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January 24, 2012
Save Mart celebrates 60 years in the biz

We start this week with a milestone for Save Mart - 60 years in the grocery biz. They opened their first store in Modesto on Jan. 17, 1952. To celebrate, the company is holding an online sweepstakes where one lucky winner will get free groceries for a year. (Works out to 52 $100 store gift cards). To enter, go to

Other prizes include weekly drawings for $500 in free groceries. If you're not planning on winning any contest, here's what we like this week:

At Save Mart: BOGO blueberries; apples for 57-cents a pound; oranges for 57 cents a pound; a 4-pack of avocado for $1.97 and tomatoes for 97-cents a pound. If you've got a craving for eggplant parmesean, the deep purple veg is 2/$3.

Petite sirloin roast is $2.99lb; bags of Gallo salame or pepperoni are 2/$7.

Hansen's Apple juice is $2.28 a jug and Bayview Farms OJ is $3.59 for 128 ounces. But 2 cans of Sunny Select diced tomatoes and get a free package of Sunnyside Farms shredded cheese. The brands challenge this week: buy Nabisco saltines and get a free box of Sunny Select crackers. Also, buy a can of Progresso soup and get a free can of Sunny Select chunky soup.

If you're clippin' Farmer John ham steaks are $1.49; Foster Farms chicken breast strips are $1.99; Johnsonville ground Italian sausage is $2.49 and Sunny Select tomato sauce is 5/$1.

Since we're talking years in the grocery biz, can't not mention Raley's, which has been around for 75 years. That's quite a feat for both companies!

This week, Raley's is advertising deal days - a special coupon for each day of the week. Wednesday: $1.99 for a case of water; 69-cent Cokes on Thursday; $1.49 for a bag of tomatoes on Friday; 99-cents for fresh mushrooms on Saturday; 99-cent salad blends on Sunday; $1.99 for Best Foods mayo on Monday and 99-cents for Nabisco crackers on Tuesday.

Other stuff we like: Nob Hill Trading Co. soups are $3.99 when you buy 2 or more; 12-packs of Coke are buy 2 - get 2 free. Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent is BOGO; Viva paper towels are $1.99 with coupon and Angel Soft tissue is $5.99 for 12-double rolls.

In produce, oranges are 79-cents a pound; yellow onions are 69-cents a pound and baby potatoes are 2 bags for $5. Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound.

In the bakery, dessert for 2 is BOGO and fresh baguettes are $1.89. If you are planning ahead, Raley's chefs are preparing Valentine's meals for 2. $39.99 for chicken & raviolil; $59.99 for Filet Mignon & crab. Both are $5 off if you order online.

Last stop is Safeway where Oscar Mayer lunchmeat is BOGO. Open Nature sandwich bread is $1.50 a loaf and Chips Ahoy! cookies or Nabisco saltines are BOGO, too.

In produce, apples are 99-cents a pound; salad blends are 2/$4; berries are 2/$5 and oranges are 99-cents a pound.

Those weekend sales continue. The $5 Friday only items include Hillshire Farm Lit'l smokies; deli ham off the bone or Provolone cheese; 2-pounds of strawberries and Safeway paper towels or bath tissue.

The Fri-Sunday sales include deli ham, turkey or American cheese for $4.99; Classico Pasta sauce for $1.79; fresh pineapple for $1.99 and Powerade for 69-cents. On $5 Monday, there's Seattle's Best Coffee and Minute Maid OJ.

Other stuff we like at Safeway: Oroweat English muffins or sandwich thins are BOGO; and cinnamon rolls in the bakery are $1.99 for 6.

In the $1 or less category, there's toothpase and mouthwash; tissue; Safeway soups and French wheat bread in the bakery. For $2 or less: Ultra detergent; OJ; baby peeled carrots and a bag of oranges.

That's about it for this 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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