Have you ever been in charge of Thanksgiving dinner and thought that you did not have the funds to buy all of these ingredients?! What if I told you, I am on a SUPER tight budget but am still able to feed a family of 8 on Thanksgiving for under $20!? Many people think this is impossible…unless I’m ONLY making a turkey. Well, not only can you have an amazingly delicious turkey, but you can also have creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, classic green bean casserole, citrus cranberry sauce, thick gravy, yams, and pumpkin pie singles–that’s right Thanksgiving Dinner for Under $20!
How you ask? Coupons and sales! Sometimes the word coupons sends a chill down peoples spines….It can be a heated conversation with people who think you cannot get anything you need using coupons. I put that all to rest last year when I made this entire spread for my family on Thanksgiving and had enough to feed 8 people!
The trick is to know when coupons circulate. Around this time of year, the “holiday type” coupons start coming out in the weekend newspaper inserts. Look for the popular coupons like cranberry sauce, chicken stock, cream cheese, stove top stuffing, marshmallows, pumpkin puree, cranberries, yams, butter, and cream of mushroom soup. Then keep track of the individual stores sales.
Focus your attention on the stores who give you a free Turkey WYB (when you buy) X amount of dollars in groceries. This is a fantastic deal because you already need groceries anyway, so you might as well grab that turkey and throw it in your freezer for Thanksgiving. Albertsons did this last year and it is a popular promotion of theirs. Then try and find the sales at the stores who will “double” your coupons….meaning take your coupons to the dollar. Currently Safeway takes any coupon to the dollar (unless it states “Do Not Double” on it). Bashas and Frys will do this promotion periodically as well.
For example: Cream cheese is on sale for $.99 and I have a coupon that is $.40 off 1 cream cheese. If the sale is at Safeway, they will take that coupon to the dollar automatically making that cream cheese free!
You should have NO PROBLEM finding these deals free or close to free this time of year as long as you get your scissors ready to clip some coupons.
So let’s break it down:
- Turkey = FREE!!
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes (10 lb bag, butter, cream cheese, salt, pepper, milk) = $3 total!
- Stuffing (2 stove top or boxed brand) = $2
- Green Bean Casserole (4 cans/bags of green beans, 2 cans cream of mushroom soup, milk, pepper, salt, frenchs fried onions) = $3
- Cranberry sauce (Bag of cranberries or 2 cans of sauce, orange, lemon and zest) = $2
- Gravy (Chicken/beef stock, butter, flour and salt) = $.50
- yams (2 cans of yams, brown sugar, butter, and 1 bag of marshmallows) = $2.50
- Pumpkin Pie singles (cup canned pumpkin, Original Bisquick™ mix, sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, eggs, and cool whip) = $4.50
My grand total is $17.50! I even gave myself some wiggle room when creating these masterpieces.
Remember: It does NOT take that much time and energy to make this happen…it’s all about observing the sales and coupons and dedication to saving money! Sales and coupons will start early October and will go through the beginning of December. You can do it!