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

May 1, 2012
Let's get the fiesta started

Lots of items this week to spice up your menu. We are going to concentrate on all the Cinco de Mayo specials and throw in the usual stuff like cereal and a look at what the Grocery Outlet has to offer this week.

First stop, Save Mart. If you like to make carnitas, pork shoulder roast is 99-cents a pound; tomatoes for fresh salsa are 97-cents a pound; Guerrero tortillas are $2.79 for a pack of 80 and limes are 10/$1. Check out the recipe for Shrimp Ceviche on the inside cover and the fresh cooked shrimpmeat.

Other stuff we like: Quaker cereal and granola bars are $1.77 a box; the 7 days; 7 ways to save specials are the same as last week and the Save Mart brands vs. national brands BOGO include diced chilis; refried beans and La Victoria salsa. No comment on the Gas X!

In produce, white corn on the cob is 4/$1; strawberries and blackberries are BOGO; raspberries are $2.99; mangoes are $1 each and personal size seedless watermelon is $2.97. Taylor Farms fresh salads to go are BOGO; and Grimmway Farms baby peeled carrots are $1.50 a  bag.

Get a free bag of chips when you guy 3 Pepsi products 3/$11. There's a coupon for a free jug of apple juice - with $25 purchase. Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.98 a loaf; El Pato tomato sauce is 2/$1; Herdez salsa is 78-cents. Sunny Select drinking water is $2.88 a case and a container of 18 eggs is $2.

The Cinco sale continues over at Raley's with fresh pork shoulder for $1.79lb; large raw shrimp for $5.99lb; limes at 10/$1 and chips ($1.50) and salsa ($1.69). Mangoes are 2/$1; white corn is 2/$1 and radishes, cilantro or green onions are 2/$1. Roma tomatoes are 79-cents a pound.

Fresh boneless pork loin is $1.99lb. Berries are BOGO; large 'chokes are 2/$3 and yellow onions are 79-cents a pound.

Coupons worth clipping: a case of R Everyday water is $2.99; Lay's chips are $1.99; shredded cheese is $1.99 and Mother's cookies are $1.99.

Loaf cakes are buy 2, get 1 free and a fresh baguette is $1.88. Tostitos are BOGO; La Tortilla Factory corn tortillas are $1.69 and La Victoria salsa is $1.99.

A dozen eggs at Raley's is $1.68; Challenge butter is $2.99.

There is also an invitation to an "Open House Celebration" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Raley's stores. Free samples, free coffee and free stuff.

The Safeway ad boasts 24 coupons inside and another $10 rewards coupon when you spend $75 or more. There's a 4-day Cinco de Mayo sale and a full page of $5 Friday values.

If you are a soda drinker, Pepsi products are buy 2, get 3 free. Pork shoulder roast is $1.69lb; mangos are 2/$1; Mission flour tortillas are $1.99; Signature Cafe salsa is $3.99 and Tres Leche cake in the bakery is $4.99. All items on sale Wednesday-Saturday.

In the cereal aisle, you can save $4 when you buy 4 boxes of selected General Mills, Quaker and Kellogg's items. Prices vary from $1.49 a box to $1.99 a box.

Produce buys we like include white corn 6/$2; seedless watermelon for $3.99; bell pepper for $1 each; roma tomatoes for 99-cents a pound and limes 3/99-cents.

A case of Crystal Geyser is $3.99 and 2-liter Cokes are $1 each when you buy 5.

The $5 Friday specials include Signature Cafe pizza; Primo Taglio deli meats; 20-pack of Coke; 70-oz container of Safeway Select salsa; and Viva paper towels or Cottonelle bath tissue.

A couple more BOGOs worth mentioning: Farmer John sliced bacon; Hillshire Farm smoked sausage; Cholula hot sauce; and Fritos.

If you have a Grocery Outlet close by, it's worth a trip. In produce: Mangoes and avocados 2/$1; pineapple $2.99 and limes 10/$1. Post Honey Bunches of Oats $1.99 a box or Nosh Naturals cereal for $1.99 a box. Folgers country roast coffee in the 34.5oz container is $6.99 with coupon and 32oz creamer is $1.99.

Adios for 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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