Shop Cheap

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

May 18, 2010
We're saving you money this week

It's the week before Memorial weekend and all that jazz! You can stock up this week and chill next weekend or you can gamble on better sales. Either way, Shop Cheap is here to make that trip to the grocery store a little easier on the Debit Card.

Here's what we like this week.

I keep reading the Safeway ad over and over to make sure this promotion is correct: Buy two 12-packs of Coca-Cola products and get 2 boxes of Nabisco crackers and 2 more Coke 12-packs free. I'm thinking that's a good deal.

Safeway is also advertising "Under $1 Deals," which include 2-liters of Pepsi or 7-UP for 88-cents; Barilla pasta for 99-cents and Lucerne cream cheese for 99-cents. Also in the under-a-buck category: Colgate toothpase, Clif bars; Softsoap, Glade, Joy and Comet.

In produce, Fresh Express salads are $1 a bag and red, yellow, orange or standard-issue green bell peppers are 99-cents each. Calfiornia cherries are $2.99lb and Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound. Jumbo blueberries are BOGO and white corn on the cob is 2/$1.

Rancher's Reserve trimmed tri-tip is $3.99lb; pork spare ribs are $1.79lb and Nathan's franks are BOGO. In the seafood case, fresh shrimpmeat is $3.99 and yellow fin Ahi steaks are $5.99 Friday-Sunday only.

Ruffles chips are BOGO; Safeway variety breads are $1.79 a loaf and their hot dog or burger buns are $1.29.  

If you clip, check out the coupons for Lucerne flavored creamer at $1.49; Dreyer's ice cream for $2.49; Lucerne natural slices for $1.99 and Cascade dish detergent for $3.99.

It's "easy meal" day on Friday with the $5 special on Signature Cafe pasta rigatoni or whole roasted chicken. In the bakery, a dozen bagels are $3.99 and a 6-pack of cinnamon rolls is $1.99.

If Save Mart is your store of choice, you won't find a better deal on green onion, radishes or cilantro anywhere. Just 20-cents each. And strawberries are buy one, get 2 free. Iceberg lettuce is 97-cents a head; avocado is $1 each. Cucumbers and green bells are 69-cents each and roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound.

Rib eye steaks are $4.99lb; fresh catfish or Tilapia is $4.99lb and Hebrew National beef franks are BOGO. Hillshire Farm deli lunchmeat is BOGO, too. Bayview Farm milk is $2.35 a gallon;  Pepsi 2-liter bottles are $1 each and 7-Up, A&W or Sunkist 2-liters are 89-cents each.Barilla pasta is $1 a box; add the sauce for $2.50 and pick upartisan bread in the bakery for $2.50 a loaf.

Over at Raley's, London broil is 50% off and premium ground beef (80%) is $1.67lb. Steelhead trout fillets are $4.99lb.

In produce, Roma tomatoes are 67-cents a pound; cantaloupes are $2.50 each and spinach is 97-cents a bunch. If you need cereal, Kellogg's varieties are $1.25 a box (when you buy 4) and Nabisco cookies are $1.88 when you buy three.

If you like Hansen's Natural soda, it's $2.50 a 6-pack and Coke is buy 2, get 2 free in the 12-pack. An 89-oz. jug of Simply Orange Juice is $4.99; mini bottles are 99-cents each. Skippy peanut butter is $1.49 a jar and Raleys whole wheat or whold grain white bread is $1.99 a loaf. Campbell's soups (chicken noodle or tomato) are 50-cents a can.

Desserts for Two are BOGO - guess that means desserts for four.

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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