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

November 15, 2011
Read this, then shop for Thanksgiving

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. 


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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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