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

September 6, 2011
Raley's takes the time to remember

It's one of those weeks when it's tough to think about grocery shopping, especially with much of the world focusing on what happened 10 years ago and remembering the 9/11 tragedies. With that in mind, we congratulate Raley's for making a small, but kind, gesture to all military, police, firefighters and paramedics this weekend - a free cup of coffee.

Moving forward, we do have specials to mention. Starting at Raley's, there's a Mix & Match sale on everything from Bisquick to General Mills cereal and Chex Mix. Buy 10 and each item will cost you $1.50. For 99-cents a pound, you can get seedless grapes, pears, vine-ripe tomatoes and broccoli.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb and cross-rib steak or roast is $2.99lb. Raley's has a new take-and-bake family size stuffed crust pepperoni pizza for $9.99 and garlic and cheese breadsticks for $3.99. Sliced Italian salame is $4.49 and a 2-pack of sweet or sourdough Frenchettes is $1.88.

If you're clipping, Dreyer's fruit bars are $2.50; DiGiorno pizza is $3.99; Iron Kids bread is $1.69 a loaf and Powerade is 69-cents. A 1-pound container of strawberries is $2.50 and a 4-pack of artisan lettuce is $1.99.

If you're craving chocolate cake, a single layer Fudge Supreme is $5.99.

Safeway has a lot going on, a little too much in Shop Cheap's opinion. There's the Buy 5, Save $5 Mix & Match sale. Then there's the $5 Friday only sale and the 2-Day, Saturday and Sunday sale. Then you've got your coupons!!!

Here are the highlights: Foster Farms whole chickens are 89-cents a pound; Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken is $5.99. Blueberries and raspberries are BOGO; nectarines are 99-cents a pound; bananas are 69-cents a pound and Dulcinea melons are $3.99 each. Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound.

Lucerne light yogurt is 10/$5; Yoplait Greek yogurt is 4/$5 and Open Nature cream top yogurt is 69-cents. A 12-pack of Activia yogurt is $4.99.

If you're couponing, here are some hot ones: Welch's grape juice for $1.99; bakery cookies for $2.49; large containers of Maxwell House or Yuban coffee for $7.99; 18 large eggs for $2.99 and Lucerne sliced cheese for $2.49. Household items include Gain dish soap for $1.99; Cascade dish detergent tablets for $4.99 and Mennen or Lady Speed Stick deodorant for $1.49.

The $5 Friday offerings include a family size Signature Cafe pizza; a pound of Primo Taglio ham or turkey breast; Safeway Select extra virgin olive oil; a bouquet of flowers or Northern bath tissue and Thirsty paper towels.

That 2-day sale includes buy 2 jars of Ragu, get 3 free;  Planters peanuts for $3.99; Oreo cookies for $1.99 and a single layer cake for $3.99.

There's a new soup in town, Autumn Harvest Butternut Squash for $3.49.

In the bakery, a 4-pack of muffins is $2.50 and a loaf of artisan dinner or focaccia bread is $2.99.

If you're packing lunches, PowerBars are 99-cents each; a case of refreshe water is $3.33 and Safeway Kitchens or Butter Top breads are $1.99 a loaf.

Save Mart has boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99 a pound; petite sirloin roasts for $2.49lb and frozen turkeys for $5.99 each.

In produce, whole seedless watermelon is $2.97 each; raspberries are BOGO; grapes are $1.67lb; corn is 3/$1; bell peppers are 50-cents each; iceberg lettuce is 97-cents each and tomatoes are 97-cents a pound.

If you're clippin', 6-packs of Powerade are 2/$3; Busseto sliced salame is $3.99 and Oscar Mayer lunchmeat is $2.49 a pack. Get Chips Ahoy! cookies for $1.99 Friday-Sunday.

Golden Grain pasta is $1 a box; Sara Lee breads are $2.50 a loaf and MJB coffee is $6.99 for a jumbo tin.

Be sure to check out the recipes in the Save Mart ad. This week they are featuring Enchilada Skillet; a kid's calzone and Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots.

Sprouts simply has the best produce prices around. Check it out: seedless grapes for 88-cents a pound; large cantaloupe for 69-cents each; peaches and nectarines for 69-cents a pound; avocado for 99-cents and bell peppers or cucumbers 3/$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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