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Turkey for 52 cents per pound?! We kid you not.

Posted at 2:18 PM, Nov 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-21 14:18:06-05

CINCINNATI – By now, you have heard about the bird flu, and how it decimated the turkey population earlier this year.

More than 8 million turkeys were killed by the flu, according to the National Turkey Federation and USA Today.

That has sent prices this fall up as much as 20% on the wholesale market, to an average of $1.30 a pound wholesale.

Good News for Shoppers

But there's good news: many stores are not passing that price hike on, and may even use turkey sales as a "loss leader" just to get you in the store.

Many grocers are willing to take a loss or barely break even on their turkeys, if it means you will spend $200 on sweet potatoes, corn, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and everything else

For a look at the latest rebates and coupons locally, check out our ShopSmart circulars section at wcpo.com/circulars.

Current Cincinnati-area Prices

And to make sure you don’t waste your money this Thanksgiving, here’s a breakdown of prices from shops in our region:

Kroger:

Kroger is selling its store brand turkey at 99 cents per pound with a Kroger Plus Card. This is a big drop from prices just a few weeks ago, if you happened to have the hunkering for a turkey in October, when prices were around $3 a pound. 

However, Butterball and Honeysuckle White are now in the $1.25 - $1.45 a pound range.

Remke Markets:

Remke is selling Honeysuckle White frozen turkey for $1.28 a pound, and you can clearly see the effect of the tight market in its pricing (it was 99 cents last year).

But to reward loyal customers, Remke will give you a free turkey if you spend $325 at the store between 10/26/2015 and Thanksgiving. 

Regular customers will have no problem doing that.

Target:

Target stores have some of the lowest prices on frozen Butterball Turkey, at 99 cents a pound.

Before you go, just make sure your Target has a grocery section: some do not.

Trader Joe’s:

Trader Joe’s is selling its all-natural, brined, fresh young turkeys for $2.69 per pound.

Walmart:

Walmart’s turkey prices vary by store, averaging about 99 cents per pound.

But Walmart said it matches other store prices if you bring in an ad. It may have a bigger sale closer to Thanksgiving.

Meijer:

Meijer for 2015 is once again offering 50 percent off all frozen turkeys with an additional $20 purchase.

That means Meijer frozen turkey is 52 cents per pound after the discount, which may be the best price you will find this year.

Have a safe and delicious Thanksgiving and remember, don’t waste your money.

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