It's just about turkey time, but how much are you willing to spend on this year's Thanksgiving bird?
Expect turkey prices to be slightly higher this year, reports the American Farm Bureau Federation, rising from $21.57 to $22.23 for the average 16-pound turkey. The 66-cent price increase is attributed to a slight rise in demand, rather than a supply shortage.
For most American families, the turkey remains the main attraction and most expensive part of the meal, according to the AFBF.
Check out our roundup of turkey prices at stores in and around the Essex area.
Prices were gathered from the store's weekly circulars and calls to sales associates. Some prices require minimum purchases and quantities are limited. Contact store for details.Store Address Turkey Price/Pound 16-Pound Turkey
5900 Ebenezer Rd., White MarshFarm fresh, no hormones or steroids $2.09 $33.44
2109 Eastern Boulevard, Middle RiverPerdue farm fresh 75 cents not available
Geresbeck's2109 Eastern Boulevard, Middle River Butterball frozen $1.19 $19.04 Shoppers 1200 Eastern Blvd, Essex Marval Prime young turkey 58 cents $9.28 Food Lion 1565 Hyde Park Rd., Essex Jennie-O frozen 59 cents $9.44 Weis Markets 9400 Scott Moore Way, Perry Hall & 4126 East Joppa Rd., Perry Hall Store-brand frozen 69 cents $11.04 Weis Markets 9400 Scott Moore Way, Perry Hall & 4126 East Joppa Rd., Perry Hall Butterball frozen $1.09 $17.44 Giant 8905 Belair Rd., Perry Hall & 7944 Honeygo Blvd., White Marsh Store-brand frozen 59 cents $9.44 Mars Super Markets 165 Orville Rd, Essex Shady Brook Farms frozen 39 cents $6.24 Walmart 112 Carroll Island Rd., Middle River Store-brand frozen 69 cents $11.04 Wegmans 21 Wegmans Blvd.,
Abingdon Fresh, all-natural store-brand 99 cents $15.84
Check out Patch's Grocery Specials page for more local deals.
Where do you shop for Thanksgiving essentials? Share your money-saving tips in the comments.