Here’s How to Get a FREE or Cheap Turkey for Thanksgiving

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Don’t pay too much for your Thanksgiving turkey… you may even be able to score one for FREE!

If you’re looking to get a head start on your 2022 Thanksgiving dinner preparations, we’ve got ya covered with lots of helpful tips, delicious recipes, and more!

And as a bonus, we’re sharing a list of stores that may be offering a cheap or even FREE Thanksgiving Turkey with a qualifying purchase! Here’s a list of the stores that offered cheap or free turkeys in 2021…

Turkeys were just 87¢ per pound at ALDI in 2021.

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In 2021, ALDI has whole frozen Butterball Turkeys for just 87¢ per pound (limit 2). They also had Honeysuckle White Whole frozen Turkeys for just $1.49 per pound.

BJ’s Wholesale Club members got a FREE turkey + a $10 reward with a $100 purchase.

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Leading up to Thanksgiving 2021, BJ’s Wholesale Club offered a free Butterball Turkey (excluding organic turkeys) when you purchased qualifying items totaling $100 in one transaction.

To claim your free turkey, you simply had to shop in-store or add $100 in qualifying items and your free turkey to your online shopping cart. Members also received a $10 BJ’s Reward that was automatically added to their account!

New Butcher Box members got a FREE Turkey in their first box!

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Butcher Box is a meat delivery subscription service that conveniently delivers high-quality organic meat and fish right to your doorstep.

In November of 2021, new Butcher Box members received one humanely raised, free-range 10-14 lb. turkey for FREE in their first delivery!

Fareway Meat & Grocery gave away a free turkey with a $50 purchase in 2021.

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In 2021, you could score a free Fareway Basted Young Turkey (up to 14 lbs.) when you purchased $50 or more from Fareway’s Famous Fresh Meat Counter – limit one per order. This discount could be automatically applied toward a larger turkey at the register.

Giant shoppers could redeem their points for a FREE turkey in 2021.

Butterball Frozen Turkey

Throughout November of 2021, you could redeem 400 Giant CHOICE Points for a free store brand Grade A Frozen Turkey (up to 20 pounds).

For those who preferred a fresh turkey, another brand of frozen turkey, or a Tofurky, you could redeem your points for $1 off per pound on any other turkey!

H-E-B gave customers a FREE turkey with the purchase of select hams.

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In 2021, you could get a free frozen RiverSide Grade A Turkey (up to 12 lbs.) when you bought an H-E-B Spiral Sliced Bone-In Half or Whole Ham or H-E-B Boneless Spiral Sliced Ham with the in-store coupon found in the weekly ad (limit one per customer).

HyVee gave away FREE turkeys with the purchase of a Hormel ham.

free turkey at HyVee when you buy a ham

Through November of 2021, you could get a free Honeysuckle White Frozen Turkey (10-14 lbs) with the purchase of a Hormel Cure 81 whole boneless ham at HyVee.

Kroger & affiliates had various offers for FREE or cheap turkeys.

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In 2021, Kroger shoppers could score a frozen 10-24 lb. turkey for 49¢ a pound with an additional purchase of $25. Shoppers also had the option of paying just $1.49 a pound for whole fresh Butterball turkeys.

Note that every Kroger-affiliated store seemed to offer a different holiday turkey promotion in 2021. Shoppers were advised to check their local store’s ad for more details, as some affiliates offered promotions for a FREE turkey!

Kroger-affiliated stores include: Cala Foods, City Markets, Copps, Dillons, FoodsCo, Fred Meyer Stores, Fry’s Food Stores, King Soopers, Kroger, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Metro Market, Pick ‘n Save, Quality Food Centers (QFC), Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smith’s Food and Drug.

Meijer customers could pay as low as 33¢ per pound on turkeys.

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In 2021, Meijer offered store-brand frozen turkeys for just 33¢ per pound. There was a limit of two turkeys per customer at this price.

ShopRite shoppers got a FREE turkey with a $400+ cumulative purchase.

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In 2021, ShopRite shoppers could get a free Turkey, Ham, Turkey Breast, Kosher Chicken, Lasagna, or Tofurky (any size up to 21 lbs.) when they earned and redeemed 400 points. OR, you could get the equivalent savings per pound toward the purchase of any other whole turkey, turkey breast, or ham with your Price Plus club card.

Weis shoppers could redeem their Weis Rewards Points for a FREE turkey in 2021. 

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If you were a Weis Rewards member in 2021, you could score a free Weis Quality Frozen Turkey (up to 20 lbs.) when you redeemed 400 Weis Rewards Points before Thanksgiving. If you weren’t able to earn 400 points, you could redeem 200 points and pay just 59¢/lb for your turkey!

Winn-Dixie had turkeys for 49¢ a pound in 2021.

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In 2021, you could get a Honeysuckle Grade A Frozen Turkey for just 49¢ per pound at Winn-Dixie. Butterball frozen turkeys were just 99¢ per pound!

Do YOU know of any other FREE Turkey promos to watch for in 2022? Let us know!

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Angela graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and has 20+ years of experience as a writer and photographer with her work being featured in US Weekly Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and more.

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