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by sitecore\kmcgrigg on November 10, 2010

The best part of Thanksgiving is devouring all the delicious food. Mouths water at the sight of pumpkin pie. Stomachs leap for joy at the very mention of turkey and stuffing. This Thanksgiving Day, feed your family foods that are sure to fill their stomachs, but won’t take a big bite out of your wallet.

You can always find savings when you buy in bulk. If you don’t need large quantities of food, consider purchasing items together with friends or neighbors and share the savings. Finally, the turkey is usually the centerpiece for most traditional Thanksgiving dinners. You can save a lot by buying a store-brand frozen turkey instead of a fresh turkey. Fresh turkeys usually have a shorter shelf life and are more expensive due to the means of packaging. If you buy a frozen turkey, just make sure you leave enough time to defrost.

As for the rest of the meal, consider serving some foods that can stretch your Thanksgiving Day dinner dollar.

  • Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C and potassium and they consistently rank number one as one of the most filling food choices. Potatoes come in many varieties and the culinary possibilities are endless. In addition, they are an affordable addition to any meal. According to a WebMD article, a five-pound bag of potatoes will run about $2.39, which generally includes 11 to13 potatoes.
  • Brown rice offers more nutritional value than white rice; it is rich in protein, fiber, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and potassium. Brown rice can be served in a variety of recipes including side dishes, salads, casseroles, soups, and stews. According to WebMD, a two-pound bag costs about $1.99 and contains 20 servings.
  • Whole wheat pasta is an excellent source of fiber and healthier than regular pasta. Foods rich in fiber tend to be more filling, contribute to digestive health, and promote a reduction in cholesterol. Whole wheat pasta is great for both hot and cold dishes. You can get a 13 to 16 ounce box or bag of dried pasta for around $2. 
  • Salads make great side dishes and delicious appetizers. The average cost of iceberg lettuce is $1.49 per pound and tomatoes average $1.19 per pound. If you choose, you can throw in shredded cheese, bacon bits, cucumbers, or any other inexpensive ingredient to give your salad more flavor. Another alternative is to add fruit to the mix. Fruits salads are healthy, visually pleasing, and relatively inexpensive.

And here’s another quick tip: Instead of spending a lot on new (and rarely needed!) kitchen items, check thrift stores or borrow from friends, family, or neighbors.

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to serve food that is both thrifty and healthy. With the right grocery list and a little planning ahead, you can cook a Thanksgiving dinner that will leave both your guests and your wallet feeling full.

For more ideas on budget entertaining, download the free Thrifty Thanksgiving and Cheap Eats eBooks.



AzalLcFchfvSm says:
August 11, 2012

What photos shloud I be sure to get at my wedding (not hiring a pro)?We're going pretty inexpensive at my wedding and so not hiring a professional photographer. I'm going to hand my pretty decent camera off to a friend or family member to get shots (I'm in the prosumer range myself but can't really photograph my own wedding ), but I'd like to whip up a list of shots to get, i.e. vows, walks down the aisle, closeup of rings being slid onto hands, etc. I'm afraid if I don't specify at least a little it will be several of the same shot. The people I'm considering will be find with such a list, so if you're a professional photographer (especially wedding) or have experience from a wedding, lemme know what shots I'll want but might not be thinking of.P.S. We're putting disposable cameras on the tables at the reception, so I think we'll have a good amount of group shots from that.

Sherrie Hobby says:
November 13, 2010
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Great advice and knowledge about Kim McGrigg's advice about the Thanksgiving meal.

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