Shop Cheap

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

September 18, 2012
Score with September savings

Everyone seems to have a full plate these days - and we aren't talking food. To make things easier for all the shoppers out there, Shop Cheap is here to highlight the best buys at the three big supermarket chains in the region: Raley's, Safeway and Save Mart. We also like to give a shout out to Sprouts because of their great produce prices.

Here's what we like this week:

Raley's has a good deal on Honeycrisp apples from Washington State. Only $1.89lb, compared to $2.99lb at Safeway. Also, 2lbs of strawberries are $3.99; peaches are $1.49lb and a bag of their Tesoro tomatoes is $2.99. Cantaloupe is 97 cents each; broccoli is 99-cents a pound and a 5lb. bag of potatoes is only 99-cents.

Quaker cereal and chewy granola bars are only $1.69 a box and a dozen eggs is $1.68. A case of Crystal Geyser water is $3.49.

Whole Foster Farms chickens are 89-cents a pound; pork spareibs are BOGO. In the deli, chicken strips are $4.99 and grab & go sandwiches are buy 2, get 1 free. If you like hummus, the Sabra brand is BOGO. Raley's fresh salsa is $2.

If you clip, Lay's Kettle chips are $1.79; Hillshire Farm deli meats are $2.49; Jif is $2.49 and Sunnyside Farms OJ is $2.50.

Save Mart has a 10lb. bag of potatoes for 97 cents and fresh salmon fillets for $3.99lb Friday-Sunday. Get a free case of Sunny Select water when you buy 4 boxes of Kellogs Special K for $10. Other free stuff: a pack of Sunny Select fish sticks with coupon and $25 purchase; and TopCare hand sanitizer with coupon and $10 purchase.

Other stuff we like: yellow onions for 15-cents a pound; Bartlett pears for 29-cents a pound; red bell pepper 3/99-cents; seedless grapes for $1.67lb; radishes and green onions 2/$1 and BOGO raspberries. Limes and baby lemons are 6/96-cents; Haas avocados are $1 each and oranges are 99-cents a pound. Gala apples are $1.29lb.

Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5; Bayview Farms OJ is $1.99; Sunnyside Farms large eggs are $1.50 a dozen. The "our brands" challenge includes Nutri-Grain bars; Nabisco saltines and Colgate Plus toothbrush.

A single serving of Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is 78-cents; Lindsay sliced olives are 99-cents; Sunny Select diced chilis are 78-cents and whole olives are 99-cents. Mustard is 99-cents; diced tomatoes are 65 cents and mushrooms are BOGO. Tomato sauce is 4/$1.

Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.99 a loaf and Nutella Spread is $2.99.

 Safeway has cornered the market on coupons this week and you can either clip or click to get the savings. For example: Best Foods mayo is $2.49; Post Cereal is $1.99; popchips are $1.88; Sargento string cheese is $2.99; Campbell's soups are $1.25; Wishbone dressing is $1.29; and Nathan's beef franks are $2.99. Lucerne large eggs are $1.69 a dozen; Pilsbury Grands! biscuits are 99-cents; Smucker's preserves are $2.49.

If you'd rather click than clip, fresh mushrooms are $1.49; deli counter meats and cheeses are $4.99lb; Golden Grain pasta is 67-cents; Safeway coffee is $6.99; Open Nature sandwich bread is $1.99 and Quaker chewy granola bars are $1.75.

In produce, grapes, broccoli and Roma tomatoes are all 99-cents a pound.

Refreshe water is $3.34 a case; Pepsi or 7-UP is 99-cents for a 2-liter jug.

The $5 Friday specials are plentiful this week. There's whole roasted chicken; a gallon of Odwalla OJ; the All-American sub sandwich; Star olive oil; Quilted Northern or Angel Soft bath tissue and Brawny towels. There's also 12-packs of 7-UP or A&W at 2/$5 and Tostitos chips and salsa also 2/$5.

Pillsbury cake and brownie mixes are $1. Powdered sugar is $2 and Gold Medal flour is $3.

And, lastly, Sprouts has seedless grapes for 77-cents a pound; avocados 2/$1; red bell pepper 3/$1 and Granny Smith or Gala apples 99-cents a pound. Radishes, cilantro and green onions are 3/$1 and whole seedless water melon is 3lbs/$1.

Aisle be seeing you!.  

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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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