SAN ANTONIO — You won’t have to eat like a bird this Thanksgiving even though the price of your dinner is likely to cost you more.
Before you head to the store, make a list of every ingredient you will need and see what you already have in your pantry.
“Avoid those prepared foods, the chopped carrots and things like that, because you’re paying for that preparation,” said Trae Bodge, a smart-saving expert. “I know that it’s more work in the kitchen, but if you’re looking to save money, that’s a really good way to save. Don’t pay someone else to do the prep work for you.”
“These things are going to cost you anywhere from 40 to 100% more,” Woroch added.
Let us talk turkey. You will be giving thanks for poultry prices if it’s your main meat-based dish.
“Beef and pork are expected to be up 6.5 to 7.5% (in price) this year,” said Veronica Nigh, a senior economist with the American Farm Bureau Association. “Poultry is up 3.5 to 4.5%.”
The Farm Bureau said there are likely to be fewer turkeys this year, but they will be bigger. The agency recommends shopping early for your bird.
“You also really want to think about how many people you are feeding because you don’t want to buy too much this year,” Woroch said.
Buy in bulk if you are hosting a large gathering.
“If you’re already paying for a wholesale club membership, this is the time to take advantage of those savings. At wholesale clubs, you can save up to 40% off,” Bodge said.
Do not fret if you do not want to cook. Check out deal site CouponFollow, which offers promotions, plus an exclusive savings code for KENS viewers for $20 off your first UberEats purchase on Thanksgiving by using code KEN20. Blue Apron offers $110 off your first four boxes through the end of this year, no code necessary, and Hello Fresh will give you $90 off if you sign up for the auto-subscription option.
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