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

May 4, 2010
Make sure "Mom" is on your list

We're celebrating Moms on Sunday but we Moms still have to do the shopping. So whether it's the weekly groceries or a planning our own brunch, here's what we like this week.

Safeway has  one of the cutest promotions with the "Mother's Day" cake decorating workshop for kids. It's a single layer white cake for $4.99. The kids do the rest. Check out the tab ad inside the main advertisement for details.

Moms do love brunch - even at home. And there's no shortage of ingredients on sale. At Safeway, strawberries are 4lbs. for $3.98 and pineapple for $1.98 each. Jimmy Dean bacon or breakfast sausage rolls are BOGO; Simply Potatoes are 2/$3; Safeway cinnamon rolls are $1.50; Aunt Jemima syrup or pancake mix is 2/$6 and even Toaster Strudel is on sale at 2/$5. If mom likes Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Honey Nut Cherrios, you're in luck. They are $1.50 a box.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.69lb; lean ground beef is $3.99lb and Ball Park franks are BOGO. Lucerne Milk is still a deal at $2.35 for a gallon (when you buy 2); Refreshe water is $2.99 for a case and Safeway Variety breads are $1.49 a loaf.

Coupons worth clipping include Safeway peanut butter for 99-cents; Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh lunch meat for $2.49; Lay's Kettle Chhips for $1.88; Signature Cafe soup for $2.99; Butter Top breads for 99-cents and Odwalla orange or carrot juice for $2.99. There's also a good coupon for All Laundry detergent for $2.99.

In produce, jumbo 'chokes are 2/$5; white corn on the cob is 2/$1 and Campari tomatoes are BOGO.

Campbell's condensed soups are $1 a can; Steam Fresh veggies are 3/$6 and Lucerne or Safeway Select ice cream is 2/$5.

The $5 Friday special is the All-American sandwich.

Mom is also top of mind at Raley's, where they are offering to prepare the meal for you. Take and bake brunch is $49.99 and serves 6-8. Dinner is a little more at $69.99 and serves 4. You can order in the store on online at

If you're cooking at home, check out Raley's breakfast sale. Large eggs are 99-cents a dozen; Simply juices are $3 a jug; Betty Crocker pancake mix is $2.50 a box and MorningStar Farms sausages are $2.99. Or, you can buy 4 boxes of Kellogg's cereal or PopTarts (4 for $10) and get a free movie ticket voucher at the register. Don't forget to toast Mom with Martinelli's sparkling cider - $2 a bottle.

Doing dinner? Tri tip roast is $2.77lb; strawberries are $1.47lb; tomatoes on the vine ar 97-cents a pound and fresh cooked shrimpmeat is $3.99lb. Yoplait yogurt is 40-cents a carton when you buy 10.

In the bakery, Coffee Cake is $2.50; fresh croissants are $3.49 and single serve desserts are 4/$10.

Make Mom brunch and make her proud by using the Save Mart coupons. Hillshire Farm rope or link smoked sausage is $1.99; Sunny Select apple juice is 99-cents. Or, buy two Jimmy Dean breakfast skillets for $3.99 and get a dozen eggs free. Martinelli's is $2 a bottle at Save Mart, too.

I know for a fact that moms love watermelon, expecially when the small, cute ones are BOGO. A pint of Ben&Jerry's us $2.49 and Pillsbury ready-to-bake cookies are 2/$5.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $2.49 in the Butcher's Block and Moran's ground beef or beef patties are $3.99lb. Michelina's lean gourmet entrees are $1 each and Bertolli entrees are $5.99 for a whole meal.

Iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head; Sunripe grape tomatoes are BOGO and avocado is $1 each. Cucumbers or green bell peppers are 69-cents each; hothouse grown tomatoes are $1.79lb and a container Earthbound farm organic lettuce is BOGO.

An 8-pack of bakery fresh cinammon rolls is $2.99 and French or sourdough breads are $1.99 for a loaf. 

If all else fails, you can pick up a Mother's Day chicken dinner at Save Mart for $7.99, including salad and bread or rolls.

Come back on Thursday for Mother's Day brunch 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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