We're reader-supported and only partner with brands we trust. When you buy through links on our site we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Learn More. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date and time indicated and are subject to change.
Inflation is crippling many Americans’ budgets this year, making a traditional Thanksgiving feast a stretch for some. Thankfully, at least two retailers are scaling back their Thanksgiving dinner cost. Aldi and Walmart each promise to price Thanksgiving staple items (including turkey!) at pre-inflation rates. In fact, some Walmart turkeys will be priced at under $1 per pound through Dec. 26, making your Christmas and Hanukkah meal shopping less painful on your wallet, too.
IRI, a global market research firm, estimates that a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will cost 13.5% more in 2022 than it did a year ago. They make this prediction based on store prices on ingredients in the month prior to Oct. 16. IRI’s study includes a look at the typical holiday essentials like turkey, baking ingredients, drinks, and side dishes. The firm does take into account the potential for savings promotions, still concluding that Thanksgiving dinner will be more expensive in 2022.
To get the latest money-saving hacks, make sure you download The Krazy Coupon Lady app. Be sure to check out how to get a free Thanksgiving turkey, meal delivery kits offering Thanksgiving dinner, and Ibotta’s free Thanksgiving meal hack so you can see all the ways to save this holiday season.
Walmart Thanksgiving Meals Will Be Priced at the 2021 Price
In a statement, Walmart says that in addition to Thanksgiving staples like ham, turkey, potatoes, and stuffing, “The convenience items are there, too, like ready-to-heat mac and cheese or freshly made pumpkin pie. And, we ensured that the price for the same basket of items does not cost more than it did last year.”
That means that Walmart’s Thanksgiving prices will go back to 2021 prices, which includes whole turkeys available for under $1 a pound. The savings last through Dec. 26, 2022.
You can view Walmart’s 2021-priced Thanksgiving items here.
Related: Looking to save more on Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s everything to know about the Ibotta free Thanksgiving meal hack.
Aldi Thanksgiving Rewind Puts Meals at Pre-Inflation Prices — to 2019!
Aldi takes the move even further, reducing Thanksgiving dinner costs to pre-pandemic levels. They’re effectively lowering current prices by about 30% on some items with their Thanksgiving Price Rewind initiative. That means that Aldi is basing their Thanksgiving costs off their 2019 Thanksgiving prices!
“Providing amazing products at the absolute lowest prices is what we’ve always done, and we know right now that’s more important than ever,” Aldi U.S. president David Ronaldo said in a statement. “So why not attempt that additional side dish this year, or invite over a few more friends or family members? You can rest easy knowing ALDI has your back this Thanksgiving, and beyond.”
Aldi’s price reductions include not just Thanksgiving dinner favorites like turkey but also appetizers, beverages, desserts, and sides. Pies, brown-and-serve rolls, stuffing, macarons, mini quiches, prosciutto, and specialty cheeses are some goodies you can grab at throwback prices.
Aldi’s reduced-price items will be marked with a Thanksgiving Price Rewind sticker. Discounts will run through Nov. 29, so if you want to do some grocery shopping on Black Friday this year (Nov. 25), you’ll still get 2019-level deals.