Ready to make a mad dash to the grocery store? Before you do, ABC7 has the inside scoop on the deals you don't want to miss. In Part 2 of our guide to Thanksgiving on a Budget, the Beltway Bargain Mom breaks down your holiday meal shopping list.
Laura Harders is the creator and blogger behind BeltwayBargainMom.com. With a clear knack for making a dollar stretch, she says Thanksgiving for her family of 10 will cost between $20-$25. That's about half the cost of the typical Turkey Day dinner.
Sound too cheap to be true? To prove that Thanksgiving can be done without breaking the bank, Laura has compiled a list of last-minute deals from area grocery stores. Ready, set, coupon!
Turkey (16 lbs)AVERAGE VA PRICE: $22.08 or $1.38/lb BARGAIN PRICE: $0.47/lb Frozen Turkey (Bottom Dollar) Tip: You can price-match frozen turkeys with the Bottom Dollar ad at Giant, Safeway, Shoppers or Walmart.
Sweet Potatoes or YamsAVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.37 (3-pound bag) BARGAIN PRICE: $0.99 (Safeway and Bottom Dollar)RUNNER UP: $1 (Giant)
Stuffing MixAVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.94BARGAIN PRICE: $0.98 (Bottom Dollar)RUNNER UP: $1 (Giant - Must buy 3/$3)
CranberriesAVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.10 BARGAIN PRICE: $0.99 (Aldi) RUNNER UP: $1 (Wegmans: $2 each. Buy 1 and use $1/1 Ocean Spray Facebook coupon)
Canned Pumpkin Pie FillingAVERAGE VA PRICE: $3 BARGAIN PRICE: $0.79 (Bottom Dollar: $1.29 each. Buy 2 and use $1/2 Libby's coupon from the Oct. 28th Sunday Newspaper)RUNNER UP: $0.99 (Aldi)
Pie ShellsAVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.26 BARGAIN PRICE: $1.90 (Giant or Harris Teeter: $2.50 each. Buy 2 and use $0.60/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts coupon)RUNNER UP: $1.99 (Wegmans)
Whipped CreamAVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.01 BARGAIN PRICE: $1.49 (Aldi)RUNNER UP: $1.50 (Shoppers Food: $2 each. Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the Nov. 11th Sunday Newspaper)Tip: You can get Frozen Whipped Topping for less.
RollsAVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.38 per dozenBARGAIN PRICE: $0.99 (Aldi)RUNNER UP: $1.50 King's Hawaiian (Walmart: $2 each. Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the Sun. Nov. 11th newspaper)
PeasAVERAGE VA PRICE: $1.47 BARGAIN PRICE: $0.66 Canned (Shoppers Food or Giant) RUNNER UP: $0.66 Green Giant or Birds Eye Frozen (Giant: $1 each. Buy 3 and use $1/3 coupon from the 11/11 & 11/18 Sunday Newspapers)
CeleryAVERAGE VA PRICE: $1.66 BARGAIN PRICE: $0.89 (Aldi)RUNNER UP: $0.99 (Wegmans)Tip: You can also check specialty international supermarkets for great deals on produce.
CarrotsAVERAGE VA PRICE: $1.07 BARGAIN PRICE: $0.99/lb (Harris Teeter) RUNNER UP: $1/lb (Giant)Tip: You can also check specialty international supermarkets for great deals on produce.
Milk (1 gallon)AVERAGE VA PRICE: $3.89BARGAIN PRICE: Possibly Free (Giant: Buy 4 participating Betty Crocker items, get $4 off 1 Gallon of Milk instantly)RUNNER UP: $2.89 (Aldi)
ABC7's guide to Thanksgiving on a Budget continues Wednesday with the Beltway Bargain Mom's #1 tip for shopping for your Thanksgiving meal.