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

June 26, 2012
Get more bang for your buck

It's the week before Fourth of July but if you want to plan the party early, we're here to help. And here's a little secret: the prices you see this week are good through July 4th. No need to wait until next week to do the shopping.

If you want bottled water, get it at Raley's or Save Mart where Crystal Geyser is $2.99 a case.

If you are looking for the best price on corn on the cob, Safeway is 6/$1.

Avocado part of the party plan? Head to Save Mart where they are 2/$1.

Now, we realize you don't have time to shop selectively, so here's what we like this week at each of the major supermarkets.

Save Mart: Besides the avocado, corn on the cob is 5/$1; berries are BOGO; cherries are $2.97 a pound and Iceberg lettuce is free when you spend $15 on groceries. (coupon is on the back of the ad.)

If you are BBQ-ing, spareribs are $1.78lb; whole chickens in the twin pack is 88-cents a pound; tri-tip is $3.99lb and Oscar Mayer hot dogs are BOGO. Fresh ground beef burger patties are $2.99lb; ground turkey patties are $3.99lb. Sunnyside buns are 4/$5. Spend $25 and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce is free. (coupon on the back of ad).

In the snacks/goodie dept., Lay's chips are BOGO; Doritos and Tostitos are $1.99 and Nabisco crackers are $1.99. Goldfish are BOGO. 12-packs of soda are 4/$11 plus a free pack of pretzels...because "these pretzels are making me thirsty, Jerry"! 7-UP 12 packs are 3/$9 - but no free pretzels. Jugs of 7-UP are 79-cents each.

In the name brands challenge, buy Heinz ketchup; French's mustard or Best Foods mayo and get the same Sunny Select item free. General Mills cereals are $1.49 a box when you buy 4 and Kashi cereal is BOGO.

Fresh baked apple pie is $3.99 and Sunnyside Farms ice cream is $2.88. Smucker's toppings are $1.98. Martinelli's sparkling lemonade is $1.88 a bottle.

And if you'd rather just chill, 8-piece chicken meal deal is $9.99.

Safeway shoppers can score another $10 off coupon (just spend $75) this time. Besides the corn on the cob at 6/$1, cherries are $2.47lb; berries are BOGO and tomatoes are $1.99lb. Large avocados are 4/$5.

If your're grillin', Brats are $3.49; Oscar Mayer franks are $1.49; country-style ribs are $1.99lb. Hillshire Farm sausage, Hebrew National franks and Ball Park dogs are BOGO.

Safeway is probably the best place to get soda. Buy 2-12 packs, get 3 free. Arrowhead and refreshe water are both $3.33 a case.

In the snack aisle, Nabisco crackers are $1.88 a box; Lay's and Mission tortilla chips are BOGO. Post Honey Bunches of Oats are $1.88 a box.

The $5 Friday specials include Signature Cafe pizza and chicken wings; Primo Taglio Black Forrest ham and medium cheddar; 3lbs of strawberries and lemon meringue pie.

The 4-day sale, Fri.-Mon, includes whole seedless watermelon for $3.99; BOGO Kraft slices; Tony Roma's or Plumrose back ribs for $5 and Gold Fish for $1. Tide detergent is $5.99 for 50oz. liquid.

Other stuff: Safeway has a gourmet apple pie for $9.99 that looks pretty good. 8-piece fried chicken is $5.99; an 8-piece meal is $9.99 and it includes 2 sides. Buns are $1.99; deli salads are $3.99; and Nestle Drumsticks are $3 a box.

At Raley's, untrimmed tri-tip is $3.49lb; boneless, skinless thighs are $1.99lb and pork spareribs are BOGO. Johnsonville brats are $3.99 and Ball Park franks are $1.50.

There's coupons for Minute Maid punch or lemonade (89 cents); Tostitos ($1.99); Sweet Baby Ray's sauce ($1.50) and Gatorade (89 cents).

Bush's baked beans are 3/$5. Dennison's chili or Rosarita refries are $1 a can.

In the cereal aisle, Kellogg's, Fruity Pebbles and Honeycomb are $2 a box.

In produce, watermelon is $3.99; corn is 4/$1 and blueberries are $3.99 for an 18oz. container.

Rather not cook...16-piece chicken is $9.99; chicken strips are $4.99; apple pie is buy 2, get one free and single layer cakes are $4.99 each.

That's it for this week...and next. We'll send a reminder about the Fourth of July sales and offer up some last minute recipes, too.


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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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