Shop Cheap

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

December 15, 2010
Shop Cheap delivers the bargains

Sometimes Shop Cheap gets to leave the shopping cart behind and mingle with the folks who always pay full price. That was the deal Tuesday night when Mr. and Mrs. Cheap walked the Red Carpet with the glitterati at the California Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Once that was over, however, the red carpet turned to Linoleum and Cheap was back at the supermarket searching for sales. If only there was a Shoppers Hall of Fame!

It's time to get serious about your holiday grocery shopping. Both Raley's and Save Mart have advertised sales this week that will continue through Christmas. At Safeway, the sales will change next week. So if you want to get a jump on meal planning, get out that shopping list (and, yes, check it twice) and go for it. Here's what we like:

At Raley's, be sure to get your shopping done before Christmas. Unlike Thanksgiving, they will be closed on Christmas Day. If you don't want to cook, but want a home-cooked meal, Raley's is the place to go. You can order everything from a ham or prime rib dinner to lobster ravioli or rack of lamb. Prices range from $59.99 to $99.99. Order online and you save $5. Pick-up days are Dec. 22-24.

If you are doing the cooking, spiral sliced ham is $1.77lb; beef rib eye roast is $6.97lb and sirloin boneless roast is $2.97lb. Green beans are 97-cents a pound and berries are BOGO. In the must-have dept., Deryer's ice cream is $2.99; Martinelli's sparkling cider is $1.99 and Nabisco crackers are $1.99 a box. Simply Orange juices are 2/$6.

In produce, mushrooms are 2/$4; onions are 87-cents a pound and radishes, green onion or cilantro are 50-cents each. A 5lb-bag of Idaho potatoes is $2.50.

Swanson broth is 59-cents; Campbell's cream of chicken or cream of mushroom is 75-cents; gravy is 2/$1. S&W beans are 89-cents a can.

And 18-pack of large eggs is $2.48; Cool Whip is 99-cents and Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are $1.79. If you like Milton's bread, it's $1.99 a loaf.

A case of Aquafina drinking water is $3.99 and 7-UP is 99-cents for a 2-liter jug.

The holiday desserts look pretty tasty. The Regal Raspberry cake is $19.99; Red Velvet cake is $10.99. Want to go smaller? Single serve desserts are 4/$10.

Over at Save Mart, the spiral sliced ham is $1.77lb; green beans are 57-cents a pound and salad blends are BOGO. Master Cut premium turkeys are $6 each. And you can still get Dungeness crab for $3.99 a pound.

In produce, hit the store this weekend and get avocado for 37-cents each. It's part of a 3-day sale that includes Tropicana juice drinks for 99-cents and Jimmy Dean fresh sausage rolls for $1.99. In addition to that avocado bonanza, check out the tangerines for $3.97 a bag; BOGO berries and grape tomatoes and 50 cents for either radishes, green onions, cilantro or parsley. Pineapple is $2.97 each.

Sunny Select drinking water is $2.50 a case; Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2 a bottle and 7-UP, A&W, Sunkist or Squirt is 79-cents when you buy 5.

Nabisco snack crackers are $1.99 a box; Sara Lee dinner rolls are $1.99 a pack and a pound of Pacific Coast coffee is $5.99.

In the bakery/deli, double layer specialty cakes are $9.99; apple turnovers are $2.99 and fresh baguettes are $2.69.

On the coupon page, check out $5 off party trays; 50-cents off babels; Johnsonville sausage for $1.99 and $1 off Brownie Bites.

Safeway has a 4-day sale going. Check it out if you need soda - buy 2 12-packs; get 3 free. Lean ground beef - $1.49lb or Oroweat bread and Thomas' muffins - BOGO. They also have daily specials Wednesday-Saturday. Quick oats for 99-cents on Wednesday; 2-liter sodas for 47-cents on Friday and a 10lb bag of potatoes for 88-cents on Saturday are worth shopping for.

Safeway has the spiral sliced ham for $1.59; the green beans for 97-cents a pound and the pineapple for $1.97. Lay's chips are BOGO and the mix and match sale includes General Mills cereal - buy 4, save $4.

Boneless cross-rib roast is $2.99lb; New York strip roast is $4.99lb. Hillshire Farm sausabe or bratwurst is BOGO.

A case of Arrowhead drinking water is $3.33; Martinelli's cider is $2 and Ocen Spray cranberry drink is BOGO. In the coupon category, 18-count eggs are $1.99; Safeway Select appetizers are $1.99 and Nestle cookie dough is $1.99.

Lucerne cream cheese is $1; Fage Greek Yogurt is 4/$5. In produce, grape tomatoes are 2/$4; Brussel sprouts are $1.99lb and celery is 99-cents.

Goodies in the bakery include, a cheesecake platter for $12.99; fresh fruit tart for $12.99 and dinner breads for $2.99

The $5 Friday specials include a pound of pan roasted turkey or ham from the deli; DiGiorno or California Pizza Kitchen pizzas and Rosina frozen meatballs.

Come back on Thursday for potluck 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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