Shop Cheap

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

November 18, 2008
Thanksgiving on a budget

You don't have to ask Congress for a federal bailout to afford Thanksgiving dinner this year - and Shop Cheap is going to tell you how. There are plenty of reasonably priced items that will make for a delicious Turkey Day. Best of all, every market has items on sale so you can do all your shopping at one store and still save money.

The store-by-store highlights:

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

Turkey prices vary and most of the advertised specials are frozen. But there is a price to fit every budget from $5.99 to $9.99. The only requirements: use your Club Card and spend at least $25. More for your Thanksgiving table: yams at 69-cents a pound; bakery dinner rolls 2 bags/$4; BOGO Stove Top stuffing; crisp celery 49-cents; Safeway gravy 2/$3; frozen veggies $2.34 a bag and pumpkin pies - BOGO Sarah Lee, and $4.99 in the bakery.

You will need other items to fill out the weekly menu, so here's what else is cartworthy.12 packs of Coca-Cola buy 2-get 2 free; Tropicana orange juice and Dreyer's and Safeway Select  ice cream are BOGO and Nabisco snack crackers are 2/$4. Swanson chicken broth is 2/$3; Hunts diced tomatoes are $1 a can; Arrowhead water $3.99 a case; milk remains 2 gallons/$5.19; Navel oranges are 99-cents a pound and 5-lb bag of Clementine oranges $5.88. There are two Friday only specials this week. In the deli, sliced pan roasted turkey and Black Forest Ham is $5 a pound and Van de Kamp's seafood selections and Signature Cafe Mac & Cheese are $5 for both.

RALEY'S/BELAIR: Closed on Thanksgiving Day

Raley's fresh/natural turkey is 97-cents a pound and the Nob Hill Trading Co. brand is $1.69lb. Frozen turkey up to 16 pounds - $7.87 each; more than 16 pounds -  $9.87 each. If you want to splurge on turkey, Raley's premium Diestel is $2.19 a pound. Fresh green beans are 97-cents a pound; C&W frozen veggies are 2/$3; rolls from the deli are $1.49 a dozen; Campbell's gravy 4 cans/$2; Stove Top stuffing $2/$3; and pumpkin pies - Sara Lee 2/$5 and $4.99 in the bakery.

Other items: Salad size shrimp meat $3.99lb; Fresh Express salad blends 2/$5; sliced mushrooms 2/$4; Martinelli's sparkling cider $1.79 a bottle; Knudsen sparkling cider 2/$3; 12 pack Coca-Cola - buy 2, get 2 free; Pillsbury Grands! biscuits 2/$5; Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash potatoes 2/$7; Del Monte canned veggies 88-cents; Campbell's cream of mushroom, chicken or celery soup 69-cents a can; Nabisco snack crackers $1.88; Raley's large eggs $1.50 a dozen and Fuji apples $1.49 a pound.

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

First, if you spend $99 or more during a shopping visit, your turkey issues have been solved.  SaveMart is giving a free turkey to customers who spend $99 at checkout. If  you buy the bird at SaveMart, you will pay  from $1.49 to $2.19 a pound. To go with the turkey dinner, 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.

Other items: Lindsay pitted olives $1 per can; Nabisco snack crakers $1.87 a box; seedless grapes 99-cents a pound; fresh celery 2/$1; Large eggs $2.50 for 18; Minute Maid drinks $1 per container; Sunnyside Farms cracked wheat bread $1.99 a loaf; English muffins $1.50 a pack; Geisha Mandarin oranges 4/$3; Martinelli's sparkling cider $2 a bottle; Aquafina drinking water $3.99 a case; avocado $1 each; Fuji apples $1.29 a pound; Fresh Express salad blends $2 per bag and large Navel oranges 69-cents a pound.

VIC'S MARKETS/FOLSOM: Open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Fresh Norbest turkey is $1.29 a pound; Foster Farms is $1.49lb; fresh green beans $1.49lb; yams 69-cents a pound; dinner rolls $1.99 a dozen; and pumpkin pie in the bakery is $3.99 Mrs Smith's frozen 2/$5.

Other stuff: Pound of butter $1.99; Martinelli's sparkling cider $1.79 bottle; Campbell's cream soups 99-cents a can; fresh green beans $1.29lb; Del Monte canned veggies 79-cents; Cool Whip 99-cents a tub; Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash potatoes $2.99 a bag; Gallo Salame $4.99 a package; and fresh pineapple is $1.99 each.

FOODS Co. Open Thanksgiving Day

Fresh Zacky Farms turkey 87-cents a pound; fresh broccoli 98-cents a pound; 10-pound bag of potatoes $2.48; 2-dozen fresh baked rolls $2.98; yams 47-cents a pound; fresh pumpkin pies 2/$5; Mrs. Smith's in the freezer 2/$5.

Other stuff: Fresh apples 68-cents a pound; avocado 98-cents each; fresh cranberries $1.98 a bag; fresh oranges 2lbs/98 cents; canned Green Giant veggies 2/$1; Kellogg's cereals $2 a box; fresh celery 47-cents each; Western Hearth loaf bread 3/$5; Arrowhead drinking water $3.98 a case; Cool Whip 97-cents a tub and fresh pineapple $1.98 each.

RAINBOW FOODS: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Foster Farms or Norbest turkey $1.19lb; Western Family gravy 79-cents; Stove Top stuffing 4/$5; 2 dozen dinner rolls $2.50 a bag; yams 3lbs/$1; 10 pounds Russet potatoes $3 a bag; Del Monte canned veggies 89-cents a can; bakery pumpkin pie $3.50; Sara Lee frozen pies 2/$7.

Come back tomorrow for some post-holiday recipes.





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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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