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Nov 27, 2010 04:10 PM

Turkey prices where you live?

Just wondering about this since I saw a Walletpop article or some other financial news yesterday saying that the average turkey prices this year were $1.68 per pound!! Bought my smallish (11 pound Butterball) frozen turkey at SuperTarget for .88 per pound.

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  1. 99 cents seemed to be the average promotional price for frozen turkeys this year with a few stores at 88 cents (Connecticut and Massachusetts). We use kosher turkey and most stiores were $2.79-3.79 lb. But I stopped in a Shaw's Supermarket in Mass. last week and all frozen turkeys, turkey breasts and roasting chickens were 99 cents including Kosher. I bought 6 Empire Turkeys, 8 Empire Turkey Breasts and 8 Empire roasting chickens and filled my freezer.
    Shop Rite in Connecticut still gave a free supermarket brand frozen turkey witth $300 of grocery pruchases from October 20-Novenber 24th.

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    1. re: bagelman01

      Yes, my sister is in NJ and I remember her saying that Shop Rite did the give-away...nobody does that here in FL that I've ever heard of.

    2. 89 cents/pound for the Costco fresh turkey's in the Los Angeles area.

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      1. re: monku

        The Costco fresh turkey has been that price for the last three years. Nationwide.

        1. re: Cathy

          Wasn't aware that was the nationwide price, but I do remember buying it at 89 cents/pound the last few years.
          Several years ago the day after Thanksgiving I got a couple for the freezer at 45 cents/pound. Think they stopped selling them the day after because the last few years I checked for that bargain again and never saw it.

          1. re: monku

            I read it recently in one of the publicity things Costco does. Said they bought early so did not have to raise prices. Planned to sell/bought 1M this year.

            They have to make space so do lower prices. The turkeys were cheap on Wednesday night this year. I saw some groups of people ( I saw firefighters and some I think were from local churches) buying up multiples at about 8 p.m. at my Costco. Price was 49¢/lb. I don't count on it though. Really, what other meat can you get for 89¢ a pound, or even $1.59/lb all year?

            1. re: Cathy

              That would explain why I don't see any the day after Thanksgiving anymore.
              I wouldn't dare go to Costco the day before Thanksgiving to begin with.

              1. re: monku

                It's like Christmas Eve. Every cash register is open. No wait.

                After about 7 p.m., there is plenty of parking. Before then, everyone is in some sort of panic. As if there is a hurricane coming or an earthquake and they suddenly have to stock up. I always wonder how people plan meals other days of the week...

                1. re: Cathy

                  I've never been a wait till the last minute type of loss.

                  1. re: monku

                    Oh. I'm not a last minute person either (if I told you my job, you would know how much I do not like nor ever would be a procrastinator).

                    I know when there are no crowds and when stuff is marked down.

      2. A Toronto chain recently had frozen turkeys on for $0.77 Cdn/lb (though there's little difference between US$ and C$ these days). However, I should add these were "utility" turkeys, which means they might be missing a wing or leg. Taste fine, but they don't make that awesome presentation on the table that a Grade A bird does.

        1. A&P had frozen Shady Brook turkeys for $.39/lb if you spent $25 or more on other groceries. Pathmark gave free Shady Brooks if you spent $300.
          Prior to T-Day, fresh Butterballs were going for $.98 to $1.49/lb, but I picked up 2 yesterday at Costco for $.49/lb.
          Fairway had organic and free range birds for $3 to $4/lb.

          1. We scored a 11-pounder at Wegmans for $.38 per pound on our last shopping trip to Buffalo - they were price-matching Tops for the US Thanksgiving and it was obviously a loss-leader. We don't eat Turkey but decided to get one at this price, at less than the cost of a chicken here. We ate it today.

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            1. re: Oakville Boy

              I picked up a Murray 16+ lb turkey the day after TG for $0.69/lb. A 4 bl Murray chicken was more expensive.