Shop Cheap

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

September 4, 2012
The savings start here

It's September and by now most kids are back in school and we're heading into fall. Thankfully, we still have plenty of fresh fruit and veggies and weather nice enough to keep the BBQ going for at least another month.

Like they did last year, Raley's is remembering 9/11 with an offer of free coffee to members of the military, police, firefighters and paramedics on Saturday and Sunday. It's a nice touch. And if you're a Raley's shopper, check out the prices on red or green bell pepper 2/$1; broccoli for 99-cents a pound and boneless, skinless chicken for $1.99lb. Seedless watermelon is $2.79 each and bananas are 68-cents a pound.

Oroweat is introducing "Dutch Country" 100% wheat bread and it's only $1.69 a loaf. Raley's is advertising a new cook-at-home pizza offer that includes different toppings. They are called "Top-N-Bake" pizzas where you buy a 16'' or 12'' pie and get a topping for free. The 16" pizza is $10 and the 12" is $8. They also have "Take & Bake" breadsticks for 99-cents when you purchase a pizza.

And if you get a pizza, you should also pick up some fresh basil for only 99-cents a bunch. That's the best topper of all!

Lots of items for $1 this week: Dennison's chili; Hunt's tomatoes and pasta sauce; Rosarita refries; and Rice or Pasta Roni. Sunnyside Farms has Greek-style yogurt for $1 a cup and a gallon of Crystal Geyser spring water is 98-cents.

Buy 10 or more General Mills products and each one is $1.50. Ten sounds like a lot but General Mills is more than just cereal. There's Progresso soups, Old El Paso taco shells and Betty Crocker cookie addition to Total cereal and Cheerios.

Coupons worth clipping include Sunnyside Farms ice cream for $2.99; Raley's sparkling water for 50-cents; Precious string cheese for $2.99 and Maruchan Ramen, 8/$1.

Moving on to Save Mart, where they continue with their new ad format, produce is king. Heriloom tomatoes are $1.99lb; personal size watermelon is $1.47; nectarines are 97-cents a pound and raspberries are buy one, get 2 free. Seedless grapes are $1.67lb; red and green bell peppers are 2/$1; avocados are $1 each and white corn is 3/99-cents.

Beef back ribs in the Max Pak are 99-cents a pound. You can mix and match beef, chicken and pork, buy one - get one free. The "our brands challenge" includes Snyder's pretzels; Jolly Time popcorn; Vitamin water and Old Spice, Dove and Olay body wash. Buy the national brand, get the local brand for free.

Bohemian Hearth bread is $1.98 a loaf; Ronzoni pasta is $1 a box and a large tin of Yuban or Maxwell House coffee is $7.99. A case of Crystal Geyser water is $2.99; a gallon is 88-cents.

In the deli, fresh sliced roast beef is $7.99lb; Buffalo wings are $3.99lb on Mondays. In the bakery, fresh cornbread is 2/$5 on Fridays and fresh baked cookies are $2.99.

Safeway has avocado for $1 each; Pistachios are BOGO; baby carrots are 99-cents a bag and hot-house tomatoes are $1.99lb.

Single serving Yoplait or Tilamook yogurt is 10/$5. Greek-style Fage or Dannon is $1 each. Buy 4 Betty Crocker or General Mills products and you'll save $4. Fruit snacks are 99-cents; cereal is $1.99.

There are lots of coupons that you can either clip or add to your Club Card. Highlights: C&H sugar for $2.49; Mission tortilla chips for $1.99; 8-packs of Pepsi bottles for $2.99 and Hefty bags or Reynolds Wrap foil for $2.49. A carton of eggs is $2.49.

The $5 Friday only specials include a pound of Primo Taglio ham, turkey or Provolone; Bertoli dinner for 2; Signature Cafe pizza or chicken wings; 20-packs of Coke and Tide Detergent.

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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