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

August 7, 2012
Cool savings for the hot days ahead

It's going to be really hot (again) this week. Good time to have breakfast for dinner, don't you think? Here's how:

Safeway has what they are calling "Rise & Shine Savings." General Mills cereals are $1.49 a box (must buy 4 or more) and Quaker cereals are $1.88 a box. Tropicana OJ is $2.88; Open Nature breads are 2/$5; Lucerne large eggs (18 count) are $2.59 with coupon and Pillsbury cinnamon rolls are $1.69 with coupon. Blueberry muffins and butter croissants are $5 in the bakery and canteloupe is 2/$3. And don't forget your $10 off coupon from last week!

Other stuff we like: The coupons! Klondike bars for $2.49; $5 off when you spend $15 on any frozen food items; 6-pack of Gatorade for $2.50; salsa for $1.49 and Nature Valley granola bars for $1.79.

And although we are in the early days of August, it's getting to be "back to school" time for lots of parents and kids. For that reason, sandwich bread is on sale for $1.99; Capri Sun drinks are $1.99 and Hunt's snack pack pudding cups are buy 2, get 2 free.

The $5 Friday only specials include Signature Cafe whole roasted chicken; deli ham, turkey or Swiss cheese; Strawberry Boston cream cake; 32oz. Chobani Greek yogurt and The Snack Artist Buffalo Chicken Wing Buckets.

Ragu or Rinaldi pasta sauces; Best Foods mayo; Bulls-Eye BBQ sauce; Ballpark franks and Safeway Ketchup are all BOGO. Refreshe water is $3.33 a case.

In produce, seedless grapes are 79-cents a pound; broccoli is 99-cents a pound; Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound and baby carrots are $1.50 a bag.

And if you are craving Red Vines, a large container is only $6.99.

Raley's is going to really help you eat your fruit and veggies this week. On Saturday and Sunday only, strawberries are $1.29lb; vine-ripe tomatoes are 79-cents a pound and Fresh Express garden salad is 79-cents a bag.

Cherries are $2.99lb; seedless grapes are $1.49lb and whole seedless watermelon is $3.49 each. Amaize white corn is 2/88-cents.

In the BOGO category, there's Nob Hill Trading Co. cheeses in the deli; Raley's Take & Bake pizza and Tostitos.

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are $1.99lb; fresh ground beef patties are $2.99lb and large cooked shrimp are $6.98lb.

If you are a lover of Peet's coffee, a 12oz. bag of whole bean or ground is $6.99.

A case of Crystal Geyser Spring water is $3.49.

Save Mart continues with the reasonable prices for produce. White corn on the cob is 5/$1; seedless grapes are 97-cents a pound and Iceberg lettuce is 47-cents a head. Campari tomatoes are 97-cents for a container and red bell pepers are 4/$1. Bartlett pears and red or black plums are 79-cents a pound; cantaloupe is $2. Heirloom tomatoes are $2.99lb and broccoli is 97-cents a pound.

The FREE coupons on the back of the ad - both have minimum purchase of $25 - are Jif To Go cups and Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage.

The brand challenge this week - buy the national brand, get the store brand free - include Sue Bee honey; Quaker Quakes and Pantene shampoo. It't probably the wrong week to advertise Progresso recipe sou starters, but it will get cool agan and they are BOGO this week.

The best daily shopping deals are Bayview Farms sandwich bread - 59 cents on Thursday; Sunny Select drinking water - $1.68 a case on Sunday; and bananas - 39 cents a pound on Monday.

And if you want to try something cute, check out the cupcakes that look like little pies - 6 for $4.99.

Colleague Mark Glover reported on Tuesday that Sprouts Farmers Market announced it was closing the Sunflower Farmers Market - at Douglas and Harding in Roseville Square - not later than Aug. 25. When Sprouts purchased Sunflower earlier this year, they ended up with 2 stores in Roseville.

Beginning Wednesday, shoppers at Sunflower will receive 30% off their groceries. The discount will be given at checkout.

If you are a Sprouts shopper, there is a 72-hour sale this weekend that features corn on the cob, 10/$2; baby back ribs for $2.99lb; Arrowhead Spring water for $2.99 a case; sliced roast beef for $4.99 and raw almonds for $2.99lb.

Produce worth noting: blueberries 2 pints for $3; seedless watermelon, 3lbs/$1; avocado and cantaloupe 77-cents each; red and green bell pepper 3/$1; peaches and nectarines for 99-cents a pound and the radish, cilantro or green onion trio 3/$1.

That's it for this week, shoppers. Remember when the temperature hits 100, the coolest place in town is 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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