I 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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