Shop Cheap

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

July 26, 2011
Shop Cheap solves the budget mess

We should be sipping lemonade and humming, "Summertime," but the living isn't so easy when our elected officials can't agree on anything. I'm thinking at this rate, they wouldn't even know the first thing about grocery shopping, BOGOs or clipping coupons to save money. Thankfully, there's Shop Cheap and there's nothing controversial about bargains.

Here's what we like this week: In a word, produce.

Safeway has seedless grapes for 99-cents a pound; plums for 99-cents a pound and bell peppers 2/$1. New potatoes are 99-cents a pound green onions or radishes are 50-cents each.

Shop Friday-Monday and you'll get a pint of blueberries for $1.99. Other 4-day sale offerings include 8-piece Signature Cafe chicken for $5.99; Barilla pasta for 89-cents a box; BOGO Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Carving Board meats. A case of refreshe drinking water is $2.88; Classico pasta sauce is $1.49 and General Mills cereals are $1.88. Cooked salad shrimpmeat is $3.99lb and Ready Pac cut fruit bowls are $4.99.

Other stuff we like: Safeway Kitchen sandwich bread for $2 a loaf; BOGO Chips Ahoy! or Ritz crackers and BOGO Ruffles, too. Gallo Salame is $5.99 and Johnsonville smoked sausage or bratwurst is $2.99. Lucerne natural sliced cheese is $2.49; Eggo frozen waffles are $1.99 and Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.49.

The Friday only $5 specials last until Monday this week and they include Signature Cafe pizza; a 12-pack of Dannon Activia yogurt; Safeway select coffee and from the bakery a Raspberry Almond Bistro cake.

Raley's has mangoes for 39-cents each; white peaches or nectarines for $1.49lb; Roma tomatoes for 69-cents a pound; fresh limes are 6/96-cents and the green onion-cilantro-radish trio is 3/99-cents. Bell peppers are 50-cents each and sweet white corn is 5/$2.

Raley's 99-cent sale includes Barilla pasta; (Barilla pasta sauce is $2 a jar); Mission corn tortillas; Powerade and Larabars.

Tri tip roast is $2.99lb. Sunnyside Farms OJ is $2.38 for a half-gallon.

In the bakery, sweet or sourdough baguettes are $1.88; "dessert for 2" is BOGO and an 8-pack of cinnamon rolls is $3.59. In the deli, 8-piece fried chicken is $4.99.

Over at Save Mart, strawberries are BOGO and seedless grapes are 97-cents a pound. Sweet white corn is 4/$1 and peaches are 67-cents a pound. Cherries are $2.97lb; celery is 57-cents and iceberg lettuce is 97-cents a head.

The Save Mart weekend sale - Friday-Sunday - has cooked salad shrimp for $2.88lb; Minute Maid drinks for 88-cents and Nabisco cookies for $1.99.

Whole Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound and Giants Alpine franks or smoked sausage is $3.99.

There's a Mix & Match sale (Kellogg's, Sunshine and Keebler) that's a little too complicated for my simple mind. All I know is you have to buy 6 of something to get the discount.

Coke products are buy 2, get 3 free (12-packs) and Sara Lee bread is BOGO.

Classico pasta sauce is $2 a jar; BEst Foods mayo is $2.59 and Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.33 a case. Sunnyside Farms large eggs are $2.50 for 18 and Minute Maid OJ is $3.99 in the 89-oz. jug.

In the bakery, baguettes are 99-cents each and in the deli, chicken tenders are $5.99 and potato salad is $2.49.

Save Mart continues to partner with Shell so that shoppers can earn discounts on gas.

Got to mention Henry's/Sprouts this week for their produce prices. Red seedless grapes are 88-cents a pound. Also 88-cents a pound are tomatoes, green beans; nectarines and Italian squash. For 88-cents each, you can get a bell pepper, a cantaloupe or a bag of baby carrots.

We also want to give a shout out to the Grocery Outlet. If you haven't been to one, it's the kind of store where you can stop for a couple of things or fill your cart for the week. They sent Shop Cheap samples this week and sample prices: Amy's Organic lentil soup for $1.49 a can; De Cecco Penne Rigate for $1.49 a box; Maranantha Dark Chocolate peanut spread for $2.99; Yorkshire Breakfast Tea for $2.49; Nature's Bakery vanilla fig cookie bar for 50-cents and Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion for $2.49. These items can be found at most supermarkets but you'd pay twice as much. Grocery Outlet also carries the Lady Lee brand.


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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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