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      Sunday
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      Monday
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      Tuesday
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      Thanksgiving on a budget, best deals in D.C. area

      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 Yams
      AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.37 (3-pound bag)
      BARGAIN PRICE: $0.99 (Safeway and Bottom Dollar)
      RUNNER UP: $1 (Giant)

      • Stuffing Mix
      AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.94
      BARGAIN PRICE: $0.98 (Bottom Dollar)
      RUNNER UP: $1 (Giant - Must buy 3/$3)

      • Cranberries
      AVERAGE 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 Filling
      AVERAGE 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 Shells
      AVERAGE 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 Cream
      AVERAGE 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.

      • Rolls
      AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.38 per dozen
      BARGAIN 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)

      • Peas
      AVERAGE 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)

      • Celery
      AVERAGE 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.

      • Carrots
      AVERAGE 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: $3.89
      BARGAIN 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.