Shop Cheap

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

May 8, 2012
Shop like a Mom

It's pretty easy to make Moms happy. Cook, clean up the house, plant a pretty rose bush in the yard or just let us enjoy the day. If you decide to surprise Mom this weekend - or if you are a Mom and need to leave a few hints - let Shop Cheap help you out.

Moms like any meal that they don't have to cook for themselves. So if you really want to treat Mom or someone who's just like your Mom, leave the shopping to us and we will help with breakfast, brunch or dinner. Here goes:

If you are a Raley's shopper - or if someone will drive you to Raley's to shop - here's the best stuff to buy this week.

Breakfast or brunch: Coffee cake is buy 2, get one free. Berries are BOGO and Simply Orange or Simply Cranberry juices are 2/$6. Oscar Mayer bacon is $3.99 with coupon and sliced bread is $1.99 with coupon. Eggs are $2.48 for 18 and fresh pineapple is $2.99.

If you really want to splurge, buy Mom a nice new pan for $25 and get eggs, bacon, muffins and juice for FREE.

Want to cook dinner instead? Sutter sirloin steak or roast is $3.99lb; white corn on the cob is 3/99-cents and tomatoes on the vine are $1.49lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.99lb; red potatoes are 69-cents a pound and a veggie tray is $4.99. Fresh salad shrimpmeat is $4.99lb. Living basil plants are 2/$3.

Need some essentials and want to help out with the shopping? Quaker Life cereal and granola bars are 2/$4. a 2-liter bottle of 7-UP is 99 cents and Propel fitness water is 2/$1.Sun Chips are $2.49 a bag when you buy 2. Aquafina water is $3.99 a case.

If you want to treat Mom to a little dessert, single serving sweets are 4/$10. And the thing that Mom likes almost as much as a nice meal - flowers. You can get those at the grocery store, too.

If you are doing your shopping at Save Mart, it's the best place to get strawberries. Buy a 1 pound container and 2 more FREE. The berries go great with pancakes. Krusteaz mix is $1.88; Special K cereal is $1.88 a box when you buy 4 and Dunkin' Donuts coffee is $7.49. Sunny Select apple juice is $1.99 and Bar S bacon is $2.99. If you can get to Save Mart on Wednesday, be sure to pick up a dozen eggs. They are only 69 cents!

Rather do dinner? Tri tip or sirloin steak is $3.88lb; Foster Farms chicken breasts are BOGO and cooked shrimpmeat is $3.99lb. Fresh asparagus is $1.47lb; artichokes are 2/$5 and Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound. Earthbound Farm organic salads are BOGO. But if you plan to spend $25 or more on groceries, be sure to clip the coupon for a free head of Iceberg lettuce and free Betty Crocker cake mix and frosting.

A case of Crystal Geyser water is $3.33; Sunnyside ice cream is $2.99 and Kozy Shack pudding is 2/$5.

Safeway is another good place to shop for Mom's meal. All kinds of berries are BOGO and Oroweat bread and Thomas' plain bagels are, too. A carton of fresh baked muffins or croissants and strawberry cream cakes are all $5 each. Hormel pork sausages are 3/$4 and Safeway Kitchens breads are BOGO. Krusteaz muffin mix is $2.50 a box and Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2.50. If you really want to splurge, hand dipped strawberries are $6.99 for 4. And a big jug of OJ is $4.99 - don't forget to clip the coupon. Moms love Skinny Cow ice cream and its on sale this week for $3.49.

If you shop Safeway and have decided to do dinner, here's what we suggest. Buy 2 jars of pasta sauce for $4 - Barilla or Classico - and get 2 boxes of pasta FREE. Open Nature Italian sausage is $3.49 a package (must buy 2) and Rancher's Reserve rib eye steak is $5.99lb.

Bell peppers are $1 each; and bags of baby carrots are $1.50. There's lots of other stuff you could buy for Mom so she doesn't have to go to the store this week. refresh water is $3.33 a case; Cheerios and Lucky Charms are $1.88 a box and little cartons of Fage Greek yogurt are $1.

If you are shopping on Friday, the $5 items include a gallon of Odwalla OJ; sliced turkey, ham or provolone in the deli; a whole roasted chicken and even a whipped cream cake.

If you live in Land Park, get ready for the opening of Sunflower Farmers Market next Wednesday, May 16. Although, they will change their name to Sprouts eventually, right now their ads are still different. Sunflower's ad this week will last until next week, so here's a preview of what to expect. Corn on the cob 6/$1; apples 99-cents a pound; tomatoes, celery and avocado for 88-cents and baby carrots for $1.50.

Come back on Thursday and we will dip into the archives for some Mother's Day menu ideas.


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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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