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

January 17, 2012
Get your game day groceries

Tip No. 1: If you are shopping for goodies for Sunday's NFC Championship game, do so on Friday or Saturday. Do not go to the grocery store before the game on Sunday. That's when all the chips & beer people do their shopping.

Tip No. 2: If you have no interest whatsoever in football, go shopping after 3:30 on Sunday. You will have the store to yourself. There won't be any snack foods, but that's a small price to pay.

Tip No. 3: Read this, save money.:

Safeway and Save Mart both are advertising blueberries - buy 1, get 2 free. Final cost at Safeway is $7.98 for 3- 6oz containers, which isn't a huge bargain. Save Mart has both blueberries and blackberries at the buy 1, get 2 free price. But guess what, you'd be better off get one 18oz container at Raley's for $3.99.

Need cereal? Safeway's mix&match sale is 4 boxes for $10. Oroweat Italian or Safeway Kitchen breads are $2 a loaf; Open Nature English muffins are $2 a pack.

In produce, Fresh Express salads are 99-cents a bag; bell peppers are 99-cents each and oranges are 69-cents a pound. Large avocados are $1.50 each - they're cheaper by 50-cents at Save Mart.

Safeway has coupons - more than a page worth - so we are only going to hit the highlights. Minute Maid OJ in the 89-oz bottle is $3.99; 2-liter Canada Dry ginger ale or 7-Up is 88-cents; Pantene hair care is $3.49; Listerine mouthwash is $3.99 and Ultra detergent is $3.49.

The $5 Friday specials are: 8-piece chicken; a pound of cooked shrimp; a pound of Sara Lee deli meat or cheese; Raspberry-Almond Bistro cake in the bakery; and 24-packs of Pepsi. The 3-day, Friday-Sunday sale has chicken tenders for $5.99; BOGO boxes of jumbo cookies; a case of refreshe water for $2.99 and grape tomatoes for 99-cents.

If you're having a group over, check out the Safeway insert.There you will find even more coupons like sandwich rolls for $1.49; Safeway OJ for  $3.49; Mission flour tortillas for $1.79 and $5 off Deli party trays. Ball Park Franks and Hillshire Farm smoked sausage and Ruffles chips are BOGO.

Heading over to Save Mart, their 3-day weekend sale has extra large raw prawns for $6.97lb; fresh asparagus for 99-cents a pound and 8-piece fried chicken for $5.99. Buy 3 boxes of Kelloggs cereal, bars or crackers for $9 and get a free case of Nestle or Arrowhead water.

If you're making guac on Sunday, get the avocado at Save Mart where they are $1 each. Green onions, cilantro, radishes or parsley are 2/$1 and apples are 97-cents a pound.

Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.99 a loaf; Tropicana OJ is $2.88. Save Mart continues to promote the national brand challenge. Buy a 67-oz bottle of La Victoria salsa and get a 70oz bottle of the Sunny Select brand for free. The same goes for Rosarita refries.

If you're clippin', Barilla pasta sauce is $1.98; Sunny Select apple juice is 2/$3 and cans of chili are 99-cents.

In the bakery, a container of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies is $3.99 and fresh Sourdough is $2.99.

Last stop on our weekly shopping tour is Raley's. If you are planning on some meaty meals, check out their mix&match sale. Select packages of pork, beef, chicken and shrimp are BOGO. Raley's also has an entire supplement on Chinese New Year.

Coupons include Campbell's Select Harvest soup for 99-cents; Marie Callender's or Healthy Choice meals foar $1.89 and Gatorade for 89-cents.

In produce, Fuji apples are 99-cents a pound; oranges are 69-cents a pound; asparagus is $1.99lb and bananas are 68-cents a pound. Tomatoes on the vine are $1.98lb and avocados are 4/$5.

That's it for this week. Go Niners!!! 


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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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