Shop Cheap

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

February 7, 2012
So long Super Bowl, hello sweet savings

This is the week we focus on the sweet savings. If you are crunched for time, not to worry. The Big 3 - and all the other stores, too - have everything you need to fix a special meal for that special someone...or at least get her some flowers!

Seriously, you can get everything from chocolate-dipped strawberries to a bouquet of roses or a complete dinner for 2 while filling your cart with the weekly essentials. Here's what we like this week:

Raley's has a 4-pack of delicious looking hand-dipped strawberries for $10. They also have hand-dipped caramel apples but I don't get the love there. Too hard to eat. Other sweets for your sweetie includce decorated cookies for $4.29 and cupcakes for $5.99. Then there's the mousse cake for $7.79 and a single layer Valentine cake for $5.99. Want to set the mood? Duraflame logs are $17.99 with coupon.

New York steak is $5.99lb; lobster tails are $6.99 each. Or you can order the complete meal for $59.99 - salad; sides; dessert and filet mignon or chicken ravioli ($39.99).

Whole Foster Farms chicken is 89-cents a pound. To go with, there's asparagus for $1.99lb; bell peppers for 99-cents each; Idaho potatoes, 5lbs for $1.99 and Haggen-Dazs for $2.99 with coupon.

Shop Cheap is sure you had your fill of chips on Sunday so we are going with the Quaker rice Quakes for $1 a bag. Mix & Match 10 items (General Mills cereal, Betty Crocker pancake mix, Chex Mis; Old El Paso taco shells and Progresso) and they will cost you $1.50 each. Otherwise, it's $2.

If you want to make it real simple, grab an already-cooked rotisserie turkey breast for $6.99 and a Taylor Farms chopped salad for $3. Dove chocolates and Hershey's kisses are $3 a bag.

Over at Save Mart, ribeye steaks are $5.77lb; boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.67lb and boneless cross rib roast is $2.49lb. Over in the bakery, Strawberry Boston cakes are $8.99 and Dove chocolates are $2.50 a bag.

In produce, fresh berries are BOGO; seedless grapes are 97-cents a pound and sweet pears are 97-cents a pound, too. Red or green bell peppers are 69-cents each; apples are 97-cents a pound and asparagus is $1.97lb.

Buy 3 boxes of Kellogg's cerea; amd get 3 boxes free - works out to $1.50 each. Sunnyside Farms eggs are $2.29 for 18; Crystal Geyser water is $3.33 a case and 2-liter jugs of Pepsi, Dew or Dr. Pepper are 4/$4. Sunny Select brands are a good buy. Canned tomatoes are 79 cents; beans are 89 cents and string cheese is $2.99.

If you're clippin', Sunny Select chicken noodle soupe is 2/$1; Old Orchard juices are 2/$3 and Uncle Ben's ready rice is 2/$3. Gallo salami is $4.99.

Safeway has your Valentine covered with their own hand-dipped strawberries for $6.99; decorated cupcakes for $6.99 and a fruit tart for $12.99. A chocolate torte topped with berries is $9.99 and a tiramisu bar cake is $10.99.

Rancher's Reserve ribeye steak is $4.99lb; whole Foster Farms chicken is 89-cents a pound and ground turkey is BOGO. If you like to Mix & Match, Safeway has a BOGO sale for you. There are 12 items that you can buy one and get one free, including: Johnsonville smoked Brats; Oscar Mayer lunchmeat; sliced bacon; beef franks and Foster Farms grilled chicken strips.

Dungeness crab has gone up in price to $7.99lb but you can buy an 8oz container of Waterfront bistro lump meat for $8.99.

Oroweat breads are BOGO; Safeway Kitchen sandwich bread is $1.50 a loaf. Refreshe water is $3.33 a case.

But when it comes to shopping for your sweetie, you best bet is probably the daily specials at Safeway. From Friday through Valentine's Day, lobster tails are $5 each. On Friday, the $5 specials include Boston Cream cakes (strawberry or chocolate); whole roasted chicken; an 18oz container of blueberries or blackberries and 128 ounces of Minute Maid OJ.

Add in the Friday-Sunday specials and you're talking asparagus for 99-cents a pound; Red Velvet cake for $6.99 and Froot Loops or Frosted Flakes for $1.99.

On Monday, there's a special Valentine bistro cake for $6.99; baby back ribs for $5 and PF Chang's or Bertolli dinner for 2 for $5.

Cheetos and Fritos are BOGO, Milano cookies are, too. In the coupon catergory, check out the Nestle cookie dough for $1.99; 18 Lucerne large eggs for $2.49; Minute Maid OJ $3.99 for 89-ounces and Lean Cusine meals for $1.99.

In produce Lady Alice apples from Washington are $1.99lb; hot house tomatoes are $1.99lb; broccoli is 99-cents a pound and strawberries are $3.99 for 2 pounds.

Have a sweet week..xxoo


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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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