Shop Cheap

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

August 24, 2010
Grocery deals are hot, hot, hot

Want a tip on staying cool during our 100+ weather? Try the frozen food aisle at the grocery store. Or anywhere at the grocery store. It's always cool.

And to fit right in with the weather, Safeway is having a Red Hot Weekend sale! Sometimes things just work out. The red hot prices to match include Kraft salad dressing - buy one get 2 free; Safeway SELECT or Minute Maid OJ FOR $1.99; Oscar Mayer sliced bacon for $3.49; Cheez-It crackers foar $1.25 and Angel food cake in the bakery for $1.49.

Other stuff we like at Safeway: Whole Foster Farms chickens for 79-cents a pound; 80% lean ground beef for $1.99lb and BOGO Foster Farms lean ground turkey. Jones sliced Canadian bacon or ham is 2/$6; General Mills Lucky Charms or Honey Nut Cheerios are $1.99 a box and Safeway Select variety breads are $1.79 a loaf.

They also having a 99-cent event with Cloverhill Danish, 6-packs of Nestle flavored water; Lucerne cream cheese; Minute Maid lemonade and Aquafresh toothpaste for less than $1.

In produce, white peaches or nectarines are 99-cents a pound; jumbo cantaloupe is 67-cents each; oranges are 99-cents a pound; and mushrooms are $1 a pound. In the coupon corner, check out the dozen eggs for $1.29; Safeway salsa for $1.99 and Kellogg's Mini-Wheats for $1.99. The $5 Friday special is Roasted Turkey Breast or Turkey Pot Roast. Signature Cafe salads are $3.99; cole slaw is $2.49lb and deli style breads in the bakery are $2.49.

If you do chips and soda, Doritos are BOGO and 2-liter Pepsi or 7-UP is 88-cents.

Checking out the new Henry's in Elk Grove, we are liking the 2/$1 avocado; red & green grapes for 88-cents a pound; bell peppers ar 4/$1; gala apples 77-cents a pound and mini seedless watermelon 2/$3. Berries are 2/$4, cantaloupes are 2/$1 and a 2lb container of strawberries is $2.99.

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are $1.29lb and boneless rib eye steak is $4.99lb. A case of Arrowhead spring water is $2.99; Dreyers fruit bars are BOGO and Brown Cow nonfat Greek yogurt is 89-cents. In Henry's kitchen, there's Black Forest ham for $6.99lb; Focaccia bread for $1.49 and Irish soda bread for $2.49.

Leaving Henry's and heading for Raley's we're definitely going to do Italian with Classico pasta sauce $2.50; Ronzoni pasta for 99-cents; grated parmesan $2.99 and a French baguette for $1.78. Other stuff we like at Raley's - their new Raley's Dailies. Low prices everyday on items like bananas 68-cents a pound; Zacky free range ground turkey for $3.38; and a 48oz. bag of boneless skinless chicken breasts for $6.98.

In produce this week, Raley's has nectarines for 77-cents a pound; seedless watermelon for $2.97; New Mexico Hatch peppers for 87-cents a pound and heirloom tomatoes for $2.97lb.

Soda lovers will like the buy 2, get 2 free 12-pack offer. Works out to $12 for 48 cans of Coke.

An 18-pack of Raley's large eggs is $1.98; a case of R Everyday drinking water is $3.28 and Bumble Bee light tuna is 49-cents a can.

Save Mart has the best price on green seedless grapes - 67-cents a pound; Bartlett pears are 29-cents a pound and nectarines are 97-cents a pound. Red or black plums are 99-cents a pound and hot house tomatoes on the vine are $1.97lb.

Cross Rib Roast is $1.99lb (includes a recipe for shredded beef sandwiches); Foster Farms savory servings chicken breasts are $3.99lb and Jeannie-O ground turkey is $2.99 a package.

Bread is a good deal at Save Mart. Bohemian Hearth brand is $1.99 a loaf; Sara Lee Soft & Smooth bread is $1.99 a loaf and La Tortilla factory tortillas are $1.59 a package. Aquafina drinking water is $3.50 a case; 12-packs of 7-UP, A&W or Sunkist soda are $3 and Gatorade is 88-cents. The Big 3 coupons include El Monterey Burritos for 49-cents each; free Kettle Chips when you spend $50 on groceries and buy 2, get 2 free 12-packs of Coke products.

There's also a Kellogg's/Keebler/Sunshine offer. Buy 10 participating items (lots to choose from) and get $10 off plus a $10 off coupon for next time.

Come back on Thursday for recipe tips 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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