Here are some tips for saving money on your Thanksgiving dinner from Shortcuts.com.
- Make a list. One of the easiest ways to over-spend on the Thanksgiving meal is to over-shop. Make a list of what you need and stick to it.
- Seek out coupons. You’ll find more coupons than normal in the Sunday paper and online at sites like Shortcuts.com that can be used on the holiday dinner. Alone these can cut costs significantly, but pair sales with coupons to save even more.
- Buy a frozen turkey. You can save 30-40 percent by choosing a frozen turkey over a fresh turkey. Allow four to five days for the turkey to thaw completely in your refrigerator.
- Make Your Own Pies. Pumpkin pie is cheaper to make than to buy. Plus, frozen pie crusts can be found on sale. Pumpkin pie is surprisingly easy to make and tastes better than store-bought too!
- Look for “Loss leader” Items. Grocery stores are advertising more holiday-related “loss leaders,” or deeply discounted items, on the front pages of their ads. Most stores will offer saving on stuffing, dinner rolls, potatoes, and pie crusts.
- Know price matching policies. Some stores will match the advertised prices at other grocery retailers. This will keep you from driving from store to store if you can get most everything at one store.