Shop Cheap

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

September 11, 2012
Smart shoppers shop cheap

This weekend, it's Mexican Independence Day and that's reason enough for Raley's and Save Mart to offer savings from South of the Border.

Without saying what they are celebrating, Save Mart has a 3-day sale on avocado - 3/99-cents; ground beef - $1.99lb; sour cream - 99 cents and jumbo prawns - $5.99lb. They also have Mission tortilla chips for $2.89; salas for $1.50 and green onions 2/$1. Their free coupons include Mission tortillas and tropical mango.

There's whole seedless watermelon for $3.97; BOGO raspberries, organic salads and Taylor Farms salad kits. Fuji apples are $1.27lb; Roma tomatoes are 99-cents a pound and corn on the cob is 3/99-cents. Seedless grapes are 97-cents a pound.

Boneless chicken breasts are $1.99; boneles pork chops are $1.99lb and NY steaks are $4.99lb. Fresh cooked shrimp meat is $4.99lb.

Kraft mac&cheese is 88-cents a box; Golden Grain pasta is $1.10 a box and Del Monte sauce is $1.08. Ground Italian sausage is 2/$5 and Rosina meatballs are $6.99 for a 32oz. package.

The hot and fresh meal deal at Save Mart is convenient on a busy night. For $9.99 you get 8-piece fried chicken; a side salad and bread.

Over at Raleys' where they really are promoting "Fiesta Time," all the ingredients are on sale. Fresh pork shoulder roast is $1.99lb; limes are 6.96-cents; Nob Hill pico de gallo is $2; jalapeno peppers are 49-cents a pound and cilantro is 50-cents a bunch. Their Tres Leches cake is $15.99 in the bakery. Jalapeno cheese focaccia bread is $3.99.

If you're clippin', Tostitos chips are $1.99; La Mexicana salsa is $1.49; Mother's cookies are $1.99 and Gatorade is 89-cents.

Fage yogurt cups are $1 each; Kellogg's cereal is $1.99 a box when you buy 4 and a case of R Everyday water is $3.48.

Raley's new Top-N-Bake pizzas are buy 2, get 1 free. Cross rib roast or steak is $2.99lb and 8-piece chicken is $5.99.

In produce, large tomatoes are 79-cents a pound; seedless grapes are $1.49lb.

Golden Grain pasta is 99-cents a box. Kozy Shak pudding is 2/$5. 2-liter jugs of Pepsi, 7-UP and Dr. Pepper are 99-cents.

Their 2-day weekend sale offers personal size watermelon for $1.49 each; Fresh Express garden salad for 79-cents and fresh ground beef patties for $1.99lb.

Safeway is have an "our brands" sale with reduced prices on all things "Safeway" and "Pantry Essentials" - their other brand. Pudding cups are $1 each; pasta is 99-cents a box and condensed soups are 89-cents a can. Safeway spices are buy 2, get 1 free; mayo is $1.99 and preserves are $2.49. Safeway mac&cheese is 69-cents a box.

In produce, raspberries are buy 1 container, get 2 free; cantaloupe and grape tomatoes are BOGO. Corn on the cob is 6/$2 and Cara Mia marinated artichoke hearts are BOGO, too.

Arrowhead water is $3.50 a case; Coke 6-and-8 packs are $3 each. Lots of BOGO buys: Annie's organic products - mac&cheese; fruit snacks; cookies and crackers. Also, Nabisco cookies and saltines; Foster Farms ground turkey and Thomas' English muffins.

Bush's beans and Rosarita refries are both $1 a can. But if you buy 4 cans of Rosarita refries, you get a pack of tortillas for free..

The $5 Friday offerings are expansive (that's expansive, not expensive!) this week. And, if you load them on your card, you get the Friday prices all weekend long. For example: Lobster tails; NY strip steak in the value pack; deli ham and hot pepper jack; Boston cream cakes; Signature Cafe turkey pot roast; Simply OJ in an 89-oz jug; Stouffer's and Buitoni meals and 20-packs of Coke.

For the clippers, Nabisco crackers are $1.99; Prego sauce is $1.49; cream cheese is $1.29 and Kleenex is 99-cents.

If you want some of the best produce prices around, head to Sprouts Farmers Market. Most berries are 2/$3; cantaloupe is 99 cents each; oranges are 99-cents a pound. Cauliflower, cabbage and peppers are 2/$1; avocados are 77-cents each and leaf lettuce is 88-cents a head. .



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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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