How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner for Just $5!

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving is a special time of year for families to come together, but did you know it’s also the most costly food holiday of the year? We heard from one of our viewers who said she has not been able to afford to feed her family a proper Thanksgiving dinner in over six years.

Rachelle is a single mother of two, working two jobs just to make ends meet. “Every day is tough, but when the holidays come around, it’s even tougher to make sure that my boys have what they need without asking anyone,” says Rachelle. “I don’t like to ask, and it’s hard when they ask me for stuff and I can’t give it to them. I don’t want them to know I can’t afford it. They’re my world.”

This year, Rach is helping her out! We brought in coupon expert Cindy Livesey to take Rachelle grocery shopping and show her the magic of couponing. The best part? Rachelle’s Thanksgiving dinner only cost her $3.21! “I’ve never used a coupon before and I’m ashamed of myself,” says Curtis Stone. “You can’t say that in front of me!” jokes Cindy.

Cindy’s Helpful Tips for Smart Shopping:
•    Shop for produce that’s in-season.
•    Search for store loss leaders to get certain items for free.
•    Use manufacture’s coupons and store coupons together for additional savings.
•    Using your store loyalty card through the year can earn you enough points to get free items like a turkey.
•    Don’t be afraid of the clearance section of your grocery store. These are items that are discounted sometimes as much as 80% off! The reason the items are discounted isn’t always because of expiration dates – sometimes stores need to pull items because there’s a change in packaging.
•    Take advantage of cash-back promotions by buying more.
•    Get more of Cindy’s tips here.

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