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November 8, 2011
It's time to start talking turkey

We really don't want to start with the turkey talk but we have no choice. The birds are out there; the sales have started and it's just two weeks until Thanksgiving.

 Here's what we have so far:

Safeway has frozen turkeys for $7.99; $9.99; $10.99 and $13.99. If you don't want to stress, buy the bird now and plop it in the freezer. One per customer!

They also have the complete meals for $39.99 (turkey); $49.99 (ham); and $69.99 prime rib. You can pre-order at the store, on the phone or online.

Save Mart has frozen turkeys for 49-cents a pound.

Raley's has the complete pre-order meals for $59.99 (traditional turkey); $89.99 (all natural  turkey breast); and the Diestel dinner for $109.99. They also have the alternative to turkey: Ham for $59.99; butternut squash ravioli for $59.99 and prime rib for $89.99.

If you want to wait until next week here's what we like:

Raley's has a coupon for $10 off your next purchase when you spend $75 this weekend. (Guess you could use the coupon for the holiday dinner if you pick up your meal on Sunday, Nov. 20!) Other stuff we like: A big container of blueberries for $6.99; grapefruit 5/$2; portabella mushrooms 2/$5 and pears 99-cents a pound.

A case of R Everyday water is $3.48. Dole juice blends are $2 a carton; Eggnog has arrived at $1.79 a quart and eggs are $1.48 a dozen.

Save Mart has large pomegranates for 87-cents each. Get a free bag of Doritos when you buy 3-12 packs of soda for $10.98. Coupons worth clipping include Sunny Select broth 2/$1; Tropicana OJ for $2.99; Farmer John ham steaks for $1.49 and Nestle hot cocoa, buy 1, get 2 free.

There's a chicken meal deal in the deli. For $9.99 you get either rotisserie or fried chicken; a pound of salad and bread.

In produce, navel oranges or tangerines are 79-cents a pound; Fuji apples are 97-cents a pound and berries are 2/$5. Earthbound Farms organic salads are BOGO. There's also a nice recipe for Fresh Tomato Salsa.

We are going to swing over to Safeway for boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99lb; French bread in the bakery for $1.79; and BOGO Oroweat bread and English muffins.

Tried a sample of  Dave's Killer Bread but at $3.99 a loaf the killer is the price.

Safeway is promoting its produce this week. Broccoli for 77-cents a pound; ruby red grapefruit 3/$1; O Organics baby carrots for $1 a bag; organic celery for 99-cents a bunch; Roma tomatoes for 99-cents a pound and avocado for 77-cents.

$5 Friday specials include roasted turkey breast; family size pizza; Fage or Chobani Greek yogurt and a tasty looking Bistro cake in the bakery.

Added to the $5 Fridays this week are the Fri-Sun specials. Shop on Friday and score twice with BOGO fresh baked muffins and berries; a case of refreshe water for $2.99; Minute Maid OJ 2/$5 and Farmer John bacon for $3.99.

Clip-worthy coupons include C&H sugar for $2.49; Safeway sparkling cider for $1.79' brptj fpr 99-cents and Nestle baking morsels for $1.99.

Kraft marshmallows and Jello-O gelatin or pudding are BOGO.

At Sprouts Farmers Market, asparagus is $1.49lb; tomatoes on the vine are 99-cents a pound; apples are 88-cents a pound and avocados are 88-cents each. Spend $30 or more and get $5 off your bill.

Over at Sunflower, Texas grapefruit is 6/$1; tomatoes on the vine are 49-cents a pound; avocados are 2/$1 and seedless grapes are $1.49lb.

Be sure to come back next week for everything you need to Shop Cheap on 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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