No doubt, the biggest expense on thanksgiving is your main dish: the turkey. Whether you are a dark meat or white meat fan, this bird can cost you a pretty penny. The good news is, there are several ways to save money on this holiday favorite.
In this post, I will show you how to snag some savings on your turkey!
1. Skip buying just the breast. You may only like the white meat on your Thanksgiving plate, but the dark meat is amazing when used in other recipes. Buying the whole bird can save you money as it is less processed than just the breast, plus, you get to have the carcass so you can make poultry stalk from it, creating a double savings.
2. Price match. Most stores get extremely competitive this time of year when selling their turkeys and will even match the advertised price at a competitor’s store and offer a small discount on top if you just ask. Make sure you bring your ad with you and ask to speak to a manager for this deal.
3. Start looking for coupons. Brands like Butterball put out coupons in weekend papers and on other complimentary products to entice you to buy their brand. They will often be for $3-$5 off a bird if you buy something else. Also, be sure to check wine, champagne and beer for peelies and tags that offer discounts as well.
4. Unless you know a local farmer, go for frozen turkeys as they will no doubt be cheaper in price. Thawing a turkey may be time consuming, but you could save 30-40% by getting a bird frozen as opposed to fresh.
5. Buy larger than you will need and use the extra you spend as part of your weekly meat budget. You will have leftovers and planning for them before the holiday is a great strategy for saving the most you can. If you think of your turkey purchase as bulk meat order, you can save yourself money on other meat you may have bought for the week. Leftover turkey can be made into sandwiches, soups, and even enchiladas. Did you know your butcher will most likely cut a turkey in half for you as well? If you just don’t want to deal with all the leftovers, get the largest turkey you can find and only cook half of it, freezing the rest for Christmas.
6. Help with a turkey drive in town and you could walk away with a free bird of your own. Many local communities do turkey drives to support local low income families. Ask if you can volunteer and ask if you can get a free turkey as well for the help. It never hurts to ask! Similarly, you could volunteer at a soup kitchen and serve the homeless this special meal and get free dinner.
7. Go in on the bird with guests. If you have a large number of guests showing at your door for the feast, ask one or two families to chip in on the cost of a large turkey. If you have a quite a few friends and family, ask a local supermarket about a wholesale bulk order discount.
8. Look for specials at stores to save on your turkey when you buy other items. In years past, I have seen stores offer a FREE bird to anyone who spends over $100 during the promotion period, usually of just a few days. Wait to go grocery shopping till this time and you could score a free turkey!
Do you have tips on how to save money on Turkey this Thanksgiving? Go ahead and share it with us using the comment section!