Shop Cheap

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

September 7, 2010
Save the blog, then save on groceries

Things were going so well this week. The sales were easy to spot and the column just flowed. Then, without warning, it disappeared. POOF. Off the screen and into oblivion. So if Shop Cheap seems less than substantial this week, you know the reason why. No more multi-tasking for this shopper. And remember it's not good to write an entire column without saving it - just once.

Here we go again!

We started out praising Save Mart for their new ad format, which includes recipes on nearly every page. Strawberries are quite the deal. Buy one pound, get 2 free. Avocado is 47-cents each and grapes are $1.49lb. Bell peppers are 2/$1 and Iceberg lettuce is 97-cents a head.

Cross rib roast, boneless pork sirloin chops and pork spareribs are $1.99lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb in the Max Pak.

Arrowhead Mountain Spring water is $3.33 a case. Coke is 99-cents in the 2-liter bottle. Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.99 a loaf. If you feel a headache coming on now (like I do after zapping the blog) Aleve, Bayer or Midol products are 25% off.

Minute Maid OJ is $5 a gallon and Weight Watchers or Dannon Light & Fit yogurt is 50-cents a container. Fresh chicken tenders are $5.99 in the deli and sliced roast beef is $6.99lb.

Flip to the back page and clip the coupons for John Morrell "Off the Bone" lunchmeat for $1.99 and Frito or Rold Gold snacks for $1 each. Campbell's Tomato or Chicken Noodle soups are 50-cents each. Quaker and Dole products are $1.39 each when you buy 5.

Back to Raley's where the produce is cookin'. Seedless grapes are 87-cents a pound; Bartlett pears are 57-cents a pound; and a 3-lb bag of Clementines is $3.47. Heirloom tomatoes are affordable at $1.97lb. Black Angus London broil is BOGO; Foster Farms split chicken breasts are 97-cents a pound and Jennie-O Turkey store ground turkey or Italian sausage is $3.50 a package.

Hillshire Farm links or rope sausage is $3 and Ball Park franks are 2/$3. Check out the P.F. Chang's frozen meals for $6.99 and the mix & match special - buy 10 items (Betty Crocker, General Mills, Pillsbury, Green Giant and Progresso) for $1.50 each. Raley's take-and-bake pizza is buy 2, get 1 free with new flavors Margherita and Garlic Chicken Alfredo.

Safeway's new 3-day sale is Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Guess Monday is the new Friday now that it's football season. This week's 3-day sale items include Oreos and Nutter Butters for $1.99; A&W, Sierra Mist, Pepsi or 7-UP jugs for 77-cents; avocado for 98-cents and Lloyd's BBQ spare ribs for $9.99.

Regular sale stuff includes Rancher's Reserve whole tri-tip for $2.69lb and Foster Farms lean ground turkey for $2.99 a package. In produce, cauliflower is 99-cents; apples are 99-cents a pound and 3lbs. of grapes are $5. If you really like Ragu sauce, it's 99-cents but you must buy six. Barilla pasta is $1 a box and Safeway garlic bread is $1.67 a loaf. .

Coupons worth clippin': Eggs for $1.49; Welch's healthy start juices for $1.99 and Del Monte canned veggies for 79-cents. Safeway apple juice is $1.29 and Kellogg's cereals are $1.99 a box.

The $5 Friday special is whole roasted chicken and there's a new soup - Autumn Harvest Butternut Squash - for $3.49 that sounds tasty. Safeway variety breads are $1.50 a loaf and bakery rolls are $1.99 for 6.

Our last stop on this shopping adventure is Henry's where produce is king. Peaches, plums, pluots and nectarines are 48-cents a pound. green beans, gala apples, cauliflower or broccoli and cluster tomatoes are all 88-cents a pound. Strawberries and blackberries are 2/$3. Cilantro, radishes or green onions are 4/$1 and apple pears or Kiwi fruit is 4/$1, too.

Eggs are $1.50 a dozen; De Cecco pasta is BOGO and super lean ground sirloin is $3.99lb. Fresh Dover sole is $4.99lb; New York or Rib Eye steaks are $4.99lb and baby back ribs are $2.77lb. Fresh mozzarella balls are $3.49 for an 8oz container and natural chicken sausage is $2.99lb.

Remember to save, save, save on the computer. Then you can save, save, save at the supermarket.

Come back on Thursday for early fall favorites 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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