Shop Cheap

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

July 31, 2012
Grab some gold medal savings

If grocery shopping was an Olympic sport, Shop Cheap would be swimming laps around Michael Phelps. But it's not so here we sit going for gold medal savings instead.

Here's what's good this week. Spend $75 at Safeway and get a $10 reward coupon to use on your next visit. How you going to spend $75? A few suggestions: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes and Raisin Bran are $1.88 a box; nectarines and pears are 99-cents a pound; corn is 8/$2; seedless watermelon and cantaloupe are both $2.50 -  each.

There are plenty of coupons to clip - yes, I'm still clippin' and not using the app but they are wearing me down. Minute Maid pure squeezed OJ is $2.88; Kraft shredded cheese is $3.99; Palmolive dish soap is $1.99 and cleaning supplies are BOGO again this week.

Aquafina or Dasani water is $3.99 a case; Safeway apple juice is 3/$5; Arizona Tea is $1 a bottle. Filippo Berio olive oil is BOGO.

The $5 Friday specials include Signature Cafe roasted turkey breast; Primo Taglio ham, turkey and swiss cheese; jumbo cookies and Nabisco variety pack. The 4-day sale (Friday-Monday) includes General Mills cereals for $1.99; BOGO Hillshire Farm lunchmeat and Precious string cheese.

And after not finding the advertised Artisan bar cakes in the bakery on $5 Friday, it seems Safeway now has them on special for $6.99.

Save Mart has great prices on produce and this week is no different. Bartlett pears for 39-cents a pound; red bell pepper 5/$1; Bing cherries for $1.97lb; cantaloupe for 97 cents (each) and radishes, cilantro or green onions 4/$1. Green peppers or cucumbers are 2/$1; heirloom tomatoes are $2.99lb and bananas are 39-cents a pound on Mondays.

The other great week-day deals are Bayview Farms breat for 59-cents on Thursday; and Sunny Select drinking water for $1.68 a case on Sunday. (Minimum purchase is $5).

Whole Foster Farms chickens are 88-cents a pound and fresh cooked shrimp meat is $3.99lb. Max packs of Foster Farms chicken breasts are BOGO.

In the bakery, strawberry Boston cakes are $5 (Friday only).

Post Honey Bunches of Oats or Raisin Bran cereal is $1.98 a box; Planters peanut butter is $1.99; Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5 and 18 eggs are $2. Classico pasta sauce is $1.88 a jar; and Michelina's frozen entrees are $1 each.

Coupons on the back page: spend $25 and get either Old Spice or Ivory body wash for free; spend $15 and get a free pound of Grimway Farms baby carrots.

Raley's has a good produce section this week. Amaize white corn is 3/99-cents; heirloom tomatoes are $2.99lb; blueberries are $3.99 for an 18oz. container and cantaloupe is 99-cents each.

If you love fresh basil in the kitchen, a 6-inch plant is $3.99. Nob Hill artisan ciabatta is $2.99 a loaf in the bakery.

A case of Arrowhead water is $3.99; Gatorade or Propel water is 79-cents each and Crystal Geyser sparkling mineral water is 89-cents a bottle.

It's a bit warm to be talking soup, but Raley's has a new container of premium, slow roasted soups for only $1.98. Flavors are Tomato Basil; Tortilla and Black Bean.

Back page coupons include Tillamook cheese for $2.49; Ore-Ida potatoes for $2.69 and Rainbo or Sara Lee sandwich bread for $1.99.

That's it 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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