Shop Cheap

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

June 7, 2011
The sun's out and we're shopping

Now, that's what we're talking about. We finally get to write about summer fruit - without mentioning the rain. We can focus on the BBQ and the patio umbrella, and put away the rain  umbrella. Summer - or maybe it's just spring - has arrived.

Here's what we like:

Raley's has boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs for $1.99lb; BOGO baby back ribs and Jennie-O ground turkey or Italian sausage for $3.99 a package.

Red cherries are $2.97lb; hot house tomatoes are 97-cents a pound; 2lbs of strawberries are $3.77 and corn on the cob is 5/$2. Baby Bella or white mushrooms are 2 packs for $3.

General Mills products (cereal, fruit snacks and cereal bars) are 2/$5. If you buy six, you get a free movie voucher. Coupons worth clippin' include a case of Aquafina water for $2.99; Gatorade for 78-cents; Marie Callenders dinners for $1.89 and 12-packs of 7-UP or A&W for $2.99.

Dreyer's Fruit Bars are 2/$6 and Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.99. Kozy Shack pudding is 2/$5.

If you haven't tried Calidad tortilla chips, you must. They are a bargain at $1.49 a bag.Ronzoni pasta is $1 and a giant jug of Minute Maid OJ is $3.99.

In the bakery, apple pie is $3.99 and croissants are buy 2, get 1 free.

Safeway's got that Mix & Match thing going again. Save 50 cents when you buy 8 or more products. This week's favorites include: Prego pasta sauce for $1.39; 7-UP and Pepsi for 79-cents; DelMonte diced tomatoes for 79 cents and a case of Arrowhead water for $3.49.

Summer produce has arrived with seedless grapes at 79-cents a pound; BOGO mangos and cartons of berries and personal-sized watermelon for $2.99.

The weekly, 4-day sale includes Lucky Charms for $1.88 a box; BOGO Buddig lunchmeat and fresh strawberry pie for $5.

Fresh Alaskan salmon is $7.99lb; Farmer John Bacon is BOGO and Saag's smoked sausage is $3.99.

Safeway apple juice is $1.99; Rosarita refries are $1 a can; and Hummus is BOGO in the deli. The Friday Only $5 specials include a pound of sliced turkey or Black Forest ham; Tide detergent and a 24-pack of Pepsi.

Save Mart has a  3-day weekend sale that has red seedless grapes for 77-cents a pound; beef backribs for $1.29lb; Ragu pasta sauce 4/$5 and Rice A Roni for 88 cents.

Fresh, whole Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound; London broil is $2.49lb and ground turkey or turkey patties are BOGO.

In produce, Roma tomatoes are 47-cents a pound; peaches and nectarines are $1.97lb fresh green beans are $1.47lb and berries are 2/$5.

Minute Maid OJ is 2/$5; Sunny Select jugs of soda are 4/$5; apple juice is $1.79 and Martinelli's sparkling cider is $1.88 - time to stock up.

Chicken of the Sea solid white tuna is $1 a can; Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.59 a loaf and Barilla Pasta is $1 a box here, too. Quaker Quakes are 5/$5 (but you must buy 5); Newman's Own Dressing is $3 a bottle and Peet's coffee is $8.99. If you're clippin', Oscar Mayer bologna is $2.49; Farmer John ham steaks are $1.29 and Johnsonville chicken sausage is $2.49

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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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