Shop Cheap

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

April 20, 2010
It's easy saving green

There's a bounty of bargains this week, shoppers. We are so lucky to live in an area where there's competition and so many options.

Here's what we like this week:

The headline on the Raley's ad says, "Amazing Super Sale" and headlines don't lie. For example: 50% off all fresh berries; 50% off Gallo sliced salame; 30% off Foster Farms chicken and 20% off beef roasts. 12-packs of 7-UP are buy 2, get 2 free. Coupons will get you Precious string cheese for $2.99 and Nathans beef franks for $2.49.

For 99-cents you can get, 2-liter Pepsi or Dr. Pepper; Raley's pasta; Bush's beans and Martha White blueberry muffin mix. And for 79-cents each, you get Michelina's Budget Gourmet frozen meals.

Breyer's ice cream bars or fruit bars are $2.99 a box and containers of ice cream are 2/$5.

In the natural food aisle, Crystal Geyser sparkling water is 88 cents; Lundberg rice chips are $1.49 and Gensoy snacks are $1.78 a bag.

There's a bounty in produce, too, with asparagus for $1.97lb; zucchini for 99-cents a pound and Fresh Express bagged salads for 30% off.

Over at Save Mart, Iceberg lettuce is 33-cents a head; tomatoes on the vine are 97-cents a pound and Yoplait light yogurt is 40-cents per cup but you must buy 10. Still, 10/$4 is a good deal! In coupon country, El Monterey Burritos are $1.99 a pack; Progresso soups are 99-cents and Coke products are buy 2, get one free.

Petite sirloin roast and fresh pork spareibs are $1.99lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb in the max pak; tilapia fillets are $4.99lb and country style ribs are $1.49lb. Ball Park franks are 2/$4 and Italian sausage for grilling is $2.99lb.

Sunny Select drinking water is $2.99 a case; a 2-liter jug of Pepsi, Dr. Pepper or Mtn. Dew is $1 and buy one gallon of Tropica Juice for $5.99 and get three reuseable shopping bags free. You'll need cereal with all that juice and General Mills products are on sale for $1.49 a box when you buy 4.

Get a jumpstart on Cinco de Mayo with Dennison's chili for 88 cents a can; Tostitos chips - buy 2 bags, get a free jar of salsa and Guerrero corn tortillas are $1.39.

In produce, oranges are 79-cents a pound; Driscoll's berries are 2/$5; 'Chokes are 2/$1 and bags of baby carrots are $1 each. If you like Odwalla bars, they're $1 each.

No time to cook? The chicken dinner deal at Save Mart looks appetizing. For $7.99 you get either a rotisserie chicken or an 8-piece fried chicken, macaroni or potato salad or cole slaw and a loaf of French bread or King's Hawiian rolls.

Bakery fresh baguetts are 99-cents each and turkey breast or pastrami is $5.99lb in the deli.

Safeway has a BOGO to buy for: Foster Farms whole chickens. Yep, buy one and get one free. Also, whole or sliced mushrooms in an 8 oz. package. The price of milk has come back down to Earth, with a gallon of Lucerne going for $2.25. There's a good Sara Lee Mix&Match promotion. Bet you didn't know that Hillshire Farm lunchmeats, Ball Park franks or Jimmy Dean products are all under Sara's umbrella. 

Other stuff we like: Rancher's Reserve London Broil at $1.49lb.; BOGO Foster Farms chicken breasts strips and Nathan's beef franks. The weekend specials include 7-UP or Pepsi 2-liters for 69-cents; Golden Grain pasta for 79 cents; an 8lb. bag of oranges for $1.99 and Safeway Select sandwich breads for $1.50.

If you like Sun Chips in that new compostable bag, they are $2.99; Aquafina drinking water is $3.99 a case; and 12-packs of Coke are buy 2, get 2 free.

Krusteaz muffin mix is $2 a box and in the coupon corner O Organics OJ is $2.99; Safeway crescent or cinnamon rolls are 99-cents; Stouffers single serve meals are $1.99 and Safeway tissue or paper towels are $4.99.

In produce, Red Delicious apples, pears and squash are 99-cents a pound; cucumbers, leaf lettuce and baby peeled carrots are 99-cents each.

And for the $5 Friday special, it's Primo Taglio roasted turkey or Black Forest ham. If you buy 2 or more soups, they are $3.49 each and you get a free drink and chips with any regular size sandwich.

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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