Best Turkey Prices, Coupons & Deals
Once again, I’m going to do my best to round-up the best turkey prices at grocery stores I’m finding (Seattle/Tacoma area). It’s important to note that we’re still pretty early into the month and likely won’t see the best deals pop up for another week or two. However, I have noticed a few deals (particularly on holiday dinners) start trickling in, so for that reason – it’s time to update this post for 2016! For stores I don’t have prices on just yet, I’ve left notes and comments from 2015 sales as guidance (so pay careful attention to dates).
I also addressed the question “what’s a good price for a turkey?” which you might find helpful to read when considering these deals. I made sure to update that post for 2016, to give you the best, current information.
Last updated: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 – final update for 2016
Edited to add (12/6/16): If you are finding this post after November 22nd, please note that I am still updating my best ham price round-up through December. Most of the best turkey deals have dropped off until next Thanksgiving season, but I’m finding solid prices on hams for your Christmas/holiday/New Year’s party. Join me there – and then bookmark this post for November 2017, when I’ll update this post again!
Fred Meyer Turkey Price
We now have the 2016 turkey price information for Fred Meyer! This year, they are offering a turkey for $0.49/lb with a $50 grocery purchase (limit 1). This is a change-up from years past when they’ve offered a FREE turkey with $150 grocery purchase. According to my notes, in 2015 you could score a turkey for $0.69/lb with a $50 purchase or more. Going back a year, Fred Meyer also offered a $0.49/lb turkey with a $100+ grocery purchase.
What is my feeling? I like it. This is an incredibly solid deal and should be one to consider.
Also worth noting: I have had readers write and tell me that their Spokane-area stores are offering this same deal, but for $0.29/lb with the $50 purchase. Even better. I’ve not seen a price that low in several years.
In this week’s ad, Fred Meyer has their Express Holiday Turkey Dinner at $49.99. (See the above image for the details.) Even better, there is a $5 off digital coupon (find it under “Deli” category) you can download to your Rewards card, which will drop the price to $44.99. This is not a bad deal for a holiday dinner. However, note it is a bit on the small size, so plan accordingly.
The holiday dinner that was advertised last year is also available for order in 2016:
The difference between the dinners seems to be in relation to the sides – so make sure to take a look at the differences. These offers are unchanged from 2015.
Order online at Holiday Dinners 2016.
QFC Turkey Price
QFC has just released their 2016 pricing, and as I was expecting – it’s hot! Get a Private Selection frozen turkey for $0.69/lb with a $30 grocery purchase. This is the same deal as 2015. While this purchase does not include the price of the turkey, the $30 threshold is considerably lower than we’re seeing at other stores. (Even better, right now they are offering a VERY HOT Mix & Match sale which would pair up nicely.) They offered this same deal in 2014 and are typically among the best stores to buy your turkey at. As a reminder, my price point for 2016 is $0.79/lb, so QFC’s deal is worth considering.
I anticipate we’ll see some advertised prices soon.
QFC is a Kroger store, just like Fred Meyer. Because of this, you’ll see virtually identical offers at both stores. This makes things convenient for you – just order at the store you shop at, get the same deal! Voila.
This year, QFC is offering the same Express ($49.99) and Deluxe Holiday Dinner $69.99) options as Fred Meyer. There should also be a $5 off ecoupon you can apply. These offers are unchanged from 2015.
Order online at Holiday Dinners 2016.
Main & Vine Turkey Price
New to my 2016 round-up is Main & Vine. This one-of-a-kind store located in Gig Harbor, Washington has been offering solid prices throughout their store. They have now released a few of their turkey deals for 2016, and they are stellar.
They are selling a fresh natural Northwest Turkey for $0.99/lb (reg. $2.49/lb). This is a solid price for a fresh turkey – among the best I’ve seen. No additional purchase is required. Last week, they were offering frozen Butterball turkeys for $0.89/lb. I’m unsure if that deal is continuing.
The best way to save money at Main & Vine is through their app. I couldn’t help but notice this offer last week:
When you make purchases at the store and present the app, you’ll earn PERKS, which you can then redeem for offers – such as that FREE turkey!
WinCo Turkey Price
WinCo is another excellent store to watch for turkey deals. For the last several years, WinCo advertised that they would beat the advertised price of select holiday items, including turkeys. For 2016, WinCo has announced that they will beat all local competitors’ advertised turkey prices, but they have not promised to beat the advertised price of holiday items. I reached out to my contact at WinCo, and they assured me that they were working to lower the threshold of additional grocery purchase required from $50 to $25 at most stores. Please see my post about WinCo turkey prices for more information.
Additionally, this year WinCo is offering a holiday meal for $49.98 + tax
Here are some of the reports I got from 2013, as examples of the kind of variation we’ve seen:
Reader Rachel: “I got a 24 lb. turkey free at the Sumner WINCO today when I bought over $150. It isn’t advertised in the store, but the cashier automatically did it for me when she checked me out. I picked out the biggest turkey I could find since I’m having 25+ people over. There were several turkeys in the 20+ lb. range.”
Reader Peggy shared: “For me, it was Winco. You only have to spend $50 to get it to $.68/lb and that included the price of the turkey. I got a 20+lb turkey for just over $13.”
Reader Katrina shared: “I got my turkey last night from Winco in Puyallup. My turkey was free because I spent $150, which is not advertised near the turkeys. However, the turkeys are smaller at this location than they were last year. The biggest I could find was 15 pounds and last year I was able to find at least a 20 pound turkey. My cashier mentioned the same thing.”
Reader Kim shared: “I went to Winco today (Tacoma store) and heres what I found Butterball. 1.08 lb or .88 lb with $50 purchase; Winco turkey .88 lb or .38 lb w/ $50 purchase; Jennie o brand was the Winco brand in Tacoma; Price of turkey IS included in the $50 purchase”
Reader Kathy shared: “Today, at the Marysville Winco, turkeys are .88/lb. Spend $50, birds go down to .68/lb. Spend $100 – .48/lb. Buying more than one turkey? All others are .88/lb.”
Reader Nina shared: “I got a Jennie-O turkey for free at Winco yesterday. If you spend $150 turkey is free. They don’t advertise it though. Same as last year.”
As you can see, prices are very likely to differ from store to store.
Albertsons Turkey Price
Albertsons has just released their 2016 turkey deal! It is identical to 2015 (and also identical to Safeway below): spend $150 and get a free turkey (limit 1). What’s different: if you don’t spend $150, the price is $0.78/lb. This is up from 2015’s price of $0.68/lb. Also new for 2016: when you spend $150 on groceries, you’ll receive a coupon for $10 off your grocery purchase of $50 or more. However, I preferred their deal from 2013 and 2014 when they offered a BOGO turkey offer with a minimum $35 purchase. I actually did this deal in 2014, and you may wish to read about my trip. It ended up working out to $0.59/lb for me – very solid!
In 2016, Albertsons is also offering up a Turkey Dinner for $49.99 that serves 4-6. This is the same deal that was offered in 2015. You can order at the deli or by calling 1-888-358-7328.
If you live in another region (other than Western Washington), do take a peek at your ad first! You might find your store is running another deal.
Safeway Turkey Price
Safeway has just released their 2016 turkey deal! It is identical to 2015: spend $150 and get a free turkey (limit 1). What’s different: if you don’t spend $150, the price is $0.78/lb. This is up from 2015’s price of $0.68/lb. (Taking it a year further, in 2014 you could get a free turkey with $150 purchase or pay $0.69/lb with a $35+ minimum purchase). Also new for 2016: when you spend $150 on groceries, you’ll receive a coupon for $10 off your grocery purchase of $50 or more. Last year, they also had frozen Butterball turkeys for $1.29/lb. I have not seen their 2016 turkey deal yet, but I would imagine it would be similar in structure and price to 2015.
For 2016, Safeway is offering the exact same deal as Albertsons. This is unchanged in price from 2015. You can order at the deli or by calling 1-888-358-7328.
Target Turkey Price
Target has advertised a Butterball turkey for $0.99/lb (limit 2). This matches their price from 2015. In addition, this year they’re also offering a Market Pantry 10- to 24-lb frozen turkey for $0.79/lb. It appears this does not require additional grocery purchase and for that reason? I think it’s an incredibly solid offer. Even better, this week we shared some additional Thanksgiving food items you can score plus a $10/$50 grocery coupon. If you’re thinking of heading to Target for your turkey, please do see our post.
Select Super Targets may also be offering an Archer Farms Holiday Meal Kit. You’ll have to see the store for pricing, as it’s not available online. However, there is a 10% off coupon on Cartwheel you can use to offset the price.
Trader Joe’s Turkey Price
Trader Joe’s just released their November Fearless Flyer, which contains their 2016 turkey prices. This year All Natural No Antibiotics Ever Brined Fresh Young Turkeys (12 – 16 lbs or 18-22 lbs) are $1.99/lb and Glatt Kosher birds (12 – 16 lbs) are $2.99/lb. The price for the brined young turkeys is the same as 2014 and 2015, but the price of the kosher birds has gone up. Last year, those were selling for $2.49/lb.
For more information, please visit Trader Joe’s. I consider these prices decent given that they are specialty turkeys.
Costco Turkey Price
Today I stopped by my Costco store to obtain prices for their turkeys. Here’s what I found:
Fresh Organic tom or hen turkeys for $2.99/lb. This price is unchanged from 2015 (and in 2014, they were $2.79/lb). I noticed that most of the turkeys ended up being about $65-70.
Fresh Foster Farms Turkeys: $0.99/lb (this is unchanged from 2015 and $0.10 per pound less than 2014!).
If you’re wondering, as I was, about the difference between a tom and hen turkey, this information from a webpage called Turkeys for the Holidays may be helpful:
Most experts agree that a hen turkey is better than a tom, but it is probably a matter of personal preference. Hens are generally smaller than tom turkeys of the same age. Hens weigh less than sixteen pounds while toms always weigh over sixteen pounds. Tom turkeys have larger bones and less edible portions, which may be reason for hens as preference. However, age not gender is the determining factor for tenderness and all commercial turkeys are young and tender.
2013 Pricing: According to multiple reader reports, Costco offered up Foster Farms turkeys for $0.99/lb in 2013. The price increase here seems consistent with price increases I’m seeing across the board. Also note that these are FRESH turkeys, not frozen.
I will update Costco’s pricing for 2015 in the next week or so, as I’m able and as they bring them in stock.
What other stores or places should I be keeping an eye on this year for deals? Which kinds of deals appeal to you most when it comes to buying a turkey?