Shop Cheap

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

November 17, 2009
Now, we're cookin'!

This is it, shoppers. The prices you see this week will last until Thanksgiving. To steal a line from another holiday: It's time to make a list and check it twice!

Strapped for cash? No problem. You can feed your family (or one in need) on Thanksgiving for about $20 and change. Need examples?  A frozen turkey costs less than $9 at Safeway and Raley's. At Safeway, you can add a pumpkin pie for $4.99; Brown 'n Serve rolls for $1.49; and frozen veggies for $1.88 a bag.

Variations on that theme can be found at Raley's, Save Mart and even Walmart, which has an ad in Wednesday's paper. No excuses. Let's get cookin'!

Here's the skinny on the sales and a reminder. Some stores change their hours for the holiday. Example: Raley's is closed on T-Day; open until 11 p.m. the night before. Most Safeway stores are open until 6 p.m. and most Save Mart stores set their own hours.

Looks like Raley's redesigned their ad this week. You can get the frozen bird for $7.87 or you can get a Raley's-brand fresh natural turkey for 89-cents a pound. If you have a big group coming, fresh pies in the bakery are $3.97 each when you buy 3. Green beans are 88-cents a pound; dinner rolls in the bakery are $1.99 a dozen and Russet potatoes are 3lbs. for 99-cents.

There's still time to order the complete ready-to-cook meals at either $49.99 or $99.99. Order online and get $5 off. For the vegetarians, there's a Butternut Squash ravioli dinner for $59.99.

And - this is a big one - R.W. Knudsen sparkling apple cider is $1.50 a bottle.

In the "other stuff" category, Tostitos chips are BOGO; Swanson's Chicken broth is 5/$3; Campbells cream of mushroom soup is 79-cents a can; Dole crushed pineapple is 79-cents a can; Del Monte veggies are 75-cents and Ocean Spray cranberry sauce is 4/$5. Sara Lee pies are $2.99; Dreyer's ice cream is $2.50; Bayview Farms ice cream is $1.99 and Good Earth teas are $2.50 a box.

A case of Arrowhead water is $3.50; 12-packs of Coke are $3 each when you buy 4.

In produce, fresh cranberries are $2.29lb.; yams are 79-cents a pound; and Fuji apples are $1.27lb.

And for all those day-after turkey sandwiches, be sure to clip the Best Foods coupon. Mayo for $1.99!

 Heading over to Safeway, we find the frozen birds at $6.77, $7.77 and $8.77 depending on size and brand. If you'd rather go fresh, you'll pay 88-cents a pound. With that out of the way, you can focus on the rest of the meal. Fresh Express salads are BOGO; GreenLine green beans are BOGO and Safeway Brown 'n Serve rolls are $1.19. Yams are 79-cents a pound; McCormick gravy mixes are 99 cents and Stove Top stuffing is BOGO. If you want to splurge on dessert, Fresh Fruit Tarts in the bakery are $11.99.

 If you need soda, you can get three, 2-liter jugs of 7-UP for $1. That's not $1 each, it's 3 for $1 if you shop 11/18-11/21. Martinelli's sparkling cider is $1.89 and cases of Arrowhead water are $3.99.

Lay's chips are BOGO; Nabisco crackers are $1.88 a box and Keebler Club or Town House crackers are $1.99 a box.

In produce, celery is 99-cents; fresh cranberries are $2.50 for a 12oz. bag and yellow onions are 99-cents a pound.

Dole pineapple chunks are $1 a can; Hunt's diced tomatoes are $1 each and Early California olives are 4/$5.

In the deli, the $5 Friday special is - believe it or not - Primo Taglio pan-roasted turkey or Black Forest Ham, I say, go for the ham!  

This is your last chance to get that free turkey at Save Mart. (Remember, spend $99.99 in groceries and get a free bird.) If you'd rather go fresh, the Honeysuckle brand is 99-cents a pound. They also have the best price on the high-end Diestel Ranch free range birds at $1.99 a pound.

Other Thanksgiving items worth noting: apple or pumpkin pies in the bakery for $2.99; fresh dinner rolls at $2 a dozen; Swanson broth is BOGO; Ocean Spray cranberry sauce is 4/$5 and Campbell's gravy is 79-cents a can. Have you priced French's French Fried onions (the ones you use in Green Bean Casserole)? I was shocked to find them for more than $4 at Safeway. But at Save Mart this week, you can get them for $3 for a large can and Del Monte veggies at 69-cents a can.

Sunnyside Farms Brown 'n Serve dinner rolls are $1.29; Nabisco snack crackers are $1.68 a box and the Best Foods mayo coupon is good for $2.39 If you're planning a shrimp salad, cooked shrimp meat is $2.99lb.

A case of Aquafina drinking water is $3.99; 7-UP drinks are 79-cents (must buy 5) and Pepsi drinks are $1 for a 2-liter jug. Martinelli's Sparkling Cider is $2 a bottle.

In produce, celery is 47-cents a bunch; Fresh Express salads are BOGO, avocados are $1 each; green onions, radishes and cilantro are 50-cents a bunch. An 8-pound bag of Idaho potatoes is $2.99; fresh yams are 79-cents a pound and Ocean Spray fresh cranberries are $2.50 a bag.

Save Mart has a pretty Thanksgiving bouquet for $7.99.

Come back on Thursday for holiday dessert 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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