Thanksgiving dinner for under $50? 9OYS counts up the costs

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Farm Bureau Federation predicts it could cost less than $50 on the items needed to feed a family of 10 this Thanksgiving.

9OYS caught up with shopper Derrin Maxwell to see if that was doable.

“I doubt it cause I’m going to spend more than 50,” Maxwell said. “When we get the receipt and that’s just from what I have getting from here, you’ll be able to see.”

While staple items like stuffing and cranberry sauce are likely to end up on the table, buying the store brand instead of the name brand could save shoppers money.

Maxwell said that’s exactly how she shops.

“I’ll come here cause like a turkey is 39 cents a pound if you buy $35 or more,” Maxwell said.

ECU business professor Jim Kleckley said the estimated $50 stems from a traditional shopping list, so Maxwell’s list may not make the cut.

“It really depends on what you eat and how you make your own dinner as to whether it’s going to be cheaper this year,” Kleckley said.

The big item for Maxwell was the turkey sale. When she got to the register, he total was $56.40.

“I knew it was going to be over $50, but I got a good deal, so I’m happy,” Maxwell said.

Many people opt out of shopping altogether and instead purchase a meal from grocery stores or restaurants.

Prices can range anywhere from $50-80 depending on where you go.

Kleckley said there has been a rise in eating out for Thanksgiving because people don’t have the time or want to take the time to cook a whole meal.

He said it goes back to what serves you the best.

“What it does is give everybody different choices and to have a choice that is good for you and your budget,” said Kleckley.

Kleckley said it is usually cheaper to cook at home because you also pay for the service when you dine out.

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