Shop Cheap

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

March 20, 2012
Savings are in the bag

Want to save $10 on your next shopping trip? Then get your groceries at Raley's this week because they will give you a coupon for $10 off next time you shop, Just spend $75 this weekend and it's in the bag.

Here's a few tips from Shop Cheap on how to spend that $75 (or more, of course) this week.

Life cereal is $1.88 a box; cantaloupe is $2; salmon fillets are $5.99lb and split chicken breasts are 99-cents a pound. Baby potatoes are $2.50 a bag. Coupons: Powerade for 79-cents; Skippy peanut butter for $1.49 and Stouffer's Lean Cuisine for $1.89. A case of Crystal Geyser is $3.49; Lay's chips are BOGO; Crystal Geyser sparkling mineral water is $1 a bottle and a 12-pack box of Clif, Luna or Mojo bars is $10.99

Nabisco saltines are $1.99 a box; Knorr rice or pasta sides are $1 a bag; and Breyer's ice cream is BOGO. Broccoli is 99-cents a pound; mandarins are $3.99 a bag.

In the deli, chicken strips are $5.99 and Raley's packaged lunchmeat is $3.98. In the bakery, foccacia rolls are $2.79 for a package of 4 and baguettes are $1.88.

Safeway has a monster ad this week. Lots of BOGOs but no $10 off coupon. Here's what we like: The 99-cents or less fruits and veggies. Iceberg lettuce is 99-cents a head; organic yellow onions are 99-cents a pound; roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound and kiwi fruit is 3/$1. Bell peppers - red, green, yellow or orange - are $1 each.

In the BOGO bin, you'll find Thomas' English muffins; Oscar Mayer bacon; Hillshire Farm products; Langers cranberry drinks; Lay's chips; Saag's smoked sausage; Foster Farms grilled chicken strips and Pepperidge Farm baked crackers.

If you're clippin', check out Bertolli or PF Chang's dinner for 2 at $5.99; 89-oz jug of Minute Maid OJ for $3.99; Pillsbury Grands! for 99-cents and Green Giant Steamers for $1.67.

Pepsi 12-packs and 8-packs are buy 2, get 3 free; an 8-pack of Yoplait yogurt is $3.99 and a case of Arrowhead is $3.50.

Safeway has lots of stuff for a buck or less. Here are a few examples: Artisan Filone breads in the bakery; Eating Right cup of soup; Safeway Select pizza dough (which is quite good); Safeway condensed cream soups; and potato salad in the deli.

The Friday $5 sale has Signature Cafe 5-piece fish; whole roasted chicken; Safeway extra virgin olive oil; a pack of cake slices in the bakery and a 20-pack of Coke. The Friday-Monday sale: 3lbs of strawberries for $5; angel food cake for $2.50; chicken tenders in the deli for $5.99; a 50-count carton of  cookies in the bakery for $5 and BOGO Foster Farms ground turkey.

Over at Save Mart, this is the last week for the 7 daily coupons. Our favorites are the dozen eggs on Wednesday for 69-cents; the OJ on Friday for 99-cents; cereal on Saturday for $1.49 and the bananas on Monday for 39-cents a pound.

In produce, this week's sales include baby lemons 10/$1; cilantro, green onions and radishes 3/99-cents; Roma tomatoes for 97-cents a pound and pears for 99-cents a pound. The big deal is Fuji apples for 47-cents a pound and avocado for 50-cents each.

Doritos are BOGO. Kellogg's mini wheats are $1.99 a box when you buy 4; Powerade is 88-cents; Planter's peanut butter is $2.50; and Gallo Salame is $3.45.

Master cut London broil is $2.99lb; premium pork chops are $1.69lb. Pastrami in the deli is $6.99lb. Red Velvet cake in the bakery is $7.99.

Coupons this week include: Chicken of the Sea tuna for 88-cents; Sunny Select apple juice or apple sauce 2/$3; Nissin Big Cup noodles 3/$1 and Hillshire Farm smoked sausage for $1.99.

A case of Sunny Select drinking water is $2.99.

If you are shopping at the new Sprouts in Citrus Heights (or the others in Elk Grove and Roseville), bell peppers and cucumbers are 3/$1; strawberries or blackberries are 4/$5; apples and pears are 99-cents a pound. The cilantro/radish/green onion trio is $1. They have good prices on other items that will keep you coming back for more.

Until next week....



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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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