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July 10, 2012
Sprouts celebrates and other cool stuff

It has only been in our area for a couple of years, but Sprouts Farmers Market is actually turning 10 this week. Sprouts got its start in Chandler, Arizona, in 2002 and has quickly grown to include 150 stores. Sprouts and rival Sunflower farmers markets merged earlier this year. But the anniversary, free cake and prices are a Sprouts only celebration.

On Saturday at the Elk Grove, Citrus Heights and Roseville stores, shoppers will be treated to cake and ice cream starting at noon. While you're there, check out the 10-year anniversary prices. For example: A dozen eggs for 99-cents; boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.77lb; Ketttle chips 2/$3; extra-lean ground beef for 25% off and specialty sausages like chicken apple, basil or bratwourst for $2.99.

But Sprouts is best-known for its produce. This week green seedless grapes are 99-cents a pound; red cherries are $1.49lb; radishes, cilantro or green onions are 3/$1; berries are 2/$4 and tomatoes on the vine are 99-cents a pound.

Sabra hummus is BOGO; 8-inch take-and-bake pizzas are 2/$5 and Sprouts chicken salad is $5.99lb.

Raley's has a cool deal this weekend (Fri.-Sun.). Spend $75 on groceries and get a coupon for $10 off your next shopping trip. Here's what we like: Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are $1.99lb; pork spareribs are $2.99lb and farm-raised trout is $4.99lb.

The Raley's ad has a different look this week with most of the produce on the front cover, like cherries for $2.49lb; blueberries for $3.99; peaches for $1.49 and bagged salads for 99-cents.

If you still have not tried the Nob Hill Trading Co. breads, they're BOGO this week. Choose jalapeno or bruschetta focaccia bread. Coupons, on the back cover, include 8-pack gatorade for $3.99; Oscar Mayer lunchmeat for $2.49 and Pepperidge Farm cookies for $2.29. The ice cream aisle is going to be popular this week. Breyers is $2.99 and Haagen-Dazs or Wonka ice cream are $3.33 a pint.

Don't forget to hydrate during the heatwave. Cases of Arrowhead and Nestle are $3.99. Gallons of Bayview Farms milk are $2.89 each when you buy 2.

The best price on red cherries can be found at Save Mart where the juicy fruit is $1.47lb. Summertime peaches are 97-cents a pound; strawberries are BOGO; raspberries or blackberries are 2/$5. Limes or baby lemons are 10/$1; tomatoes on the vine are 97-cents a pound and Iceberg lettuce is 79-cents a head.

Coupons include a 6th meat item free when you purchase 5 and a free 6-pack of Gatorade with $25 purchase.

Whole trout at Save Mart is $3.99lb; salmon fillets are $4.99lb and Foster Farms chicken strips are 2/$5. Whole chickens are 99-cents a pound.

The national brands challenge includes Langers and Hansens juices and Softsoap. A case of Sunny Select drinking water is $2.50. Chex Mix is $1 a bag; Barilla pasta is 99-cents a box and sincle serving Chobani Greek yogurt is $1. Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.99 a box and Michelina's entrees are $1 each.

In the bakery, a fresh fruit tart is $12.99 and ice cream sundae cupcakes are $4.99 for 6.

Safeway is pushing the BOGO this week. Here's the short list: Doritos and Kettle chips; Arm & Hammer detergent; sandwich fixin's (Kraft cheese; Oscar Mayer lunchmeat and Claussen pickles); Smithfield premium bacon; Star olive oil and Philly cream cheese.

Other stuf we like: green onions and radishes 2/$1; pint of blueberries for $2.99; red onions for 99-cents a pound and organic grape tomatoes for $1.99. Kraft salad dressings are $1.39 and the pasta is free when you buy 2 jars of Ragu sauce.

The $5 Friday specials include Signature Cafe whole chicken; deli counter ham, turkey or cheese; double pack of Oroweat breads or sandwich thins and Frito Lay variety pack.

The best item on sale Friday-Monday? Kellogg's Frosted Flakes or Froot Loops for $1.88 a box. (If you can't wait, you can get deep-fried Froot Loops at the State Fair beginning Thursday.)

Artisan Filone breads are 89-cents in the bakery. Safeway Kitchens buns are $1.99 a bag and a Pulled Pork sandwich meal is only $5 in the deli.

Safeway is forcing everyone to do a reality check and prepare for the school year, which will be here as soon as the temp dips below 101. They are promoting "college life" with a $5 Starbucks card when you spend $50 on such items as Ramen noodles - 6 for 99 cents; Powerade, 59-cents each; Rold Gold pretzels, $2.99 a bag and Listerine, $6.49. The ad is definitely aimed at the parents because I know of no college student who would pay $6.49 for mouthwash.

That's it for this week. Stay cool, shop in the frozen foods aisle!


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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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