Shop Cheap

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

July 20, 2010
Weekly sales: Too much good stuff

Sometimes even Shop Cheap is amazed by all the great deals at the grocery store. This is one of those weeks. We will start with Safeway because they have great coupons and they are introducing their own brand of soda - refreshe - to match the drinking water already available.

Shop Cheap can't vouch for the taste of the refreshe soda, but you won't be out big bucks if you try it at 4 six packs for $3.49. Also this week, refreshe drinking water is only $2.99 a case. If that doesn't hook you, the coupons will. Remember, you can either clip the coupons or download them to your club card. Here's a sample of what Shop Cheap likes best. Lucerne butter for $1.99; Arrowhead Spring water $2.99 a case; Safeway Ultra detergent for $3.49; Classico Pasta sauce for $1.49 and Barilla pasta for 79-cents; Honey Bunches of Oats for $1.77 and Colombo sandwich rolls for $1.99. There's also ice cream cups for 49-cents; 7-UP or Pepsi liters for 69-cents; Safeway tissue or paper towels for $4.88 and Kingford charcoal for $5.99.

No coupons, but good prices just the same on Lucerne yogurt 10/$4; Tropicana OJ 2/$5 and Mott's apple juice for $1.49. Inside the ad, you'll find a $5 page meaning Kraft Mac & Cheese 5/$5; Primo Taglio meats in the deli $5; Hunt's diced tomatoes or S&W beans 5/$5 and Spray 'n Wast 2/$5.

In produce, peaches are 49-cents a pound; blueberries are $4.99 for a 2.5 pound container; and corn on the cob is 8/$2. Really...eight ears for $2. The green onion, radish, cilantro trio is 2/$1 and Roma tomatoes are 59-cents a pound.

Lucerne eggs are BOGO in the 18-pack. If you're a weekend shopper, on Saturday and Sunday only, Safeway Select bread is $1.99 a loaf; Bumble Bee chunk light tuna in water is 2/88-cents and whole roasted chicken is $5.99.

The Friday $5 special is either Signature Cafe Rigatoni pasta meal or the all-American sub sandwich. Signature Cafe pizza is $4.99 in the deli and for something new and different in the bakery: Chocolate Chewy Bistro Cake for $5.99.

Pulling out of Safeway and heading to Raley's we find our favorite produce deals of the week. It's another weekend sale (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) but it's hard to skip. Mangoes are 4/$1; limes are 7-cents each; Roma tomatoes are 47-cents a pound and fresh cilantro is 4 bunches for $1. Recipe for mango salsa, anyone? Raley's coupons include Nathan's beef franks for $2.49; Lay's kettle cooked chips for $1.79; Pepsi, 7-UP or Dr. Pepper 2-liter jugs for 89 cents; Aquafina spring water for $3.39; and 89-oz jug of Minute Maid OJ for $2.99 and Arm & Hammer liquid detergent for $3.49.

In the convenience category, 8-piece fried chicken is $4.99; Freschetta pizza is $3.99 and gourmet cupcakes in the bakery are 4/$5.

In produce, seedless watermelon is $2.97 each; strawberries are BOGO and a 2-pound container of blueberries is $5.97. Green onions or radishes are 3/99-cents.

Heading over to Save Mart, there are more great deals on produce. Vine ripened tomatoes are 47-cents a pound; the green onion, radish, cilantro trio is 5/$1 and yellow peaches are 47-cents a pound. Maybe peach salsa, too! Black seedless grapes are $1.47lb; Iceberg lettuce is 97-cents a head and two pound container of blueberries is $4.99.

If you're in the mood for fish, red snapper is $3.99lb and tilapia fillets are $2.99lb. London broil is $1.99lb and there's a coupon for Bar S Polish sausage $2.99. (The other coupon is for Crest toothpaste for 99-cents.)

Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5; Minute Maid OJ is 2/$5 and Dew, Dr. Pepper or Pepsi is $1 for a 2-liter jug. Sunny Select drinking water is $2.88 a case.

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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