Shop Cheap

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

June 29, 2010
July Fourth on a bang-up budget

No matter where you shop this week, you are going to find bargains that are easy on the budget. There's no reason not to celebrate Independence Day with a BBQ, a picnic or family gathering. We'll help with the shopping and the recipes, all you'll have to do is organize the cleanup.  Let's start by making a list.

If you park your cart at Raley's, check this out: Tri tip roast for $2.77lb; boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.87lb and pork ribs for $1.99lb. Ball Park meat franks are 2/$3 and Hillshire Farm sausage, bratwurst or links are 2/$6. (Why no sale on buns? Don't make me go to another store!) Watermelon is $2.77 each and blueberries are $4.77 for 2 pounds. Want dessert for the gang? Buy two pies and get the third for free. Dreyer's ice cream is $2.79 with coupon. Raley's trying to lure you into the store on Friday, Saturday and July 4. Here's what they have: white corn on the cob 5/$1 and a coupon for Arrowhead drinking water - $2.50 a case.

Mission tortilla chips are $1.77 a bag; Dean's guac is $2 and Ortega diced chilis or jalapenos are 99-cents each.

Don't want to cook? Slow-cooked ribs in the deli are $7.99; pre-packaged salads are 4/$9 and a 16-pieces of fried chicken are $9.99. Raley's veggie trays are $4.99 and $8.99.

Simply juices are 2/$5; Minute Maid lemonade or punch is 99-cents and 12-packs of Coke are $2.50 (when you buy 4).

Safeway has the best mix & match soda sale: Buy 2-12 packs, get 4 more free. Want chips to go with the soda? Lay's are $1.88 a bag and Mission tortilla chips are BOGO. Oscar Mayer meat weiners are buy one, get 2 free. And at Safeway, the buns are on sale, too. $1.19 a bag. Bush's Grillin' or Baked beans are 3/$5 and Hebrew National franks and Francisco sandwich rolls/buns are BOGO.

If you want to clip and save, check out the coupons for Hillshire Farm smoked sausage or Ball Park beef franks $1.99; Nabisco snack crackers $1.69; Wish Bone salad dressing $1.19; Best Foods mayo $1.99 and Kingsford charcoal $5.99.

Don't feel like cooking? St. Louis-style ribs are $7.99 in the deli. Roasted chicken meal deal, which includes a whole Signature Cafe chicken, deli salad or beans and a 2-liter Coke, is $8.99 and All-American Apple-Cherry pies are 2/$5. Signature Cafe 8-piece chicken is $5.99.

In produce, fresh cherries are $1.99lb; jumbo cantaloupe is 99-cents each; Eating Right salad blends are $2 a bag; whole pineapple is $2.99; berries are 2/$5 and personal watermelon is $3.99 each.

Arrowhead or Nestle drinking water is $3.50 a case; Simply Lemonade is 2/$5 and 6-packs of Pepsi in the bottle are 3/$9. Vitamin water is 88-cents.

Lucerne shredded or chunk cheese is $1.99; Pillsbury Flag cookies are 2/$5 and Jose Ole taquitos are $3.99.

There's no $5 Friday special this week - probably because of the holiday.

Save Mart has the best deal on corn on the cob. 6 ears for 96 cents. Driscoll's strawberries are buy 1, get 2 free and Bing cherries are $1.97lb. While we're in the produce dept., radishes, cilantro and green onions are 50-cents each; veggie trays are $5.99 and $8.99. Baby peeled carrots are $1.99 for a 2-lb bag; Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound and berries are 2/$4.

They also have the best deal on dogs and buns. Ball Park brand dogs are BOGO and Sunnyside Farms hamburger or hot dog buns are 79-cents (with coupon; $1.29 without) when you purchase $25 in groceries. Gallo salame is $3.99; Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage is $3.99 and pre-made Moran's hamburger patties are $2.99lb. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound and Sunnyside Farms drumsticks, thighs or leg quarters are 99-cents a pound. Beef tri-tip is $2.77lb and pork spare ribs are $1.49lb. Kingsford charcoal is $5.99.

Doritos are $1.89 a bag; Tribe hummus is BOGO; and Nabisco snack crackers are $1.99. Mother's cookies or Cheez-It crackers are BOGO. In the drink dept., be sure to clip the coupon for 12-packs of Coke. Buy 2, get 2 free. A 128 oz.jug of Minute Maid OJ is $4.99 and Sunny Select drinking water is $2.50 a case. Minute Maid fruit drinks are $1 each.

For dessert, an 8-inch Strawberry Boston is $5.99; Sunny Select ice cream is $2.50 and Cool Whip is 99-cents.

Want independence from cooking? A 16-piece chicken platter is $9.99; Reser's salads are $3.99 and French or Sourdough baguettes are $1.19.

Come back Thursday for Shop Cheap's  July 4 recipe recommendations.



About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

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

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31