Shop Cheap

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

February 14, 2012
Get shopping, it's a 3-day weekend

If the springlike weather that has been with us most of the winter lasts, it's going to be a wonderful 3-day weekend. Why not shop early so that you can enjoy the downtime? And if you need help, just keep reading. Shop Cheap will help you fill your cart with fresh savings.

We're starting with Save Mart because they have launched a fund-raising campaign to help keep Sacramento's neighborhood swimming pools open this summer. Shop there and you'll be helping, too. For more information, go to

Here's what we like. Asparagus is 99-cents a pound; green onions, radishes or cilantro are 4/$1 and bananas are 39-cents a pound next Monday only. Save Mart has other daily sales that they are advertising like a dozen eggs for 69 cents today only Bayview Farms OJ for 99 cents on Friday and Kellogg's corn flakes or General Frosted Toast Crunch for $1.49 on Saturday only.

For $9.99, you can get a rotisserie chicken meal, which includes the chicken (duh!); deli salad and bread. Should feed a family of 4.

Oroweat breads and muffins are BOGO; a case of Sunny Select drinking water is $2.88 and the "buy a national brand get our brand free" includes Lay's Kettle chips and Advil. An 89-oz jug of Florida's Natural OJ is $3.99. If you're clippin', Campbell's tomato and chicken noodle soups are 2/$1; Sunny Select albacore tuna is $1 a can; Sunny Select pasta is 88-cents a box.

Produce deals include tomatoes for 69-cents a pound; mangos for $1 each; blackberries are BOGO; kiwi fruit is 4/$1 and iceberg lettuce is 69-cents a head. Red, white or Yukon gold potatoes are 69-cents a pound and fresh cabbage is 49-cents a pound.

Hopping over to Raley's, we find a sweet 2-day (Saturday & Sunday only) sale. 16-oz. containers of strawberries for $1.50 and large avocados 2/$1.

Other sweet savings include, hot house tomatoes for 99-cents a pound and red seedless grapes for $1.29lb. Buy o loaf of Pulgiese bread in the bakery and get a free jar of Smucker's preserves. Or, how about a case of Crystal Geyser spring water for $3.49 and sparkling mineral water for 89-cents a bottle.

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are $1.99lb. Wishbone salad dressing is $1 a bottle; Bush's beans are $1 a can and Quaker cereals are $2 a box.

Safeway is advertising the Mix & Match BOGO meat sale, which includes London broil; pork ribs; boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs and tenders; and lean ground beef. Some of their organic produce has dropped in price. Oranges are 99-cents a pound; broccoli is 2/$3 an dheirloom tomatoes are $2.99lb.

Even Dave's Killer Breads are $1 cheaper, only $3.99. But you've really got to want to try it to pay nearly $4 a loaf. On the other hand, Open Nature breads and buns are BOGO. Nature's Pride bread is BOGO, too. And if you like little donuts, try the buttermilk bites in the bakery for $1.99.

Seedless grapes are 99-cents a pound; whole or sliced mushrooms are BOGO, too. Lots of other produce is 99-cents or less, like cantaloupe, pears, grapefruit, apples, zucchini and bell peppers. O Organic salad blends are 2/$5 and Arrowhead water is $3.50 a case.

Arm & Hammer detergent is BOGO; Safeway cleaning products are $1.99 each.

There's lots to clip this week. Here's what we like best: Quaker Oatmeal squares cereal for $1.99; La Tortilla Factory hand-made tortillas for $1.69; Eating Right of Safeway Select meals for $1,79; Signature Cafe soup for $3.49; Klonkide bars for $2.49 and Lucerne shredded cheese for $1.79. Other stuff: Kleenex for 99-cents and Safeway trash bags for $5.99.

Powerade is 79-cents a bottle; Lays and Doritos are buy 2, get 2 free; and 7-UP or Pepsi liters are 99-cents each. If you are on a soda and cracker diet, this is your week. Buy 2-12 packs of Coke products and get 2 more free, plus a free box of Nabisco snack crackers.

The Friday only $5 stuff includes Black Forest ham or swiss cheese in the deli; Safeway Select coffee; 24-oz container of blueberries and a 4-pack of cake slices in the bakery.

Friday-Sunday highlights are tomatoes for 99-cents a pound; Prego sauce for $1.49 and Chicken of the Sea tuna for 69-cents. If you are in the neighborhood on Monday, stop in for the $5 package of bath tissue or paper towels.

That's it for this week, shoppers.


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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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