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Thanksgiving on a Budget, I Think?

I spent $57.92 on all the items that I purchased to make our Thanksgiving dinner this year. There are 6 of us eating with leftovers planned through Sunday, I hope! I overspent on a few items, like the cider and whipped cream, but overall I know I spent less than previous years.

A Quick Question or 3...

  1. How much did you spend?
  2. How many people are you feeding?
  3. Do you feel like you overspent?

How I got my final total: I used the total price paid at the store for each item that is listed below, except for the apples. Since I always shop for apples, the price below reflects only the apples used. The "P" next to the price indicates those items that I will use a portion of for the dinner and can be used for another meal, not including left overs, in the future.

The Menu:

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Corn
  • Roasted Carrots
  • Rolls
  • Sparkling Cider & Hot Cocoa
  • Apple Pie w/ Whipped Cream


Here is what I picked up on Friday, November 16!

Whole Foods Market

Here is what I picked up on Sunday, November 18!


Here is what I picked up on Monday, November 19!


Here is what I picked up on Monday, November 19!

Store Item Price
Aldi Turkey $13.20
Aldi Chicken Broth $1.49
Aldi Rolls $0.99
Whole Foods Market Hot Cocoa $3.99 (P)
Whole Foods Market Stuffing Mix $3.49
Aldi Butter $1.99
Aldi Cream Cheese $0.69 (P)
Aldi Celery $0.99 (P)
Aldi Carrots $1.29 (P)
Aldi Baby Carrots $1.29
Aldi Limes $1.99 (P)
Aldi Sugar $1.95 (P)
Aldi Potatoes $1.99 (P)
ShopRite Lemon $0.60
ShopRite Sparkling Cider $3.69
ShopRite TruWhip $3.29
ShopRite Sausage $2.44 (P)
ShopRite Corn $0.99
ShopRite Onion Salt $0.99 (P)
ShopRite Allspice $1.69 (P)
ShopRite Cayenne Pepper $1.29
ShopRite Sweet Potatoes $1.99 (P)
ShopRite Frozen Rolls $1.74
Local Apple Orchard Apples $2.18
Aldi Pie Crust $1.69
TOTAL: $57.92

How I plan to use those items with a 'P'

  1. Hot Cocoa: My kids will drink this up before Christmas. So, I'll need to add that to the Christmas grocery list.
  2. Cream Cheese: My children like to put cream cheese on their cinnamon toast.
  3. Celery: I plan to make soup next week. In the past, my celery tends to go bad because I forget to use it up.
  4. Carrots: I can use this in soups or for beef stew.
  5. Limes: I can use these in black beans, tacos, etc.
  6. Sugar: This will be used for the everyday baking I do. So, again, this will be on the Christmas grocery list.
  7. Potatoes: I purchased the 10 lb. bag, so plenty of extra for soup, stews, etc..
  8. Sausage: There will be 3 or 4 links leftover from the stuffing. I can use those for a meat sauce or pasta.
  9. Spices: I purchased 3 spices that I didn't have in my cupboard. Those can be used in other recipes throughout the year.
  10. Sweet Potatoes: The extras can be used for a sweet potato fries!
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