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Free turkey with flu shot? The best Thanksgiving meal deals: Publix, Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Target

Winn-Dixie is giving away free and $5 turkeys along with a host of other grocers’ promotions ahead of Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy of Winn-Dixie)
Winn-Dixie is giving away free and $5 turkeys along with a host of other grocers’ promotions ahead of Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy of Winn-Dixie)
Published Nov. 16, 2018

Somewhere between 45 and 46 million turkeys likely will be served up this Thanksgiving. Have you grabbed yours yet?

Every major grocer has some sort of turkey deal this weekend or in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. So, let's break down where you can find the right bird for your friends and family — whether you're looking for the best deal, or one that's organic and hormone-free.

Winn-Dixie

W-D and Publix are close to tied on deals for the cheapest bird. From Nov. 17-18, Winn-Dixie is selling frozen Honeysuckle Grade-A whole turkey of any size for just $5 with a grocery purchase of $30. Now through Nov. 21, Winn-Dixie shoppers can get the same type of turkey for free when they get a no-cost flu shot at any in-store pharmacy. This deal is also available at the Fresco y Más store on Sheldon Road in Tampa.

Beyond those specials, W-D's frozen turkeys are on sale for 49-cents a pound until Nov. 22. Fresh, not frozen, Honkeysuckle turkeys are 99 cents a pound, as are frozen Butterball whole turkeys.

Note: Winn-Dixie sales prices require a Southeastern Grocers Rewards card.

Publix

Publix has its own brand of frozen young turkey on sale for 49 cents a pound for birds between 10 and 24 pounds — so that's about $5.40 for one that's about 11 pounds. Fresh Butterball turkeys are $1.89 a pound for turkeys in the same weight range.

If you want to ensure your dinner is hormone-free, the GreenWise young turkeys are also on sale for $1.49 a pound, which is a similar deal as Lucky's Market and other organic chains are advertising.

Walmart

Walmart has knocked down the price of its frozen 10- to 16-pound Butterball Premium young turkeys, as well as the 16- to 24-pound turkeys, to 98 cents per pound.

The better deal is on 10- to 16-pound Jenni-O brand frozen young turkeys, which have been marked down to 68 cents a pound. That means the largest available bird would be about $11.

Walmart also carries an Honest Turkey brand that is frozen and antibiotic free. It's not on sale, but its regular price of $1.47 per pound compares to other specials running on similar turkeys this week.

Target:

Target's prices are much like Walmart's: Butterball Premium frozen turkeys are on sale for 99 cents a pound. Target also has store-brand basted young turkey — between 10 and 24 pounds — on sale for 79 cents a pound.

If you plan to shop at Target, clip out the coupon that ran in its advertising insert from the Sunday, Nov. 11 Tampa Bay Times. If you spend $50 on food and beverages in one trip, you'll get a $10 store gift card.

Related: The ultimate guide to Black Friday shopping

Where to get hormone-free or organic birds:

In addition to Publix, Whole Foods/Amazon, Lucky's Market, Sprouts Farmers Market and Earth Fare have promotions on their slightly pricier turkey options.

Lucky's has antibiotic-free turkeys for $1.48 per pound. It also has organic free-range turkey for $3.88 a pound. Both are fresh, not frozen.

Earth Fare's fresh organic turkeys are $3.99 a pound.

Sprouts Farmers Market has fresh organic 11-pound turkeys for just less than $33, or $2.99 a pound. The same size for fresh, non-organic but hormone-free turkeys, is about $14, or $1.29 a pound.

Whole Foods has a deal for Amazon Prime members, who can get a fresh organic whole turkey for $2.99 a pound or a regular whole turkey for $1.99 a pound.

Added savings: If you plan on buying a Butterball turkey, there is a mail-in coupon in the SmartSource insert from the Nov. 11 Sunday newspaper. You will be sent five $1 off Butterball coupons if you mail in the cut-out slip and your Butterball receipt.

Any deals I missed? Contact Sara DiNatale at sdinatale@tampabay.com. Follow @sara_dinatale.

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