Ida potatoes are $1.99 a bag.

The Saturday/Sunday sale includes Safeway's frozen boneless/skinless chicken breasts for $1.67lb; whole beef tenderloin for $7.99lb and Smithfield bacon for $1.99.

Lucerne eggs (the 18-count container) are BOGO; Safeway variety breads are $1.50 a loaf and Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauce is BOGO. BallPark franks are BOGO, too.

Attention dieters! Skinny Cow single serving ice cream cups are $1 each; Trident gum is $1 a pack and Nabisco 100-calorie cookie packs are 2/$5. Yoplait yogurt is 50 cents.

In produce, Iceberg lettuce is 69-cents a head; Pink Lady or Jazz apples are 99-cents a pound and green seedless grapes are 98-cents a pound. Avocados are $1 each; strawberries and blackberries are BOGO and white nectarines are $1.99lb.

The $5 Friday special is whole roasted chicken or 8-piece meal. Chicken tenders are $5.99

In the bakery, choose muffins, donuts or Danish for just 59-cents each.

Come back on Thursday for Shop Cheap 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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