Shop Cheap

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

November 1, 2011
Attention, shoppers: It's T-Day minus 21 and counting

Three weeks, shoppers! That's all we have until Thanksgiving. Hardly seems possible, but take a look at the grocery inserts and you'll know we aren't fooling around here. Can't bring myself to even consider the holiday but if you want to, go right ahead. Safeway is making it easy by inserting a special ad with prices good through Nov. 24, T-Day.

For the rest of the shoppers, we'll ease into Thanksgiving with a few tips then get serious in a couple of weeks. Until then, here's what's on sale this week.

Raley's is big on the BOGO. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cross rib roast, New York steak and spareribs. All are buy one package, get one free. Other BOGOs include avocado and pomegranates.

Minute Maid OJ is $3.99 for a 89-oz jug. You can earn a $5 Raley's gift card when you spend $20 or more on frozen foods, like Klonkide bars, Breyers ice cream, Bertolli and PF Chang's meals.

Rosarita refries are $1 a can; Rice-a-Roni or Pasta Roni is $1 a box and S&W tomatoes are 99-cents a can.

Fresh berries are 2/$5. A case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.33.

Save Mart has boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.77lb. Foster Farms fresh half breasts are BOGO. Fresh salmon fillets are $5.99lb.

Minute Maid OJ is 2/$5; Dole juice blends are 2/$4. Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.99 a loaf and Sara Lee deli rolls are $2.69 for six. Progresso soups are BOGO. Nestle is sponsoring a Mix&Match sale where you get $5 back instantly if you buy 10 participating products. They include a case of Nestle drinking water; Buitoni refrigerated pastas; Dreyer's ice cream and Lean Cuisine meals.

The deals in produce include avocado 2/$1; asparagus for $1.97lb; Roma tomatoes for 79-cents a pound; pomegranates 2/$3 and berries 2/$5.

In the deli on Mondays, whole rotisserie chickens are $4.99 each.

Shop at Safeway and get a $10 reward coupon if you spend $75 or more on groceries. To hit the $75, consider Foster Farms whole chicken for 79-cents a pound; BOGO Smithfield bacon and Jennie-O ground turkey.

In produce, tomatoes on the vine are 99-cents a pound; asparagus is $1.69lb and pineapple is BOGO. Cucumbers are 79-cents each and baby peeled carrots are 2 bags for $3.

Safeway Kitchen sliced bread is $2 a loaf. Chobani Greek yogurt is $1; Yoplait is 10/$6.

The best of the BOGOs are: Cheez-It and Club crackers; Star olive oil; Swanson's broth and Trident gum.

In the bakery, wheat French bread is $1.69 a loaf and Vanilla Bean or Red Velvet cakes are $7.99.

The best of the Friday only $5 specials are sliced ham, turkey or Muenster cheese in the deli; a box of Satsuma Mandarins and a 20-pack of Coke.

Perhaps, the best produce deals are at the Sunflower and Sprouts stores. At Sunflower, a pound os asparagus is 99-cents. Lemons are 3/$1; berries are $2 a carton and apples are 99-cents a pound. Onions, avocado and Roma tomatoes are all 88-cents a pound.

At Sprouts, seedless grapes are 69-cents a pound; apples are 88-cents a pound; berries are $2.50 a basket and baby carrots are 88-cents a bag.

One last reminder: We turn back the clocks on Saturday night!

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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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