Shop Cheap

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

November 22, 2011
Last minute tips for T-Day cooks

Sure, you have 24 hours before the relatives arrive but that doesn't leave much time if you haven't even started your list. And don't be surprised when you open Wednesday's paper and the grocery inserts are nowhere to be found. We told you last week that this time of year, the sales from run through Thanksgiving Day.

Here's the skinny for the cooks who like to live on the edge. Most stores will be open for a few hours on Thursday. Raley's opens its doors at 6 a.m. but they close at 3 p.m. Save Mart stays open until 5 p.m. Safewaywill open - probably at 6 a.m. - but you better check the exact hours because Shop Cheap couldn't find them anywhere.

Most deals on turkey require a $25 minimum purchase. And if you're buying a frozen bird, don't wait until T-Day. It will never defrost in time. Fresh turkey is more expensive - 99-cents a pound as opposed to a flat $5, $7, $9 or $10 each for the frozen variety.

For all the tips from last week, including what's on sale click below and scroll down to last week's blog at

If you need recipes NOW, go to

They have recipes that will match what's on sale at their stores.

Lastly, enjoy your family, your meal and your San Francisco 49ers...for the ulitmate Thanksgiving  family gathering.

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

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

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31