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Old 11-19-2012, 12:47 PM   #16
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$150 at Publix
$100 at Costco

And still need to go pick up ham at the Honey baked store.

20 people and everyone brings sides and desserts.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:50 PM   #17
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I am hosting, and about 16 people are attending. Here's my approximations, but bear in mind that some things are being contributed by others...

22 lb Turkey (Butterball) = $25

10 lb bag Sweet Potatoes (Costco) = $7 (there will be too much for one meal)

20 lb bag white potatoes (Costco) = $7 (there will be too much for one meal)

Other ingredients for Sweet Potato casserole (eggs, half-and-half, seasonings, butter, brown sugar, pecans = about $8 (but some of these are things I already have on hand or will be used in other dishes)

Other ingredients for Pioneer Woman's mashed potato recipe (milk, butter, cream cheese, seasonings) = about $3 (but some of these are things I already have on hand or will be used in other dishes)

Dressing (Breads, sausage, veggies, chicken broth, butter, herbs) = about $10 (but some of these are things I already have on hand or will be used in other dishes)

Olives, pickles, etc = $5 (have most of this on hand already)

Cranberry sauce (canned) = $2

Juices to re-create AKL's Frunch recipe = $8

Extra organic chicken broth for gravy, etc = $9

Squash = free, from MIL's garden

Green beans = Free, from SIL's garden

Homemade rolls and butter = Free, SIL is providing

Apple, pumpkin, and chocolate pies = Free, SIL and MIL are providing

Coffee, coffee creamers, tea = Free, already have these on hand for daily use

So, grand total: About $85, or about $5.30 a person.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:51 PM   #18
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Well...just came from the supermarket and just spent a fortune...$187 after spending $130 yesterday at BJ's!!!! And that is with people bringing things! Yikes.

Granted..it is for about 28 people along with overnight guests who will be here for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a couple days.

One good thing is that I got my 25lb fresh turkey for .79 a lb...which was half what theother market nearby wanted. I also got a turkey breast and a ham to freeze for another day.

So..what is your total? I know mine is probably crazy!
We are having aproximately 20 people, (5 families). They are bringing the potatoes and some other stuff. I got the turkey for half with the savings card.

I will spend approximately $500.00, if not more when you factor in the alcohol, drinks, appetizers, etc. (Turkey is brined in a few quarts of brown beer plus we are wine snobs)

I just got back from the grocery store and spent almost $40.00 on just apples (pies, stuffing, Brussels sprouts.)
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #19
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We are having aproximately 20 people, (5 families). They are bringing the potatoes and some other stuff. I got the turkey for half with the savings card.

I will spend approximately $500.00, if not more when you factor in the alcohol, drinks, appetizers, etc. (Turkey is brined in a few quarts of brown beer plus we are wine snobs)

I just got back from the grocery store and spent almost $40.00 on just apples (pies, stuffing, Brussels sprouts.)
I understand. We haven't even purchased the alcohol yet. That is tomorrow. I didn't skimp this year. I want it done right!
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:13 PM   #20
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I understand. We haven't even purchased the alcohol yet. That is tomorrow. I didn't skimp this year. I want it done right!
DH's family doesn't drink alcohol - complete tee-totalers. That's one reason I can get away with a cheaper budget.

And if DH and I need a mixed drink after the family has gone home we have a well-stocked liquor cabinet at home already.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:17 PM   #21
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Just the four of us (myself, boyfriend, and our girls) and I think our bill must be around 50-70 bucks. That includes food, candles and flowers for the table as well. Since it's just the four of us and I don't eat meat we don't buy a turkey, even a small one. Instead I buy two Cornish Game Hens and I bought them yesterday at Walmart.

I love Thanksgiving, it's always been one of my favorite holidays even as a child growing up I loved it more than Christmas. Now as an adult I love it just as much and since I'm the one cooking this one meal generates several meals of left overs for me and my family.

Gobble-Gobble folks! Have a wonderful, lively, and simply devine Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:27 PM   #22
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I will have 10 people and am spending well over $200. The turkey is expensive because it is boneless ($70.00). But everything costs a lot these days. Homemade guacamole dip and chex mix will cost over $10 each. The crackers, cheese and fruit for the cheese board is well over $25, and those are just some of the appetizers...it adds up!

The day before I get fresh flowers and good wine. I adore Thanksgiving and am very, very grateful to live in this country and be able to share a wonderful meal with my family.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:30 PM   #23
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Walmart Grocery bill was about $40 over normal, grocery store was about $30 over, so about $70 for 7 folks.

This is the first year my mom didn't buy the turkey..........my wife bee lined for the fresh turkeys and did an about face when she saw they were $38 and the butterballs were about $8.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:33 PM   #24
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We end up between $100 - $150 with my mother in law bringing the turkey.

We feed about 20 people.
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Is it bad I am still planning the meal??? My mom is picking up the biggest expense. She doesn't want to cook a turkey and I am afraid of cooking one..soooo we ordered pulled pork from a local place. This stuff is to die for! It will cost about $50 but I am very thankful they were willing to do a special order for us. So far I have spent about $10 on potatoes and rolls. My sister is bringing the green beans and I am making a pumpkin pie and cupcakes for people to take home. Just need to come up with appitizer ideas.
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Probably $200-$300 for the big family dinner.
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I am hosting, and about 16 people are attending. Here's my approximations, but bear in mind that some things are being contributed by others...


10 lb bag Sweet Potatoes (Costco) = $7 (there will be too much for one meal)

20 lb bag white potatoes (Costco) = $7 (there will be too much for one meal)
I've never been to Costco, and everyone talks about how good their prices are, but those's two prices are more than my regular grocery store.
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I will be having about 16 people at my house, along with 8 of us for breakfast. Alcohol will be served (please...!!) I'm shopping...WEDNESDAY...I'll let you know what I spend then!!!

Bringing the hubby with so he can experience my pain.
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I will be having about 16 people at my house, along with 8 of us for breakfast. Alcohol will be served (please...!!) I'm shopping...WEDNESDAY...I'll let you know what I spend then!!!

Bringing the hubby with so he can experience my pain.
That is what kills our budget. The bottle of vodka for the Cosmos is $60.00. Another $75.00 for the wine. And about $30 for the beer for the brine (and the cook the day before as she prepares the brine )
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That is what kills our budget. The bottle of vodka for the Cosmos is $60.00. Another $75.00 for the wine. And about $30 for the beer for the brine (and the cook the day before as she prepares the brine )
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