Shop Cheap

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

August 21, 2012
Back to school bargains and groceries, too

School is starting and so are the assignments for parents. New backpacks; snacks; juice. Want ot know where to go for great prices on these items? Try the Grocery Outlet. Shop Cheap has the goods to prove it: Rolling backpack - $9.99; Contigo sports mug - $9.99; Clif Zbar in a box of 12 - $5.49 and Tree Top 100% Apple Pear Juice - 3/$1. Need we say more?

Now, to feed those hungry humans. How about seedless grapes for 99-cents; BOGO sandwich bread $1.49 for General Mills cereal and granola bars (when you buy 4 boxes). That's all at Safeway. The $5 Friday specials are worth a visit for Signature Cafe Pizza or chicken wings; cookies, croissants or muffins; deli ham, turkey and cheese; Frito Lay variety pack and Tide detergent.

Other stuff we like at Safeway: tomatoes for 99-cents a pound; Fresh Express salads for $1; corn on the cob 6/$2 and green onions or radishes for 50-cents each.

For 99-cents or less, shoppers can get a head of Iceberg lettuce; a bakery baguette; paper towels; canned veggies and all kinds of necessities like toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant.

If toasted raisin bread is on your breakfast list, a loaf of Safeway Kitchens brand is $2. In the coupon category, Safeway OJ is $3.77 for a gallon; Lucerne eggs are $1.89 a dozen and Yoplait yogurt is $3.77 for an 8-pack.

And now through Aug. 28, if you spend $75 or more at the checkout, you earn 30-cents off per gallon at Safeway gas stations.

Moving on to Raley's we find all the ingredients to make mango salsa. Roma tomatoes for 79-cents a pound; mangoes 2/$1; jalapeno peppers for 49-cents a pound and limes 6/96-cents. To make things really easy, go to for a mango salsa recipe. To go with it, there's a BOGO mix & match sale featuring beef, chicken and pork. There's boneless, skinless chicken breasts, fresh ground beef patties, baby back ribs and boneless pork chops...all buy one, get one free.

Personal size watermelons are $1.97 each and locally grown pears are $1.29lb.

Garlic-lovers take note of the Nob Hill artisan roasted garlic batard for $3.99. Gallo salame is $4.99; Ronzoni pasta is 99 cents a box and Barilla sauce is $2.50 a jar.

A gallon of Crystal Geyser spring water is 98 cents; a case of R Everyday water is $3.48.

General Mills cereals are $1.99 a box when you buy 4 or more and Home Pride bread is $1.99 a loaf.

Save Mart has a twist on the meat dept. sale. There, shoppers can purchase 5 packages of beef, pork, poultry or seafood for just $25. The pacakges are specially marked but include boneless NY steak; fresh ground beef; Foster Farms chicken and large prawns.

In produce, berries are BOGO; personal watermelon is $1.97 each; tomatoes on the vine are $1.29lb and Hatch chile peppers are 97-cents a pound.

Michelina's Zap'ems frozen entrees are 78-cents each; Eggo waffles are 2/$4 and Breyers ice cream is BOGO. No time to cook? Try the rotisserie chicken meal, which includes a side and bread for less than $10.

This week's brand challenge includes two kinds of tuna and mayo. Remember it's buy the national brand and get the Sunny Select item for free.

Goldfish are $1 a bag; a case of Nestle or Arrowhead water is $3.33 a case;  and a loaf of Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.98. The freebie coupons on the back of the ad this week include Bar-S bologna and Top Care cotton swabs.

If you have a Sprouts in your neighborhood, check out the produce. Seedless grapes are 69-cents a pound; avocados and mangoes are 69-cents each; bell peppers are 3/$1 and leaf lettuce is 88-cents a head. Beefsteak tomatoes are 88-cents a pound.

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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