How to Get a Cheap Turkey for Thanksgiving


You might pay more for your Thanksgiving turkey this year. The average price per pound of whole frozen turkeys is about 14 cents higher this year than last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Turkey Market News Report. And fresh turkeys are running about 8 cents more per pound than in 2013.

According to the USDA, the average price of a frozen whole hen (a female turkey that weighs 8 to 16 pounds) has jumped to nearly $1.19 per pound from about $1.03 a year ago. The average price of a frozen tom (a male turkey weighing 16 to 24 pounds) is nearly $1.17 per pound versus about $1.04 in November 2013. Whole fresh turkeys, both toms and hens, are nearly $1.36 per pound, on average, this year versus about $1.28 last year, according to the Turkey Market News Report.

You don’t have to pay those prices, however. There are plenty of ways savvy shoppers can get a turkey for less than $1 per pound. Use these strategies to get a deal on the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal.

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