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July 24, 2012
Do the BOGO this week

It's kind of a ho-hum shopping week. Looks like the BOGO is the highlight.

Shop Cheap gets asked a lot about the BOGO. What's it mean, readers ask. The BOGO is the buy one, get one (free). But's it's also buyer beware. Just because you are getting one free, doesn't mean it's the best deal. Always check the price before you BOGO. For example, pasta sauce is BOGO at Safeway this week. Two jars for $2.99 is a good deal. Sometimes it's not. Like Raley's dessert for two costs $6.99 and it's BOGO. That's $3.50 for a piece of cake.

Enough with the lessons, let's start shopping.

First stop, Safeway where they are trying again to wean us off the newspaper coupons and get us to use the app to download coupons. Tried it; don't like it. I'm stickin' with clippin' and there's a lot to clip this week. Examples: Kleenex for 79 cents; General Mills cereal for $1.99; Barilla pasta for 88-cents; Kraft sliced cheese for $2.49; Keebler crackers for $1.99; 18 eggs for $1.99; Eggo waffles for $1.99 and Safeway OJ for $3.99. Also, Kingsford charcoal for $6.99.

As for the BOGOs, there's Classico or Barilla pasta sauce; Safeway Kitchens bread or buns; Oscar Mayer bacon on dogs; Ritz crackers or Newtons; Oroweat breads, thins or English muffins; Dole canned fruit; Lucerne whipped cream and Green Giant steamers. Cleaning products are also BOGO.

The $5 Friday specials are: 8-piece chicken; Black Forest ham, turkey and cheddar cheese; 40 oz jar of Skippy; Raspberry/Almond bistro cake and Northern bath tissue and Brawny towels.

Other stuff; London broil is $2.99lb; Arrowhead water is $3.50 a case; Gatorade is 69-cents; Lucerne yogurt is 10/$4.50. In produce, seedless grapes are 99-cents a pound; tomatoes are 99-cents a pound; bagged salads are 99-cents and cantaloupe is 2/$3.

Heading over to Save Mart, there's BOGO berries; watermelon for $3.97 and tomatoes for 97-cents a pound. Bell Peppers are 3/99-cents; avocados are 2/$1; white corn is 4/$1 and bananas are 39-cents a pound on Monday only.

Buy a pack of Gurrero tortillas and get a free bag of shredded cheese. Sunny Select brands are a good deal at Save Mart. Sandwich bread is $1.69; buns are $1.29; eggs are $2. Buy a jar of Jif and get Sunny Select peanut butter for free; buy a jar of Smucker's and get Sunny Select jam for free.

Eggo waffles are on sale at Save Mart, too. $1.99 per box. Arrowhead or Nestle water is $3.33. Buy 6 boxes of Kellogg's products and it works out to $1.88 a box.

Raley's has a few good coupons: Jif peanut butter is $1.99; 2-liter Coke is 89-cents; Hillshire Farm sausage is $2.49 and Smart Ones frozen dinners are $1.89. Nature Sweet tomatoes are BOGO. Buy 4 boxes of Kellogg's cereal (4/$10) and get free milk. Oroweat bread is $1.99 a loaf; Chobani Greek yogurt cups are $1 each and Keebler cookies are $2 a pack.

A case of R Everyday water is $3.48; Raley's large eggs are $1.68 a dozen. 8-piece roasted chicken is $4.99; lean ground beef patties are $2.99lb. Split chicken breasts are 99-cents a pound.

In produce, Bartlett pears are 49-cents a pound; cherries are $2.49lb and "Amaize" corn is 3/99-cents. Mann's veggie medley or stir fry is $1 a bag.

If you shop Sprouts, they have corn on the cob 10/$2; cherries for $1.49lb; cantaloupe 2/$1 and bell pepper 3/$1.

Until next 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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