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Feasting on a Budget: How Americans Will Trim the Fat This Thanksgiving

Most people go all-out for Thanksgiving, especially when it comes to spending. They want the biggest turkey, the best artisan bread for their stuffing and the most popular pumpkin pie in the city.

But all these items can add up quickly. With the holiday shopping season coming into full swing, many people would like to spend less on the turkey dinner. With the right planning, spending less while “going all out” is possible.

Here Are Some Ways To Trim The Fat On Your Thanksgiving Budget.

Shopping is the first priority when trying to save money. Discount and low-price chains, such as Wal-Mart, Target, WinCo and Costco are a good place to start. Not surprisingly, these are some of the largest retail chains in the United States.

Thanksgiving Cost Savings Tips

The first tip to remember is that sales items vary from week to week. Start your shopping early so you can get deals on all your items as they appear.

Keep the fruits and veggies seasonal in order to save on the price increases from out-of-season produce. Always write your menu ahead of time and bring a shopping list to protect yourself from making impulse buys.


Think about buying a frozen turkey when it's on sale so you can save money. No one will know, except your wallet.

While paper plates and cups are convenient and easy to clean up, they are expensive. Bite the sponge and wash those dishes. Ask people to bring some of the menu items so you are not stuck with the whole bill. Many people enjoy cooking and will add variety to the spread. Furthermore, one person won’t be stuck with washing all the dishes, either.

Recent Consumer Spending

Diners in 2010 spent 25% more on Thanksgiving than they did in 2009 with the biggest culprit being celery, costing 29 percent more last year.

If you’re going out of town, plan your trip dates early. Prices go up as the departure date nears and the flights fill up.

Avoid exorbitant bag-checking fees by traveling only with carry-ons where ever possible.

It’s also valuable to know the most expensive airports to fly out of: San Francisco is the worst, for example, so one might consider driving to Oakland instead.

Thanksgiving Facts

Did you know 66 percent of Americans will eat home-cooked meals this year?

The primary food item these people will eat is turkey. All the turkeys raised in 2010 together weighed 7.11 billion pounds. And what’s turkey without sweet potatoes?

A total of 2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced in 2010. That’s a lot of pie.

The pumpkin isn’t as versatile, so even with all the jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pies, only 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin were grown in the United States last year. Additionally, 2.1 billion bushels of wheat will be harvested this year for your dinner rolls, pies and bread.

Food isn’t only on the table. It’s also in many place names in the United States. There are 4 cities and 11 townships in the United States with “Turkey” in their name.

Other Thanksgiving-themed names are Plymouth (37 places and townships), Pilgrim and Mayflower.

Remember to gobble your turkey, not your savings, this Thanksgiving.



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