Shop Cheap

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

July 6, 2010
Bada Bings! Life is a bowl of cherries

And just like that Bing cherries have arrived! Both Raley's and Save Mart have this delicious summer fruit for $1.47 a pound. For Safeway shoppers, it's time to get clippin' (or loading on your Club Card) because they have more than 20 coupons this week.

At Raley's. you can add BOGO berries right below the Bings on your list because strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are buy one, get one free. If you didn't get enough corn on the cob over the Fourth, the sweet, white variety is 3/99-cents. Fresh Express salads, cole slaw and shreds are $1 a bag and green beans are $1.27 a pound. Walla Walla onions are 97-cents a pound.

Other stuff we like: Martinelli's has a new flavor - sparkling lemonade - $1.79 a bottle; a 24-pack of R Everyday water is $2.99 and a big jug of Minute Maid OJ is $3.99. Quaker products (cereal, chewy granola bars, True Delights bars or Dole juice blends) are $1.39 each when you buy 5 and Oroweat muffins, bread and Francisco bread and rolls are $1.99 a package.

Whole bonelss pork loin is $1.67lb and whole New York strip is $4.97lb.

Sunnyside Eggs are $1.49 for an 18-pack; Dannon yogurt is 50-cents; and International Delight creamers are $2 each.

In the deli, buy one Panini sandwich for $4.99 and get a second for $2. A pound of chicken strips is $5.99.

If you are going to Save Mart for the Bing Cherries, check out the whole seedless watermelon for $2.97; two pounds of blueberries for $4.97; ears of corn for 25-cents and avocado for $1.

Other stuff at Save Mart: fresh chicken leg quarters are 49-cents a pound; a case of Aquarius natural spring water is $2.98 and fresh cooked shrimpmeat is $3.99lb. Save Mart has coupons for Lunchables $1.49; Fritos, Cheetos, Rold Gold or Bean Dip 4/$5 and Coke, Sprite or Barq's - buy 2, get one free.

Big jugs of Tropicana OJ are $5.99; an 18-pack of Sunnyside Farms eggs are $1.99 and Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.89 a loaf. Rice or Pasta Roni is $1 a box; Hunt's or chef Boyardee tomatoes or pasta sauce is $1 a can and 2-liter bottles of Sunkist, A&W or 7-UP are 99-cents.

In the deli, the already-cooked chicken dinner special is $7.99, including salad and bread. Foster Farms oven roasted turkey breast is $5.99lb and Rotisserie chicken salad with almonds is $4.99lb.

Did you shop Safeway over the Fourth? Did you see those 12-packs of soda flying off the shelf (buy two, get 4 free)? Granted one 12-pack cost $5.99, but that still worked out to 17-cents a can! This week Safeway is back at you with 23 coupons and the 10-cents off a gallon of gas promotion (must spend $50 or more at the checkout).

In the coupon category, you will find savings on Lipton Tea $3.99 for a 12-pack; Skippy peanut butter for $1.49; StarKist tuna (solid white Albacore) for 88-cents; Skinny Cow ice cream treats for $3.49; Knorr/Lipton sides for 88-cents Oroweat buns for $1.99; Coffee-mate creamer for $1.99 and Boston Cream cakes in the bakery for $4.99. There's other stuff but that's what Shop Cheap likes best.

Eating Right boneless skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb; fresh cooked shrimpmeat is $3.99lb; Johnsonville brats are $2.99 and Aidells sausage links are $3.99.

Minute Maid or Florida's Natural OJ is 2/$5; a 35-pack of Crystal Geyser is $4.47 and Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents a carton.

The bounty in produce includes peaches for 79-cents a pound; green beans and broccoli for 99-cents a pound and corn on the cob 3/99 cents. If you are a weekend shopper, Safeway has deals on bacon 2/$5; 2-liter jugs of 7-UP or Pepsi for 77-cents; Capri Sun for $1.49 and the All American sub sandwich for $5.99.

The Friday only $5 special (yep they have one this week) is the Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken OR pre-packaged oven roasted turkey and Black Forest ham. BBQ beans in a 3-lb. container are $3.99 and artisan garlic bread is $1.99 a loaf.

Come back Thursday for some sweet 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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