Shop Cheap

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

August 2, 2011
Shopping for bargains starts here

Shop Cheap is feeling feisty this week. Don't know why.

There are lots of inserts in Wednesday's paper. You won't find a selection like this anywhere: Sam's Club, Target, the Grocery Outlet, Sprouts, Food Source, Smart & Final and the IGA markets in the area. And we still have the Big Three - Raley's, Safeway and Save Mart. Shop Cheap is sharing what she likes from the Big Three. If you have other suggestions, feel free to join the comments.

Raley's is featuring a Mix & Match sale that's a BOGO, too. That includes ribs, steaks and chops - buy one package and get the other pack free. Not a bad deal. They also have fresh Atlantic salmon fillets for $6.99lb. Fresh cooked shrimpmeat is $3.99lb. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound.

In produce, they are bringing out the heirloom tomatoes for $2.99lb; blueberries for $3.99 in an 18-oz container and Bartlett pears for 59-cents a pound. White corn on the cob is 5/$2 and cantaloupe is 2/$4.

Raley's has a good Gatorade coupon - 78-cents each (limit 4) Also, Tillamook shredded cheese is $1.99.

An 18-pack of eggs is $2.78 and a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper is buy 2, get 2 free. If you like Quaker Quakes, buy 5 or more and they are $1 each; Buy $30 or more in Procter & Gamble products (Tide, Charmin, Bounty, Cascade) and get a $10 off coupon for you next visit.

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

At Save Mart, large, red cherries are $1.67lb; white corn on the cob is 3/99-cents and peaches are 97-cents a pound. Grapes are $1.67lb and tomatoes are 97-cents a pound.

Pork spareribs are $1.77lb; tri-tip or sirloin roasts are $2.97lb and boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99 a pound in the max pack. Atlantic salmon fillets are $6.99.

Save Mart is advertising a Mix & Match back to school special,. Only problem is you have to purchase 6 items to get the discount. If you like to buy in bulk, it includes Kellogg's cereal and crackers, Sunshine crackers and Keebler cookies.

Minute Maid OJ is $1.88 a jug and Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.99 a loaf.

Buy a rotisserie chicken in the deli and get a free salad.

Over at Safeway, they are getting you in the store with corn on the cob 6/$1, nectarines and pears for 99-cents a pound.

During the 4-day weekend sale, spend $75 or more at the checkout and get a coupon worth $10 off groceries. The 4-day sale includes Nabisco snack crackers for $1.99; Mayo for $1.99 and BOGO Oscar Mayer lunchmeat or hot dogs.

Boneless whole porkloin is $1.99lb; boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs or combo pack is $1.99lb and Hillshire Farm smoked sausage is $2.99.

Safeway Kitchen butter top breads are 2/$3; Lay's chips are BOGO and milk is still a high-priced item at $3.09 a gallon - when you buy 2.

Speaking of beverages, their Safeway's mix & match sale gives you 50-cents off each item when you buy 10 or more. Brands include Aquafina and refreshe water; Propel and Gatorade; 2-liter Pepsi and a 20-pack of Coke.

Coupons include Welch's juice cocktail for $1.99; Almond Breeze milk for $2.49 and Kraft string cheese for $3.99.

You'll save $5 instantly when you buy $15 worth of frozen foods like Breyer's ice cream, Eggo waffles, DiGiorno pizza and Drumsticks.

The $5 Friday only specials this week include: Signature Cafe 8-piece chicken; a twin pack of Cheerios; Safeway Select marinated meats and 2-pounds of fresh blueberries.

If you're looking to give Sprouts (formerly Henry's) a try, check out their produce. Cherries are $1.77lb; asparagus is $1.77lb; pears are 4 pounds for $1 and green onions, radishes or cilantro are 4/$1..


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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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