How to save money on Thanksgiving dinner

Don't wait until the last minute to go shopping, you want to avoid not finding what you need.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Shady Book Farms, a major producer in the United States, announced in July that it would be in short supply of small fresh turkeys come November. This had consumers thinking there would be a turkey shortage.

A spokesperson from the Department of Agriculture says that calling this a turkey shortage is an overstatement. You might have a harder time finding a fresh turkey smaller than 16 pounds because demand is up due to smaller holiday gatherings.

If you really want to save on what will probably be your most expensive dish, consider buying a smaller turkey or a different meat that is less expensive.

Purchasing all the ingredients and cooking all the dishes can be costly. Try giving family members or friends different dishes to bring themselves; everyone will end up saving time and money.

If you do end up cooking and paying for the entire meal, set a budget. Don’t wait until the last minute to go shopping, you want to avoid not finding what you need.

You can also use a rebate app to save money on ingredients. For example, Ibotta is offering consumers money back on some of their Thanksgiving-related food purchases at Walmart. Once you buy the items, you scan your receipt on the app and get reimbursed.

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