Saving Money on a Turkey

November 16, 2009

It's turkey season. Here are tips for saving money on buying a turkey as suggested by the ThriftyFun community.

Cook Half a Turkey

Turkeys are so cheap right now. If you have a small family or even if you are going out for T-giving dinner, do buy a turkey anyway. The butcher can saw the frozen bird in half for you, thaw half to cook now, and wrap and stick the other half in the freezer to use a couple of months later. Turkey is so good and good for you. Take advantage of this inexpensive bargain!

By Linda L from Vista, CA

Brine a Cheaper Turkey

Brining will make even the cheaper frozen turkeys taste better. I also often look for fresh turkeys to be marked down a day or so after Thanksgiving. Because they are marked fresh, they have to sell them quickly before they go bad. I just pop it into my own freezer until I am ready to cook it again.

By Jess

Get a Large Turkey

When you have a choice, buy a large turkey. The first 14 lbs of a turkey are all bones!

By carol

Stock Up on Turkey!

Our local grocery starts the middle of October punching your turkey card, so all you spend on regular purchases gets credited. I usually end up with 2-3 free turkeys by Thanksgiving. Oh, and where husband works, each gets a free turkey about 12-15 lbs, and there are those who work there that can donate their turkey (if alone or not needing it) to the local food shelf.

Along comes the great turkey prices to draw you into the store to buy other things. So I stock the freezer up on turkeys. When I can spend $.39 lb instead of $1.39 lb, I can find room!

Also, I will partial thaw in the fridge, then open the turkey and cut it up like chicken, and quickly refreeze the drumettes, drums, breasts, thighs and then backs (for stock) in packages to use.

When cooking for the holiday, I fix the turkey(s) the week before, slice off white/dark meat into certain tupperware that fit my large crockpots and then pour over canned broth, toss into freezer and it is ready to go. I take out to thaw in fridge day before needing it, morning of, tip out into crockpots, put on high, all juice included, and have the most delicious moist turkey.

By Grandma J

Can't Beat a Butterball

I know they may be costly but on Thanksgiving it is a Butterball, no two ways about it. I love my Butterball and my butter turkey sculpture made out of butter. Thanksgiving is Football and Macy's parade and turkey with my giblet and sausage stuffing. Real good. Oh and family too.

By Barbara Snyder

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Save time and money with turkey. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, turkeys are on sale so buy an extra 20 lb. one at each holiday and freeze it. Big turkeys have a larger ratio of meat to bone than small ones.

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November 24, 2008

I realize that prices in everything have gone through the roof but if you can buy an additional turkey while prices are relatively reduced for the upcoming Thanksgiving, it will be to your advantage later on.

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If you've earned enough to get a turkey or ham for free or incredibly cheap during the holidays but don't think you can use that big of a piece of meat, ask your butcher if they will cut it in half and rewrap it up for you!

A whole turkey that has been cut in half.

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As cheap as turkeys are now (47 cents lb), buy 2. Cook and serve one and have the butcher cut one on his saw to freeze for later in the year. Ask him to wrap halves separately. Frozen turkey is good for about a year. Of course, you do need freezer space.

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