Hudson Valley Parent

November 2013

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Trim your turkey day 5 ways to cut costs on Thanksgiving dinner By CAROL J. ALEXANDER F amilies thrive on gathering for the holidays — especially Thanksgiving. But the expense of serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast for the entire clan can be cost-prohibitive for some folks. With grocery prices rising like the morning sun, moms often struggle enough to feed the family every day — not to mention making a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the other trimmings. If it's 14 Hudson Valley Parent n November 2013 your turn to have the tribe at your house, but you find yourself wanting to trim the trimmings, here are five ways to help lighten the load on your holiday budget. 1. Play the game And I don't mean football. If you want a traditional Thanksgiving meal, you have to play the grocery store game. Start watching the ads early. Some stores require you save your receipts to earn free or reduced-priced turkeys. Others offer a free turkey for a certain dollar amount in purchases. Do the math to see which store and which deal is the best for your family. Ingredients like sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, butter, stuffing mix, and marshmallows go on sale during November. Watching the

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