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

July 17, 2012
It's a delicious time of year

Summer - yes, it is summer despite the crazy weather - is a delicious time of year and this week is a perfect example of why. Fresh fruit and veggies are everywhere - from the supermarket to the farmer's market. Here's what Shop Cheap likes at the supermarkets.

Raley's has something called "Amaize" sweet white corn that they are selling for 3/99 cents. It's locally grown and looks like it's worth a try. Tomatoes are 77-cents a pound; seedless watermelon is $3.49; berries are 2/$5 and seedless grapes are $1.49lb.

Raley's natural chicken thighs, drumsticks or leg quarters are 99-cents a pound; London broil is $2.99lb and fresh salmon fillets are $6.99lb. If you haven't tried Nob Hill Trading Co. artisan breads or rolls, there's incentive. Buy a loaf of Ciabatta, olive, garlic or whole grain and get a free container of Alouette cheese. A loaf is $2.99; rolls are the same.

Barilla pasta or Knorr rice or pasta sides are $1 each; Aquafina water is $3.99 a case; General Mills cereals are $1.49 a box when you buy 4 or more and Gatorade is $1 for a 32oz jug.

If you're clippin', Tostitos chips are $1.89; Nathan's beef franks are $2.99; Dreyer's ice cream is $2.89 and Pepsi, Dr. Pepper or 7-UP is 99 cents.

And if you shopped Raley's last week and got your $10 offf coupon, don't forget to use it!

Over at Save Mart, produce prices are worth noting. White corn is 4/$1; blueberries are $4.97 for 2lbs and red bell peppers are 4/$1. Seedless green grapes are 97-cents a pound; personal-size watermelon is $1.97 and the green onion/cilantro/radish trio is 3/99-cents.

Save Mart has switched up its 7 Days, & Ways to Save promotion. The highlights: Baview Farms sandwich bread for 59-cents (Thursday); Fresh Atlantic salmon fillets for $3.99lb (Saturday); a case of Sunny Select water $1.68 (Sunday) and bananas for 39-cents a pound (Monday). Minimum purchase is $5.

They are also having a mix & match BOGO meat sale, featuring London Broil and sirloin chops.Turkey breasts are BOGO, too. Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents a cup; Arrowhead or Nestle water is $3.33 a case and Gatorade is 89-cents for a 32oz jug.

Get free spinach ($15 minimum purchase)  and a free Sunny Select pizza ($25 minimum purchase) with coupons on the back of the ad.

Over at Safeway, they are promoting the "just for U" app. Thought I signed up for that one last year!!! Turns out, it's easier for Shop Cheap to use the ad and make a list - the old-fashioned way.

Topping the list this week: red cherries for $1.99lb; roma tomatoes for 99-cents a pound and organic blueberries - 18oz for $4.99. Locally grown corn is 3/99 cents; squash is 99-cents a pound and green leaf lettuce is 99-cents a head.

Doritos and Lay's chips are buy 2, get 2 free. Nabisco snack crackers are BOGO. If you're buying cookies for the office or the kids' play group, a container of 50 is just $5. Deli counter ham, turkey or American cheese is $4.99lb. Kellogg's Raisin Bran and Corn Flakes are $2 a box. Oscar Mayer bacon or franks are BOGO.

In the coupon category, there are coupons for $2 off most soda and 89-cents for a liter of smartwater. If you like those little ice cream cups, they are 59-cents and Lucerne butter is $2.49.

The $5 Friday only specials are Black Forest ham; honey turkey or Muenster cheese; Signature Cafe meatloaf; a 5lb. bag of clementines and Neapolitan bar cake.

The 4-day sale items include BOGO Hillshire Farm lunchmeat; 89oz Florida's Natural OJ for $4.99 and Viva paper towels or Cottonelle bath tissue for $5.99.

Sprouts has the best price on grapes - 88-cents a pound. Cantaloupe is just 77-cents each and all berries are 2/$4. White corn and bell peppers are 3/$1.

And if you have a family of milk drinkers, Shop Cheap found the best price at Winco where a gallon of fat free is $2.10.



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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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