Shop Cheap

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

June 1, 2010
Mix & Match but here's the catch....

Here we go again. Just when you think it's safe to go back into the kitchen, the pantry is empty and the fridge is cleaned out. Luckily, it's Wednesday and time to scan the ads for everything you need to Shop Cheap.

Here's what we like this week.

If you can keep track of what's in your cart, you'll save at Safeway. The headline on their Mix&Match sale - Buy 8/Save $4 - requires shoppers to keep track - or at least make a list. For example, Tropicana OJ in the 89oz container is $2.99; a case of Arrowhead is $2.99; Pepsi and Dew is 88 cents; Kraft Mac&Cheese is 49 cents; Cheerios and Frosted Flakes are $1.49; Ultra detergent is $2.99 and Hunt's pasta sauce or Golden Grain pasta is 88 cents. Just remember, you must buy 8 or 16 or 32 to get those prices.

Cherries are also a bargain this week at $1.97lb. Other fresh produce: leaf lettuce for 79 cents; broccoli for 97-cents a pound and peaches for $1.49lb.

In the other stuff category, London broil is $2.29lb; boneless center cut pork chops are $2.99lb and Johnsonville sausages are $2.99. In the coupon corner, Safeway Select fruit bars are $1.49; Dole juice blends are $1.88 and Jimmy Dean breakfast is $3.99.

In the Deli, Swiss cheese or Ham off the Bone is $5.99lb; Signature Cafe salads are $3.99 and the Friday Only $5 special is whole roasted  chicken.

Save Mart has the best buy on avocado at 2/$1. Driscoll's strawberries are BOGO. Cherries are $2.97lb and raspberries, blackberries or blueberries are 2/$5. There's no excuse not to eat your fruit and veggies! Iceberg lettuce is 97-cents a head; tomatoes on the vine are $1.97lb and bags of carrots are 2/$3.

Buy 3lbs or more of petite sirloin steaks or ground round and the price is $2.99lb. Sunnyside Farms boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb and Ball Park meat franks are BOGO. Cocktail shrimp are $3.99lb.

If you are out of soda after the long weekend, 24-packs of Pepsi or Dew are 2/$10 (but you must buy two. If you're looking to load up on cereal, Kellogg's has a deal for you. Buy 3 boxes for $10.98 and get three more boxes free. That's $1.83 a box. If you don't need that much cereal, go in with a neighbor or relative and split the cost!

Minute Maid OJ is $2 a carton.

Heading over to Raley's, we are going to grab a pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.87lb and a London broil for $2.47lb. Raley's Grain salads (wheat berry, Tabouli, wild rice or black and mahogany rice) sound good and they are BOGO.

Fresh Express salads in the bag are 97-cents each. but if you buy NatureSweet cherry tomatoes and Marie's pourable dressing, you get the salad for free.

It looks like the warm weather is going to hold, so you might want to check out the "Cool Treats sale." Klondike bars are $2.99; Breyers ice cream or fruit bars are $2.99 Popsicles are 2/$3. If you buy the peanut butter (Jif for $2.49) and the jelly (Smucker's at $2.49) Raley's will throw in the bread for free. A case of Arrowhead is $3.49.

Over in produce, cherries are $2.77lb; corn on the cob is 2/$1 and blueberries are 2/$4 for a 6oz container. Large cantaloupe is $3 and grapes are $1.79lb.

That's kind of it for this week. Come back on Thursday for some "get ready for Summer recipes." 

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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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