Trick #1: I'm not providing all of the food. On Thursday, my mom is providing the turkey and all of the desserts and my sister is making a casserole. That leaves me with a couple of easy contributions: a corn casserole and rolls plus the sweet potatoes for . Since my husband specifically requested Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (homemade would be cheaper!), my contributions for this meal total about $11.
On Friday I am doing much of the cooking, but I delegated the mashed potatoes and the sweet potato casserole to friends. That leaves me with the turkey, stuffing, gravy, rolls, corn and , cranberry sauce, pumpkin dessert, apple pie, and cool whip. We'll be drinking water and coffee.
Trick #2: I'm not buying all of the ingredients for that meal this week - I have some of them on hand already. When turkeys first went on sale at Safeway, I bought a 20 pounder out of that week's grocery budget. I also have cranberry sauce, pumpkin, apples, and canned vegetables on hand from sales in previous weeks. That leaves me with less to buy this week - and the hope of actually staying in my budget!
Trick #3: I'm making things from scratch where I can. Although we are giving in to the Pillsbury crescent rolls, I do plan to make my gravy and desserts (including pie crusts) from scratch. Besides just tasting better, I figure that I'm saving around $10 (vs canned gravy and pre-made desserts) for my effort.
Trick #4: We're eating from our stockpile the rest of the week. Our other meals this week will not be fancy recipes that require extra ingredients. I have plenty of chicken and in my freezer from previous sales, plus beans, rice, pasta and frozen veggies. Our menu for the week will likely include quesadillas, chili, Italian chicken pasta, meatballs and rice, and leftovers.
So what do I have left to buy this week? Here's the list with estimated prices:
Crescent Rolls: $7.50
Cake mix: $0.79
Cream-style corn: $1.50
Corn muffin mix: $1.50
Evaporated milk: $2
Creamed soups: $1.50
French-style grean beans: $0.80
French-fried onions: $3
Cool Whip: $3
For an estimated total of $28.09! That leaves me plenty of room to stock up on a couple of other great deals and necessities:
For a total of $25.44. After adding that to my list of Thanksgiving meal supplies, my total comes out to $53.53. Hmmm . . . maybe I should buy one more $4.99 turkey for the freezer while they're still on sale!
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