Shop Cheap

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

October 11, 2011
Kitchen or not, we still have to shop

Nothing like a grease fire in the kitchen to put the kibosh cooking. You haven't lived until your refrigerator is moved to the garage, your morning coffee is in the laundry room and your kitchen resembles a scene from the TV show Dexter where everything is wrapped in plastic.

That's been Shop Cheap's world for the past 8 weeks, not counting the vacation in Southern California. So please forgive me for taking a two-week break. Still looking to Shop Cheap, but there's no cooking going on at my house.

Got to snap out of it, get back in the cart and go for the BOGO.

Here goes: Since we've been out of the loop, Sunflower Farmers Market has been added to the weekly Wednesday inserts. Now, you can compare Sprouts and Sunflower. The stores are so similar in what they carry, that price is about the only tipping point. This week Sunflower has the deal on corn on the cob - 8 for $1; celery - 88 cents each; and avocado 2/$1. Bananas are 88-cents a pound at both stores and seedless grapes are a steal at Sprouts at 69-cents a pound. At Sprouts you get $5 off with any purchase of $30 or more.

Over at Raley's, their 2-day sale Saturday and Sunday only, has avocado for 77-cents each; tomatoes on the vine for 77-cents a pound ad strawberries 2/$3. A case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.49 and there's a coupon for pizza - $3.99

A large eggs are $1.98 a dozen; Kellogg's cereal is $2 a box and Del Monte canned veggies and fruit are just 69-cents each. Buy 10 or more and get $3 off your next shopping trip. Sunnyside farms yogurt is 10/$5. An 89-oz. jug of Minute Maid OJ is $3.99; Swanson chicken broth is 5/$3.

Buy 3 or more produce items like Fresh Express salad; Mann's veggie medley, English cucumbers, Marie's salad dressing, baby potatoes or mushrooms and you pay only $1.49 each. If you want a treat from Apple Hill without making the trip, Barsotti Cider is $2.98.

I'll be in the deli, however, picking up the 8-piece chicken for $4.99 or at the Wok where you get one entree free when you buy 2.

Safeway is having a meat sale, but it does no good when your kitchen is out of commission so we are going to go for the BOGO Oscar Mayer lunchmeat. If we were cooking, we would snag the Eating Right boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.99lb and the New York strip steak for $4.99lb.

The washing machine still functions so the 50-oz Tide for $5.99 is a pretty good deal. Brawny towels and Charmin tissue are $5.99 with coupon as are paper plates and bowls. Safeway cleaners are $1.99.

Safeway has all those "day of the week" sales. This Friday, the $5 deals include the All-American sub sandwich; Foster Farms boneless, skinless breasts, Primo Taglio chicken breast and Nabisco Chips Ahoy! value pack.

The 3-day weekend sale has avacado for 88-cents each; lean ground beef for $2.99lb.; Pepsi and 7-UP are buy 2, get 2 free; Star Olive Oil is BOGO and Penguin Bistro Cake is $5.99 in the bakery.

Safeway also has a coupon for a complete meal for $9.99. It includes 1 skillet meal or family size meal; one appetizer or garlic bread and a pint of ice cream. Sounds good...if you have a stove available for cooking.

Safeway's own brand of coffee is $7.99 for a 34-oz container; Open Nature french bread is $1.69 a loaf and Safeway peanut butter is $2 a jar. Powerade is just 59-cents a bottle; Pepperide Farm cookies are BOGO. Classico pasta sauce is BOGO, too.

In produce, raspberries are BOGO, broccoli is 79-cents a pound and Scarlotta grapes are $1.99lb.

Save Mart, which advertises itself as an "indoor Farmers Market," has avocado for 50-cents each; Icebert lettuce for 47-cents a head; yellow peaches for 97-cents a pound and Earthbound Farm organic salads are BOGO. Limes are 10/$1; cantaloupe is 2/$5 and Gala apples are 97-cents a pound.

A pound of Golden Grain pasta is free when you buy 2 jars of Ragu at 2/$3. In the coupon corner, Foster Farms chicken strips are $1.99; stuffed chicken breasts are $2.99 and a 5lb bag of Hinode rice is $2.99.

On Monday only, chicken tenders are $3.99 in the deli

Save Mart is still offering the 5-cents per gallon fuel discount and this week you get bonus points if you buy Bertolli pasta sauce or spaghetti and Sunnyside Farms grated parmesean.

 Shop Cheap will return next week with an update on the kitchen project and how much take-out we had for dinner.


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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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