Thanksgiving Dinner Well Under $50


Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and I am super excited. Two weeks ago, I was in a panic, but lets not talk about that. Although we’re spending this Thanksgiving with our parents, I’m cooking turkey, dressing, smothered cabbage, homemade crescent rolls, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, and caramel cake to have at home. Walmart challenged me to get all of my Thanksgiving fixins for under $50. Since I’m only cooking for the three of us, it wasn’t that hard. It also helps that quite a few of the ingredients that I’ll need this Thanksgiving are already in our cupboard and freezer.

Thanksgiving Shopping List

Turkey – $9.62 (68¢/lb)
Self Rising Flour – $2.00
Cornmeal – $2.08
2 Heads of Cabbage – $5.22
Smoked Bacon – $2.98
Organic Celery – $2.78
Sweet Potatoes – $1.77 (28¢/lb rollback in some stores)
Swanson Chicken Broth – 2 for $1 (rollback)
Dry Yeast – $3.26
Evaporated Milk – $0.78
Parsley – $0.78
Pie Pumpkin – $0.80
Total: $33.07

Shopping Tips

Use leftovers for future meals – There’s nothing like eating Thanksgiving left overs. They taste THAT much better once they’ve sat a day or two. I usually pick the turkey to the bone after Thanksgiving. I’ll freeze whatever we don’t eat (if we don’t) for soup.

Use what’s in the cupboard – Try creating side dishes using what you already have. Fight the urge to try new recipes that call for too many ingredients!

Bake those sweets at home – Do not get tempted by the $14 caramel cakes. Bake one yourself!

By spending well under $50 for our Thanksgiving meal, we’re able to put what we saved towards Christmas. We’re going to be surprising Jayden with a bedroom makeover. Hopefully we can get him to sleep in there!

What are you cooking up this Thanksgiving and how much do you plan on spending? What do you plan to do with the money you save?

I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. I am being compensated for my time and efforts for participating in this challenge. Participation in this program is voluntary. All opinions are my own.

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is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper.


  • Reply November 14, 2010


    Cute video. Those baking pumpkins are CHEAP! Man!!

    • Reply November 15, 2010


      They sure are! I’m trying to load up so I can cook ‘em and freeze ‘em for baking.

  • Reply November 12, 2010


    Ok, this post just made me hungry!
    And yes, those savings are GREAT!

  • Girl… I do Thanksgiving BIG lol But then again, with a family of 7, we do EVERY meal “big” without choice LOL!

  • Reply November 12, 2010


    that’s what i am talking about! great job sheena!!!

  • Reply November 12, 2010


    Great savings! I have been purchasing my non-perishables and was lucky to get a lot of it for FREE! I am excited for all the yumminess to begin :)

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