Shop Cheap

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

January 3, 2012
2012 - time to simplify the shopping

I know grocery gurus mean well, but how about just one sale that lasts all week? Can't handle the Friday Only this and the Saturday-Sunday that. The only day that doesn't have a special sale designation is Tuesday. Time to simplify the savings, please.

Safeway is the store with a special just about every day. There's the Wednesday ad; the 3-day (Friday-Sunday) specials; the $5 Friday only specials; the Monday Madness specials and the Wednesday-Sunday $10 reward coupon for shopping. How is a busy shopper suppose to keep it all straight? Here goes:

For the weekly specials we like the Mix & Match meat sale. Buy 1 item, get another free...the classic BOGO. Choices are London broil; bonelss skinless chicken parts; boneless pork chops and 93% lean ground beef. In the regular BOGO buys, there are blueberries and blackberries; Fresh Express salads; Open Nature breads; Safeway apple juice; brown rice; Post Honey Bunches of Oats; 3lb bags of apples and Safeway Kitchens whole wheat bread.

The $5 Friday specials include Whole Roasted Chicken; Boston Cream Cake in the bakery; 24-pack of Pepsi and a box of California Clementines. Add to that the Friday-Sunday specials and you can pick up Progresso soups - buy 2, get 3 free; Yuban or Maxwell House coffee for $7.99; sliced turkey or cheese in the deli for $5.99lb; Lucerne butter for $2.50 and BOGO Quaker Oats. When $5 Monday comes around, there's a 20-pack of Coke; Signature Cafe pizza; Snapple and Jumbo Diapers!

There are plenty of coupons, but no outstanding bargains.

Over at Save Mart, there's a Mix and Match 5 for $25 meat sale. Items include Foster Farms boneless breast fillets; ground turkey and skinless chicken breasts. Also, lean ground beef; boneless New York steaks; boneless pork chops and ribs. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

Other stuff we like at Save Mart: BOGO strawberries and single serve salads. Bell peppers and cucumbers are 3/99-cents; tangerines are 69-cents a pound and baby lemons or limes are 6/96-cents. 5 pound bags of apples are $3.97. Tomatoes on the vine are $1.99 for a 14oz package.

Sunnyside Farm yogurt is 10/$5; Oroweat sandwich thins are BOGO and Nabisco saltines are 3/$5.

Save Mart has an interesting BOGO offer, which challenges shoppers to purchase a name brand item and get the same item in their brand for free. Choices include a Colgate toothbrush; Quaker instant oatmeal and Quaker Oats.

Bohemian Hearth bread is back under $2 a loaf. On Mondays, you can get chicken tenders in the deli for $3.99lb.

Raley's 2-day weekend sale includes cherries for $2.49lb; Fresh Express salads for 50% off and Russet potatoes 4lbs for $1.

Weekly specials that we like: boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.88lb and boneless pork chops for $2.99lb. Progresso soups are $1 a can; Nob Hill gourmet soups are $4 in the deli.

An 18oz container of blueberries is $4.99 and large oranges are 79-cents a pound.

Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.99 a box. Coupons worth clipping include Jif peanut butter for $2; Lean Cuisine for $1.88 and Lunchables for $1.69.

That's the skinny on this week's ads. Hopefully, it won't be so complicated next 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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