Shop Cheap

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

February 28, 2012
King-sized savings are a slam dunk

Shop Cheap knows that anything with "Kings" in the headline climbs to the top of the keyword charts, so we are jumping on that shopping cart while it's still hot. Who knows, the Maloofs are going to need to Shop Cheap so they can afford those arena payments. Gavin, Joe, George - start clippin'! The "Shop Cheap Arena" has a nice ring...don't you think?

But seriously, shoppers, there's lots to cheer about at the grocery store this week. It's a good time to buy breakfast items, meat and fresh produce. Here's what we like:

Save Mart is advertising a "5 packages of meat (chicken and fish included) for $25" sale. Examples: boneless New York steak; boneless pork ribs; ground turkey; boneless, skinless chicken breasts and raw prawns. Also on the table, rock cod fillets and Dover sole fillets for $5.99lb. Cooked shrimp meat is $4.99lb.

The "7 daily coupons" include eggs for 69-cents on Wednesday; OJ for 99-cents on Friday; Kellogg's and General Mills cereal for $1.49 on Saturday and bananas for 39-cents a pound on Monday. Other coupons worth mentioning: Sunny Select tomatoes 2/$1; Prego pasta sauce 2/$3; Barilla pasta 99-cents; Hansen's apple juice $1.99 and Farmer John ham steaks for $1.49.

Michelina's frozen entrees are 88 cents each; Weight Watchers Smart Ones entrees are buy 5, get 1 free and Sunny Select frozen waffles are $1.79.

Progresso soups and Tostitos chips are BOGO; Crystal Geyser water is $3.33 a case and Powerade is $1 a bottle. Sunnyside Farms has its own brand of Greek yogurt for $1 and regular yogurt for 50-cents a cup.

In produce, apples and pears are 97-cents a pound. Pints of grape tomatoes and packaged salad blends are BOGO. 'Chokes and bell peppers are 69-cents each; berries are 2/$5. Sierra gold or Sierra rose potatoes are $2.50 for a 5lb. bag.

Raley's has more than 1,900 daily deals. Some are good; others not so much. Our favorites are bananas for 68-cents a pound; fresh baguettes for $1.88 and a dozen eggs for $1.48.

They will also have you clippin' this week with Kellogg's kids cereal for $1.99; tortilla chips for $1.39; Dennison's chili for 89-cents and a case of Aquafina water for $3.49.

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are $2.99lb; Raley's own brand of fresh pork - chops or roast - is BOGO; and cooked salad shrimp is $4.99lb.

In produce, a bag of Tesoro tomatoes is $2.49; broccoli is 79-cents a pound and strawberries are $1.99. Lemons and limes are 4/$1; bell peppers and cucumbers are 2/$1 and those Sierra Gold or Rose potatoes are the same price - $2.50 for 5 pounds.

Looking for a quick meal, chicken strips in the deli are $5.99; homestyle meatloaf is $6.98 and sesame chicken skewers and potstickers are buy 2, get 1 free.

If you're craving donuts and just a little one will do, donut holes are BOGO in the bakery.

Take a deep breath before plowing through the Safeway ad, or just let Shop Cheap do it for you. It's a 10-pager this week with 4-day sales; $5 Fridays; a page of coupons and a $10 reward coupon when you spend $75 or more.

First, the coupons. General Mills cereal for $1.99; 7-UP and Pepsi for 88-cents; Oscar Mayer lunchmeat for $2.49 and 4lbs of Safeway sugar for $2.49. Then there's the Mennen or Lady Speed stick for $1.49; $1 off PediaSure and Safeway tissue for 99-cents. Other clip-worthy coupons: Jiff for $2.49; mayo for $2.49; Lucerne sliced cheese for $1.99; Hunt's canned tomatoes or sauce for 89-cents; Kellogg's frosted mini wheats for $1.99 and Safeway salsa for $1.99.

Under the coupons, you'll find the BOGOs - verything from Safeway Kitchens wheat bread to Guerrero tortillas to brown rice for cooking and crispy rice for breakfast.

The Friday-Monday specials include BOGO bacon and Thomas' English muffins; Kellogg's cereals for $1.99; Yoplait 10/$6; Progresso vegetable soup for 99-cents; a 12-pack of Lipton tea for $3.99 and whole roasted chicken for $5.99.

If you're a $5 Friday shopper, put Signature Cafe pizza, a family pack of Activia yogurt, Hormel pork tenderloins and a cream pie from the bakery on your list.

Got cookie duty this week? A container of 50 cookies is $5 in the bakery. A package of Ghiaradelli baking chips is $3. You decide!

In produce, apples are 88-cents a pound; avocado is 77-cents; large lemon are 2/$1 and yellow onions are 99-cents a pound.

That's it for this week. Happy shopping.





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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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