If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you probably already realized how much money goes into serving the big dinner, not to mention all the preparation. So it's no surprise that so many supermarkets offer free (or discounted) turkeys ahead of the holiday in order to get customers to buy all the fixin's at their stores.
Obviously not every chain does this, so you've got to search for the best deals. Luckily, and have shared the ins and outs of how to score your bird for free using rewards programs or past purchases.
These deals follow what was advertised in previous years, so be sure to check with your local store closer to November 22 on the latest offers. And just a heads up: If you're expecting an entire house full of guests, a free turkey might not be enough to feed 'em all. As a general rule of thumb, allow one pound of turkey per person.
Don't forget to check out GoodHousekeeping.com's Thanksgiving 2018 guide.
In past years, spending $100 in a single transaction at Acme got you a free 10- to 14-pound turkey. You needed to print out the coupon or present the one found in their weekly advertisements.
Albertsons Rewards members got a free turkey (of any size!) with a $150 purchase from November 1 to 22 . It's a good deal if you plan on spending the money anyway, but if $150 is too steep, they also advertised turkey for less than a dollar per pound. Safeway offered the same promotion (it shares an owner with Albertsons), except you needed a Club Card to redeem.
, customers could use their ShopRite rewards cards to earn points redeemable for a free turkey (or other main dish). The exact amount required varied by location.
Weis Markets had a trickier set of rules last year. who spent $250 (in increments of at least $50 each purchase) from October through November could redeem their points for a free bird. This deal only makes sense if you do your weekly grocery shopping at Weis and the rules can get more complicated, so it's best to check with your local store.
WinCo stores had one of the lowest purchase requirements last year. When customers spent $50 in certain weeks of November, they were able to take home a frozen turkey for free.