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Thanksgiving dinner: 10 ways to save

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(Read caption) A cider brined turkey and sage gravy are shown in Concord, N.H. in this October 2012 file photo. According to Geronikos, choosing one meat option and preparing simple side dishes are good ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner.

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, overeat, and spend time with family – but it isn’t cheap.

After jumping 13 percent from 2010 to 2011, this year the price to provide a feast for ten will rise by only $.28 from last year to $49.48, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Luckily, there are simple ways to keep Turkey Day from taking a bite out of your family fun. Here are some money-saving tips for Thanksgiving

1. Make a list

It’s easy to overspend when shopping for a much anticipated holiday dinner. Make a list of what you’ll need and exactly how much, and be sure to stick to it when you’re in the store.

2. Don’t forget store promotions and coupons 

Keep an eye out for special coupons and promotions around Thanksgiving. Some stores offer a free turkey if you spend a certain amount of money. ShopRite, for example, is offering a free turkey or ham to customers who spend more than $300 between Oct. 14 and Nov. 22.

3. Know price matching policies

Find out if there are any stores nearby that will match advertised prices from competitors. Do the bulk of your shopping there – just don’t forget to bring your coupons.

4. Choose one meat…


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