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Get the best deals on Thanksgiving basics

November 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Food prices have sky rocketed, so you might think Thanksgiving is going to be tough on your wallet. But the truth is this is a great time for bargains. We priced seven common foods served at Thanksgiving at four popular grocery stores to show you where the deals are.First, remember to stick to your list, use reward cards and circulars and watch out for the high end extras that can offset those great bargains.

At Albertsons, Ralphs, Gelson's and Vons, we checked the lowest price possible with and without club cards for the best bottom line. We looked at boxed stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie mix, dinner rolls and ready made pie crusts, along with the turkey specials.

Without the turkey, here are the results:

Ralphs regular price is $16.14, but with their rewards card you'll pay $9.43. Albertsons sells these items regularly for $15.14, but this week with your club card you'll pay $10.99.

As of Sunday the 16th, Vons' regular price came in at $18.28, but with their card the total is $14.07. And Gelson's doesn't have a club card, but with some of these items on sale this week you will pay $14.62.

When it comes to the bird, each store varies.

Ralphs is offering their turkeys at 37 cents a pound, so you'll be able to pick up a bird under 14 pounds for less than $5. Gelson's doesn't have a turkey special, but offers money back on grocery bills over $100. Vons sells 16-pound frozen turkeys for $4.88 each with a $25 minimum purchase. Albertsons has a buy one, get one free offer with up to a 20-pound frozen turkey with a purchase of $25 or more. A great deal if you're having a huge crowd or planning for December parties.

Keep in mind, many products are non-perishable so they'll keep for awhile. So if you've got space in the pantry and freezer, you've got big holiday bargains for the basics and your bird.

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Ralphs

Ralphs Boxed Mashed Potatoes (13.75 oz) -- reg. $2.49/ reward $2.19
Mrs.Cubbinsons Stuffing (12 oz) -- reg. $2.99/ reward $1.50 (2 for $3)
Libby's Pumpkin Pie Mix (30 oz) -- reg. $3.19/ reward $2 (2 for $4)
Van De Kamps 12 count Dinner Rolls (12 oz) -- reg. $2.99/ reward $1.25 (4 for $5)
Ralphs Cranberry Sauce (16 oz) -- reg. $1.79/ reward 99 cents
Ralphs Pie Crust 9" (10 oz) -- reg. $2.69 /reward $1.50 (2 for $3)

TOTAL = reg $16.14/ with reward card $9.43
SAVINGS: $6.71

Albertsons

Albertson's Boxed Mashed Potatoes -- reg. $2.69/club card $2
Mrs. Cubbisons Stuffing (12 oz) -- reg. $3.19/ club card $2 (2 for $4)
Cranberry Sauce (16 oz) -- reg. $1.89/ club card $1.25 (4 for $5)
Libby's Pumpkin Pie Mix (30 oz) -- reg. $2.79/ club card $2.50
Dinner Rolls 12 count -- reg. $2.09/ club card $1.99
Pie Crust (10 oz) -- reg. $2.49/ club card $1.25 (4 for $5)

TOTAL = reg. $15.14/ with club card $10.99
SAVINGS: $4.15

Vons (As of 11/16)

Safeway mash potatoes -- reg. $2.69/ club card $2.19
Mrs. Cubbisons Stuffing (12 oz) -- reg. $3.64/ club card $2.50 (2 for $5)
Cranberry sauce (16 oz) -- reg. $1.52/ club card $1 (10 for $10)
Libby's Pumpkin Pie Mix (30 oz) -- reg. $3.75/ club card $2.49
Rolls -- reg. $3.89/ no specials
Pie crust -- reg. $2.79/ club card $2 (2 for $4)

TOTAL = reg. $18.28/ with club card $14.07
SAVINGS: $4.21

Gelson's

Betty Crocker boxed potatoes -- reg. $3.99/ sale $2.59
Mrs. Cubbisons Stuffing (12 oz) -- reg. $2/ no sales
Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce (16 oz) -- reg. $2.19/ sale $1.25 (4 for $5)
Libby's Pumpkin Pie Mix (30 oz) -- reg. $2.59/ sale $2 (2 for $4)
12 rolls -- reg. $2.99/ no sales
Pie Crust -- Reg. $3.79/ no sales

TOTAL = $14.62


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