A fully loaded Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to be a turkey for your budget.
The American Farm Bureau Federation has yet to release its annual estimate of Thanksgiving costs, but last year, the group pegged the typical family's spending at $50.11. That meal, they said, includes "turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. There is also plenty for leftovers."
That estimate — which works out to $5 per person — already sounds like a bargain, but avid couponers say they can easily trim costs further.
"For me, dinner for eight people with an 18- to 20-pound turkey, I'm spending $25 to $30," said Jill Cataldo, founder of SuperCouponing.com.