Shop Cheap

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

November 29, 2011
Take a holiday from holiday shopping

Thanksgiving went by in plates full of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie. Then there was that turkey of a football game after dinner!

We only have about a week until holiday food shopping kicks up again, so enjoy this brief respite. If you like Dungeness crab, this could be your week to get crackin'. The boats have left the harbor  and at Safeway, they are banking on the catch because in their ad Dungeness is BOGO.

The other deal we like at Safeway is the $10 reward coupon you get if you spend $75 or more on groceries. Maybe that $10 off will make up for the price of milk - $3.19 a gallon for Dairy Glen. Lucerne is even more.

Other highlights at Safeway this week: Braeburn and Fuji apples are 88-cents a pound; Texas grapefruit is 3/$1 and bags of mini-peeled carrots are 99-cents each. Bananas are 79-cents a pound and oranges are 99-cents a pound.

The daily and weekend specials are plentiful. On $5 Fridays, there's lobster tail; Signature Cafe Meatloaf and Family Size pizza; Foster Farms party wings; a 5-lb box of Clementines and Safeway Select strawberry Boston cream cakes.

The $5 Monday offerings include that lobster tail again; a 20-pack of Coke and 2 bags of chocolate kettlecorn.

The weekend specials include fresh baked cookies 2/$5; a box of fire logs for $12.99; Nabisco snack crackers and cookies for $1.99 a box and seedless grapes for 99-cents a pound.

Coke 12-packs are buy 2, get 2 2 free bags of "Snack Artist" chips. A case of refreshe water is $2.99; Chobani Greek yogurt is $1 a cup and Campbell's Chunky soups are 2/$3. Rosarita refries are $1 a can; Mission tortillas are $1.49 with coupon and taco seasoning mix is 69-cents. Buy 2 packs of Johnsonville sausage and get a free loaf of Artisan French bread from the bakery. Buy 2 jars of Classico pasta sauce and get a 3rd free.

If you're clipping coupons, check out Ritz Crackers for $1.99; Oscar Mayer deli tubs for $2.49; CapriSun drinks for $1.79 and Oreo cookies for $2.28. San Francisco sourdough bread is $1.99 a loaf; Signature Cafe soups are $3.49 and Star olive oil is $4.99. 6-packs of 7-Up are $1.99; Blue Diamond almonds are $1.99 a can and Eating Right slenders are $1.99. Lucerne large eggs in the 18-pack are $1.99.

Safeway and Kraft foods are offering a pre-filled bag of groceries for $10. All purchases will go to local food banks.

At Raley's boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.88lb and boneless crossrib roast is $2.99lb. Avocados are $1 each; Clementines are $2.99 for a 3lb box and Holiday seedless grapes are $1.79lb. Pears are 79-cents a pound. Hothouse tomatoes are $1.99lb and Kiwi is 99-cents a pound.

Coupons worth clipping include a case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $2.99; Chicken of the Sea chunk light tuna for 50-cents; Hormel chili for 99-cents and Eggo waffles for $1.99.

Campbell's soups are 5/$4; Stella shredded or shaved parmesan is $2.50 and a dozen eggs are $1.48.

And in the spirit of the season, Raley's announced Tuesday that it will donate more than 125,000 pounds of meat, chicken and ham to help feed the hungry. The West Sacramento based store is working with local food banks to distribute the food.

Save Mart has the deal of the week on bananas at 47-cents a pound. Other produce prices are pretty good, too. Fresh green beans are 99-cents a pound; bell peppers and cucumbers are 33-cents each; small lemons and limes are 10/$1 and tomatoes on the vine are $1.99lb. Pomegranates are 2/$3 and 5lb bags of apples are $3.99.

Sunny Select party size lasagne is $8.99; cans of diced tomatoes are buy 1, get 2 free; and coupons worth clipping include Barilla pasta sauce 2/$4; Barilla pasta 88-cents and Tyson entrees for $2.99. Other good coupons: Tropicana OJ in the 89oz jug is $2.99; C&H sugar is $1.99.

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

Be sure to check out the Save Mart recipes. Monterey white mushrooms are 2/$5 and the Mushroom "Risotto" with Feta recipe is free.

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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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