There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch, But Here’s How To Get A Free Turkey

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According to economists at Farm Bureau, Thanksgiving turkeys are cheaper than they’ve ever been this year. The average Thanksgiving turkey can cost about $20-$30; and that’s just one of about half-a-dozen dishes your average family shares before Black Friday. The average Thanksgiving meal costs $48.91 for a party of ten. But with New York Times Cooking on our Instagram feeds and Bon Appetit's ramped-up YouTube series, our turkey day ambitions can easily run us $200. To make matters worse, this is all in the days leading up to payday and the most intense shopping holiday of the year.
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Which brings us to looking for cheap, if not free, turkey this year. Your loyalty to your local supermarket will come in handy when you’re looking for a free bird, as many of the free turkeys in stores are guarded by spending minimums and rewards cards. But everywhere else, turkeys are bundled with a host of other Thanksgiving essentials for a very convenient price.
Foodtown customers with Club Cards and have spent $400 by November 26th can get a free turkey or Cook’s ham shank.
ShopRite customers that present their Price Plus club cards every time they shop through November 28th and spend the minimum to quality can earn a free turkey, ham, kosher chicken, lasagna or tofurky. You have to check the weekly circular at your local story, but for a free turkey in New York, the minimum is $400.
Kroger: If you spend $125 through November 28, you get a free 10 to 18-pound turkey.
Acme is offering customers who spend $100 in a single transaction (not hard for Thanksgiving hosts) today a free Signature Farms, Jennie-O, or Acme brand frozen turkey. Be sure to find the weekly flyer and clip the coupon!
Earn a free turkey at Albertsons when you spend $100 on a single transaction.
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