Thanksgiving Can Be Affordable

Thanksgiving Can Be Affordable


Lately I haven’t been as good about clipping coupons as I could be. It isn’t that I don’t like doing it, I just haven’t put forth the effort. In reality, with the economy what it is, I should be focusing even more than I used to.My frugal tendencies are nothing new… Just the other day, hubby was recounting a story for my dad. Way back in the day when Prodigy was one of the few places online to gather for information and trading coupons, I was a very active coupon-clipper. I traded the baby and pet coupons from the Sunday paper for household products and cereal. It was not uncommon for me to get loss-leader cereal for nothing or next to nothing. Actually, I purchased it faster than we could consume it. So atop the cabinet in my small apartment kitchen, there was a row of cereal lined up neatly and looked like books on a bookshelf.These days, I spend more time sorting through all the weekly advertisements to haul on my regular grocery shopping trip to Walmart. Sure, I gather coupons if I have the time before going. But usually, I’m happy just to have Walmart match the competitors’ ads.Speaking of grocery shopping… Unless you haven’t looked at a calendar lately, you realize that this upcoming Thursday is Thanksgiving. When people put together their Thanksgiving shopping list, many lists contain the same basic staples: turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and of course, dessert. Although different variations occur from there, those items are pretty common. Thinking through the cooking aspect of it can be overwhelming but in times of economic difficulties, the financial part of the dinner is more devastating. A few dollars here, some more there… some people may forgo the big meal because they don’t feel they can afford it.

In true Walmart fashion, not everything has to be out of your price range. A Walmart advertisement arrived in the local paper and referenced the Thanksgiving promotion of “Turkey dinner for eight for as low as $20”. Money saving tips and recipes can be found on Walmart’s Holiday Meals site. Additional details of Walmart’s $20 Thanksgiving feast are there too. Here’s what the feast includes:

  • One 12-pound Grade A turkey*
  • Three 11 to 15.5-ounce cans Green Giant vegetables
  • Two 14-ounce cans Ocean Spray cranberry sauce
  • Three 6-ounce boxes of Stove Top stuffing
  • One 5-pound bag of red potatoes
  • One 12-count package of Sara Lee dinner rolls
  • One 22-ounce pumpkin roll cake

(*Prices and availability may vary in AK, HI, OK, NM, WI and at Prices on select Grade A turkeys begin November 4; limit two turkeys per customer; weights and brands vary by store. Quantities are limited; no rain checks. All prices do not include tax.)

It’s a great promotion and I’m glad to be able to let people know about it. But as a thank you from Mom Central and Walmart for posting about this promotion, I have received a $30 Walmart gift card. The great news for you, other than this money-saving Thanksgiving dinner, is that Mom Central and Walmart have sent along two additional $30 Walmart gift cards for me to share with two of my readers! So if you’re a Walmart shopper and plan to do some holiday shopping there, keep reading for details on how to enter this great giveaway… compliments of Walmart and Mom Central!

The Prize: $30 Walmart Gift Card (2 Winners!)

Participants –
…must provide a US shipping address
…must provide an email in the first comment, email me directly with an email address or have email accessible from their profile.
Sometime on November 30, 2009, two winners will be chosen at random (using from all valid comments left. Winners have 72 hours from posting/notification to respond. If winner cannot be contacted, I will move on to the next random selection.

How to enter: (CONTEST CLOSED)


About Nicole

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389 comments on «Thanksgiving Can Be Affordable»

  1. jengd says:

    I find that I'm fixing more casseroles and one-dish meals. They tend to have all of the ingredients of a meal in them, stretch further through the week, and generally are less expensive than seperate servings of foods.

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  3. NewOnEarth says:

    This is to inform you that I also won an Walmrt Gift Card of $200.
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  4. Anonymous says:

    I have been using the great coupons that are out there mixed with the sales to save money. I also notice that our meals are cheaper during the fall/winter season because casseroles, soups, and stews seem to be cheaper to make.

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  6. Mami2jcn says:

    Favorite way to save money on your holiday meal: shopping at Walmart!

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  11. I could ALWAYS put a Walmart gift card to good use!! I am VERY impressed by their $20 holiday meal!! One thing I do to save is buy the shallow pie pans for my pies…that way mix for one pie will actually make two. Then I volunteer to send pies to all events – family, my son's school party, work, etc…a little pie mix will go a long way – send some toppings with it, like whip cream –

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  13. I always buy the super cheap cans of green beans, put in a pan with olive oil drizzled over the top and one chicken bouillon cube per two cans…cook on medium for about 45 minutes and they are soooo yummy!! Everyone always asks me to bring my green beans because the flavor is so yummy…and…THEY'RE CHEAP!! 🙂

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  14. Anonymous says:

    I mainly use coupons and look for sales, its also better to buy alittle extra of the good stuff on sale, then to have to come back when its not on sale. So I always stock up

  15. Anonymous says:

    Low Calorie Cranberry Sauce

    1 12ounce pk. cranberries
    fruit juice or water
    sugar substitute

    combine cranberries and fruit juice(or water)in saucepan. Heat to boiling,reduce heat to low and simmer 15 min.
    Remove from heat, cool to room temp, stir in sugar substitute.
    Let sit for at least 4hrs.

  16. Kristie says:

    I have honestly never had to make a holiday meal, since we always spend the holidays with family (at their house and enjoying their cooking.) I do usually take a dish to pass and tend to save a bit by using homegrown fruits or veggies. I'm thinking I'll be making something with the pumpkin we grew for the holidays this year 🙂

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  21. Sarah in MO says:

    We like to make things from scratch which saves money. Watching for sales and using coupons helps too. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  22. Emily N. says:

    I stock up on food when it first goes on sale so I don't have to make a last minute trip to the higher price local grocery store.

  23. I am a big fan of making things from scratch instead of using prepackaged mixes. This saves money. I also use produce that is in season, it saves alot when you use the in season produce.

  24. brandy says:

    Definitly shopping at Walmart, and using cans instead of fresh veggies. not as fresh but saves a ton of money. I could really use a walmart gift card

  25. hilary says:

    I love to make handmade gifts, it saves tons of money!
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  26. I start looking for deals on all my holiday cooking supplies at least 2 months before the holiday that way I am prepared for it and dont have to make any last minute trips!!

  27. How I Make turkey yummy cheap!
    I rub down the turkey with butter and add a spice called meat seasoning that you can pick up from the dollar store for fifty cents and a whole chopped up onion and bake as directed! It is so good and a cheap way of adding flavor!

  28. Nicole says:

    I always buy my turkey at the store with the lowest turkey prices. In fact, I buy several to eat at different times of the year.

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  30. Nicole says:

    Budget friendly: make homemade mashed potatoes (you can always find them on sale this time of year – I got 15 lbs for $1.98) and make gravy from the turkey drippings. Just pot in a pan when the turkey is done and thicken it up over heat with some corn starch. Much cheaper than buying premade gravies and very tasty.

  31. We cut back by using can cranberry sauce instead of making homemade. We also try to make our pies homemade. Its usually cheaper because you already have many of the ingredients, and its tastier!

  32. abby says:

    Review ads for turkey sales. One grocery store close to me had turkeys for $.57/lb!

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  38. Cheap pumpkin Pie… 🙂

    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 large eggs
    1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
    1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
    1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
    Whipped cream (optional)
    MIX sugar,

  39. debra.pp says:

    we have everyone bring a side dish.

  40. Sondra says:

    I try to pick homemade foods like mashed potatoes from real potatoes instead of package mix. I watch for sales – like this one at Walmart – and use my coupons too!

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  43. Joy says:

    Coupons & doing my homework (list-making, matching q's, etc) before I go to the store! From the Walmart site, can't wait to try the Creamed Corn Gratin ~ looks yummy and frugal!!

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    Pineapple Casserole

    1 16 oz. can pineapple chunks (or tidbits), drained
    ½ c. sugar
    3 T. flour
    1 c. cheese, grated
    ½ stick butter, melted
    Crushed ritz crackers

    Mix sugar & flour.
    Separately, mix pineapple & cheese.
    Toss both mixtures together and spread in a baking dish.
    Sprinkle crushed crackers on top.
    Pour melted butter

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  53. Price matching and buying in bulk is great

  54. Easy way to save money and not cut back on quality is definitely buying what you need saving and reheating what you don't eat and having others bring a dish it's a yummy and cost efficient Holiday!!

  55. Christine says:

    I watch for sales and couple them with sales. For example, Butterball and honeysuckle White both have coupons out for their turkey,


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  58. mommyjen99 says:

    I use coupons and shop different stores to stock up on all the deals out there.

  59. cdziuba says: A few fave ways to save money is I ask family to each bring a dish for Thanksgiving, so the food expenses are shared. I also save money by shopping with coupons consistently.

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  63. cdziuba says: Here's a recipe for budget-friendly Sweet Potato Soup

    1 Tbs. flour
    1 Tbs. unsalted butter
    1 1/2 C. chicken broth (or vegetable broth, if desired)
    1 Tbs. light brown sugar
    1 1/2 C. cooked sweet potatoes
    1/4 tsp. ground ginger
    1/8 tsp.ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
    1 C. milk

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  65. I love to use my coupons and price match to get the very best deals!

  66. Becca says:

    My best holiday tip: price matching! Between Walmart's guaranteed $20 holiday dinner and the loss leaders at other stores I can pick up everything for our holiday dinner (including my faves) for super cheap.

  67. Katie says:

    In our family we do a potluck for Thanksgiving, then everyone just has to make one delicious dish.

  68. My favorite way to save is to share the meal. When more people are involved, each person can contribute. That way you can make whatever you want and not have to sacrifice, because you aren't responsible for the entire meal!

  69. Chrissy says:

    one dish meals and coupons are my favorite way to save!

  70. aslion says:

    I cook from scratch, I don't use box mixes they cost more. I also am sure to use all parts of the turkey, I make stock out of the carcass and use it to make gravy and the remainder I use to make soup for the following day.

  71. I buy what's on sale and always use coupons. I have a pretty good stockpile so i try to cook what I already have.
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  72. JC says:

    Shop on sale and with coupons. Also pay attention to promo listed on flyers and in store. During holiday seasons, many stores offer buy $ get $ or holiday meals like turkey or so, and the minimum requirement usually is before coupon. You can get great meal deals by paying attention to these details.

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  76. GabbyLowe says:

    Clipping coupons is my favorite way to save money on holiday food shopping

  77. JC says:

    The price of sweet potatoes around the season is quite good, simply baked by sliced or the whole makes a very sweet, healthy side dishes.

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  79. Kim says:

    Easy, everyone brings their fav dish to my house. I provide the turkey, gravy and stuffing and the rest is brought in by everyone else

  80. Tamara B. says:

    I am making my own mac & cheese, stuffing and fresh mixed greens.

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  84. Tamara B. says:

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    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and

  85. A great way to save money on a big holiday meal is to make it a potluck! Not only does it save tons of time and money, it saves lots of gray hairs too!

  86. TXsunlover says:

    Coupons and sales! Our giant turkey only cost $4 and we'll have leftovers for several days even after the boys take plates of food back home.
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  88. 3boyzmom says:

    My favorite way to save without compromising quality, is buy using coupons and price matching, checking the ads for the best prices before I go to the stores.

  89. Shelly says:

    A way to save on cost for holiday meals for my family is to take advantage of coupons and store promotions.

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  91. I save money on holiday meals, without cutting back on quality by buying everything in advance (except for produce). I find sales on all the ingredients I will be using and stock up way before the holidays!

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  95. Shopping black friday & price matching at walmart help me save money!

  96. We usually participate in a potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's family. That way everybody contributes to the cost and preparation.
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  99. I save money by pairing up holiday food sales (baking items, canned goods) with coupons for awesome deals!
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  100. Shelly says:

    Coupons, coupons, coupons!

  101. Andrea says:

    My favorite way to save money on the holiday meal is to shop the sales and use coupons.

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  103. Ginny says:

    My slow cooker saves me a lot of time and money with walmarts prices on meat,thanks.

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  105. Wendi P says:

    I buy an extra large turkey and plan meals around the leftovers i.e., turkey tettrazini & other casseroles that I can freeze, soup that I can freeze. The 40 cents/pound turkey from Walmart would sure help!

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  107. Tina says:

    I try to plan my weekly meals according to what is on sale. I then match up my coupons. I find that this saves me money when I shop at Walmart.

  108. Sarah says:

    One frugal tip to stretch homemade gravy is to make your favorite family recipe from the turkey broth, then make one batch of gravy from a powdered mix, and then mix the homemade gravy with the from-powder gravy. Nobody will notice, and you'll have twice the gravy.

    Thanks for the chance to win the Walmart gift card.

  109. Sarah says:

    I typed out this whole thing and it ate it!

    My favorite frugal tip to stretch homemade gravy is to make one batch with your homemade turkey broth, then one batch from a powdered gravy, and mix the two. You'll have twice the gravy with half the work, and no one will notice the difference.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  110. Julie says:

    We are having a "potluck" Thanksgiving dinner this year. Each guest brings a dish to pass-with over 35 guests here this year-will be quite a variety of food.

  111. I save money by using store brands for canned vegetables, chicken broth, gravy, cornbread, etc. The quality is just as good.

  112. Anonymous says:

    I;m a coupon clipper and shop sales. We also save as a family by doing more of a potluck Thanksgiving and only bringing one or two dishes per family.

  113. monica says:

    Coupons, coupons, coupons!
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  114. Sue says:

    Plan ahead with your shopping — Know the regular price of items so you know when a sale is really a sale! sue.sweeps at gmail dot com

  115. LindsayC says:

    I price match! I shop at Walmart so I can use the specials at every store there. I look at the weekly circulars and Walmart honors them. This is actually what I do year round and it saves me so much money!

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  119. I cut coupons and compare with store flyers!
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  120. Pat says:

    My favorite way to save money is to use coupons.
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  121. I save money by asking my guests to bring a dish. It also saves me a lot of prep time!

  122. sunedha says:

    Best deals are now on walmart. Smart shopping helps save the money

  123. Jay says:

    Asking for help. Family is bringing a dessert and drinks!

  124. Marie says:

    I always shop ahead on items that I know I will need ahead of time and when they go on sale. I also ask everyone to bring a side dish.

  125. Dot says:

    To save money, I match up sales with coupons.

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  126. Katie says:

    Eat at someone else's house! Seriously though, I recommend using coupons combined with sales ahead of time so you can get the best deals. Also make as much as you can from scratch. More delicious and will save you money!
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  127. To save money I use vendor coupons with store coupons – great savings.
    I'm also making more non meat dishes.

  128. Anonymous says:

    I always use canned instead of fresh vegetables! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  130. A budget friendly Thanksgiving recipe –
    Bread and Celery Stuffing
    1 (1 pound) loaf sliced white bread 3/4 cup butter or margarine 1 onion, chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning salt and pepper to taste 1 cup chicken broth
    Let bread slices air dry for 1 to 2 hours, then cut into cubes.
    In a Dutch oven, melt butter or

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  132. DEBIJOT says:

    I use the weekly sales papers and my coupons.

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  135. Cindy says:

    One great way is to substitute the store brand for the brand name (if you can't find coupons and sales, that is). Quality isn't a factor in things like salt and baking soda, so why pay more?

  136. cheflisa says:

    everyone brings something , wine , side dish ,pie etc its not so much to bring one thing

  137. I save money by buying store brands and making sure I use coupons. Store brands usually taste the same as national brands.

  138. Budget friendly recipie: Watergate Salad:
    2 packages of Walmart brand pistachio pudding mix, 1 large can of Dole Crushed pineapple, 1 large container of cool whip, bag of mini marshmallows. Drain pineapple leaving only a little juice. Mix 3/4 of the tub of cool whip with the pineapple, pudding mix, and marshmallows.


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  140. Kristi says:

    I shop the sales and use coupons to find great deals. The $20 dinner looks pretty good!

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  141. Carrie says:

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    To fancy up the dinner rolls that come in the $20 walmart deal, spray with PAM or brush with a little butter, sprinkle on your favorite spice blend before baking.

  142. Carrie says:

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    My budget friendly recipe:

    Pumpkin Custard
    aka pumpkin pie w/o the crust
    To feed a crowd:

    2 cans pumpkin pie mix
    1 can evaporated milk
    4 eggs

    mix, pour in casserole dish, bake at 350 till set

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  146. Anonymous says:

    Money-saving tip: I stock up on canned and frozen veggies when they are on sale.

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  147. Anonymous says:


    Mashed Yams

    Cut yams into chunks
    boil till soft
    mix with seasonings to taste (butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon)

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  148. I like that idea of eating at someone else's house lol – but actually I make sure to use coupons . jtrophy at gmail dot com

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  150. DG says:

    shop online to save gas and time and always check weekly promos for coupon deals! do your research 🙂


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  153. JenniferB says:

    I buy several months ahead things that are nonperishable and I use coupons whenever I can to save money

  154. Kirsten says:

    Shop ahead of time. That way you can shop with sales. When you shop the night before, it costs a lot more.

  155. Sarah says:

    I clip coupons and then shop sales with them. I also keep up with weekly grocery store ads online to get the best deals.

  156. Plan ahead and watch for the sales on each item you need and get coupons for those items. If alot of family is coming, have each one bring something and pose it like "their best dish" so you don't offend.

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  159. Heather! says:

    My favorite money-saving tip is to enter great giveaways like this! I also do clip coupons and watch store circulars to coordinate my shopping strategies. It takes a little time but really makes a big difference to our grocery budget.

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  160. Vicky says:

    Plan ahead! by shopping for nonperishables way before the holiday gets here 🙂 And using coupons!

  161. To save money, we have a potluck with everyone bringing a side dish. Everyone feels good for bringing a dish and no one spends a lot of money!


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  164. Bev's Blog says:

    What I love about this sight is the recipes. Thats the only way to save money is to know just what you need for the whole meal and make a list and stick to it. Great tips!

  165. Anonymous says:

    To save money I shop at walmart. Walmart has the best prices for the economy. They always have the best prices compared to the other stores.

  166. Anonymous says:

    One way to save money is to buy locally grown and what is in season.

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    Shop at WalMart!

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  171. Melissa says:

    I save money by shopping well in advance and timing good sales with coupons!

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  172. Staci says:

    We all pitch in for big meals and everyone brings a different dish. It's cheaper to buy in bulk and focus on one or two items than to have one person get everything!

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  174. Shawna says:

    I saved money on my Thanksgiving meal by combining sales with coupons. I also had everyone who came pitch in by bringing part of the meal. That made it cheaper for everyone!

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  176. wigget says:

    i like to look at the recipe earlier than the week prior to look for sales on items i will need to make those foods

  177. I try to fix casseroles so that we can have them more than one day.

  178. I visited Walmart's Holiday Meals website. It looks great. I like their Apple and Potato casserole recipe. I usually save money by stocking up stuff on sale in my pantry.

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  181. Beth says:

    I stock up on essentials and treats when they are on sale, so that I don't pay more later. When I need them, I go to our food storage shelves and "shop" there, knowing I got a good deal.

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  182. Anonymous says:

    I try to buy ahead of time. I keep in mind what I'll be needing and buy as it goes on sale.


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  184. cathy r says:

    coupons are my way to save money !!!!!

  185. sito50 says:

    I make soups and stews. Meat stretches further, and I can use cheaper cuts of meat and they get tender.

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  189. Hope says:

    We like to use a lot of coupons when shopping. What seems to be a small amount of savings really adds up!

  190. Hope says:

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  191. Naddez says:

    Buy the items when they're on sale and use coupons.

  192. Post Grad says:

    Get things that will keep when they're on sale and I have coupons for them. I keep them in the pantry until it's time to use them.
    Thank you for doing the giveaway!

  193. Post Grad says:

    I'm a follower!
    Thanks again!

  194. My super easy stuffing is delish and cheap! a box of Stove Top, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and some cooked wild rice. Mix together and either bake until warm or stuff in turkey. Yummy!

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  196. I didn't know Wal-Mart had recipes for inexpensive meals, neato! My way of saving money, besides shopping at Wal-Mart lol, is to use coupons. I'm still new to couponing, but I'm getting better! 🙂

  197. kk says:

    I like to buy items on sale and use coupons. Thanks!

  198. Mama Zen says:

    We spread the cost among the family. And, coupons!

    kelli at pfrog dot net

  199. I use coupons as often as possible and do make a lot of casseroles- they can usually make up 2-3 meals. Pretty simple way to save money.


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  202. One huge way I cut down on Holiday meal costs without giving up quality is y making one pot meals like casseroles and One Skillet Meals. They go so far and you can make a lot of them for very little!


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  204. Anonymous says:

    I have been using coupons matched up with sales and sometimes even store coupons as well to get the very best price possible.


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  207. I use lots of coupons and pair it with sales and stock up i plan meals by what is on sale thanks for the chance to win

  208. i subscribe thanks for the chance to win

  209. awendybird says:

    Using coupons and ad matching is a great way to bring down the cost of items as well as using some generics. Walmart brands taste as good as the name brands!

  210. debra.pp says:

    more casseroles and one meal dishes

  211. all_honey_here at yahoo dot com says:

    I have started to make most of my mother's from scratch recipes to save money on convenience foods and pre-made/pre-baked items we have usually bought. It adds a little time but the smells in the house and the savings to spend on other essentials makes it worth it. I have also found that my regular recipes just taste better with the homemade ingredients. Leave it to my Mom to teach me another

  212. Kim says:

    My friends and I have a side dish swap. I make a triple batch of one of my favorite side dishes (roasted red potatoes or hashbrown casserole). I keep one for myself. My friends do the same. Then we get together for play date and give each other the extra side dishes. I did have to make extra, but it was all the same thing and very easy. Now I have 3 side dishes, without the extra dishes and

  213. Kim says:

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  214. Anonymous says:

    i love to use coupons!

  215. Wehaf says:

    I love having holiday potlucks with friends!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  216. Deane says:

    I save money by assigning a dish to each of my sisters to bring. I cook the ham and turkey (both that I get for cheap at Walmart) and they bring the rest! deanenpr at

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  218. Laurie says:

    I make a list to help stay on course and then use coupons

  219. Walmarts Turkeys are very cheap right now. I think that is why people can eat as low as $20. I also practice using coupons.

    Jeanette Huston

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  221. Perfcect Thanksgiving Turkey


    * drippings from cooked turkey
    * Cool water or fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
    * 1/4 cup flour
    * pepper

    Jeanette Huston

  222. JenniferB says:

    I use coupons whenever and wherever I can and I watch for the sales and best deals

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  225. I have my own little herb garden. It helps add intense flavor while saving on fresh herbs from the store.

  226. Bebemiqui says:

    Coupons and buying in bulk are my big saving ideas.

  227. Nand says:

    This would be great for Christmas

  228. melanie says:

    we've been buying food in bulk so that the prices are cheaper…


  229. Nand says:

    I would love to win this.

  230. janetfaye says:

    I make a list and buy exactly what I need.
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  231. lace says:

    I make a lot of other side dishes so that there is lots of food to eat but you aren't spending so much on main or more expensive parts of the meal

  232. Shelly T. says:

    I always try to combine coupons with sales and I also do the ad matches. I can always get great deals on the items that I use anyway to make a wonderful holiday meal!


  233. LStewart says:

    I stock up early on items that can be purchased while they are on sale and stored until ready to use. Items such as canned green beans or peas and cranberry sauce. Also when dinner rolls are on sale I stock up and have them in the freezer. I shop in advance so I don't have to purchase everything I need all at once.

  234. Lori A. says:

    The best way to save money on meals without losing quality is to keep an eye out for great sales and using coupons! Buy what you can ahead of time when it's a great price.
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  239. Kati Beth says:

    One of my favorite ways to save money on any meal is to plan ahead and use what I have.

    Planning is truly priceless and making the most of what you already have in your pantry can help save so much and teach you discipline!

  240. Kelley says:

    To keep Thanksgiving inexpensive, we all share in the meal. Since I am from big family it is alot to put on one person for an entire meal, plus with everyone bringing something…there will always be something you like…hehe


  241. Brenda says:

    I use plenty of coupons especially around the holidays. I make casserole dishes for holiday meals which tend to stretch ingredients and money! Thanks 🙂

    bitabuns at yahoo dot com

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