Shop Cheap

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

November 3, 2009
It's time to start talking turkey

Our local grocery stores are serious about sales this week. Safeway has free breakfast coupons and Kohl's Rewards. Save Mart will give you a free turkey when you spend $99.99 or more and Raley's is making it easy to host Thanksgiving dinner with holiday meals for every taste and price range.

Here's the skinny:

Safeway is taking a page from Raley's playbook by offering free breakfast items (eggs, bacon, OJ and English muffins) when you purchase $50 in groceries on Saturday and Sunday. Safeway also has teamed up with Kohl's from Nov. 4-8. For every $50 you spend on groceries, you get a $10 Kohl's reward card.

And there's no reason not to have turkey with prices as low as $6.77 for a frozen bird (with $20 minimum purchase).

But before we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, there's this week to consider. Safeway has fresh Eating Right boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs or combo pack for $1.97lb; whole boneless top sirloin is $1.99lb. (and Safeway butchers will "gladly slice it for free," the ad says) and whole Foster Farms chickens are 99-cents a pound. Nathan's Famous beef franks, Evergood smoked sausage and Farmer John sliced bacon are all BOGO.

Betty Crocker cake mix or frosting is buy 2 get 3 free; Cheez-It or Keebler Chips deluxe are BOGO. Progresso 100% natural broth is BOGO, too. Spend $25 on basics like Safeway granulated sugar; Bush's beans, Lipton Onion soup & Dip Mix; Gold medal flour, etc., and get a $5 reward coupon.

And the hits just keep on coming!

Jumbo pomegranates are BOGO; green or white asparagus is 99-cents a pound; tomatoes on the vine are 79-cents a pound; red bell peppers are $1.99lb; Eating Right baby carrots are BOGO and raspberries or blackberries are 2/$6.

Safeway butter top breads are $1.29 a loaf; Ruffles potato chips are $1.88 a bag and be sure to clip the coupon for Thomas' Mix'n'Match sale. English muffins or bagels are $1.99 a pack. Artisan breads are 25% off in the bakery and Lucerne natural cheese slices are $2.99.

In the deli, the $5 Friday special is meatloaf or BBQ pork loin. Signature Cafe soups are still $3.99 and the deli chicken salad is $4.99lb.

Save Mart is giving away the free birds when you spend $99.99 in a single purchase. You can get started with New York steak in the Max Pak for $2.99lb; whole Foster Farms young chicken for 99-cents a pound and Master Cut premium pork chops are $1.99lb.

Guerrero white or yellow corn tortillas are $1.49 a package; Sunnyside Farms bread is $1.50 a loaf; Earth Grains 100% natural breads are $1.99 a loaf and S&W beans are $1 a can.

In produce, large Russet baking potatoes are 19-cents a pound; Pacific Coast salads are 2/$4; Driscoll's raspberries or blueberries are 2/$5; large oranges are 69-cents a pound and a 4-pack of avocado is $2.49 a bag.

12-packs of Coke products are buy 2, get 2 free; and a large container of Folgers coffee is $6.88. Gatorade is $1 a bottle.

Sunnyside Farms natural sliced cheese is $2.50 a pack; Thomas English muffins or bagels are $1.99 a pack.

Raley's is the first store out of the gate with Thanksgiving dinners. You can choose from the premium turkey dinner; butternut squash ravioli squash dinner; ham or prime rib dinners. Prices range from $99.99 for the entire meal to $49.99. If you order online, you save $5 per order.

This week, Raley's has boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.77lb; cross rib roast for $2.99lb and natural ground beef - 90% lean - for $3.99lb.

12-packs of 7-UP and A&W are 4/$10; a case of Crystal Geyser spring water is $3.33 and liters of Pepsi products are 88-cents each - when you buy 4. Gatorade is $1.

Fuji apples are 99-cents a pound; Russett potatoes are 3lbs for 99-cents; blueberries are back at $3 a carton and Bartlett pears are 99-cents a pound. Large Hass avocados are $1 each and a 3lb. bag of organic yams or sweet potatoes is $3.49 each.

Yoplait yogurt is 50-cents a carton (when you buy 10); a dozen extra large eggs is $1.59; a 32oz. container of Sunnyside Farms cottage cheese is $3.99 and Sunnyside ice cream (the pumpkin pie flavor has arrived) is $2.69.

Oroweat whole wheat bread is $1.99 a loaf; Pillsbury cinnamon rolls are $2.50 and Chicken of the Sea white Albacore tuna is 99-cents.

Come back on Thursday for recipes from the Shop Cheap Kitchen.

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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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