3 Ways to Save on Overpriced Thanksgiving Dinner

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save money on thanksgiving dinnerI know my grocery bills have been skyrocketing, but now I have proof that we're all spending more and saving less at the groc shop. The American Farm Bureau informs us that this year for Thanksgiving, you can expect to spend 13 percent more on all the fixins' than you did last year. That's a huge jump! Just think if our cost of living went up 13 percent every year.

While the list compiled by the AFB encompasses a dinner for 10 including "turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie mix, pie shells, whipping cream, peas, stuffing, rolls, sweet potatoes, whole milk, and other items," there are ways you can keep those costs down. Last year this list would run you $43.37 (which is not bad, actually, for feeding 10 people), and this year, it will run up your bill to $49.20.

Which is why you should do these three things right now to save on the big day.

1. Find a Great Turkey Deal

The best way to save on a high-ticket item is to turkey shop. You will most definitely see ads for "low prices" on turkeys in all of your local grocery stores right about now, but you're going to want to wait this one out. Unless you want to buy frozen, you can even wait until the day before T-day to get the best price on your main dish. Take it home, brine it overnight, and you'll have an amazing, affordable turkey in the middle of your dining room table.

2. Flour Is Cheap

Instead of buying pre-made pie crusts and rolls, make your own. There are a zillion fantastic recipes online for both traditional pie crusts and non-traditional rolls.

3. Get Your Bread Now

Same goes for stuffing. Instead of buying the pre-made box, just let your bread get all dried out and make your own. Again, there are so many fun ways to make your own stuffing, and it will cost you a fraction of the price of store-bought.

How much do you spend on Thanksgiving?


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slw123 slw123

I was excited to get my turkey the other day for 59 cents per pound.

Krist... KristinRox

This year I just bought some rolls and took them to my sisters house. Our thanksgiving was in October. We usually dont spend a huge amount on the meal, if its at our house. We also do it so that everyone brings something so that one family isnt paying for the entire meal.

frysh... fryshannon34

I'm pretty sure it is moer than $49.00 I would like to see the list. At our Hyvee store there is  a buy a ham for around $19 get a turkey for free so that is what I will be doing

JHanc968 JHanc968

Good tips!

elija... elijahsmama09

We are doing Thanksgiving, and yep! Expensive!

Leele... Leelee1008

Not much honestly. I am getting my turkey free for shopping with my go to grocery store thats going to save me about $20. and we only buy sales items and I use coupons. and we dont make a bunch, just enough for 6

bether89 bether89

I always shop around for turkey and I make my own stuffing for very little cost.

Melis... Melissa042807

We delegate. Everyone contributes a dish or two to the meal in my family. And I make a lot of stuff from scratch in my house. 


TIP: Save the heels off your loaves of bread, keep them in the freezer, and you can use them to make your own breadcrumbs. Just leave them out to thaw and get stale, and spin them through the food processor. That's how I get breadcrumbs to top my scalloped carrots for Thanksgiving dinner. 

aj23 aj23

For 12 people it usually costs about $25 to feed everyone. My mom and sisters jobs give them a free ham or turkey so we have both every year. Even without that we can still feed everyone for about $35 or less because turkeys are so cheap.

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