Stick to a Thanksgiving budget
Stick to a Thanksgiving budget

The holidays can be expensive. Here are 4 simple strategies you can use to save money when shopping for your Thanksgiving meal:

  • Plan your menu. Make a menu and shopping list. You'll save both time and money. Not sure where to start? Epicurious has a menu to feed 8 people for less than $80.
  • Clip coupons. Once you've got your shopping list, find coupons in grocery store flyers and sites like for items on your list.
  • Buy generic. Many generic options are almost identical to brand-name options but are usually cheaper. Check the ingredient list and select generic when possible.
  • Have a potluck. Having friends or family over? Ask them to bring a dish to serve. You'll save time and money.

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Generic options typically have the same ingredients as brand-name options.