Ah, the holiday that's all about food. What's different this year? You can purchase your entire meal at stores that range from the traditional - Safeway, Save Mart, Raley's - to the non-traditional - Target and Walmart. Or, you can try a new store - Sprouts. They all have turkey and the fixins'. And the ads you see this week are good until Thanksgiving Day.
We are going to hit the highlights - the rest is up to you. FYI: most stores are open on Thanksgiving day.
Raley's (open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Finally, an ad for fresh turkey and it's 99-cents a pound for the Raley's All-Natural bird. They also have buy 2 dozen, get 1 dozen free dinner rolls. Sara Lee pies are $3.99. Buy 2 and get a free container of Sunnyside Farms ice cream. Martinelli's sparkling cider is $2 a bottle; Ocean Spray cranberry juice is the same. Fresh green beans are 89-cents a pound; yams are 59-cents a pound.
Want a frozen turkey instead? They are $8.99 and $10.99 each, depending on size.
You want the entire meal prepared so you just heat and eat. Prices range from $59.99 to $109.99, but you better order soon.
In the bakery, fresh fruit tarts or Ladyfinger cakes are $14.99; triple delight cake is $9.99 and a fresh muffins are buy 2 packs, get 1 free.
Other highlights from Raley's: Nob Hill herb and onion stuffing mix is $3.99; rotisserie turkey breast is BOGO; Cool Whip topping is 99-cents; Swanson broth is 5/$3; Heinz homestyle gravy is 99-cents and Ocean Spray cranberry sauce is 4/$5.
Save Mart (stores close at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving): Frozen turkeys are 49-cents a pound; asparagus is $1.67lb; celery is 37-cents a bunch; Nabisco snack crackers are $1.99 a box; pumpkin pie from the bakery is 2/$7 and Vienna rolls are $2.99 for 18.
The complete holiday meal at Save Mart is $49.99, plus you get 2-free liters of Pepsi with purchase. Buy one Sara Lee pie and you'll get another free, plus a free container of Cool Whip.
Canned veggies are 69-cents; Martinelli's drinks are $2 a bottle; 7-UP and A&W are 79-cents a jug; and Pepsi products are buy 4, get 4 free. In produce, Roma tomatoes are 97-cents a pound; avocados are $1 each and green onions, radishes or cilantro are 50-cents a bunch. Fresh pineapple is $2.97. Fresh cranberries are 2 bags for $5.
Safeway (stores are open to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving): For the cheapest bird - $5 - shop here. Other prices range from $9 to $9.99. Fresh birds are 99-cents a pound. Packaged green beans, Fresh Express salads and berries all are are BOGO. Mousse cakes in the bakery are $9.99; a fresh fruit tart is $12.99. Cool Whip is 99-cents; pumpkin pie in the bakery is $4.99; a dozen rolls are $1.99. Cranberry orange fruit salad is $2.99 in the deli and Sara Lee fresh pies are BOGO. Dreyer's or Haagen-Dazs ice cream is $3.
Safeway isn't advertising the prepared meal but it has lots of party trays and a $5 off coupon.
You can purchase an entire frozen meal for $32.99, including a Zaky Farms turkey, stuffing; mashed potatoes; a Claim Jumper pie, ice cream and whole cranberries.
The $5 Friday special is chicken tenders; mini cinnamon rolls; a Frito Lay variety pack and a 24-pack of Pepsi.
Come back next week for some last minute recipe ideas.