Talking Turkey: All Natural Deals

Saving Money at Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am trying to get my shopping done this week!  Which means I have been spending loads of time wandering around Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s in search of deals and discounts on organic and natural products – and thankfully there are quite a few to tell you about!  And remember, the Whole Foods deals are coupons you need to print out from their Whole Deal section (or tear out from the flyer in store), while Trader Joe’s are just the in-store prices, no coupon needed.

The Bird 

If your only concern when buying a bird is cost, then yes, Butterballs (or similar mass produced brands) are widely available for about a dollar a pound.  However, for those of you interested in a more humanely raised, hormone free, natural turkey, it’s going to cost you – but not as much as you might think!

All Natural Savings

We’re very excited about Trader  Joe’s Brined, Fresh All Natural Turkey . -These turkeys are minimally processed with NO artificial ingredients, and they never receive any antibiotics or growth hormones.  They also have been raised on a diet of 100% vegetarian feed.   Their cost?  Only $1.99 per pound!  Remember they are pre-brined too so that’s a big help as well.

And what about Whole Foods?  Their natural offerings (according to the meat dept here at my store in LA) include a fresh Nature’s Rancher Turkey for $1.69 a pound (not pre-brined like TJ).  Sure, these “all natural” options run about twice as much as you’d pay for a Butterball, but they are also HALF of what you’d pay for a fresh, organic turkey.  Prices for these guys at my local Whole Foods start at $3.99 a pound…

So let’s talk Turkey: this year I think I am going to split the difference – instead of buying an organic turkey Iam going to go for the “all natural” “free range” variety.  And instead of feeling like I am paying double (vs Butterball), I am going to look on the bright side and be ecstatic that I am saving 50% (vs. Organic)!

The Sides 

What green bean casserole would be complete without condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup? But. alas, I no longer want the MSG that goes into the Campbell’s condensed soup I grew up on.  Luckily, there are some deals out there on natural and organic alternatives:

Trader Joe’s Condensed Cream Of Portabella Mushroom Soup – 11 ounce box is $1.99 – NOT MADE with MSG, and NO genetically modified ingredients or trans fats!

Or if you are looking for organic – Whole Foods is offering coupons for $1.00 off any one Imagine Soup and also for $1.00 off any TWO Pacific Natural Foods Soups

Tasty Tip: as we mentioned in our recent article, one of the best ways to save money on sides is to keep to pure, basic ingredients.  When you start loading up on fancy extras like nuts and a million different herbs, the cost skyrockets!

Whole Foods is also offering 50 cent off coupon for their Organic Rice Blends .  -We like the Organic Wild Rice mix for Thanksgiving!

And, as we recently wrote, Trader Joe’s new Cranberry Chevre Log is a perfect starter – and perfectly priced at only $3.99 per log! This sweet treat also works great when served with dessert.  Speaking of dessert…

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2 Responses to “Talking Turkey: All Natural Deals”

  1. Louie says:

    I’m passing these tidbits to the boss of the house, who is also head cook. Sounds like Trader Joe is the way to go. It even rhymes.

  2. Lisa says:

    I wish I had read this before I bought my turkey today! You gals always have such great info. Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving.

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