Centsible Saver

Kroger starts this year’s competition on holiday turkey prices

We’ve still got a week to go before Halloween and the Thanksgiving turkey deals have begun.

In today’s circular, Kroger began the annual competition for the rock-bottom price on the holiday bird at 79 cents per pound.

The deal is valid through Thanksgiving Day, though there are a few strings attached. Shoppers are limited to one turkey per shopping trip and you must spend an additional $35 in groceries to get the 79-cent per pound price. Alcohol, tobacco, fuel and prescriptions are excluded.

In the Triangle’s already hyper competitive grocery business, which is about to get more fierce with the opening of the first Publix in the region, it will be interesting to see just how low turkey prices will go this year. Is it too much to hope for a 29-cent-per pound bird this year?

Last year, turkey prices dipped to 43 cents per pound at Just Save stores and 47 cents per pound at Lowes Foods and Food Lion. All three stores required an additional $35 purchase and limited shoppers to one. Kroger’s 79-cent price is identical to last year.