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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner For Under $5!

The cover of Walmarts circular says "Thanksgiving Dinner for a family of 8 for under $20". I think I can do better.
I think you'll be surprised at how little you actually have to spend without giving up too much. What's nice is that if you're having friends and family over it's certainly ok to ask them to help contribute to the meal.

I tried to match the Walmart circular as closely as possible. This is what I came up with.


Turkey - A 20lb would do & provide leftovers for 2 more meals - .26/lb @ Super 1 Foods = $5.20. Divide this by 3 since your getting 3 meals and the cost is = $1.73

Mashed Potatoes - 10 lb bag is .88 @ Super 1 Foods = $.36 (that's for 10 potatoes)
The Walmart ad had stuffing but that cost too much so I went with mashed potatoes.

Green Beans - 3/$1 @ Fred Meyer - Walmart said you need 2, I think 4 = $1.33

Sweet Potatoes - .25/lb at Walmart - $.50

Cranberry sauce - .10 can @ Super 1 Foods = $.20 (Limit 1, but I have 6 children)

Brown n Serve Rolls - .75 12 ct pkg = $.75 I know you can make these for cheaper, I just don't know how much.

Total - $4.87

Did you ever think you could do Thanksgiving dinner for under $5?!

I didn't include dessert. I figured I can make a pumpkin pie for $2. You can ask any guests to bring the desserts.

Below are some extras. Maybe you need these, maybe you don't. You decide. I've listed the prices that I found.


Butter - $1.49 lb @ Super 1 Foods
Pop - 2 liter 7-up, select varieties 3/$1 @ Safeway when you buy 3
Olives - .10 a can at Super 1 Foods - limit 1 (I have 6 children who can make a purchase)

When turkeys go on sale at this time of year I always try to get extras for the freezer. It's also a good time to stock up on extras like the pop and veggies.

Let me know what you do to be more frugal during the holidays.

May God bless you and your families and keep them safe. Happy Thanksgiving.

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