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

November 11, 2008
Comparing Thanksgiving meals; the weekly specials

With two weeks to go, it's time to start planning Thanksgiving. To help the stressed cook, we have compared prices on  pre-made Thanksgiving dinners from the local grocery stores.

SAFEWAY: Complete turkey dinner $39.99 (club price, serves 6-8)

What you get: Fully cooked turkey 10-12 pounds (heat and serve).

Two pounds of stuffing. 3 pounds mashed potatoes; 24-oz gravy; cranberry sauce; 1 dozen dinner rolls; 8" pumpkin pie.

RALEY'S/BELAIR: Premium Holiday Dinner $99.99 (serves 10-12) Order online, save $5

What you get: Free range Diestel turkey 12-14 pounds (2.5 hours of prep time)

Ciabatta stuffing; mashed potatoes; gravy; green beans almondine; maple orange glazed sweet potatoes; whole berry orange cranberry sauce; dinner rolls; pumpkin pie.

Butterball Turkey dinner $49.99 (serves 8-10) Order online, save $5

What you get: 10-12 pound Butterball turkey (prep time 2.5 hours)

Cranberry herb stuffing (2 pounds); mashed potatoes (3 pounds); gravy (24 oz.); broccoli cheese and rice casserole (28 oz.); cranapple sauce; 1 dozen dinner rolls; 9" pumpkin pie.

WHOLE FOODS: Traditional pre-roasted turkey dinner $129.99

What you get: Fully cooked Diestel turkey (10-12 pounds) serves up to 8

Fresh green beans with shallots; stuffing; garlic mashed potatoes; gravy; cranberry relish; 1 dozen dinner rolls; pumpkin pie.

SAVEMART: Complete turkey dinner $49.99 (heat and serve)

What you get: Fully cooked 10-12 pound turkey

Stuffing (22 oz); mashed potatoes (32 oz.); gravy (24 oz.); broccoli and cheese casserole (22 oz.); spiced apples (23 oz.); 1 dozen dinner rolls; 9" pumpkin pie.

For Savemart shoppers, spend $99 or more at the checkout and get a free turkey (up to 15 pounds).

Now, for the week's sales.

Let's start at Raley's/Belair because they have Michelina's frozen entrees for 88-cents; General Mills cereal 2/$4; store brand stone ground wheat bread $1.99; raw, shell-on shrimp $3.99 lb.; 3lb bag of Clementine tangerines $3; tri tip roast $2.97 lb (with a recipe for tri tip tortilla soup with avocado - $1 each) and a coupon for 2-liter Coca Cola 88-cents.

 In the bakery, you will find soft iced cookies for $3.99; dream cake for $4.99 and bread for two $1.29 each. Minute Maid Lemonade or Punch is $1 a carton; Raley's whipped topping is $1.19; Keebler, Cheeze-It or All-Bran crackers are $1.99 a box; Raley's spring water is $3.88 a case and Ramen is 8 packs for $2. In produce, York apples are $1.47 a pound; large hot house tomatoes are $1.99 a pound and whole or sliced mushrooms are $2 a container.

Safeway's 48-hour specials get top billing this week. On Saturday and Sunday, you can get Progresso soups for 97-cents a can; Nabisco snack crackers for $1.88 a box; pudding cake  for $1.99 and a pound of Starbucks coffee for $5.99. BOGOs are also big. Choose from Foster Farms whole chicken; pomegranates; blueberries; Safeway wheat breads; orange juice; stuffing mix (Safeway brand and Stove Top); Heinz homestyle gravy; Sara Lee frozen pies; Pop-Secret popcorn; Chex Mix; Ritz and Saltine crackers; Bigelow tea and Nature Made vitamins or Osteo Bi Flex.

If you can't wait until Thanksgiving, the Friday $5 special is oven roasted turkey breast, Add Safeway cranberry sauce at $1 a can, the BOGO stuffing and Sara Lee pie and you've got a quick meal. Get a head start on the holiday baking with coupons for raisins ($1 off); chocolate baking chips (2/$3) and paper plates and napkins. Safeway brown or powdered sugar is 79-cents a bag; navel oranges are 99-cents a pound; Ocean Spray cranberries are $1.99 a bag; Fuji or Granny Smith apples are 88-cents a pound; Arrowhead or Refreshe water is $3.77 a case and best of all General Mills cereal is $1.99 a box.

Remember if you shop Savemart, spending $99 at the checkout will get you a free bird. Here are a few items to get you going. Yoplait yogurt 10/$5; avocado 69-cents each; Del Monte veggies $1 a can; whole Foster Farms chicken 99-cents a pound; boneless roast $2.99lb; Sargento shredded cheese $3 a bag; a dozen large eggs $2; Sunny Select drinking water $3.50 a case; Quaker cereals $2.50 a box; cranberry sauce or olives $1 a can; bakery french bread $1.49 a loaf; and chicken tenders from the deli $4.99lb. In produce 12 oz. blackberries or blueberries are $3.99 a carton; apples are $1.29lb.; hothouse tomatoes $1.69lb and Fresh Express salads are 2/$5. Swanson broth and Campbell's cream soups are $1 a can; Sunny Select whipped topping is $1 per container; Pillsbury Grands! biscuits are 3/$5 and bags of Marie Callendar's croutons are $1 a bag.

Foods Co. has a great price on eggs- $2.38 for 18 Grade AA large; Van de Kamp's sliced bread is 99-cents a loaf; Donald Duck orange juice is $2 a carton; Fuji or Braeburn apples are 67-cents a pound and Maruchan lunch cups are 25-cents each. Limes are 10/$1; grapefruit is 68-cents each; Ocean Spray cranberries are $1.98 a bag and Yoplait yogurt is 10/$5.

Vics in Folsom has boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.77 a pound; Swanson broth for 75-cents a can; Newman's Own brands are on sale with salad dressing $2.99 a bottle; salsa and pasta sauce $2.50 a jar and popcorn $2 a box. Fuji apples are 99-cents a pound and grapefruit is 2/$1. Blueberries from Argentina are $2.99 for a 4.4oz. package and be sure to clip the coupon on page 2 to save $3 when you buy 3 boxes of Chex cereals.

Come back tomorrow for recipes to help with Thanksgiving dinner.






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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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