Who’s got the best deal on a prepared Turkey meal?

Who’s got the best deal on a prepared Turkey meal?

November 16, 2018 0 By Smartshopperdaphne

Can you believe it’s already time to start preparing for Thanksgiving?

The good news is there are lots of ways to have other people do the hard work for you–the cooking!
And if you know where to go, it’ll be cheaper than you doing the work yourself.

I shopped at valley grocery stores to see which one has the best prices on prepared Thanksgiving meals.
At our table… Albertsons, Bashas’, Fry’s, Safeway, Sprouts and Whole Foods.
We’ll start with the first four stores, since Sprouts and Whole Foods offer different options, including organic turkey and sides.

Safeway and Albertsons have identical meals and prices. At first glance, they seem to be the cheapest of the four stores.

For their Deluxe Turkey Dinner, you’ll pay $52.99.
It includes:

  • 10-12 lb cooked turkey
  • 24 oz mashed potatoes
  • 30 oz stuffing
  • 14 oz cranberry sauce
  • 24 oz gravy
  • 12 Hawaiian rolls

You’ll pay a little more at Bashas’ for their Deluxe Turkey Dinner, $55.99, but you’ll also get more food!

  • 11-13 lb cooked turkey
  • 30 oz stuffing
  • 48 oz mashed potatoes
  • 24 oz turkey gravy
  • 14 oz cranberry orange relish
  • 12 dinner rolls
  • Choice of 8 in pumpkin or apple pie

At Fry’s Food, you’ll pay $59.99 for their Turkey Meal Kit

  • 10-12 lb cooked turkey
  • 2 sides (choose among seven options)
  • 10 in pumpkin pie
  • 12 Hawaiian rolls

In the end, Bashas’ is going to get you the most food for the best price. Again, you’ll pay three dollars more for this meal than you will pay at Albertsons and Safeway, but you’re also getting more food–more sides and dessert.

Looking for healthier options?
Whole Foods and Sprouts has lots of them.

You’ll find more choices at Whole Foods, everything from turkey meals, to Prime Rib Dinners, even Brisket and Vegan options. The prices are pretty much double what you’ll pay at Sprouts, but Whole Foods is also touting their options as organic.

Sprouts has a Natural Turkey Meal that will cost you $69.99.
It includes:

  • 11-13 lb natural, cooked turkey
  • 48 oz mashed potatoes
  • 30 oz stuffing
  • 24 oz creamed kale and spinach
  • 24 oz gravy
  • 14 oz cranberry sauce
  • 12 dinner rolls

Whole Foods has an Organic Classic Roasted Turkey Meal for $159.99:

  • 10 lb organic, cooked turkey
  • 64 oz organic mashed potatoes
  • 64 oz organic stuffing
  • 48 oz organic gravy
  • 32 oz organic cranberry orange sauce
  • 32 oz organic creamed spinach

Pay $119.99 for their non-organic version. This is still much more than Sprouts’ non-organic option, but again, much more food. Take a the look at the number of sides. You have to decide if it’s worth the cost.

All of the stores have other options, including spiral sliced ham.

There is no hard deadline to order your meals, but some stores run out pretty quickly. So I’d suggest if you choose to go with a grocery store meal, get it sooner rather than later.

And don’t forget, some of your favorite restaurants also offer pre-made options. You know their food, so not a bad option if the price is right.

And of course, you can always plan to make the turkey and delegate sides to the rest of your party.

Let me know how you plan to save this Thanksgiving. Email me at Smartshopperdaphne@gmail.com.

If you want a list of how long leftovers can be stored click here: leftover chart