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    Question Cost of Thanksgiving dinner?

    How much does your Thanksgiving dinner cost? Or how much do you spend?

    Some year I'm going to tally up the cost of our Thanksgiving dinner.
    I'm a bit nervous about this as we tend to make more extravagant dishes for the holiday.

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    I think our thanksgiving dinner is cheaper than most other days. I bought a $10 turkey this year, which fed us for four days. We had potatoes, sweet potato, stuffing, fritters, and apple pie. All of that is really inexpensive to make, probably less than $5 total.

    Christmas is much more expensive for us. The dinner is the same, but we have a fancy brunch in the morning and fancy snacks the night before. Plus, this year we will actually have company.

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    I spread the cost out over a couple weeks, but we have:

    turkey breast 8.32
    eggs (deviled eggs) .99
    cranberry juice 1.39
    cranberry salad ~5.50
    roasted mixed veg ~2.00
    egg nog 3.99
    broccoli 2.50
    lettuce 2.00
    smoked salmon ~5.00
    artichoke dip ~4.00
    misc ingredients ~16.00 (oil, spices, pickles, broth, lemon...)

    I don't know what it will cost me to make pie and gingerbread from scratch, or the salad dressing (the blue cheese was about $4).

    So, maybe $50 for everything, but it feeds us for 3-4 days.
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    I spent approximately $50 total, and will have 3-4 meals for four adults out of it. Last time we ate in a restaurant it came to $53, but someone else did the dishes

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    Let me add up:

    Turkey-- Free- Gift from vegan who got it from work
    stuffing- $1.50
    green beans $.75 (with coupon)
    rice-- on hand
    rolls--$2.50
    Boston butt roast $6.33 (huge...on sale a few weeks ago)
    deviled eggs $.99 (organic with coupon)
    misc ingredients $3.00

    around $15 or so

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    Turkey Legs $3.65
    Bag of peas .77 on sale
    3 stalks of celery $1.00 (guess)
    2 onions .50 (guess)
    lettuce .50 (guess)
    cider $1.50
    pie 0.00
    rolls $2.50
    unknown amount of electricity for crockpot overnight... ($3?)

    $13.42, including electricity, for 2 people.

    Judi

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    I tallied up the cost of my Thanksgiving dinner

    Green beans on sale $1.32
    cream of mushroom soup .50
    heavy cream $1
    sharp white cheddar $2
    mushrooms $3.50
    can fried onion rings $3.50
    onion .25 cents
    Total $12.07

    Cranberry sauce
    Fresh cranberries $1.50
    Orange for vesting .50
    ginger ale $1 ( some for cranberry sauce rest of drinking)
    orange juice .50
    brown sugar and syrup .25
    Total $3.75

    Gravy $1.75

    Turkey Breast $10

    Pumpkin pie Store bought $3.50

    whip cream $1.50

    rolls $2.50

    Pecan pie ( brought to dinner by my Mom)
    Stuffing ( brought to dinner by my Mom)

    I spent $35 plus tax

    Feed the five of us with some leftovers for dinner

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    Turkey Free
    potato's .79 5#
    gravy free from turkey drippings
    sour cream for pot. .17 after coupon
    cream cheese for pot. .35 after coupon
    sweet pot. .69 3 #
    corn .50 froze it this past summer when on sale 12 ears for $1
    Cranberries .79
    jello free after coupon
    Stuffing made my own from bread heals so $1.00 for added ingredients
    pumpkin pie pumpkin was free from neighbors.
    pie crust made from scratch maybe .50
    evaporated milk free after coupon
    other pie ingredients .50
    cool whip .35 after coupon
    Pudding desert $2.34 from scratch
    dinner rolls from scratch about .75
    total dinner less than $9

    Fed 7 adults 2 times yesterday and have enough stuff leftover for pot pie today and a pot of soup tomorrow.

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    Impossible to calculate. We spent a lot but will have many more meals on purpose. Also some of the food was in our pantry. That said.
    8 large potatoes w/ milk and 1 stick of butter
    turkey w/ 2 cans broth and stick of butter and soy sauce
    2 heads broccoli
    1 can canberry
    2 boxes stove top stuffing
    1 jar applesauce
    36 rolls
    3 pies
    whip creme
    3 bottle sparkling cider
    1tub sour creme
    1 can s.w soup
    1 8 oz. pkg. cheese
    1 salami log
    2# cheese sliced
    2 bags salad
    4 pops
    1/2 gal. milk
    1 tub french onion dip
    1 bag potato chips
    I bet I spent $100. this year but we have eaten for 2 days now 4 people w/ 1/4 left. I also made a giant pot of chili and used a jar of cheese sauce,pipette noodles and 8oz. shredded sharp cheese. Teens can CONSUME.

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    I spent $50 on Thanksgiving groceries. That fed four of us for the overindulgent meal. With the LO......

    Greakfast for DH today
    Dinner tonight for 2
    1/2 gal. soup stock made from bones
    LO turkey for the soup and sandwiches and casseroles.

    I think that Thanksgiving dinner is one the best deals around!!

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    I was in denial this year.LOL. I got my turkey at Aldis for .99# for Butterball that was great. Kroger had Riverside for .49# but I don't skimp on the turkey. Everything I got was on sale but yes we indulge for thxgiving and xmas. New years is usually a pizza. We are not partiers so no booze either just rootbeer or sparkling cider. We used to buy outfits but not anymore (economy recession decision).

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