Turkeys are one of the biggest sellers during Thanksgiving and they can be very expensive. It seems like the price per pound goes up every year. Instead of stressing over the high prices, look for ways to cut back on how much money you spend for your holiday feast.
Finding the best turkey deals are key to maximizing your savings. There are also a few other key ways to keep your costs low. Here are a few tips on how to save money on a turkey this holiday season.
How to Save Money on a Turkey
Shop Early– Buy your turkey a few weeks before Thanksgiving when the prices are lower. You can always freeze it and then thaw it out the day before you’re ready to prepare it.
Go Small– Buy a smaller turkey than you usually have and serve extra side items to make up the difference.
Think Frozen– Purchase a turkey that is already frozen because they cost less than the fresh ones and if you’re buying it early, you’ll need to freeze it anyway.
Shop Around– Compare prices at your local grocery stores to find the best turkey deals. Some stores will lower the price per pound when you buy other items to go with your main course. Many retailers such as Walmart, Fred Meyer and even Albertsons will price match a competitors turkey deals to gain business. These are generally the best times to purchase a turkey. Also watch for retailers who offer “Free Turkey” coupons. You may have to have a transaction over a specific amount, but if you are gathering items for your holiday dinner already this probably will not be hard to do.
DIY– Cook the turkey yourself instead of ordering one pre-made. Certain restaurants will sell you a turkey pre-cooked and ready to eat when you order in advance but they usually cost a lot more. These are quick and simple and will allow for more family time, however, are not the best frugal turkey deals.
These tips can help you save money when buying the main course for your Thanksgiving dinner. This way, you can concentrate more on spending time with loved ones enjoying your holiday meal, instead of worrying about how much it cost.