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

March 13, 2012
Saving you some green

This week it's all about wearing green, saving some green and cooking good stuff so your guests don't turn green. But first the news.

We have another Sprouts opening and more Sprouts to come because of the announcement last week that our 2 Farmers Market type stores are merging. Sprouts and Sunflower were so similar that it had to happen. In addition to the Sprouts & Sunflower in Roseville, shoppers can check out the opening of the latest market on the corner of Sunrise and Greenback in Citrus Heights.

Also, this week we are adding 3 more Fresh & Easy neighborhood markets - one on Elk Grove Florin & Calvine; one on Blue Ravine in Folsom and the 3rd on E. Joiner Parkway in Lincoln. That's 5 total in a week.

Let the shopping begin!

For today's deals, we're starting with Raley's where the corned beef is $2.99lb; the cabbage is 4lbs for $1 and the red potatoes are 49-cents a pound. But the best St. Patrick's day item that Raley's has to offer is their Irish Soda Bread for $2.49. It's the best outside of the Griffin Family recipe from Shop Cheap's college days. Decorated cupcakes are $5.99 a dozen and shamrock cookies are buy 2, get 1 free.

Other stuff we like: a case of Arrowhead or Nestle water for $3.99;  and coupons for Gatorade - 89 cents; 7-Up - $2.50 for 12; General Mills cereal $1.99.

In produce: Iceberg lettuce for 49-cents; peppers for 99-cents each; avocado for $1 and large cantaloupe 2/$5. Jazz apples are 99-cents a pound.

In the bakery, single layer shamrock cakes are $5.99 and fresh fruit tarts or ladyfinger cakes are $14.99. A family pack of rolls is $1.88.

Over at Save Mart, you can get your corned beef for $2.37lb; your cabbage for 19-cents a pound and your 5lb bag of Sierra potatoes for $2.99. Their decorated cupcakes are $6.99 for a dozen.

Other stuff we like: The daily sales with eggs for 69-cents on Wednesday; OJ for 99-cents on Friday; Kelloggs cereal for $1.49 on Saturday and bananas for 39-cents a pound on Monday.

In seafood, fresh rock cod or Dover sole fillets are $4.99lb; cooked salad shrimp is $4.99lb. Whole Foster Farms chickens are 79-cents a pound.

In produce, berries are BOGO; tomatoes, Iceberg lettuce, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are 97-cents a pound. Cilantro, green onions and radishes are 3/$1 and yellow onions are 29-cents a pound.

BOGO buys include Buitoni filled pasta, sauce or shredded Parmesan. Lean Cuisine one dish entrees are $1.58.

Our last stop is Safeway where their brisket corned beef is $1.99lb. Cabbage or red potatoes are 39-cents a pound. Oroweat rye breads are BOGO. If you're shopping on Friday, pick up a decorated St. Pat's day bistro cake for $5.

Safeway has gone crazy for coupons this week. More than 2 pages of clippin'. Here's what we like: Welch's grape juice for $1.99; Safeway canned tomatoes for 79-cents; Mission tortillas for $1.49; Buitoni filled pasta or sauce for $2.99; Safeway Select pizza dough for 99-cents; Pepsi or 7-UP for 89-cents a jug; Kingsford charcoal for $6.99 and a 6-pack of Lucerne yogurt for $2.59.

They also have the BOGO mix & match meat sale with everything from London broil to boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

In produce, Fuji or Braeburn apples are 99-cents a pound; oranges are 99-cents a pound and celery is 2/$3.

The $5 Friday finds include 8-piece chicken and 5-piece fish; 20-pack of Coke and Gevalia ground coffee.

The 4-day weekend sale includes family size cheese pizza for $6.99; Quaker cereals for $1.88; BOGO berries; Nabisco Saltines for $1.99 and Yuban or Maxwell House coffee for $7.99.

The new markets also have great prices on produce. At Sprouts, you can get grapes for 99-cents a pound; pineapple for 99-cents each and Fujis or Braeburns for 88-cents a pound.

Fresh & Easy is the place to go for quick meals but they also have BOGO strawberries; shredded lettuce for 98 cents and 2 cases of drinking water for $5.

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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