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

June 21, 2011
Don't sweat the deals

It arrived pretty much without warning - that first 100-degree day. Looks like the triple-digits will be around for a day or two so why not head to the grocery store where you'll definitely be able to cool off.

And given the temps, we're going to help you with some hot deals to match.

As luck would have it, Safeway has a coupon for ice cream and Popsicles. Just $2.49 for everything from Breyer's in the carton to Klondike bars and Jolly Rancher Popsicles. Safeway Select fruit bars are $2.49, with coupon. To keep hydrated, there's Gatorade, Powerade and Propel for 79-cents. Friday-Monday, you can get a 35-pack of Crystal Geyser spring water for $3.99.

But the true signs of summer are the sales in produce. California peaches are 67-cents a pound; Driscoll's berries are BOGO; tomatoes on the vine are 99-cents a pound and cucumbers are 2/$1.

Whole Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound; Jennie-O lean ground turkey is BOGO. Nathan's Famous Franks are BOGO, too.

Quaker Quakes rice snacks are 99-cents a bag. Nabisco, Chips Ahoy or Ritz crackers are BOGO and plain white bread is $1.50 a loaf. The bakery has a new item, artisan fruit buns - 4/$1.99.

The $5 Friday only specials go fast. This week it's chicken tenders in the deli; a 64-oz. jar of Pace picante; 4  pounds of strawberries; 5 pounds of frozen chicken wings and lemon meringue pie.

Cranking up the AC and heading over to Save Mart, we're staying cool with Bayview Farms OJ 2/$4; Dreyer's fruit bars 2/$6 and Gatorade for 89-cents. Coke or Sprite in the 12-pack is buy 2, get 2 free.

In produce, mangoes are 3/99-cents; Driscoll's berries are BOGO; Roma tomatoes are 69-cents a pound and corn on the cob is 3/99-cents. Radishes, green onion and cilantro are 3/99 cents. 

The Save Mart 3-day weekend sale includes a pound of strawberries for 97-cents; Farmer John jumbo dogs for 99-cents and a 24-pack of soda (Pepsi, Dew, Mug root beer) for $4.99.

General Mills cereals are $1.49 a box when you buy 4; 2-liter jugs of Pepsi or Dew are $1 when you buy 4. Aquafina water is $3.50 a case and Gatorade Recover is $1.

Nestle Drumsticks are $3 a box and Bayview Farms ice cream is $6.29 for at 5-quart container.

Keeping cool at Raley's with gallon jugs of Crystal Geyser water for 69 cents (with coupon); 2-liter Pepsi or Dr. Pepper for 99-cents and Breyer's ice cream for $2.99. On the coupon flap, Minute Maid OJ is $2.39; 8-pack Gatorade is $3.99 and Coppertone sun lotion is $5.99.

In produce, blackberries and raspberries are BOGO; crisp green beans are 97-cents a pound; cantaloupe is 2/$3 and corn on the cob is 5/$2. Strawberries are buy one pound, get a pound free.

Rib eye steaks are $5.99lb; chicken drumsticks, thighs or leg quarters are 89-cents a pound and ground beef patties are $2.99lb.

In frozen foods, Michelina's entrees are 89-cents each; veggies are 99-cents and Skinny Cow treats are $3.99

An 8-piece fried chicken meal is $4.99; bakery baguettes are $1.88 and brownie bites are $3.79.

Bush's beans are $1 a can; Tostitos chips are $2.49; Padrinos are $2 and Santa Clara Salsa is $2.50 a jar.  And for the healty chip eaters, Lundberg Rice chips are $1.50 a bag.

Come back on Thursday for some stay cool in the kitchen recipes.



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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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