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Thanksgiving 2011 Recipes, Dinner Suggestions, Side Dishes, Desserts, and more

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Greetings fellow frugal fans!  

With Halloween candy now at a solid 50-75% off at stores (candy corn, come to Momma.), it's clearly time to start preparations for one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.  I'm hearing from people who are used to spending $250 for a table of eight at Thanksgiving. With food costs on the perpetual rise, it's true, the cost of entertaining at the holidays can often shoot higher than we expect. But Turkey Day doesn't have to be a budget buster -especially when you use these three simple tricks to put together a fabulous feast, for far less.Thanksgiving dinner photo: sweetadditions.net

The Turkey:  Turkey prices can go upwards of $1.69/pound (or more!),depending on the brand name you prefer and where you shop. Do yourself a favor and wait until less than a week before Turkey Day. Then hit the big retailers, where turkey prices are drastically reduced as "loss leaders" to bring you thru their automatic doors. You'll enjoy the best brand name turkeys, for easily $0.89 a pound instead.

The Side Dishes & Desserts:  At my house, Thanksgiving is one of those "Bring On The Carbs!" holidays. Good thing too, as I can already envision the sweet potatoes, rice pilafs, bread stuffings, crescent rolls, and that doesn't even begin to count the desserts!  Care to create the same carbohydrate nirvana for less?  Hit your local discount gourmet grocery (Amelia Grocery Outlet has all of the above, for easily 50% off retail!) to stock up on all of the fabulous side dishes and desserts you and your family love, for easily half the price of retail.

The Extras:  Decorations, flowers, wine, all the extras really up. This is where visiting family and friends come to the rescue!  All of the visitors around your table are going to want to contribute to the festivities, so have them lend their perfect touches by bringing the perfect hostess gifts.  When they ask "what can I bring?", be specific. Have your flower-loving friend hand the centerpiece, the wine expert handle take care of libations, and watch your "additional extras" costs drop to zero. Above all else, remember that this fantastic holiday is all about the faces around your table, and the many blessings we all have to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kristen Hagopian is a Motivational Speaker and Author of “Brilliant Frugal Living”, conducting humorous lectures on personal finance and wealth-building to civic, corporate and private groups.  She lives with her husband and two kids in their as-of-yet unfinished fixer upper in Elverson.  Her book is available at Amazon.com, is downloadable to Kindle and can be ordered at her Web site www.BrilliantFrugalLiving.com

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