Five Ways to Trim the Cost of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on 11/12/2013

Last year the American Farm Bureau Federation estimated the cost of a good old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner for ten to ring up at $49.48. This year that turkey dinner is likely to break the $50 mark so if you're looking for ways to trim your holiday food budget while still stuffing yourself consider these five tips.

Be Conservative with the Bird
When it comes to turkey, bigger isn't always better. It takes longer to thaw, longer to cook and you'll need a bigger refrigerator to store the leftovers. Be conservative with the size of bird you buy and you'll spend less. Check out this free calculator at to plan the perfect portion. Before you hit up the grocery store head to Butterball's Facebook page and print off this coupon to save $1 on any Butterball product.

Opt for Convenience
Making Thanksgiving side dishes from scratch is ideal, but it can take a lot more time and money. Buying all of the ingredients needed to make a batch of stuffing can get expensive. Instead, go for a more convenient and cheaper option. Try Stove Top stuffing or print off this coupon to save $1 on Rudi's Savory Herb Gluten-Free Stuffing.

Hand Out Assignments
Guests won't want to come empty handed so don't let them. Assign important side dishes or desserts to each guest. It will take some of the work and financial burden off your plate.

Use Free Decor
Save yourself some cash and a trip to the craft store. Instead find free printables online to decorate your Thanksgiving table. At you can find cute free placemats. Hostess with the Mostess offers adorable free thank you cards and place cards. Or decorate your mantel with a festive free printable Thanksgiving banner available at

Stick with Tradition
Thanksgiving dinner should be about tradition. Most families always serve turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. And since that's what most families are serving, that's what most grocery stores will mark down in the weeks before the holiday. By sticking with tradition you'll save money on Thanksgiving staples. Even though you spend less it won't make your Thanksgiving dinner any less special.

By Alison Storm

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