Shop Cheap

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

March 1, 2011
You can Shop Cheap and still eat like a King!

It's not going to cost you a King's ransom to pay for groceries this week. And don't worry, Shop Cheap isn't going to Anaheim because all of the best bargains are right here in town. Here's what we like this week.

Save Mart has been doing a lot more advertising lately. On billboards, on TV and the Wednesday insert in The Bee. This week they are thinking ahead to Spring cleaning with a special wrap that lists everything from a 100 ounce jug of Tide for $9.99 to Clorox wipes 2/$4. There's even a coupon to save $3 when you spend $10 on cleaning products.

Once the house is clean, it's time for dinner so how about Foster Farms whole chicken for 88-cents a pound? Both Fresh Pacific snapper and cooked shrimp meat are $3.99lb. San Luis sourdough bread is $2.99 a loaf; Fuji apples are 37-cents a pound and Michelina's frozen entrees are 88-cents each. Their Fri.-Sun. sale includes mangoes 3/99-cents; party wings for $3.99lb and Sargento shredded cheese 2/$4.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb and lean ground beef is $2.99lb. In produce Nature Sweet cherry tomatoes are BOGO; berries are 2/$5 and fresh peaches from Chile are $1.97lb.

Buy 4 boxes of Nature Valley granola bars and save $4. (Works out to $1.69 a box). Same with Special K crackers, Wheatables and Cheez-Its - buy 4 and save $4. General Mills cereals are $1.99 a box; a case of Arrowhead or Nestle drinking water is $3.33 and Langers juice cocktail is $1.99 a jug.

Back page coupons include Farmer John sausage links for 79-cents; Oscar Mayer Lunchables for $1.99; $1 off Artisan breads and Sunny D for 99-cents.

Safeway has some sales worth mentioning. First, boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.67lb; avocado for $1 and broccoli for 99-cents a bunch. Their 4-day sale (Friday-Monday) includes Star Kist solid white tuna packed in water for 88-cents; chicken tenders in the deli for $3.99 and Oscar Mayer deli creations for 99-cents.

Safeway butter top breads are BOGO; Nabisco snack crackers are BOGO, too. Safeway breakfast breads are $1.49 a loaf; bakery cinammon rolls are $1.99 and Angel Food Cake is $1.99 (with coupon). Jennie-O ground turkey breast and Oscar Mayer meat franks are BOGO in the meat dept.

There's a sale in the frozen food aisle because March is frozen food month! First, you can save $5 when you spend $15 on items like Ore-Ida potatoes, Eggo waffles; Lean Cuisine entrees; Steamfresh veggies and Skinny Cow ice cream treats or Nestle Drumsticks.

If you've been wanting to try Greek yogurt, now's the time. A carton of the Athenos brand is 99-cents. A case of Arrowhead water is $3.50; 2-liter Pepsi is 88-cents and Safeway Clear sparkling water or refreshe sodas are 3/$2. Golden grain pasta is $1; and Keebler cookies are $1.99.

In produce, Texas red grapefruit is 2/$1; Braeburn or Fuji apples are 79-cents a pound; peaches, nectarines and plums are $1.99lb. Yellow onions are 99-cents a pound.

There's plenty to be clippin' - Simply Potatoes are $1.29; Safeway apple juice is $1.49; Ragu pasta sauce is 99-cents; a Signature Cafe sandwich is $3.99 and Kozy Shak pudding is $1.99. In the supply category, Safeway Advanced detergent is $5.99; Colgate toothpaste is $1.99 and Lysol wipes are $1.49.

The $5 Friday only specials include Signature Cafe homestyle meatloaf;; Tony Roma's ribs and Raspberry Almond cake in the Bakery.

Before we pull the cart into Raley's, we wanted to mention their new Family Table App on Facebook. Ashley Zepernick, Raley's communications specialist, wrote to tell us about this useful app that makes meal planning a little easier. It offers shoppers meal ideas using items on sale in Raley's stores. (Hey, that's kind of like what we do!) The app also gives shoppers the ability to share recipes with friends, print shopping lists and check out Raley' for even more info. If you want more information on the Family Table, go to

Now back to the business of shopping at Raley's. In the produce aisle, we're stocking up on red seedless grapes for 97-cents a pound; strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are all BOGO and Texas Ruby grapefruit is 2/$1. Apples and pears are 97-cents a pound; yellow onions are 67-cents a pound and a 3lb. bag of Fujis is only $2.97. A 5lb. bag of potatoes is 97-cents.

Boneless tri tip is $2.77lb; La Tortilla Factory corn tortillas are 99-cents a pack and Rosarita refries are 99-cents a can. Skinny Cow treats are $3.99; Michelinas entrees are $1 each; Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soups are 69-cents a can and Egg Beaters are $2.50 a container.

That's about it for this week. Come back on Thursday for bargain recipes that are fit for a King!

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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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