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

July 5, 2011
Let them eat fruit or fruit tarts

 We're really red, white and blue this week because that wonderful Fourth of July weekend is in the past and everyone is hungry all over again. To that we say, "Let them eat fruit!" There's a bounty of summer produce at the stores and we are ready to cart it all away.

Here's what we like this week.

Save Mart has a fresh crop of cherries for $1.47lb; berries for $2.50 a container and peaches for $1.99lb. Veggies aren't bad either. Corn is 4/$1; Roma tomatoes are 79-cents a pound and bell peppers and cucumbers are 3/99-cents. Medium artichokes are 2/$1 and onions re 69-cents a pound.

In the meat department, boneless pork sirloin roast is $1.99lb; petite sirloin steaks or roast are $2.99lb and Jennie-O ground turkey breast is BOGO. Chicken leg quarters are 59-cents a pound.

If you're still thirsty from the heat, 7-UP, A&W or Sunkist 12-packs are $2.99; Coke and Pepsi products are buy 2, get 1 free; and Powerade sports drinks are 88-cents each. Santa Cruz organic lemonade is BOGO.

Dennison's chili and Rosarita refries are $1 a can. If you buy two bags of Sunny Select pasta, you'll get a jar of sauce free.

Raley's has BOGO cantaloupe and strawberries. Kiwi fruit is 97-cents a pound and yellow peaches are $1.27lb. Pears are 97-cents a pound and corn on the cob is 4/$1. Hot house tomatoes are $1.47lb and Walla-Walla onions are 97-cents a pound. A 2lb bag of mini carrots is $1.58 and a serving of fresh fruit is $2.78.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are $1.99lb; pork loin baby back ribs are BOGO and Jennie-0 Italian or taco ground turkey is $3.99 a package.

Quaker cereals or granola bars are $2 a box; Welch's juice cocktail is $2 and a case of Arrowhead or Nestle water is $3.77. An 89-oz jug of Minute Maid OJ is $3.99 and Dole juices are $2 each.

Ronzoni pasta is $1 a box and Newman's Own pasta sauce is $2.50 a jar. Raley's has some of Shop Cheap's favorite hot weather items on sale, like Skinny Cow treats for $3.99; Dreyer's fruit bars for $3 Dreyer's and bananas for 68-cents a pound.

Looks like that picnic that Raley's advertised over the Fourth is continuing. The Family Picnic Pack feeds 8 and includes, chicken; potato or macaroni salad; cookies; rolls; utensils and the insulated bag all for $19.99. At that price, you can picnic in your backyard.

In the deli, chicken strips are $5.99 a pound and in the wok, potstickers are BOGO.

Safeway is advertising a 4-day sale (Friday-Monday). If you want a real treat, pick up their Fresh Fruit Tart for $8.88. Other 4-day deals include 2-liters of Pepsi or 7-UP for 77-cents Signature Cafe chicken wings for $6.99; Safeway bacon for $2.99lb and Arizona teas for $1.99 a gallon. Chicken of the Sea tuna is 88-cents a can; Sun Chips or Ruffles are $1.99 and Lucerne shredded or chunk cheese is $1.99.

Eating Right boneless skinless chicken breasts, thighs or combo pack are $1.99lb; Jennie-O ground turkey breast is BOGO and extra lean ground beef is $2.99lb.

All cases or multi-packs of spring water are 20% off.

Get a free box of pasta when you by 2 jars of Ragu sauce (2/$3). Fritos or Cheetos are BOGO. Smucker's preserves are BOGO; Jiff peanut butter is $1.99 with coupon. Other coupon contenders include Charmin tissue or Bounty towels for $6.49; large eggs for $2.49 (an 18-pack) and Dole juices for $1.99.

In produce, corn is 6/$2; black seedless grapes are $1.99lb and celery is 99-cents.

The $5 Friday only deals include Signature Cafe roasted chicken; Bertolli dinner for two; and a 2lb container of organic strawberries.

If you like Milton's bread, this is the week to stock up. It's $2.50 a loaf in the bakery. Safeway dog or burger buns are $2.

Shop Cheap has been watching the price of milk rise from $2.50 a gallon to more than $3..even if you buy 2. At Safeway, Dairy Glen milk is $3.19 a gallon and it's about the same at Raley's. What gives?




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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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