The week running up to Thanksgiving is one of the best weeks of the year to get grocery bargains, especially on beverages, chips, stuffing and naturally, turkey. All the grocery stores put the basics on sale, hoping to draw you into the store so that you'll spend lots more on the extra things you need that aren't steeply discounted.

Personally, I'm not hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year, but I'll still be filling my pantry and freezer with some holiday comfort foods at the lowest prices you'll see all year. At Dominick's this week I like the low per-pound turkey price, the 12-packs of pop for $2.40 each (or $2 each if you have coupons), and Coffee-Mate creamer for 50 cents after coupon. However, I think I'd prefer to hit Jewel's Thanksgiving sale this year, because overall this week's sales are not that impressive at Dominick's.

In this weekly write-up, I'll list the items that are at or close to their cyclical lows, meaning that you shouldn't see them at this price every week. I don't list every single item in the store's ad, just the ones I think are a good buy. If there is a coupon available, I'll tell you where to find that. If you're not familiar with the sources of the coupons I list, scroll to the end of this post where I'll provide more information. Most serious coupon shoppers save their weekly inserts from the Sunday paper, so don't be surprised if I reference a coupon that came out several weeks ago or longer. If you still have it, use it; if you don't, oh well.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SHOPPING AT DOMINICK'S: 

1) They accept expired coupons that are up to one year old.

2) Besides the discounts that everyone can get by using their "Fresh Values" card, Dominick's now has a personalized savings program where you can add deals to your card before you shop. Check out the Just for U program here.

3) Every week Dominick's publishes store coupons, which I'll list below. These require a $10 purchase, and often have limits to how many items you can get at the coupon price. You can use one of these store coupons and one manufacturer's coupon for each item you buy.

TURKEY DEAL

Dominick's is advertising a Jennie-O or Safeway turkey at 33 cents a pound with a $75 purchase. (See my turkey deals post to see that this compares favorably with other stores' per-pound prices.) If you only spend $25, that same turkey is 43 cents a pound. Butterball is 99 cents a pound -- and there's a Butterball $1 off coupon and a $5 mail-in rebate.

WHAT ELSE IS ON SALE

5-lb. box clementines $5.77

Lucerne or Safeway SELECT ice cream 1.5-1.75 qt. $2.29

Dairy Glen milk gallon $1.99

Lucerne shredded or chunk cheese 6-8 oz. $1.67

Lay's or Lay's Kettle potato chips $1.99

Safeway SELECT pumpkin pie $3.99

Safeway SELECT 7-inch pudding ring $2.99

Betty Crocker cake mix 99 cents

Mission Tortilla chips $2.29

Swanson broth 14.5 oz. can 60 cents (coupon for $.75 off 5 cans in the 11/7 SmartSource newspaper insert)