Shop Cheap

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

January 11, 2011
Here's the skinny on shopping and some free stuff

Before we get to the groceries, I'm sure all you Kings' fans saw the new naming decision on Arco Arena (Power Balance Bracelet). Dang, I was hoping for the Shop Cheap Arena! Kind of fits the place, don't you think?

OK, back to what I know best - shopping. How's that healthy eating thing going? I lived up to my end of the bargain and I'm going to try it again this week. But first, there are a couple of surprises in The Bee's Wednesday inserts that I need to share.

Noah's has coupons worth mentioning - even for the calorie conscious. Get a free BagelThin and light shmear (225 calories) with any beverage purchase. How about an Aidell's chicken/apple sausage bagel dog (300 calories) or BOGO Bagel Fridays? The second surprise: A large insert for groceries at Target and a coupon for a free loaf of bread (Simply Balanced sandwich bread) with $25 food purchase. I've checked Target's grocery prices and they are comparable to the supermarkets. Eggs $1.59 a dozen; Kellogs Special K, $2.50 a box; Yoplait yogurt 10/$5 and Jennie-O Lean turkey breast for $2.99lb. At Target, it's all about the convenience.

We're hitting Save Mart first this week because they have oranges for 37-cents a pound and Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soup for 50-cents a can. Their weekend sale has London broil for $1.99lb and bags of Romaine hearts for 87-cents. Hormel fully cooked entrees are BOGO and cooked salad shrimp meat is $3.99lb.

In produce, Earthbound Farm salads are BOGO; eggplant is 97-cents each and roma tomatoes are 89-cents a pound. Driscoll's blackberries and blueberries are BOGO and petite baby carrots are $1.50 a bag.

Buy 4 boxes of Kellogg's Special K bars or cereal for $10 and get a free 35-pack of Sunny Select drinking water. Hunt's diced tomatoes are $1 a can; Barilla pasta is $1 a box and Sunny Select pasta sauce is $1.79 a jar. Tia Rosa tortillas are $1.99 a package and Arrowhead or Nestle drinking water is $3.33 a case. Nature's Pride bread - which just got a mention in Consumer Reports as a good value - is $2 a loaf.

Sunnyside Farms eggs in the 18-count carton are $2.79 and 16oz cottage cheese is $1.99. Weight Watchers muffins, cake or cookies are 2/$5 and their yogurt is 50-cents.

Coupons worth clipping include Eggo Waffles 2/$3; Oscar mayer lunchmeat for $1.99 and 50-cents off bakery bagels.

Safeway is advertising a Mix&Match meat sale. The buy one, get one free offer includes cross rib roast; lean ground beef; chicken parts and pork chops. Dungeness crab is back at $3.99lb. Friday-Monday only sale items include Foster Farms lean ground turkey for $2.49 and avocados for 77-cents each.Safeway variety breads are $1.29 a loaf; Nature's Pride is $2 a loaf.

The best deals are in produce where blackberries are $1 a carton and apples are 57-cents a pound. Produce has a 10 for $10 sale, which means bags of baby carrots, bunches of celery, eggplant and mangos all for $1. Roma tomatoes, minneolas and yellow onions are all $1 a pound.

Select Quaker and Kellogg's cereals are $2 a box and a 64-ox jug of Odwalla OJ is $5.99. A case of Arrowhead drinking water is $3.50 and a Signature Cafe garden salad is $3.99. You can take a friend to lunch at the Safeway deli and get a hoagie sandwich for $1.99 (when you buy 2).

Safeway coupons are plentiful, including Lucerne eggs (18-count) for $1.99; Progresso soups for $1.11; Sargento shredded or sliced cheese for $1.99 and Lipton teas for $3.99 in ther 12-pack. Palmolive dish detergent is $2.

The $5 Friday only specials, while not very calorie conscious, are quite the deal. Primo Taglio meats and cheeses are $5 a pound; a 2lb bag og Talipia fillets is $5 and bouquet of flowers is $5, too. Once again, they have that Bistro cake. This week it's strawberry and it's only $5.

Raley's is your produce place with a 3lb. bag of clementines for $2.97; cameo apples for 77-cents a pound and BOGO blueberries. Foster Farms fresh whole chicken is 77-cents a pound and cross rib roast is $2.47lb. You can get a BBQ tri tip in the deli for $9.99.

An 8-oz container of cottage cheese (perfect for lunch with those blueberries) is $1; Dannon Light & Fit yogurt is 50 cents and Skinny Cow ice cream is $3.99. Krispy saltines, Keebler cookies or Murray sugar-free cookies are $1.69 a package when you buy 4 or more.

Raley's whole grain white or wheat bread is $1.98 a loaf; maple syrup is $2.98 and a case of R Everyday water is $3.28.

That's it for this week. Come back on Thursday and we'll give you recipes that match what's on sale..


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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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