I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year which probed me to do some extra research, detailed organization (as you see in a previous post) and attempt to get the biggest bang for my buck, sticking to my grocery budget. With food prices continually on the up climb, I knew this would be a bit of a challenge.
But, good for you locals, I saved my list, compared prices and can now pass along where you will get the best deal on some typical Thanksgiving food items. Keep in mind that my list is for a dinner of nine and wanting some leftovers.
- Gourmet cheese: If you are looking for smaller portions of gourmet cheese, GROCERY OUTLET has servings for under $5
- Wine: If you are looking for a few bottles of a good or local table wine, GROCERY OUTLET has $10 wines marked down to $3.99; If you are wanting more quantity over quality, COSTCO Yellow Tails, champagne and other house wines in the momma-size bottle are cheaper by $1 here. (Compared to Sherm’s)
- Turkey: COSTCO! Compared to all the other grocery stores, including Sherm’s and Grocery Outlet – Costco has Foster Farms turkey’s for $.89 per lb compared to Sherm’s at $1.39 and up per pound.
- Stuffing: Costco has a package of 3, 16 oz. bags of Pepperidge farm herb and other types for $6.59 ($2.19 per 16 oz.); Sherm’s has Stove Top 6 oz. (regular) boxes for $1.19 each and Mrs. Cubbison’s Stuffing at $1.68 for two 6 oz. servings. Therefore, COSTCO is again, biggest bang for your buck if you want more stuffing.
- Rolls: Until the 24th, COSTCO has a coupon for $2.50 off a package of 5, 8-pack Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (total of 40 rolls per pack; originally $7.89). Coupon limit is 3. This brings you to $1.07 per 8-pack. Can’t beat that anywhere.
- Pam Spray: COSTCO coupon brought a 2-pack of 12 oz. Pam Spray bottles to $4.89 ($2.44 per bottle).Sherm’s price is $3.58 for a one, Pam Spray smaller bottle & even beats generic brand (i.e. Western Family).
- Cinnamon Sticks: Wish I would have known this in my past stick buying life – COSTCO has an 8-oz package of McCormick Cinnamon Sticks for $5.79; Sherm’s (in the Hispanic foods section) has a bag/2 oz. at $1.89 – $7.56 for 8-ounces. COSTCO prevails again.
- Olive Oil: Grocery Outlet & SHERM’S beats out Costco (unless there is a coupon) by $2. Both have 1 liter bottles for around $5.98 and up.
- Chicken Broth: SHERM’S has 2 cans for $1 ($.50 each) of Swanson’s Chicken Broth; a Costco 12-pack would bring you to about $1 per can for the same 14-ounces.
- Cheddar Cheese: A Bandon cheddar 2.5 lb. block is still on sale at COSTCO for $5.99; Sherm’s has a 2 lb. Bandon cheddar block for $4.98. Costco then wins, charging $1.99 per .5 lb vs. $2.49.
- Half & Half: COSTCO has a 1/2 gallon for $2.99 vs. Sherm’s at $3.58 and up for a half gallon.
- Gravy: I’m not a gravy maker and the Costco Turkey Gravy all-ready made/just heat containers are SO yummy! 2-pack/60-ounces is $6.99, coming to $3.49 per jug and that equaling a penny per ounce. Packet gravy mixes are at Sherm’s and other places for 4/$1 for 1 oz. and up. Can’t beat COSTCO.
- Eggs: COSTCO organic 5-dozen for $7.05; Sherm’s 5-dozen for $7.99.
- Butter Sticks: COSTCO Kirkland Butter sticks are 4/1b. sticks for $9.59, coming to $2.39 per 1 lb. block; SHERM’S has their brand for $2.39 or Umpqua for $2.68 per lb. block. So, about the same (but local is always better if the price is close!).
- Cream of Chicken/Mushroom Soup: SHERM’S for $.58 each for regular 10 3/4-oz cans or 3 for $5, 24-oz. cans.
- Russet Potatoes: 15 lb. bag is at Sherm’s and GROCERY OUTLET for $2.79 per bag. Costco’s is $5.97 for a 20-lb bag ($.18 vs. $.29 per lb.
tips tips tips
Now, I would say couponing is a huge tip. I am trying to learn how to coupon. Make sure to research online or in the paper at least what your local stores are offering.
Fred Meyer/Kroger, which I usually get my small portion, fresh produce items at (if they don’t look to spiffy at Sherm’s), will allow you to load manufacturer’s coupons right onto your rewards card, automatically deducting them. Easy for someone a beginner couponer like myself!
Just because a more expensive store (i.e. Safeway or Albertson’s) is going to give you a free turkey with $150 purchase, doesn’t mean you are saving $$. You’re still spending more.
Not shopping with a baby for once allowed me to be a crazy lady and get out my calculator, looking at how much you are actually getting for the price. Cheap grocery stores like Sherm’s or Grocery Outlet knows how to trick customers in pricing things at $1 or less, but the amount you are getting is also less. If it is a food or item that will last, go with the bigger amount/biggest bang for your buck.
Also, from the old lady down aisle 15 who really wanted me to know her knowledge: “LOOK AT EVERYTHING ON THE LABEL!” she snapped at me while I was grabbing my low-sodium chicken broth. She said that in most cases, when you look at the percentage, the sodium is only 1-percent lower and the price is higher. She was in-deed correct for Campbell’s Tomato Soup: 19-percent sodium on a “low-sodium” marked can vs. 20-percent sodium on a regular can. Regular cans are always on sale vs. low-sodium ones.
Here are some good coupon sites for grocery:
http://www.ilovecostco.com/blog-category/costco-coupons (always gets coupons up before book is out)
Happy shopping & happy Thanksgiving!