Shop Cheap

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

August 23, 2011
Stop here before you shop

As we enjoy the last lazy days of August, we are fortunate to still have a bounty of fruit and vegetables at the supermarket. From BOGO melons at Safeway to bunches of bananas at Raley's and  sweet grapes at Save Mart, we are quite lucky.

Here's what Shop Cheap likes this week:

Safeway has the previously mentioned BOGO melons - watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. They also ahve tomatoes on the vine for 99-cents; navel oranges for 99-cents and big baskets of blueberries for $3.99. Green onions and radishes are 2/$1.

Weekend sale items worth noting include Signature Cafe family size pizza for $7.99; deli counter meats and cheese for $3.99 and mayo for $2.49.

Fresh Foster Farms whole chickens are 79-cents a pound. Lloyds snack rack ribs - a new item at Safeway - are BOGO. Ball Park franks are BOGO, too.

Safeway Kitchens sandwich breads are $1.99 a loaf when you buy 2. Lots of liquids on sale. Powerade is 49 cents a bottle if you buy 10 or more; refreshe water is $3.33 a case and liters of 7-UP and Pepsi are 99 cents when you buy 4.

Angel food cake in the bakery is $2.50.

The Friday only $5 specials include Signature Cafe chicken tenders; strawberry cheesecake; Ball Park angus beef hot dogs in the 2lb pack and Tide detergent.

Raley's has an interesting twist to advertising. To get their 2-day specials (Saturday and Sunday only) you must sign up at and print out a special coupon. If you do that, you get cantaloupe, Fresh Express salad and a 5lb bag of Sierra gold potatoes for $1 each.

Coupons in the paper - no online printing necessary - include Arrownead water for $3.50 a case; Tropicana OJ for $2.49 and 8-packs of Gatorade for $3.99.

Coke 12-packs are buy 2, get 2 free. Hansen's apple juice is $1.99 a jug.

Foster Farms split chicken breasts are 99-cents a pound; Grab and Go sandwiches in the deli are buy 2, get 1 free; fresh baked cake squares are buy 2, get 1 free.

In produce, we like white peaches or nectarines for $1.49 a pound; Roma tomatoes for 69-cents a pound; bananas for 68-cents a pound and seedless grapes for $1.59lb.

Save Mart is the place to shop on Saturday if you like green, seedless grapes. They're 37 cents a pound. Also on Saturday, fresh salmon fillets for $5.99lb.

Weekly sales include seedless watermelon for $2.97; limes 10/$1 and Bartlett pears for 67-cents a pound. Grape tomatoes are BOGO..

Country-style pork ribs are $1.99lb. Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.69 a loaf. Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.33 a case. Minute Maid lemonade or fruit punch is $1 a carton.

Cinnamon rolls are $2.99 in the bakery and french baguettes are $1.29 each

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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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