Shop Cheap

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

May 22, 2012
Holiday savings start here

The celebration season is upon us. It starts with Memorial Day and continues through June with graduations, Father's Day and a wedding or two. Next thing you know, we'll be planning for the 4th of July. To make this holiday weekend special, let Shop Cheap help with the shopping. Guarantee you'll save money.

Need a case of water for your BBQ or picnic? Safeway has its refreshe brand for $2.99. While you're there, here's what else we like at Safeway. Avocado for $1; BOGO baby watermelon; berries $2.99 a carton; green onions and radishes for 50-cents and tomatoes on the vine for $1.99. Oscar Mayer franks are buy1, get 2 free; Lay's chips are BOGO and Pringles are 3/$5.

Most of the condiments you'll need for a BBQ or picnic are BOGO: Vlasic pickles; French's mustard; Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and LaVictoria salsa to name a few. There's a whole page of coupons. Here are the highlights: Kingsford charcoal for $6.99; Powerade for 59-cents; sugar snap peas for $1.99; family pack of buns for $1.49; a dozen cupcakes for $4.99; fresh salsa for $1.99 and Wishbone dressing for $1.29.

A special 4-day sale includes corn on the cob 10/$2; 12-packs of soda buy 2, get 3 free; BOGO snack crackers; and Chips Ahoy! for $1.99. Ball Park buns are 2/$5 and deli counter salads are $3.99.

At the $5 Friday only sale, you can pick up a S'mores kit; Tony Roma ribs; Signature Cafe chicken wings; Black Forest ham or Provolone and a 24-pack of 7-UP or Pepsi.

Raley's has BOGO berries; whole seedless watermelon for $3.99; and tomatoes on the vine for $1.79. Packs of pork spareribs are BOGO and whole tri tip is $3.49. Coupons worth clippin' include Minute Maid punch for 89-cents; Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce for $1.50; Gatorade for 89-cents and Tostitos for $1.99.

A dozen eggs is $1.68; Martinelli's sparkling lemonade is 2/$3.

If you want to pack a picnic without doing any of the cooking, Raley's will prepare everything for you from fried chicken to salad, cookies, rolls and a thermal bag for just $19.99.

Save Mart has whole Foster Farms chicken for 88-cents a pound and on Friday only boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.49lb. Foster Farms ground turkey and chicken sausage are BOGO and Oscar Mayer franks are $1.99 a pack. Lay's chips are BOGO; Pepsi, Dew and The Dr. are 4-12 packs for $11. Sunny Select drinking water is $2.50 a case.

In produce, white corn on the cob is 5/$1; whole seedless watermelon is $3.97 and strawberries are BOGO. Cucumbers are $1 each and Fresh Express bagged salads are BOGO.

Beans amd buns are 99-cents; Golden Grain pasta is $1; Chicken of the Sea tuna is 99-cents and Minute Maid punch is $1. Michelina's entrees are 95-cents; Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.98 a loaf; Sunnyside Farms yogurt is 50-cents a cup and Pepperidge Farms cookies are BOGO.

If you are trying out Sprouts or Sunflower farmers markets this week be sure to check out these items:

At Sprouts: all berries are 4/$5; seedless watermelon is 5lbs/$1; avocado is $1; tomatoes are 99-cents a pound and whole pineapple is $1.50. Celery, cucumbers or green bell peppers are 2/$1. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.77lb in the value pack and apple pie is $2.99.

At Sunflower, blueberries are 88-cents for a 4.4oz container. Avocados are 88-cents each; corn, cucumber, bell peppers, cilantro, green onion, radishes and parsley are 2/$1. Tomatoes on the vine are 88-cents a pound. A family pack of chicken breasts is $1.67lb and apple pie is $2.99 at Sunflower, too.

Enjoy the long weekend.


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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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