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

March 15, 2011
Save some green on St. Patrick's Day

Nothing like a little last-minute shopping to get you in the spirt for St. Patrick's Day. Decent prices help lift the spirt, too. So for all of you who waited until today - or even tomorrow - to get your corned beef, have not fear. There's plenty of brisket, cabbage, potatoes and carrots to go 'round.

Safeway's 2-day sale (Wednesday and Thursday) has corned beef for $1.79lb. If you want a better cut, it's going to cost you $2.69lb. Cabbage is 39-cents a pound and don't forget the Irish soda bread in the bakery for $3.29. Don't forget the rye bread for leftovers. Oroweat is $2.99 a loaf. Once you've shopped the 2-day sale, there's a 4-day sale - Friday to Monday. That includes Kraft Mac&Cheese for 75-cents; Bumble Bee tuna for 50 cents and Oreos or Honey Maid graham crackers for $1.99. 12-packs of Coke are buy 2, get 2 free. That's $12.58 for 48 cans or 26-cents a can. Nathan's beef sausage is BOGO and a Signature Cafe Family pizza is $5.99. If you like pistachios, an 8-oz. bag is $2.99.

Other stuff we like at Safeway: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99lb; Rancher's Reserve trimmed tri-tip for $3.99lb and BOGO Farmer John sliced bacon. Green seedless grapes are 79-cents a pound; tomatoes on the vine are $1.49lb; and green onions are 50-cents a bunch. Post cereals are $1.99 a box.

In the coupon category, Dole juice blends are $1.99; Welch's grape juice is $2.49; Skippy peanut butter or Welch's Grape Squeeze are $1.49 and Kellogg's mini-wheats are $1.99.

The Friday only $5 specials are: 8-piece chicken or 5-piece fish in the deli; waterfront BISTRO large cooked shrimp and Lemon Bistro Cake.

Raley's has a 2-day St. Pat's sale as well. Their cut of corned beef - rounds or brisket flats - is $2.77lb; baby potatoes are $2.50 a bag. Irish Soda Bread was advertised last week so check your bakery.

Good prices on Raley's produce. Berries are BOGO; green beans are $1.47lb; limes are 4/$1 and blood oranges are 97-cents a pound. Pistachios are a penny more - $3 a bag. If you're clippin', Aquafina water is $2.99 a case; 12-packs of 7-UP are $2.99 and 2-liter Pepsi or Dr. Pepper is 89-cents.

Thomas' English muffins are $2 a pack; a 32-oz. container of Mountain High yoghurt is $2.50; Eggo waffles or French toast are $2 a box; and Skippy peanut butter is $1.49 at Raley's, too.

Michelina's frozen entrees are 89-cents each and Ore-Ida potatoes are $3 a bag.

If you want a Shenson's corned beef, head to Save Mart. The brisket cut with a spice packet is $2.17lb. A 5-lb. bag of potatoes is $2.49 and fresh green beans are $1.97lb.

Save Mart is advertising a 3-day sale (Friday-Sunday), which includes Rotisserie chicken for $5.99; green onions, radishes or cilantro - 4/$1 and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies 2/$5.

Boneless cross rib roast is $1.99lb; pork butt roast is $1.69lb. and Foster Farms fresh chicken breasts are BOGO.

Strawberries are BOGO; blueberries and blackberries are $2.99 a basket.

S&W beans are 79-cents a can; Hunts diced tomatoes are $1 a can and Sunny Select pasta sauce is $1.49 a jar. Sunny Select pasta is 89-cents a package. Sun Chips an Lay's chips are $2.50 a bag; Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.50 a loaf. The back-page coupons include $1 off a loaf of La Brea bread in the bakery; Minute Maid punch for 88-cents and Aidells smoked chicken sausage links for $3.99.

Come back Thursday to see what's cooking in 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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