Shop Cheap

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

August 16, 2011
We're carting off the fruits and veggies

Get out the fruit bowl, we're going to load it up with berries, nectarines, cantaloupe and some seedless watermelon.

Here's what Shop Cheap likes this week:

At Safeway, you can get nectarines for 99-cents a pound; cantaloupe for $1 each and BOGO raspberries. Bartlett pears are 99 cents a pound. On the produce side, bell peppers are 2/$1 and if you buy 3 items like Fresh Express salads, baby carrots or baby bella 'rooms, you get $1 off each item instantly.

The 4-day sale is so-so this week. For back to school lunches, there's the Nabisco tray packs of cookies for $3.49; Lucerne butter for $2.99 and Safeway SELECT or Open Nature pizza for $2.99.

Following up on the lunches, butter top breads are BOGO; CapriSun drinks are $1.49 when you buy 3 and Hostess muffins and Home Pride breads are BOGO.

Boneless skinless chicken breasts, thighs or combo pack is $1.99lb; whold roasted chickens are $5.99 and Signature Cafe chicken tenders are $4.99. Got to take out a loan to buy milk. It's $3.09 a gallon (when you buy 2) but soda is buy 2, get 2 free?

Coupons include Del Monte fruit cups for $1.69; Mission tortilla chips for $1.49 and 100 calorie snack packs for $1.75. String cheese is $3.99 and Nestlie cookie dough is $1.99.

Safeway artisan French bread is $1.79 a loaf and fresh Danish is $4.99 for 10. The sandwich meal deal in the deli is pretty good. Regular size sandwich, chips and soda for $5.

The Friday only $5 specials include a really huge sub sandwich; Lucerne chunk cheese and whipped cream cakes in the bakery.

Raley's has a Saturday&Sunday only sale where corn on the cob is 12-cents each; Fresh Express salads are 89-cents each and premium ground beef patties are $1.99 a pound.

An 18-oz. container of blueberries is $3.99; seedless watermelon is $3.99 and cherries are $3.49lb. Organic heirloom tomatoes are $2.99lb.

If you clip, Aquafina water is $3.69 a case; Fritos are $1.50; Oscar Mayer dogs and ham are $2 and Northern bath tissue is $5.99.

Got a couple of good of BOGOs this week: Cheesecake in the bakery and Melita coffee filters.

If you have a pet, Raley's is advertising a 4-week sale for Spot. Everything from Iams dog food to Happy Hips treats..

The meal deal in the Raley's deli includes an all-beef hot dog; kettle chips and a soda for $3.99.

Save Mart will get you cookin' with BOGO chicken breasts and whole chickens for 79-cents a pound. Beef back ribs are $1.37 in the max pak. Salmon filets are $6.99 and red snapper is $5.99.

Spend $50 or more and get a free bag of Taylor Farms salad and get a free 18-pack of eggs when you buy 5 boxes of Quaker cereals. (Works out to $1.79 a box).

2 pounds of Driscolls blueberries are $4.97; Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound; green beans are 99-cents a pound and fresh squash is 97-cents a pound. Bell peppers and cucumbers are 50-cents each.

Coupons include Minute Maid coolers for $1.77 and Farmer John links for 99-cents.

During dollar days, you can get Golden Grain pasta; Del Monte ketchup and Quaker value packs for $1. For $2, it's Krispy crackers; E.L. Fudge cookies and Arrowhead Water.

Healthy Balance juice drinks are 3/$5; a case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $2.99 and Gatorade is 75-cents.

A dozen eggs is $1.69; Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 10/$5. Michelina's Zap'ems are 88-cents each.

If Sprouts is in your neighborhood, you can load up on fresh fruit and produce. Blueberries are 88-cents a container; bananas are 49-cents a pound. Nectarines and plums are 88-cents a pound. On the veggie side, bell peppers are 49-cents each; broccoli or cauliflower is 88-cents a pound and a pack of mushrooms is 88 cents. Red or green leaf lettuce is 88-cents.

Think that will do it for this week. 


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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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