Shop Cheap

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

November 2, 2010
We're talking shopping but thinking baseball

It's kind of hard to concentrate on shopping when your favorite all-time baseball team wins the World Series and your state elects a new governor, but the refrigerator is nearly empty and everyone has worked up an appetite cheering and voting.

That's said, we'd like to savor the victories before we launch into Thanksgiving. So even though the stores are advertising for T-Day, we are going to ignore it until mid-November.

Here's what we are shopping for this week:

Save Mart has the goods on boneless, skinless chicken breasts at $1.77lb; and New York steak for $2.97lb. All Fresh Express salad blends are BOGO; asparagus is 99-cents a pound and avocado is still $1. Limes are 10/$1; pears are 97-cents a pound; Driscoll's berries are BOGO and fresh cauliflower or broccoli is $1.49 a bunch.

Minute Maid OJ is 2/$4; a case of Aquafina drinking water is $3.99; 2-liter bottles of Mug root beer, Orange Crush, Coke and Sprite are 99-cents. Kellogg's cereals are $1.99 a box and Skippy peanut butter is $1.99. Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are 99 cents; Sunnyside farms yogurt is 50 cents and Athenos nonfat Greek yogurt is $1.

If you're clippin', Foster Farms ground turkey breast is $2.99; Gallo sliced salame is $3.99; and quick Quaker Oats are $1.99.

Over at Safeway, you can load up on 12-packs of soda. Pepsi or 7-UP is buy 2, get 3 free. Campbell's chunky soups are buy 2, get 2 free and Lay's potato chips are simply BOGO. There's a mix & match cereal sale and a 4-day breakfast sale with large eggs for 99-cents; butter top breads for 99-cents and Safeway OJ for $1.50.

Rancher's Reserve whole tri-tip is $2.69lb; boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.88lb. Lots of BOGOs on lunchmeat, including: Oscar Mayer carving board; and sliced ham or turkey. Jennie-O lean ground turkey is BOGO.

In produce, asparagus is $1.47lb; ruby red grapefruit is 3/99-cents; red or green bell pepper is 99-cents and Pom wonderful porducts are BOGO.

In the coupon category, check out Cheerios and Lucky Charms for $1.49; Sargento cheeses for $1.99; Golden Grain pasta for 88-cents; and $1.99 for a gallon of Arizona or Lipton ice tea.

In the bakery, artisan dinner breads are $1.99 a loaf; buns are $2 a pack and assorted danish, donuts & muffins are $3.99 for a dozen. 

The $5 Friday only special is Signature Cafe rigatoni pasta meal or a whole roasted chicken. There's also a double layer chocolate cake in the bakery for $5.

Pulling in to Raley's, we are grabbing the avocado for 77-cents; Cameo apples for 57-cents a pound and Fall squash for 57-cents a pound. Raspberries or blackberries are 2/$5 and a bag of kiwi fruit is $1.97.

Sirloin tip roast is $1.97lb; boneless, skinless breasts are $1.88lb and a pack of Italian sausage links is $3.49.

Dannon yogurt is 50-cents; Lundberg rice chips are still 99-cents and a case of Crystal Geyser water is $3.28.

Doing the produce thing at Henry's Farmers Market. Raspberries and blackberries are 98-cents a basket; pears are 88-cents a pound; asparagus is 2lbs for $4 and sweet corn is 3/$1. Avocados are 88-cents each; Romaine lettuce is 2/$1 and Odwalla food bars are 99-cents. A family pack of boneless chicken breast tenders is $1.99lb and boneless top sirloin steak is $2.49lb.

In the Henry's Kitchen, mesquite smoked turkey isx $5.99lb; pepper Jack is $2.99lb and Focaccia bread is $1.79.

Come back on Thursday for the latest recipes from the Shop Cheap kitchen. And don't forget to set your clocks back an hour before turning in Saturday night.


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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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