5 Simple Ways to Save on Thanksgiving

by Stacy Johnson on 22 November 2009 6 comments

While the price of food hasn’t been escalating like it was last year, a trip to the grocery store can still be expensive. Especially when you start adding in feasts like Thanksgiving!  But it's remarkably easy to serve up savings along with that gravy. An added bonus: Do it right and you'll save stress as well as money. 

Make a List

First stop to Thanksgiving savings? Do a head count so you know how many you'll be serving. Then decide on exactly what's for dinner. Once you know these two things, head for any number of websites to find out the exact ingredients and quantity of each you'll need.  Making a complete list the first time will save you from additional trips to the store. And recipe sites are also handy because you can check to make sure you have the time and skills needed to actually cook what you're imagining! 

Search For Deals

Next step: Once you've got a complete list of ingredients, go to any number of coupon search engines on the web and see if you can get discounts on each and every one. We have one at Money Talks News; there are plenty more out there. And don't forget your local papers. Even if you don't subscibe, pick one up at the news stand and starting scoping it out a week in advance.

Try Alternatives

A fresh bird costs 30% to 40% more than frozen. But remember it takes 3-5 days to thaw that bird, so give yourself enough time.

And don’t be a whiner when it comes to wine. Thumb your nose at high priced bottles of wine and head for the box section; it’s half the price.  Embarrased to serve boxed? No worries: Pour it into a nice decanter and nobody will know the difference. 

Final tip? Before you shop, check the price-matching policy at your favorite store. If your store matches advertised deals, you’ll be able to do all your shopping in one place and not miss out on deals elsewhere.

Here's wishing you and your family a happy, safe and frugal Thanksgiving. Cheers! 

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You are right! trying alternatives makes all the sense in the worl. The turkey and the wine are the 2 best examples, and there are other ways, just for thinking of them.

John DeFlumeri Jr

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Elenora

Thanks for the Information.this is really very great news.from past so many days I was searching for this kind of article.
Elenora
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we must not get caught up in the preparations and so many other things that we forget what is really important with this holiday; spending time with those we love and being thankful for the good things in our lives. The food must not be the most expensive to enjoy a short time with our loved ones

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I would also add to that list "going homemade".

I know that homemade stuffing is cheaper, b/c depending on how you make it, its mostly breadcrumbs anyways. Use the stale stuff--that's what its designed for.

Homemade pies are chaeper as well.

Also, the head count is a key too. Sure you want to make sure that you have enough food, but having enough for Turkey Day plus a week's worth of leftovers is not really necessary.

Plan your work, then work your plan. Works every time.

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let them!
My MIL is bringing her sausage stuffing (I make vegetarian ones) and cranberry sauce (she makes a wonderful one). An aunt is bringing a pumpkin pie and brother is bringing an appetizer. I work what they're bringing into the menu and it cuts down on stress and costs.

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try something non-traditional for the big family get togethers. My family is each having their own private celebration for Thanksgiving day, and we are having our huge family get together on Sunday.

Instead of doing the turkey and all the trimmings... we're doing a big brunch instead. One person is bringing biscuits, one person bringing bacon and sausage, one person plates, etc.

It's going to be much cheaper on all of us, and we don't have to worry about alot of the traditional fare. (some of us are just NOT bakers)