Walmart and Aldi slash Thanksgiving prices amid runaway inflation


From free turkeys to deep discounts, grocery stores are gearing up for a Thanksgiving game against galloping inflation.

On Thursday, Walmart said customers will be able to get Thanksgiving staples such as turkey, ham, potatoes and stuffing “at last year’s prices.”

“Saving money is a top priority for our customers right now, so this year we’re eliminating inflation on an entire basket of traditional Thanksgiving items,” said John Laney, executive vice president of the food at Walmart US in a blog post.

A cashier scans items at a Walmart store in Burbank, California on August 15, 2022. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Arkansas-based retailer said it is currently rolling out the prices and the discounts will continue “for all of their holiday meals” through Dec. 26.

The news comes just after discount supermarket chain Aldi announced it was slashing Thanksgiving staples to match 2019 prices.

Holiday foods, including appetizers, desserts, sides and beverages, are up to 30% off as part of its Thanksgiving Price Rewind promotion, the grocer said.

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“Delivering amazing products at the absolute lowest prices is what we’ve always done, and now we know it’s more important than ever,” said Dave Rinaldo, President of Aldi US.

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A general view of the ALDI supermarket on December 7, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England. (John Keeble/Getty Images) (John Keeble/Getty Images/Getty Images)

According to the consumer price index, the cost of food rose 11.2% in September compared to a year ago. However, the home food category, which is food purchased from grocery storesincreased by 13%.

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Aldi, which has 2,200 stores in 38 states, says it “will continue to be the low price leader in every community it serves” no matter what happens in the world.

However, Walmart and Aldi aren’t the only grocers providing relief to Thanksgiving shoppers.

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Turkey cooked in a roasting pan with a meat thermometer while preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal, San Ramon, Calif., Nov. 23, 2019. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) (Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Big BJ club offers a free turkey promotion to its members.

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Through November 10, members who spend $150 online or in-store will receive a digital coupon for a free Butterball whole turkey while supplies last.

To qualify, members will need to create a digital account on BJs.com.


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