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November 25, 2008
Help for last-minute shoppers

Surprise, surprise. There isn't a grocery insert in Wednesday's Bee. In a tradition dating back to forever, supermarkets place their Thanksgiving inserts in the newspaper the Sunday before the holiday. Or, they keep sale prices for two weeks, including Thanksgiving week.

To make life easier, we'll recap what's on sale, including the Sunday inserts and items from last week. Warning! If you are buying a frozen turkey, do it by Wednesday. Otherwise, the bird won't thaw in time for dinner.

There was something new in Wednesday's paper: An ad from 99-cents Only. They have nine stores in our area and will be open on Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are a last-minute maven or forgot that one ingredient, check it out. They have gravy for 99-cents (duh) a jar; Reynolds Wrap; mashed potatoes; cooking tools like a baster, brush or lancers to close up that bird. Also - for 99-cents - fresh broccoli; celery and bananas. And the one thing I always forget: large aluminum roasting pans. To find a store nearby, go to their website

A new addition on Sunday was Smart & Final. You can purchase items for your entire meal at S&F - and save money, too. Their frozen turkey is 49-cents per pound (with $25 purchase). Mrs Cubbison's stufing mix is $1.50 a  box; Campbell's turkey gravy is $2.59 a can and Sara Lee dinner rolls are $1.99 for a dozen.  Russet potatoes are $2.50 for a 10lb. bag and yams are 69-cents a pound. For dessert, there's pumpkin or apple pie for $4.99 and Breyer's ice cream for $2.99. You will also find a $1 off coupon for Martinelli's sparkling cider.

SAFEWAY: Most stores open on Thanksgiving until 6 p.m.

Safeway's frozen turkeys are priced from $5.99 to $9,99. To get those prices, you must use your Club Card and spend at least $25. For your sides, yams are 69-cents a pound; brown and serve rolls are 4/$5; frozen veggies are $2.34 a bag; Stove Top stuffing and Sara Lee pies are BOGO. Cool Whip topping is 4/$5 and Martinelli's sparkling cider is $1.79 a bottle.

RALEY'S/BELAIR: Stores open until 11 p.m. on Wednesday; closed Thanksgiving Day.

Raley's has a fresh turkey for 97-cents a pound and frozen birds for $7.87 or $9.87 each. Green beans are 97-cents a pound; sliced mushrooms are $2 per container; Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash potatoes are 2/$7 and C&W frozen veggies are 2/$3. Canned Del Monte veggies are 88-cents; Swanson broth is 5/$3 and bakery rolls are $1.49 a dozen. Sara Lee pies are 2/$5. In the bakery, pumpkin and apple pies are $4.99 each. Knudsen sparkling cider is $1.50 a bottle.

SAVEMART: Most stores open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Savemart still has the "spend $99 or more at the checkout and get a free turkey" deal. If you are just buying the bird, you will pay from $1.49 to $2.19 a pound. Green Giant canned veggies are 2/$1; Stove Top stuffing is 99-cents a box; brown and serve rolls are $1.99 a dozen; yams are 69-cents a pound; fresh cranberries are 2 bags/$4 and pumpkin pies are $6.99 in the bakery and $5 in the freezer.

Come back Wednesday afternoon for some great recipes for leftovers. Happy Thanksgiving!



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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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