Shop Cheap

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

April 10, 2012
It's BOGO and coupon week

Time to put the bunny suit away. It's suppose to be Spring, but Shop Cheap  still isn't convinced.

That said, we are starting the weekly hunt for bargains at Save Mart. Top of the list: blackberries, buy 1, get 2 free; tomatoes on the vine, 99-cents a pound; Post cereal for $1.77 a box and Michelina's entrees for 68-cents each. In the meat dept., the pick 5 packs for $25 is back. Choose from beef, pork, poultry or seafood. Fresh cooked shrimp meat is $3.99lb.

In produce, we also like oranges for 69-cents a pound; baby lemons and limes 10/$1; apples for 99-cents a pound and medium artichokes for 69-cents each.

Hunt's items are $1 a can - including diced tomatoes, ketchup and Rosarita refries. Crystal Geyser water is $3.33 a case; Pepsi and Dew are $2.99 for a 6-pack of 24oz bottles. If you clip, check out the coupons for Bumble Bee tuna at 69-cents a can; Bertoli pasta sauce for $1.99; an 8-pack of Gatorade for $3.99 and Langers juice for $1.99.

Want everyday items and lower prices? There's Bohemian Hearth bread for $1.98 a loaf; Eggo waffles for $2 a box; La Italia salami for $4.99; Guerrero tortillas for $1.98 and 126oz jug of Minute Maid OJ for $5.49.

Shop Raley's  on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and earn a $10 off coupon on your next visit. The catch? You need to spend $75 or more and redeem the coupon by April 22. It's easy to spend $75,. Here's Shop Cheap's tips on getting started: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.88lb and London Broil for $2.99lb. Tomatoes on the vine; bell peppers and Fresh Express salads are all 99-cents.

Kellogg's Special K cereal is $1.99 a box when you buy 3 or more. California Pizza Kitchen pizza is $2 with coupon. Ben&Jerry's and Starbucks ice cream is $2.49 with coupon.

Daily items worth carting: bananas for 68-cents a pound; Bayview Farms milk is $2.74 a gallon when you buy 2 and Sunnyside Farms butter is $2.98. A case of Aquafina water is $3.99.

Oranges and apples are $1 a pound; berries are 2/$5.

Safeway is all about the BOGO this week. There's so many, you might as well just get 2 of everything. Here's what we like....remember the items listed are buy one, get one free.

Nature sweet cherub tomatoes; jumbo artichokes; Oroweat breads; Kraft cheese; Langer's cranberry cocktail; Vitaminwater; Golden Grain pasta; Mezetta and Ragu pasta sauce; Nathan's beef franks; and Oscar Mayer fresh lunchmeat.

The BOGO bonanza includes the meat dept. where chicken breasts, London broil, boneless pork chops and learn ground beef are all buy one, get one free.

In the grocery category, there's Arm&Hammer detergent, bath tissue; Colgate toothpaste and Dial hand soap.

The $5 Friday specials include a 5lb bag of apples; a 40oz jar of Skippy peanut butter; Gatorade; Macaroni Grill meals and baby back ribs in the deli.

The Friday-Monday offerings: chicken tenders for $5.99; seedless grapes for $1.49lb; Seattle's Best coffee for $5.99 and Bay scallops for $5.99lb.

A case of Aquafina or Dasani water is $3.99.

Produce items at either $1 each or $1 a pound include Iceberg lettuce; roma tomatoes; organic cucumbers; pears and potatoes.

That's enough to fill the cart this 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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