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Sunday, November 9, 2014

How to Save $$$ With a Thanksgiving Turkey...

How to Save $$$ With a Thanksgiving Turkey...

Hi there lovelies! Today I wanted to hop on here real quick and share a few quick tips on how you can save money with your Thanksgiving Turkey. Whether you are cooking a turkey yourself or going to someone's house for dinner, there are things you can do that will save your family money this month!

Right now a lot of grocery stores are having deals, where if you spend a certain amount of money, you will get a free turkey. I have already planned and shopped for this month, and I was able to score two FREE turkeys. One we will use for Thanksgiving and the other we are cooking this weekend. Turkeys have a lot of meat on them and can be very beneficial if cooked, bagged, and then frozen for later use. We do this each holiday season and we end up with cooked turkey in our freezer that lasts for months! It is so nice to be able to pull a bag of cooked turkey  out of the freezer to throw into soups, casseroles, and various dishes. Having half the work already out of the way, since it is cooked, saves me so much time! I don't know about you, but this Mama is all about saving myself some time in the kitchen. You do a little bit more work now, so you don't have to do as much work later.

To get my free turkeys, I planned out my grocery trips as normal. I wanted to score a free turkey, but I didn't want to buy stuff I wouldn't normally. Two grocery stores are having the turkey deal in my area. If you spent $100 or more, you got a free turkey, up to 20 pounds. I checked out their store ads and I was able to plan my trips, so that at each store I spent $100 of my grocery budget. Two grocery stores and $245 dollars later, I had two FREE turkeys, totaling a saved cost of over $40! Each turkey was over 15 pounds and each costs over $20. That is a lot of savings in the meat department, which will help my family in the new year.

When digging through the pile of turkeys, I always try to get the biggest bang for my buck. Since I am getting the turkey for FREE, I try to get as close to the highest weight mark as I can. My two turkeys are 15.99 lbs and 19.89 lbs. These will be great to cook this holiday season!

When I cook the turkeys, I love to cook them in an oven bag (they cook faster this way). We also have a regular turkey dinner the first night I make it. Once the meat is cooled, we pull as much meat from the bones as we can. I bag them in one cup portions of shredded meat. Make sure you label and date your bags as well. Don't throw out the bones though! You can save them for homemade turkey broth later on! I plan to can my broth this year, since my freezer is already full with chicken broth.

So take advantage of this awesome time of year and plan your trips, so that you too can stock that freezer with some yummy turkey goodness! Woot! Woot!

Have a wonderful day lovelies!!

XO Danielle


  1. Congrats Danielle on getting the free turkeys..[I too , am all about free and reduced.ha].. My local store had a
    deal.. buy$75 and get turkey for 49 cents a pound.. [This turkey was selling for 99 cents a pound.. I used coupons
    and bought my $75 to get it.. I used my ads to see what was on sale, so I wouldn't just be spending $75. Worked
    great.. I saved the rest of my monthly budget for the next couple weeks.. to get a couple more turkeys on sale..
    I am hoping we will get the free one too. [Fingers crossed]
    Hope you and family have a great Thanksgiving..

  2. It's important to plan out trips for things like this, it's too easy to end up wasting more money than you would have spent on the turkey. Hello from Inspire Me Monday!

  3. Hi
    Thanks a lots for share this kind of information here i like it and i share with my friends also.
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  4. I always went for the free turkeys! Now I'm vegetarian so I don't buy them but we can usually sub a veggie lasagna. My MIL is making the turkey this year so that's one less thing on my to-do list! Thanks for linking up!


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