Shop Cheap

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

July 27, 2010
Cool temps, cool prices

Does it feel like the last week in July? Didn't think so. While that cooling trend is a welcome relief, you know it's not going to last. Got to admit, I love the summertime temps and all the tasty treats that go along with the warm weather. This week, we've got everything you  need for the backyard BBQ: Whole chicken at Safeway for 79-cents a pound and the fruit salad at Save Mart and Raley's.

Here's what we like. Starting at Save Mart with the lowest price on bananas we've seen in a long time - 37-cents a pound. Large seedless grapes are 77-cents a pound and white corn on the cob is 6/96-cents. They also have chicken leg quarters for 58-cents a pound and a yummy recipe from Laura McIntosh: Grilled Spicy Chicken and Mango Salsa.

If your family drinks OJ, grab the Minute Maid at Save Mart. It's $4.99 for 128 ounces. Bohemian Hearth Bread is $1.89 a loaf and large Sunnyside Farms eggs are $1.99 for 18. If you like Simply Juice better, it's 2/$6. Minute Maid punch or lemonade is $2.99 in the 128oz. jug..

It's a great time for backyard burgers. Ground beef patties are $2.99lb; Moran's patties in the Max Pak are $9.99 each and lean ground beef is $2.99lb in the Max Pak.

Get free tuna when you buy Best Foods mayo for $2.89. Sunny Select apple juice is BOGO and Powerade drinks are 88-cents each.

In produce, Driscoll's berries are BOGO; cantaloupe is 2/$3 and Bing cherries are $2.97lb. Green beans are $1.29lb and Del Monte Superfruit cups are $1 each. Avocado is $1 each and Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound. In the deli, Butterball chicken breast is $5.99lb and chicken tenders are $5.99lb. Grab a baguette for $1.19 and some Ambrosia salad for $2.99 and you have dinner.

This week we have a separate category for cereal. because both Save Mart and Raley's have a similar promotion going. At Save Mart, if you buy 10 items from Kellogg's, Sunshine or Keebler, you get $10 off and a $10 off coupon for a future purchase. That works out to $1.77 per item. Over at Raley's, the promotion goes like this: Buy 10 Kellogg's products and selected items from Sunshine and Keebler and get a $10 off coupon toward your next visit. That deal works out to $1.99 per package.

Raley's also has a weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) sale going on. Corn on the cob is 5/$1; personal watermelon is 2/$4; Fresh express salad is 77-cents a bag; blueberries are $3.97 for 2lbs and Black Angus strep steak is $5.79lb. 

The week-long specials: untrimmed tri tip for $2.77lb.; fresh ground beef patties for $2.69lb and Evergood sausage or franks 2/$7. In produce: Bartlett pears are 47-cents a pound; cantaloupe is 97-cents each and Italian red onion is 97-cents a pound.

Arrowhead Spring water is $3.33 a case; 2-liter Cokes are 89-cents each (when you buy 4); all the Simply Juices are 2/$6 and Powerade is 89-cents each.

Michelina's budget gourmet entrees are 5/$4; and the Best Foods mayo and free tuna deal is $2.99. Raley's whole wheat bread is $1.98 a loaf; Ronzoni pasta is 99-cents a box and sliced Almond Accents are 2/$5.  

In the deli, chicken strips are $4.99 a pound. And in the bakery, desserts for two are BOGO.

Get out the scissors before heading to Safeway. It's coupon time again. Shop Cheap's favorites are: a dozen eggs for 99-cents; Land O Lakes spreadable butter for 99-cents; Lucerne string cheese for $2.49; Lucky Charms or Trix for $1.49; Honey Nut Cheerios or Cinnamon Toast Crunch for $1.88; and 6-packs of Pepsi or Dew bottles for $1.99. A 2-pound bag of fresh sugar snap peas is $3.99.

Safeway is where you will find the whole Foster Farms chickens for 79-cents a pound; fresh pork spareribs for $1.99lb and chicken thighs or drumsticks for $1.59lb.

Smart Ones entrees are $1.50 each when you buy 5; Nestle or Arrowhead water is $3.33 a case; Safeway breads are $1.50 a loaf and Lucerne chunk or shredded cheese is 2/$3.

Summer produce is a bargain this week with green seedless grapes for 69-cents; larges oranges for 99-cents a pound and red or green bell pepper 2/$2. Tubs of O Organics salad blends or kits are BOGO. Summer squash is 99-cents a pound.

In the already-prepared category, Signature Cafe 8-piece chicken is $5.99; and the Friday $5 special is Hickory Smoked ribs or Primo Taglio pan-roasted turkey or Black Forest ham. Signature Cafe pizza is $3.99 and deli counter potato salad is $1.49lb. Safeway Select garlic bread is 2/$3.

Rice or Pasta Roni is 89-cents a box and Safeway mac&cheese is 49-cents a box.

Come back Thursday for 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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