I’m getting quite a few emails and comments asking where to find the best deal for turkeys. Today, I’m going to share some general thoughts on how to save on turkey, along with listing the best deals of-the-moment as well as offer my predictions.
Let’s Talk Turkey
The first place I headed? My archives! I wanted to check out the kind of deals I was reporting on turkeys this time last year. Here are a few notables:
- 11/14 – 11/20/10 – Fred Meyer launched a turkey deal where if you spent $50, you’d get one for $0.49/lb. If you spent $150, you’d get one free.
- 11/13/10 – WinCo offered turkeys for $0.26/lb when you spent $50 or more on groceries. (I’m guessing the price will be similar this year.)
- 11/10/10 – QFC offered turkeys for $0.29/lb when you spent $25 or more on groceries. This was pre-coupon, too. (This sale is how I got my turkey!)
In this week’s round of ads, I didn’t see many turkey deals. (With the exception of WinCo, who apparently has their turkey deal running now.) Which leads me to the next section of this post…
Turkeys in 2011: My Predictions
My favorite deal was at QFC last year, and since the ad this week didn’t mention turkeys. I decided to call my local store. Here’s the quick recap for you.
Me: Hi there, are you having any turkey deals this year?
Guy in Meat Department: We will be, and I think the ad is going to be released on Sunday.
Me: So you will be having a deal then.
Guy in Meat Department: Yes.
Folks, I think we’ve not seen the best turkey deals yet. I think they will be on next week’s round of ads. I would make a decision early next week, once all the ads have been released. I would not wait much more than that, however, as a frozen turkey takes some serious time to defrost.
“I want a turkey. And I want it now, Daddy!”
But what if you can’t wait. You need a turkey, and you need it now, darn it.
Here are my thoughts.
I shared the Summit/Tukwila Trading deal last week, and it’s on this week’s ad, too, which runs through 11/15. Note that the free turkey is a Butterball boneless, 3-lb turkey breast though.
Of course, you could also leverage any other store credit you have too. This baby arrived in my mailbox last week:
If you also received your Fred Meyer Rewards, you probably received this or a similar coupon. Plus, you could use your Rewards rebate on top of this discount.
Or maybe you have some of these guys laying around from last week’s Albertsons sale?
To make the most of them, you could use them on top of the turkey sale they have running this week:
However, a word on this deal and Butterball turkeys in general. I think they are overpriced. For instance, this week at Albertsons, a Butterball turkey is $1.69/lb. So even though there have been coupons for Butterball and promotions, do compare the price to buying a store brand turkey. You might find even with the coupons and promotions, that other brands are priced better.
What would Angela Do?
To recap? I would wait one more week, and one more week ONLY. While I cannot promise you anything with absolute certainty, I do know from past trends and this year’s ads that turkey deals have been light so far. I truly think the best deals are on their way next week.
To end this post, I will leave you with my daughter’s preschool turkey art, and a song she sings now several times a day:
(Sung to the tune of Frère Jacques)
Big and fat,
Big and fat,
I am going to eat you,
I am going to eat you,
just like that,
just like that.