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The Cost of a Turkey Dinner

The Cost of a Turkey Dinner


            Giving thanks will be only a little costlier this year. The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year for a total of $49.41.        When we think about Thanksgiving one of the first things that comes to mind is food (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, etc.). Here are some tips to save some money on your meal this holiday.

            - Make a list and check it twice.  Plan a simple menu (really, who needs four different salads?), list the ingredients you will need and then stick to the list! Straying from the list with impulse buying has capsized many a budget.

            -  Plan around seasonal ingredients. Whether you're cooking up casseroles or whipping up a few baked goods, make sure the majority of the recipes you choose use in-season ingredients. Sweet potatoes, zucchini, winter squash, pumpkin and cranberries are some of the most versatile ingredients you can cook and bake with over the holidays. You could also make these dishes well ahead of time and freeze them to save on meal preparation time later.

             Shop in-store holiday deals. Whether you're in charge of baking large batches of Christmas cookies this year or preparing the entire holiday meal, start checking store flyers and circulars each week for the best prices on all those holiday recipe must-haves. The week before Thanksgiving can be a little crazy at the grocery store, but it is when they have the best deals on holiday ingredients Stock up right when a store is running a promotion, and take advantage of in-store coupons.

             Do your holiday baking from scratch. As convenient as it may be to buy pre-made cookie dough, and other “need only to bake” items for your holiday baking productions, you will pay a premium for store-bought foods. Make a master plan for your holiday baking so you can calculate exactly how much of each ingredient you will be using..

            Have a plan for your leftovers. To reduce waste, use your leftovers before they spoil, or freeze them for later use.  American throw away a tremendous amount of food each year – be the exception and enjoy those reheated leftovers!?

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