Shop Cheap

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

March 29, 2011
It's time to play ball, shoppers

Nothing says spring like hearing the crack of the bat on the ball, signaling the end of a dreadful winter. Who doesn't love the smell of freshly mowed grass and hope for another winning season? Spring also brings more grillin' and chillin' with friends and neighbors. There's also a noticeable change in the supermarket offerings. This week is a good example.

Raley's is telling us to "Fire up the grill" and earn some "Grand slam savings." Giddyup!

First off, Raley's has tri tip for $2.97lb;  pork spareribs for $1.97lb and premium ground beef for $2.58lb. Ball Park franks are $2 a package; buns are $1.58 and Giants or A's branded peanuts are $1.50 a bag. To help with the BBQ, Kingsford charcoal is $6.99 for a 16.6 pound bag.

In produce, hot house tomatoes are $1.50lb; oranges are 47-cents a pound and broccoli is 97-cents a pound. Large cauliflower is $2 and mangoes are 77-cents each.

Quaker (rice) Quakes are $1 a bag; Clif bars are $1 each and a 3lb bag of organic apples is $2.49. A case of Arrowhead spring water is $3.99 and Minute Maid lemonade or punch is $1.50 a carton. Michelina's entrees are $1 each.

Over at Safeway, you can earn $10 off your next shopping trip by spending $75 this week. They have a 4-day sale (Friday-Monday) that features Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage for $3.49 a pack; Golden Grain pasta for 88-cents; personal-size watermelon for $2.99 and a 32oz package of cheese for $5.99.

Kellogg's cereals are $1.88 a box and frozen waffles are $1.88 (with coupon).

The soda & cracker special is kind of fun. Buy 2-12 packs of Coke and you'll get two more free, plus two boxes of Nabisco snack crackers. 2-liter jugs of 7-UP and Pepsi are 88-cents and an 8-oz bag of pistachios are $2.99.

Safeway is pushing its "Well and Good" nutritional items. This week it's Chobani Greek yogurt for $1; Mountain High yogurt in the 32oz carton for $2.50 and $5.99 for a bag of Jennie-O turkey burgers.

If you're planning for game day, lean ground beef is $3.99lb; Bar S jumbo franks are $1 a package and Oscar Mayer lunchmeats are BOGO. Safeway buns are $1.29. Deli counter potato salad is $3.99 for a large container. Dennison's Chili is BOGO.

In produce, asparagus is 97-cents a pound; fresh green beans are 99-cents a pound and zucchini or yellow neck squash is $1.49lb. Oranges are 39-cents a pound.

Langers cranberry drink is BOGO; Aquafina or Arrowhead is $3.50 a case; Safeway refreshe soda is 3/$2 and Safeway pickles are BOGO.

The Friday Only $5 special includes 8-piece chicken; Hormel pork tenderloins; a 3-lb container of strawberries and pineapple upside down pie!

Shop Cheap's favorite deal of the week can be found at Save Mart. Green onions, radishes or cilantro for 20-cents a bunch. Other favorites: boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99lb; lean ground beef or $1.99lb and BOGO London Broil. In produce - after you load up on the green onions and cilantro - grab some Iceberg lettuce for 97-cents a head; a 5lb bag of Fuji or Gala apples for $3.97 and tangerines for 79-cents a pound.

Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.99 a loaf. You can earn $5 off your next shopping trip when you purchase $20 worth of Kraft products. That $20 will add up quickly because the items include Nabisco crackers for $1.99 a box; cheeses for $2.50 and Crystal Light for $2.

Barilla pasta or S&W Tomatoes are $1 each;  and Melita coffee filters are BOGO.

In the coupon section, Lunchables are 99-cents; Coffee-Mate creamer is $1.99 and Hormel Compleats meals are BOGO.

Come back on Thursday for Game Day 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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