Smart Shopper dishes on Thanksgiving meal deals
Posted November 22, 2009 12:28 p.m. EST
WRAL's Smart Shopper Faye Prosser shares some deals that can add up to big savings for your Thanksgiving Day feast.
"There are some excellent buys all week long through Thanksgiving to help you put great buys on the table without breaking the budget," said Prosser, owner of Smart Spending Resources.
Prosser took advantage of the sales at the Lowes Foods store, at N.C. highways 42 and 50 in Garner.
First, she looked at the frozen turkeys, on sale for 99 cents-a-pound. Customers who have signed up for Lowes Fresh Rewards program can also earn money toward a future purchase. If you buy an 18-pound or larger turkey, you get a $10 coupon. A smaller turkeys earns a $5 coupon.
Other sales for frozen turkeys include: WalMart at 40 cents per pound, limit two turkeys; Kroger at 39 cents per pound, with an additional $25 purchase; and Food Lion at 40 cents a pound, with an additional $35 purchase, limit two turkeys.
Prosser said the WalMart sale is "probably the best deal you are going to get at this point."
She next looked to see what she could find for stuffing. The best deal for boxed mixes was the Lowes Foods brand for 88 cents a box.
For those who want to make their own stuffing, Lowes also has fresh ingredients on sale: celery for $1.29 a bunch, Lowes Foods-brand bread for $1.19 a loaf, a 3-pound bag of onions for $1.79, and a 32-ounce of Progresso broth for $1.50.
Korger has celery on sale for 89 cents a bunch.
"If you chose to go ahead and buy a box variety, you can actually add all these fresh ingredients to really doll it up," Prosser said.
Prosser also identified asparagus on sale for $1.29 a pound as a "must-have deal."
"You can not beat that price," she said. "I'm going to be stocking up and sticking some in the freezer, it's such a good buy."
Prosser also used coupons, which Lowes Foods doubles up to 99 cents every day.
The total for all the sale items was a little over $67. With sales and coupons, she paid just $5 and some change – a 92 percent savings.
Prosser also recommended the following deals. All sales are at Lowes Foods and are good through Nov. 26, unless noted.
Cans — Lowes Foods brand 88 cents, Ocean Spray 99 cents
Fresh — $2 a bag
Sweet Potatoes — 29 cents per pound – a great stock up price.
Steamfresh Premium Selects Frozen Veggies — BOGO (buy one get one free) for $1.28. Use a 50-cent coupon that's doubled, and they're 28 cents total.
Steamfresh frozen veggies (sale at Harris Teeter) — BOGO. Use .50 coupon for a great deal.
Canned pumpkin — Hy-Top brand 15 oz. for 99 cents; Libby's 30 oz. for $2.29
Wheat Thins crackers — BOGO for $1.78 each. Use a $1 coupon, and they're 78 cents each.
Heluva Good Dip — $1.50 a carton. Use a 50-cent coupon that's doubled, and they're 50 cents each.
Shrimp — Contessa cooked and raw on sale BOGO
Other great deals
Wacky Mac — $1.19 a bag. Use a 75-cent coupon that's doubled, and they're free.
Hefty plates — BOGO for $1.42. Use 50-cent coupon that's doubled, and they're 42 cents each.
Texas Toast Croutons — $1.29 a box. Use a 50-cent coupon that gets doubled, and they're 29 cents each.
Betty Crocker Potatoes — $1 a unit. Use 30-cent coupon that gets doubled, and they're 30 cents each.