If you haven’t already finished your Thanksgiving shopping, waiting for great deals might be high on your list. With all the possible choices and places to shop, it may be confusing and difficult to decide where to find the best deals. Be sure to take along our Printable Thanksgiving Shopping List (PDF) to ensure you don’t forget anything.
What Is the Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner?
The good news is there hasn’t been a large increase in the price of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. According to the American Farm Bureau’s 32nd Price Survey, you can prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner serving 10 people for just $50, and for the most part is the same as compared to last year. The survey found that the average price for a Thanksgiving feast in 2017 is $49.12 which comes out to less than $5 a person. There are a number of ways to save money on Thanksgiving.
So, how would one score an excellent price on a Thanksgiving feast?
Go Brick and Mortar
Meijer offers a turkey at $0.37 per lb (limit one per transaction) which is a great deal and among the lowest available. This year, there is no spending requirement for the turkey deal, unless you live in Wisconsin, where you’ll need to purchase $25 worth of groceries. Kroger offers turkeys at $0.47 per lb (limit two) with an additional $25 in purchases.
Essentially, all major chains are selling turkeys at a loss. Why? Because the turkeys get discounted only if you purchase more merchandise from the store. Vegetables are down in price too, with Aldi leading the country in the lowest priced vegetables overall.
Although you may not find as much local produce as most people prefer these days, you should still consider Walmart when you shop. They offer low prices on Libbys and Double Lucky brand canned vegetables, and their prices on fresh vegetables are nothing to scoff at.
Look For Your Thanksgiving Shopping List Items Online
In recent years internet retailers have made a bigger push for holiday-related food sales. Companies like Amazon, Netgrocer, Shopfoodex, and MyBrands are all offering seasonal discounts on fall food orders, so you might be able to get some good deals on bulk non-perishable items. Of these retailers, Amazon is the 800-pound gorilla. Its got the biggest selection of organic and hard to find foods. You can also get free shipping if you sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime. There is a bit more work involved, but you can sign up for the trial, buy your stuff, then cancel to avoid the shipping fees.
You may have to purchase a little more to get your turkey at a discount, which could increase the overall cost of your meal. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of spending enough on groceries with the regular cost of the turkey.
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