12 Tips to Cut Costs on Your Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the holiday is going to cost about 10% more this year thanks to significant amounts of food inflation. For instance, the USDA recently said that the average per pound cost of a turkey is sitting at nearly $1.50, up from $1.15 last year. Savvy consumers can mitigate some of these rising costs by shopping smartly. Here are 12 ways that you can save money on your Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Make a List and Do Not Abandon It

The first step to save money on your Thanksgiving costs is to make a list and be intentional about sticking with it. Without a list, you will likely end up buying items that you will never use. When making your list, start with the main entree and then move on to side dishes that you plan on serving. Do not forget to include appetizers, desserts, and drinks. You will save money if you are able to use the same ingredients in multiple dishes. For example, you may save cash if you buy a larger bag of cranberries and use it for a side dish, in a dessert, and in your stuffing.

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