Thanksgiving Dinner for under $50

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It's that time of year again, football, falling leaves and of course, the big Thanksgiving Day feast! Now just because times are tough doesn't mean you have to skimp on the family favorites. All it takes is a little preparation, planning and creativity to make sure your Thanksgiving meal has all the foods your family loves.

The first thing you want to do is sit down and make a list of all the must haves for your meal. What definately needs to be homemade and what can be store bought. Once you have your menu, make a shopping list before going to the store.  This will keep you on budget and from buying unnecessary impulse items.  Now, we're big coupon users in my family so after my shopping list was made I sat down and searched for coupons that I could use with my menu.  Around this time of year the Sunday paper inserts are full of coupons such as Swanson's chicken broth for stuffing, Carnation evaporated milk for pumpkin pies and lots of other holiday related food coupons.  This year I was able to find coupons for Green Giant canned veggies making them only $.35 a can.  There was even a $1.00 off coupon for my turkey! Wanna know about upcoming Butterball coupons, click here.

Two of the definate  homemade items on our Thanksgiving menu are cornbread dressing and giblet gravy.   For both of these I'll be using Swanson's broth and I was able to find it at Walmart for $.50 a can.  With a $.75 off 5 coupon I was able to get all I needed for both dishes for next to nothing!

My Thanksgiving menu (and shopping list) for 5 people:
Turkey (12-lb.)
Mashed Potatoes (5lb. of potatoes)
Giblet Gravy (Swanson's broth)
Cranberry Sauce (1 can)
Cornbread Dressing (yellow corn meal, sage, onions, celery & broth)
Corn (2 cans)
Green Beans (2 cans)
Rolls (packaged Sara Lee)
Pumpkin Pie (Libby's Pumpkin, Carnation Evaporated milk & Pillsbury pie crusts)

As you can see we're pretty traditional when It come to Thanksgiving.  I spent a total of $33.24 for my meal and I challenge all you cooks out there to create your own Thanksgiving  strategies and save big on your holiday meal too!  With all the money we saved we are going Black Friday shopping.


  • Don't forget to use those leftovers to make different meals throughout the week. leftover Turkey is great for soups,salads and sandwiches.
  • Peel your potatoes the day before to save time
  • Cut up all the veggies for your dressing the day before
  • Bake some of your desserts the day before.
  • Make sure you thaw your turkey the day before

What are some of the ways you plan on saving this year?  Do you have any good advice on how to save money at the store??   Reply to this post and let us in on your secrets for frugal savings on this year's Thanksgiving feast! What would you use the extra money you saved on?

(LOL bear with me, first time using a camera mount on the shopping cart. I need to be more gentle with those canned foods next time LOL)

I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program.  I am being compensated for my time and efforts for making this video.  Participation in this program is voluntary. All opinions are my own. Check out the otherWalmart Moms and find out how much they saved!

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