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August 14, 2012
Save $10 on your next bag of groceries and other shopping tips

Let's cut to the chase here. If you want to save $10 off your next bag of groceries, shop Raley's this weekend. If you want some pretty decent $5 specials, shop Safeway on Friday. And if you want free stuff, head to Save Mart for free eggs, lettuce and toothpaste (with purchase, of course).

Here's what we like: In the Raley's offer, which is available on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, you can earn a $10 rewards coupon when you spend $75 or more on groceries. Produce is a good buy this week with blueberries for $3.99; heirloom tomatoes for $2.99lb; bell pepers $1 each green chilis from Mexico for 89-cents a pound. White peaches or nectarines are $1.99lb. and red or Yukon gold potatoes are 69-cents a pound.

Pork spareribs are BOGO and chicken thighs, drumsticks or leg quarters are 99-cents a pound. If you're planning a picnic, Claire's Classic potato salad is $1.49lb and chicken strips are $4.99 in the deli. S&W beans are 69-cents a can. Fresh shrimpmeat is $5.99lb and BBQ oysters are 12/$9.

Raley's Take & Bake pizza is BOGO; a case of Aquafina is $3.99 and Oroweat buns are $1.99 a package.

In the bakery, sliced cheesecake is BOGO; fresh baguettes are $1.88 and family pack cookies are $3.99. Kellogg's Special K products and Mother's cookies are $1.99 each when you buy 4. And if you're clippin' Sunnyside ice cream is $2.99; Near East Rice Rilaf or Couscous is $1.49; Frito-Lay variety pack chips are $3.99 and Kleenex or Scott bath tissue is $5.99.

Over at Safeway, the Friday $5 specials include the All-American sub; chicken tenders; Artisan cake slices; a 6-pack of smartwater and 3lbs of Jennie-O lean ground turkey.

In produce, nectarines are 99-cents a pound; a 22oz carton of blueberries is $4.99 and oranges are 99-cents a pound. Cantaloupe is $1.99; white corn is 6/$2 and everything from bagged spinach to baby carrots are BOGO.

Safeway is advertising fresh Yellowfin tuna steaks for $6.99lb; Italian sausage for $3.49 and the chicken drumstick, thigh or leg quarters for 99-cents a pound.

Golden Grain pasta is $1 a box; Rosarita refries are $1 a can and Pillsbury Grand! biscuits are $1.50. If you're still clippin' like Shop Cheap, check out the coupons for Skippy, $2.49; Folgers coffee for $7.99; Safeway OJ for $4.49; Drumsticks for $2.49 and Lucerne sliced cheese for $1.99.

To get the free stuff at Save Mart, you do have to buy stuff. To get a free dozen eggs, you must purchase 5 items from ConAgra, which includes Hunt's; Rosarita; Banquet and Egg Beaters! To get the free head of lettuce, clip the coupon on the back of the ad and spend at least $15. Want free toothpaste, clip the coupon above the lettuce and spend $25.

Save Mart has boneless chicken breasts or thighs for $1.99lb and is also advertising a boneless steak sale. Fresh cooked shrimpmeat for salads is $4.99lb and Harris Ranch fresh ground sirloin is $3.99lb.

In produce, 2lbs of blueberries is $4.97; corn on the cob is 3/99-cents; red bell pepper is 3/99-cents and organic heirloom tomatoes are $2.97lb. If you like capese salad, fresh mozarella is $3.99; fresh basil is 99-cents and vine ripened tomatoes are 47-cents a pound.

Other stuff we like, Quaker Life cereal for $1.88 a box; Golden Grain pasta for $1 a box; Arrowhead or Nestle water for $3.33 a case; Rainbo buns for $1.99 and Minute Maid OJ for $2.50.

Sunflower Farmers Market on Harding Blvd. in Roseville is continuing its closing sale with 40% off all inventory. The store will close on Aug. 25 because of its merger with Sprouts Farmers Market, which has a location nearby on Five Star Blvd. and Stanford Ranch Road.

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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