Ask the Readers: How Do You Save On Thanksgiving?

By Ashley Jacobs on 15 November 2011 106 comments
Photo: Peter Galvin

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means it’s time for the three f’s: family, feasting, and football. Putting together a delicious Thanksgiving meal can cost quite a bit of money. Throw in the need for some festive decorations, and the cost of Thanksgiving can really add up! Luckily, many people have their tried and true tricks to make their Thanksgiving celebrations affordable.

How do you save on Thanksgiving? Do you have guests bring a dish? Is there a special market you go to in order to save on Thanksgiving necessities? How do you make your home festive without breaking the bank?

Tell us how you save on Thanksgiving and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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I save money by shopping for things I may need for the meal ahead of time, splitting costs with family members by doing it potluck style, and utilizing grocery store rewards.

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Since we're vegetarians, we save by not buying a turkey, and eating a lot of yummy sides. Most of our vegetables, rolls and pies come from our local Farmer's Market.

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I'm only cooking for three, its much cheaper than cooking for more!

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We usually go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving, but when we have hosted, we watch for sales on the major ingredients - it seems to be pretty easy, as long as the food is in stock.

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My sister cooks the bird and the pie, and everyone else brings a dish to share! Usually the same dish is requested every year, lol. I am always in charge of butternut squash and apple casserole and the green bean casserole. I've tried making it from scratch and with lower fat ingredients, but that won't do! They want the good ol' Campbells soup and French's fried onion version.

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Brandon P.

I buy one big turkey and cook it making sure there will be plenty of left overs. I then can use the turkey for any meal. Turkey croissant for breakfast, turkey soup for lunch, and turkey and gravy for dinner. DEEELICIOUS!