Shop Cheap

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

May 25, 2010
Shoppers, start your engines

Pack the car and hit the road or stay at home and BBQ because rain or shine, there's plenty to do this weekend and plenty of good deals at the grocery store to get the party started.

There's tri-tip and steak; brats and dogs; sweet corn and apple pie. And it's all on SALE.

Here's what we like:

Raley's has tri-tip for $2.47lb and corn on the cob 4/$1. Strawberries are BOGO and whole seedless watermelon is $3.57. Ballpark meat franks are 99-cents a package; buns are $1.99. Raley's pies are buy 2, get 1 free. Top off those pies with Dreyer's Ice Cream 2/$5 with coupon.

If you are going to BBQ, Kingsford charcoal is $5.99 for a 16lb bag. Gourmet burgers are $3.99lb and London broil is $2.99lb.

You won't be thirsty. A case of Crystal Geyser is $3.33; 2-liter Pepsi, 7-Up or Dr Pepper is 99 cents. In ther 12-pack, soda is buy 2, get 2 free. Simply Orange juice is $2.50 a jug. Minute Maid punch or lemonade is $1 a carton.

Berries are BOGO; limes are 6/96-cents and tomatoes on the vine are $1.99lb.

No matter how much you feed them, they still get hungry. That's why it's good to have Michelina's in the freezer. The budget gourmet meals are 89 cents each.

Over at Safeway, the weekend sales will last 4 days - Friday-Monday. Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage are $2.99; Lay's chips are $1.77 and corn on the cob is 5/$1. Don't feel like cooking? Signature Cafe 8-piece chicken is $5 and Safeway All-American pie - half apple/half cherry - is $2.99.

If you are firing up the Q, New york strip steak is $4.99lb; and most brands of hot dogs are BOGO. Depending on your preference, ground beef is $2.79 for 80%; $3.99 for 93% and $4.99 for 96%. If you're going lean, Jennie-O ground turkey is 2/$7. Eating Right boneless skinless chicken is $1.99lb. Coupons make things a bit easier with Oscar Mayer meat franks for 99-cents; Best Foods mayo for $1.99 and Kingsford Charcoal for $5.99. Buns are $1.29 a package.

For something totally different, jumbo scallops are $8.99lb and Tony Roma's baby back ribs are BOGO.

Safeway really has the coupons. In the deli Friday-Monday, you can get St.Louis-style ribs for $5.99. Lucerne eggs are 99 cents; butter is $1.99 and Safeway Select party size meals are $6.99. Dixie plates and napkins are $2.99 and bath tissue or paper towels are $4.99.

Want to treat the kids? Tubs of Red Vines are $5.99 and Lucerne ice cream is $2.39. In the drink category, Arrowhead is $3.37 a case; and most soda is $2.39 for a 12-pack (but you must buy 4).

BOGOS are big time. Here's the list: Whole or sliced mushrooms; berries; Fresh Express salads; Lawry's marinade; Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce; Heinz Ketchup; Oscar Mayer ham or turkey lunchmeat and Lucerne whipped cream in the spray can.

Stop by the bakery for Angel Food Cake for $2.99 and garlic bread for $1.99.

Save Mart has the three best coupons of the week: Oscar Mayer hot dogs or turkey franks for 99-cents; buns for 99 cents and 12-pack sodas - buy 2; get 2 free. 

Corn on the cob is 5/$1; Foster Farms whole chickens are 67-cents a pound and ground chuck (80%) is $1.68lb. Apple pies are $2.99; strawberries are $2.66 for a 2-pounder and Doritos are $1.88 a bag. If you want to grill chicken breasts, they are $1.99lb in the Butcher's Block. Ball Park Beef franks are BOGO and salad shrimp is $3.99lb. Going lean? Foster Farms ground turkey or turkey patties are $2.99 a package.

Sunnyside Farms large eggs are $1.50 for 18; Kraft singles are 2/$4 and Knudsen sour cream is $1.89. Michelina's entrees are $1 each and Whole Fruit sorbet is $2.50.

In the drink category, Minute Maid lemonade, fruit punch or orangeade is $1 a carton; Sunny D is 99-cents  and a case of Aquafina is $3.50.

Dennison's chili with beans is $1 a can. Bush's beans are 79-cents a can; Rosarita refries are 99-cents and La Tortilla Factory hand made tortillas are 2/$3. Avocado is 5/$5.

In produce, hot house tomatoes are $1.97lb; green onions, radishes or cilantro are 50-cents a bunch and pineapple is $2.97 each.

Come back on Thursday for Shop Cheap's recipe guide to making your Memorial Day memorable..

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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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