Saving Money on a Turkey

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November 23, 2009

Frozen turkey in packaging.Turkeys are always cheapest at this time of year, so if possible, buy an extra for a few months from now. You can ask the butcher to saw it in half and store the halves in your freezer, or give one to a friend. The halves are easier to store in freezer than a whole bird.


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November 16, 2009

It's turkey season. Here are tips for saving money on buying a turkey as suggested by the ThriftyFun community Feel free to post your own ideas here.

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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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November 9, 2010

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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December 10, 2019

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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January 6, 2005

Buy a fresh turkey that has been "marked down" after the holiday and cut it up like you would a chicken. Vacuum seal in Food Saver bags in separate meals and freeze. Cook later in the slow cooker. By Syd

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November 14, 2018

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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January 12, 2021

Due to the virus, it will just be my husband and me for Thanksgiving. I purchased the smallest turkey breast I could find, but even that is too much. Both of us prefer the taste of turkey the first day. Since the meat was already frozen, the butcher at the store was unable to cut it.

A turkey carcass being cut into smaller pieces.

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