If you have ever been with Thanksgiving dinner, you know that it can be expensive. This year, hosts will spend an average of $ 31 per guest, according to a new report from LendingTree. But a dinner with fries like turkey and mashed potato does not have to be so pricey as long as you're willing to do something from scratch and stick to a budget: The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates the average 10-person meal costs $ 48, 90. Their menu includes turkey, sauce, filling, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberry sauce, and a vegetable cake like appetizer and pumpkin pie and coffee for dessert.
I decided to find out if I could divide the difference and mat eight for under $ 50.
There is a lot of food for not much money especially since I live in New York, where food prices are higher than the national average. With a cue from the Farm Bureau, I chose a simple menu consisting of turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, sauce, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and crescent rolls, as well as apple pie for dessert (Sorry, not a fan of pumpkin.) Oh and coffee.
The final shopping list for Thanksgiving dinner came to 22 items. For my test, I assumed that I already had on hand pantry staples like flour, sugar, oil, salt and pepper. I took that list to five popular grocery chains: Acme, Aldi, Trader Joe's, Walmart and Whole Foods.
Here's how much I could get for $ 50 in every store. [1[ads1]9659006]