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

April 24, 2012
Say goodbye to April sales

Hard to believe that we're about to turn another page on the calendar. Before we mosey into May, we've got one more shopping weekend to fill the cart and shop smart.

Remember to use your $10 rewards coupon if you shopped Safeway last week. That 10 bucks buys two $5 Friday items or 4 boxes of Post cereal or 2 packs of buns and 2 packs of Johnsonville Brats!

Since we're already talking Safeway, let's just start there. You must buy at least 8 items, but you'll get 50-cents off each on in the Mix & Match sale. Examples: Rosarita refries or Knorr sides for 79-cents; Bertolli pasta sauce for $1.99; Hunt's canned tomatoes for 99-cents and Planters Peanut Butter for $2.49.

In produce, tomatoes on the vine are 99-cents a pound; asparagus is $1.99 a pound; Fresh Express salads are $2 and baby peeled carrots are 99-cents a bag. Kiwi Fruit is 3/$1; pears are 99-cents a pound; white corn is 2/$1 and green onions or radishes are 2/$1.

Want coupons? Florida OJ is $4.99 for an 89-oz jug; Stouffer's or Lean Cuisine meals are $1.99; Ragu pasta sauce is $1.25; DiGiorno parmesan in the deli is $3.99; Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal is $1.99; Safeway coffee is $7.49 for a huge tin and Powerade is 59 cents.

Other stuff we like: BOGO Arm & Hammer detergent; coupons for Ivory or Dawn dish detergent $2.49. Heinz ketchup is $1.99; Doritos are BOGO; Old El Paso dinner kits are 2/$5; gallons of Crystal Geyser spring water are $1. If you want a case, refreshe water is $3.33.

The soda special this week is buy 2-12 packs and get 2 free plus a package of Chips Ahoy! cookies.

The $5 Friday only offerings are Signature Cafe 8 piece chicken; fresh baked cookies or muffins; Artisan reserve extra virgin olive oil; 3 pounds of strawberries and a rose bouquet.

Over at Save Mart, the 7 Days, 7 Ways to Save specials are "back by popular demand." Our favorites (and they won't change throughout the month of May) are a dozen Sunnyside eggs for 69 cents on Wednesday and bananas for 39-cents a pound on Monday.

Other stuff we like at Save Mart: fresh artichokes 3/99-cents; whole seedless watermelon for $3.97; bell pepper and cucumbers for 69-cents each; BOGO blackberries and roma tomatoes for 97-cents a pound.

The rotisserie chicken meal deal for $9.99 includes the bird; a salad; and bread - enough for a family of 4.

Kellogg's cereal is $1.99 a box when you buy 4; Barilla pasta is 99-cents; Ragu sauce is $1.49 with coupon; and Sunnyside Farms split top bread ins $1.69 a loaf. Other coupon items include Sunny Select light tuna for 69-cents; Gallo salame for $4.99 and Johnsonville Brats or Italian sausage for $3.99. Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 10/$5; butter is $2.50 and frozen veggies are 98-cents. Ruffles chips are BOGO; a case of Sunny Select drinking water is $2.88 and Boston Market entrees are $1.88 in the freezer. A 16-oz tube of Haris Ranch beef is $3.99 and all the fixins' for a taco bar are on sale, too.

Raley's has whole Foster Farms chickens for 89-cents a pound; asparagus for $1.99lb and a 2lb container of strawberries for $3.99. If you like shrimp salad, fresh shrimpmeat from Oregon is $3.99lb. Buy one pack of Raley's dry pasta and get a jar of Ragu for 99-cents (with coupon).

Coffee cake is buy 2, get 1 free; 8-piece fried chicken is $5.99 and Quaker chewy granola bars are $2 a box. A case of Arrowhead or Nestle water is is $3.99; Ruffles are BOGO at Raley's, too; and an 89oz jug of Minute Maid OJ is $3.99. Golden Grain pasta is $1. You can do your pre-Cinco de Mayo stock up with El Paso taco shells for $1; Las Palmas enchilada sauce for $2 and Rosarita refries for $1. Padrinos chips are $2 a bag.

Skippy peanut butter is $2.50 a jar.

In produce, large 'chokes are 99-cents each; personal-size watermelon is $3. Live organic basil plants are $3.99.

You can try Sam's Club free this weekend. Check out the ad in Wednesday's Bee.

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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 pdinsmore@sacbee.com

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