Shop Cheap

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

March 27, 2012
Get hoppin' if you want to save on shopping

Planning: That's all it takes to save some serious cash at the grocery store. Take this week, for example. If you shop Safeway and spend $75 or more, you'll get a $10 rewards coupon to use next week when you are shopping for Easter. Or, shop Raley's and order your holiday ham online and save $5. Mix in coupons and BOGOs and you are on your way. Here's how:

To help you earn that $10 off from Safeway, we start with apples for 99-cents a pound; a case of refreshe water for $3.33 and BOGO blackberries. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb; Foster Farms lunchmeat and Oscar Mayer dogs and lunchmeat are all BOGO.

Dannon single serve Greek yogurt is $1; Open Nature yogurt is $1.99 for 32oz and Kozy Shack pudding is $2.

In produce, blackberries are BOGO; avocados are $1 each; Roma tomatoes are $1.99lb and cucumbers are 79-cents each.

The $5 Friday sale includes the All-American sub sandwich; Tony Roma's ribs; a 3lb container of strawberries; Star olive oil and a 50-count container of cookies.

The Friday-Monday specials include BOGO Sargento shredded cheese; Johnsonville Italian sausage or Bratwurst for $3.49 and Guerrero flour tortillas for $1.99.

If you clip, check out Palmolive dish soap for $1.99; Safeway Select sparkling cider for $1.79; a gallon of Lucerne milk or OJ for $1.99; Florida Natural OJ - the 89oz size - for $3.99; 7-UP or A&W for 88 cents; Bolthouse Farms juices for $2.49 and Safeway buns or brown'n'serve rolls for 99-cents.

Raley's is getting a jump on Easter by offering their fire glazed ham for $5 off when you order at They also have green beans for 99-cents a pound; oranges for 77-cents a pound and BOGO blackberries. They also have Opening Day options with Ball Park franks 2/$5; Dennison's chili for $1 a can and 12-packs of Pepsi or Dr. Pepper for $2.99. And the best deal - especially if you are heading to a game - Giants and A's packaged peanuts for $2 a bag. Buy them at the ballpark and you'll pay at least twice that much.

Pork spareribs or St. Louis style ribs are BOGO.

Coupons we like: Milano's for $1.99; 12-pack of 7-Up for $2.50; Tropicana OJ for $2.49; Sargento shredded cheese for $2.49.

Coffee cakes are buy 2, get 1 free (freeze and think Easter morning); a family pack of dinner rolls are $1.88 and single serve desserts are 4/$10. Haagen-Daz ice cream is $3.33 a pint.

Chicken strips in the deli are $5.99 again this week. In the Wok, you get 1 free entree when you buy 2 others.

Save Mart has a great deal on greens. Green onions, radishes and cilantro are 5/$1. Fresh green beans are 77-cents a pound and Brussell sprouts are 97-cents a pound. Organic Iceberg is 99-cents a head and organic pineapple is $3.97 each. Red bell peppers are 2/$1.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.88lb; boneless pork roast is $1.49lb and lean ground turkey is 2/$7.

If you need cereal, General Mills varieties are $1.49 a box when you buy 4. Kellogg's fruit snacks are 99-cents each when you buy 4. Coupons worth clippin' include: Ronzoni pasta for $1; Jif Peanut butter for $1.99; Ramen 10/$1 and Foster Farms chicken strips $1.99 a package.

Michelina's entrees are 88-cents each; Sara Lee pies are $3.99 and Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.98 a loaf.

If you still haven't visited Sprouts, check out the prices on produce. A bunch of celery is 49-cents; spinach, Iceberg or Romaine lettuce is 88-cents a head; green beans or squash is 88-cents a pound; avocados are 88 cents each and tomatoes on the vine are 99-cents a pound.

That's it for this week. Hop by next week for tips on holiday 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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