This May Be the Cheapest Place to Get Your Turkey This Thanksgiving

Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to break the bank. Shop smart to find the best price on turkey this year.

At Taste of Home, we seriously love Thanksgiving. But as heart-warming as hosting can be, it can also put a dent in your wallet. One surprising place to save money? The turkey.

How much is a turkey? Many grocery stores offer competitive pricing around the holidays, so if you shop smart, you can save money on the bird (and use the savings for some fun Thanksgiving table ideas)!

Where to Find the Best Price on Turkey

A 2018 CNBC investigation into grocery pricing included three of our favorite grocery stores: Aldi, Trader Joe’s and Wal-Mart. While prices may vary by area (or if a store has a sale), this should provide a good rule of thumb for how much you can expect to spend.

A bit of a splurge: Trader Joe’s

How much is a turkey? $1.99/lb.

Trader Joe’s is one of our favorite stores because they have some fantastic specialty and ready-made items. If you need to pick up sides or desserts, then Joe’s is a great option. But, if you’re impulse buying a ton of extras, then you might wind up spending more than you save. By the way, these are the things you should only buy at Joe’s.

A great value: Walmart

How much is a turkey:? $0.68/lb.

Walmart has a very low price for turkey. Plus, their grocery prices were reasonable across the board, which makes the store a good one-stop-shop for everything on your list. Here’s how to make the most of your Walmart trip.

The best price on the block: Aldi

How much is a turkey? $0.59/lb.

Of the three stores, Aldi offered the lowest price on turkeys. The store is known for its remarkably cheap prices—with a caveat. They’re able to have low prices on the items they do have because they have a more limited selection than most grocery stores. Odds are, you may need to make multiple stops. Here’s everything Aldi has in store this November.

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Kelsey Rae Dimberg
A former in-house editor at Taste of Home, Kelsey now writes, cooks and travels from her home base of Chicago. After going gluten-free over a decade ago, Kelsey turned to home cooking and baking as a way to recreate her favorite foods. Her specialties include gluten-free sourdough bread, pizza and pastry. When not wrangling her toddler, she enjoys reading, watching old movies and writing. Her debut novel, Girl in the Rearview Mirror, was published by William Morrow in 2019, and her second is forthcoming.