How to get free Thanksgiving dinner, plus other ways to save

Thanksgiving is about a week away. Whether you're planning to cook the big meal, buy it pre-made, or just need help putting food on the table, here's a round-up of resources to help you get it done for less.

Ibotta cashback app is giving you Thanksgiving dinner for free when you purchase certain items from Walmart stores.

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Yes, for free.

Here's how it works:

You can buy these specific brand items either in a Walmart store or online:

  • Butterball Turkey Breast Roast
  • Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • McCormick turkey gravy seasoning packet
  • Great Value stuffing mix
  • Great Value frozen green beans
  • Great Value cranberry sauce
  • Idahoan instant mashed potatoes
  • French’s crispy onions
  • 2-liter Coke

Then after you scan and upload your receipt to the Ibotta app or website you'll earn 100% cashback on those items.


There's been talk of a turkey shortage this year. But let's talk turkey.  

Texas A&M says wholesale turkey prices are up 19% while turkey production is down 2.7 percent. The biggest demand is up for smaller turkeys as families plan smaller gatherings.
But many grocery stores say don't worry.  

Kroger says it purchased additional turkeys in all sizes, and Walmart bought 20% to 30% more turkeys this year. If you don't want to cook on Thanksgiving, you can order pre-cooked meals from Kroger for $55 to $70. Orders must be placed online or by phone by November 22 or in-store by November 24.

RELATED: Cancel big Thanksgiving plans and gatherings, says Harris County Judge Hidalgo

H-E-B will have Meal Simple holiday meals for four to eight people starting at $72 for pick up or delivery starting November 23.

Central Market offers dinner for six to eight people for $150. They'll take orders until November 24.

A great way to support local restaurants that have been struggling this year is to order their pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinners. Many, many local restaurants offer them, including Backstreet Cafe, Cleburne Cafeteria, The Capital Grille, McCormick & Schmick's, and Union Kitchen.

Houston Press compiled a list of local restaurants offering carry-out Thanksgiving meals.

And for families needing a little help, Tiffany Justice compiled a list of Thanksgiving food drives.