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Old 11-19-2012, 04:19 PM   #31
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A strict no SO policy? If I've been dating someone seriously, I would have gigantic issues with that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:22 PM   #32
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I spent about $200 on our dinner for me and DS14. Even though it's just the 2 of us, we're having a 20 pound turkey and multiple pies. Plus, I bought a decent bottle of pinot noir. . . . don't you judge me . . .
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:43 PM   #33
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$313 today at Trader Joe's and I've already started a list of things that I have to go pick up tomorrow.

In explanation though -- it is almost all ready-made or heat and serve. I don't cook well or easily and it just stresses me out to even try. I'd rather just pay the money and relax.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:57 PM   #34
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Huh. I've never hosted T-Day but I think I could do it for ~ $100 for my family's usual crowd (12 unless we have extra guests for some reason). And that's if I buy the pricey free range bird from Trader Joe's and we spend $20 on oil for the deep fryer and go mostly organic, and don't ask anyone to contribute anything. My family doesn't tend to drink alcohol as at least half of us have to drive, and anyway we aren't big drinkers, so I left out wine/beer/liquor.

$35 for the turkey
$20 for oil for the fryer
$5 for fresh herbs for various recipes
$12 for ingrediants for the stuffing
$6 for ingrediants for mashed potatos
$10 for fresh veggies to steam as a side
$6 for double batch green bean casserole
$5 dinner rolls
$12 for ingrediants for one pumpkin and one apple pie
$25ish for soda, cheese/cracker tray, cranberry sauce, various odds n ends
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:16 PM   #35
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I think I am at about $200 spent and I still have to purchase the liquor and some other odds and ends which will probably be another $75 or more dollars. We are hosting about 22-25 people.

The turkey alone was $35 and the ham was another $28.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:37 PM   #36
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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.
Not mine!! I should mention the white potatoes aren't little tiny ones, they are the big baker sized ones. We like them better because you only have to peel a few of them to make mashed potatoes, instead of 20 or 30

And the quality always seems much better to me too.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:44 PM   #37
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I did my shopping today and it came to $245 after the $30 instore savings. This is for a 7 person meal. The turkey itself was $25 for a 20lb one and that was originally $35 before the bonus savings. I did have a few things in there not thanksgiving related so take $50 or so off that but still was close to $200. I still need to spend another $25 of so tomorrow for odds and ends I didn't get today.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #38
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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.
I spent $4.99 for a 5lb bag of potatoes at Giants today.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:56 PM   #39
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I spent about $200 on our dinner for me and DS14. Even though it's just the 2 of us, we're having a 20 pound turkey and multiple pies. Plus, I bought a decent bottle of pinot noir. . . . don't you judge me . . .
My cousin hosts about 20-25 of us, and I'm absolutely sure that her bill is more than $300 for alcohol and appetizers alone
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:58 PM   #40
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:04 PM   #41
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I have spent $340.00 so far but still need to pick up the centerpieces, wine, beer and ingredients for eggnog. When it is all said and done about $500 - $550.

I have my parents, children and their families. Later in the evening we will have friends drop by for desserts but 18 for dinner.

We start with appetizers around 2, dinner at 6, and then the party usually continues till about 10.

I am thankful they will all be here this year and that we can afford to have a wonderful meal. Thanksgiving is "my" holiday when all the kids try to come if they aren't working and I tend to overcook making everyone's favorites. I love it!!!

My dessert table is a spread all by itself. Love a food holiday!
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:09 PM   #42
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Huh. I've never hosted T-Day but I think I could do it for ~ $100 for my family's usual crowd (12 unless we have extra guests for some reason). And that's if I buy the pricey free range bird from Trader Joe's and we spend $20 on oil for the deep fryer and go mostly organic, and don't ask anyone to contribute anything. My family doesn't tend to drink alcohol as at least half of us have to drive, and anyway we aren't big drinkers, so I left out wine/beer/liquor.

$35 for the turkey
$20 for oil for the fryer
$5 for fresh herbs for various recipes
$12 for ingrediants for the stuffing
$6 for ingrediants for mashed potatos
$10 for fresh veggies to steam as a side
$6 for double batch green bean casserole
$5 dinner rolls
$12 for ingrediants for one pumpkin and one apple pie
$25ish for soda, cheese/cracker tray, cranberry sauce, various odds n ends
Your food prices are much lower in your part of the woods.
I spent more than $12 for just the apples for a pie.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:11 PM   #43
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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 )
Yep, and technically I am not purchasing because I am pregnant but to get good alcohol you do have to spend money! We'll probably have to do another small grocery run this upcoming weekend too, to cover odds and ends...
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:12 PM   #44
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$238 at ShopRite yesterday for Thanksgiving Dinner excluding the Turkey, Ham and Brisket that I purchased before. Also did not purchase the soda, beer or wine yet. So, well over $300.

We have close to 40 people for T day.

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:53 PM   #45
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16 people - approximately $300. I do buy extra as I like to send some home with my adult sons and we definitely like a few days of leftovers!
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