It looks like the lull before the storm– the Thanksgiving storm, that is.
This week, Piggly Wiggly is celebrating its 100th anniversary with sale prices, but the sales are just average. However, October 27 through November 2, they’re doubling manufacturer’s coupons– up to ten of them that add up to a dollar each– when you spend more than $25 (excluding alcohol and tobacco purchases) and bring in the Piggly Wiggly coupon in their current flyer. Pick’N Save is still giving out scratch-off tickets for their Winning Play game. Sendik’s is still– through the end of this month– offering its daily bargains.
But watch out! November– and with it, Thanksgiving– is just around the corner, The holiday is November 24 to be precise. Savvy shoppers know that in Milwaukee in November, there are usually price wars, with a dirt-cheap frozen turkey as the prize, provided you spend enough in a single shopping excursion at the right store.
Last year, stores were matching each other’s ads, and frozen turkeys were to be had for as little as 39¢ a pound. The catch was, you had to spend a certain minimum amount in the store on the day you bought your turkey to get that price. This amount used to be $20, but in recent years it has risen to $35. So, if you don’t normally spend that much on a single shopping trip, start putting off all but your basic shopping until those bargains are offered– usually about two weeks before the holiday.
Then, buy your cranberries, stuffing mix, canned broth, yams, potatoes, and other things that will keep once they go on sale and can be used to meet the minimum for a bargain turkey.
In the alternative, you can keep saving those Pig Points at Piggly Wiggly, because they’re advertising a self-basting Butterball turkey of up to 16 lbs. free with 35,000 points, or a larger one free with 50,000 Pig Points– when you spend at least $25 on the day you buy the (frozen) turkey.. This Pig Point redemption will be available November 10 through November 23rd, but only while the supply lasts. The ad specifically says, “No rain checks.”
So amass those Pig Points and put off shopping (unless what you need is currently on sale).
But remember, some of the best deals on candy are to be found the day after Halloween– just as on the day after Christmas and the day after Easter. So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, show up at any store that carries Halloween candy– and that includes Target and CVS– the day after Halloween to take advantage of those candy bargains.
With the exception of that candy, budget your November spending so you’ll be able to get yourself a bargain turkey by doing all of your holiday shopping at once. That’s how you qualify for the bonus of a free or greatly reduced bird, something anyone can be thankful for!