How to get a free turkey for Thanksgiving 2019

These big grocery stores will help you get a free turkey for your holiday meal. Here's how to score the deal.
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By Erica Chayes Wida

Thanksgiving is a joyous holiday filled with food, family and friends, but the cost of Thanksgiving shopping and navigating through overcrowded stores to prepare for such a feast can be a feat. To help ease some of stress, several supermarket chains are here to help with a little incentive — by offering shoppers ways to earn free turkeys.

Unless you decide to skip the store all together and order a turkey day meal kit or a premade Thanksgiving dinner, this is a good way to make sure your wallet stays as stuffed as that beautiful main dish.

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Before committing to a grocery chain, it's wise to check your local store to make sure it's participating, as some deals vary by region. Most stores honor the deals up until the holiday on Thursday, Nov. 28, but some require that free birds be picked up by Wednesday, Nov. 27, depending on local hours.

Here are five grocery stores offering free turkeys to Thanksgiving shoppers.

1. BJ's Wholesale Club

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For folks who are members of this warehouse club, BJ's is making it easy to earn a free Butterball turkey with a value of up to $25. From Nov. 14 through Nov. 27 (the store is closed on the holiday), customers who bring in the coupon found in the Big Savings mailer, online or at the member services desk, will be able to get a free turkey with the purchase of any three qualifying items, including household items like paper towels and Tide Pods.

2. Safeway

Plunk down $100 or more at the grocery from Oct. 30 to Nov. 12 and use a digital "Just for U" coupon to earn a free 16-pound Honeysuckle Turkey. Birds must be picked up by Nov. 23, but those without room in their freezers can request Safeway hold onto it until Thanksgiving Day.

3. Giant Food Stores

Customers with 400 Extra Rewards Points racked up between Oct. 11 and Nov. 28 can get a free frozen Giant Brand Grade A Turkey weighing up to 20 pounds, a free family sized lasagna, tofurkey or $1 per pound off their turkey of choice. You don't have to spend a full $400 to get the points since many items are available for double points in November, a store manager told TODAY Food. This deal is valid at Giant Food Stores located throughout Pennsylvania as well as Martin's Food Markets, which has locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia (all 171 company stores are participating in the promotion). Freebies can be redeemed anytime between Nov. 15 and Nov. 28.

4. ShopRite

A shopper will have to spend $300 on groceries now through Thanksgiving and be a Price Plus member (membership is free) to get a gratis turkey, but the amount doesn't have to be spent in one visit.

Also, in addition to offering free turkeys (ShopRite All Natural Frozen Turkey and ShopRite Grade “A” or Shady Brook Frozen Turkey Breast), the store has many other options for non-turkey lovers including ham (Cook’s Shank Half Smoked Ham and Hormel Black Label Canned Ham), chicken (Kosher Frozen Roasting Chicken), lasagna (Stouffer’s Party Size Lasagna) and Tofurky.

5. Weis Markets

To get a Weis Quality Frozen Turkey totally free, you have be a member of the store's free Preferred Shopper's Club and spend $400 before Thanksgiving. Customers must be signed up for the program by Oct. 10. This deal is available now through Nov. 28.

Just remember, if you do opt for a frozen bird, make sure you know the proper way to thaw the turkey and give yourself enough time before popping it in the oven.