Making Thanksgiving Dinner for Less

Posted on 11/03/2009

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner for your entire family isn’t just a time consuming task—it can be an expensive one, too. Serving up turkey with all of the fixings, plus something sweet to finish it off can end up costing as much as a week’s worth of groceries or more. Here are a few tips for making Thanksgiving dinner for less, plus a whole host of coupons on everything from decor to travel to food can be found at the UltimateCoupons' Thanksgiving Sale page!

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Don’t Make Too Much - It’s true, Thanksgiving leftovers are almost as good as the meal itself. But reducing the amount of food you prepare in the first place is another way to cut your grocery bill. Head to and look for the calculator to help you plan perfect portions at the bottom of the home page. Simply put in the number of adults and children joining in on your Thanksgiving dinner and mark whether you want leftovers. Decide if you’re big eaters or light eaters and the calculator will tell you how many pounds of turkey to make and how much stuffing to prepare.

Look for Free Turkeys - Yes, free turkeys are out there. You just have to hunt them down. Grocery stores like Food Lion, Shop ‘N Save, Market Street and Ingles are offering free turkeys when you spend a certain amount in their store. Ask around at the grocery stores in your area and this Thanksgiving staple could wind up on your table for free.

Decorate Naturally - Create a Thanksgiving centerpiece using natural elements. Go outside and collect fall leaves, pine cones or even bare branches. Use a little spray paint and some imagination, and you’ll have a lovely table for less.

Ask for Help - Since Thanksgiving is all about being appreciative for what you have, your guests probably won’t mind pitching in a side dish or drinks for the big turkey day dinner. They’ll just be thankful to have a tasty meal to enjoy with people they love. Not only will it take a little of the work off of your plate, but it will take a little of the expense away as well.

By Alison Storm

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