November 22, 2010

Going Gourmet @ Walmart without Going Broke for Thanksgiving

Walmart challenged me to Trim My Budget and Trim My Table. American Farm Bureau estimates that the average American family for 10 people spends $43 for Thanksgiving meal. I apparently am not average as there is no way I could begin to do that without REALLY REALLY planning and giving up a few of my gourmet ideas. Once a year I go GOURMET COOKING CRAZY and that is not cheap! I really cut my spending this year, it was tough let me share what I am serving this year and see my cost at the end!!! I would estimate that if I went to a grocery store and did not utilize sales, coupons, price matching etc. this would have easily been over $150.

The turkey which can be the highest priced item, only $.37 a lb (limit 6) I got a 12 pounder for UNDER $5 BUCKS!!!

My husband likes to make a citrus Turkey Brine: (Thyme, $2.88, garlic, $.39, lemon. $.38, orange$.58)
Click here to see the recipe.

Next comes the Dressing!! O.k. so this cost more than my turkey ;0) we love to use a recipe I found in Martha Stewart food which calls for 2 loaves of Italian bread ($1.50 each) Gala apples($1.19 celery ( $.84) REAL BUTTER, I price matched with the Target add and got it for $2.50 and used a $.50 coupon, shallots ($1.98), garlic ($.39)

Click here to see Martha Stewart's Recipe for Simple Homemade Stuffing. Note we use her Apples and Raisin variety

Bread, we love to make yeast rolls, flour only $1.50, eggs I price matched using Target ad only $.99, yeast $1.12 with $.50 coupon only $.72


  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease 8 muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the shortening, sugar, and hot water. Allow to cool until lukewarm, and mix in the yeast until dissolved. Mix in the egg, salt, and flour. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.
  3. Divide the dough into the prepared muffin cups, and allow to rise again until doubled in size.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Now just in case something happens I did grab some Mrs. Schubert's rolls for $2.48 (coupon, Save, $.75 so final price $1.73)

We do FIVE SIDES. This year we are making the following

1. Butternut Squash Gratin with Goat Cheese and Hazel Nuts

2.Gulliver's Cream Corn A side note, I was able to use Kroger Catlina's and save $2.00 of the frozen corn ingredient!

3.Steamed Broccoli with a butter sauce ( only $1.25 .lb) total price, $1.59

4. Cranberry Sauce: To save on my budget, I am opening a can for just $.94
5. Swiss Green Bean Casserole ( I priced matched with Target ad and got the Del Monte for only $.45 each

2 (14-ounce) cans French-style green beans

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon

on freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

3 green onions, sliced

1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grea se a 2-quart casserole dish and set aside.
  2. In saute pan melt butter and add flour, cook a nd stir for 1 minute over medium heat. Add sour cream and heat. Remove f rom heat and add salt, pepper, sugar and onions, stirring to mix. Add green bea ns, gently mixing well and pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika.
  3. Bake for abo ut 20 minutes or until cheese bubbles and turns golden brown.

Finally dessert, I am making Turkey Hand sugar cookies with the kiddos
I bought a Walmart Pumpkin Pie for $3.00 and a can of Redi Whip $1.98 with a $.50 coupon, Final Price, $1.48. Also I purchase 2 bottles of Welches Sparking Grape Juice for $2.97 and had a Target coupon to save, $2.00/2 final price, $3.94

So my total spending, DRUM ROLL PLEASE $39.15 seriously I did not think it was possible but wow I did it! I had to only do one homemade dessert and buy the other and buy the cranberry sauce! I also used a Free product coupon for the goat cheese I got earlier in the year for liking Chevre on Facebook! So with some planning, price matching, coupons and shopping at Walmart I really made out well this year!

O.k. last 2 photos, My three year old was with me during this marathon of shopping and price matching and she got a box of Ritz Mucnables $1.98 Save, $1.00 with coupon so only $.98. I also got her an icecream from McDonalds when we entered the store with a free ice cream coupon I had to bribe/motivate her a little ;0)

I also grabbed Gain dish detergent only $.9 8 my coupon was $1.00 off so FREE! I also got the Cottonelle refill that was $1.98 FREE by using a $2.00 Kroger catalina and the Toilet paper was $2.68 using a kroger catalina for $1.50 off I got it for $1.18.

The clerk was amazing, she took all my coupons, did not question any of the Target store coupons or Kroger Store coupons, was happy to price match. I am sure I could have saved more if I had brought the Kroger and Schnucks ad with me as well but since I had my shopping buddy with me I thought price-matching with one ad was more than enough! So what are you doing to TRIM YOUR SAVINGS this Thanksgiving. And what should I do with all the money I saved, hmmm go back on the day after Thanksgiving and get some GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!
Make comments below on your thanksgiving savings plan!!

Please note: I am cooking for 4 adults and 2 kids this year.

This post was written by Shana and Walmart provided me with a $50 gift card to do this shopping trip the opinions and experience is entirely mine!

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Laurie said...

Way to go Shana! You did much better than me. One thing I did was just over the past few weeks when Kroger had some Thanksgiving staples on sale, I've been overstocking on those: carnation evap milk (for pump pies), chick broth (for stuffing and mashed potatoes), gravy, hot cocoa packets etc. I had coupons for several of these things.So now I got my turkey on sale and just got a few things at Aldi that I needed and I was ready to go. :)

Renae said...

Love this post Shana! Cute pictures I am jealous of your Wal-mart prices. Your menu sounds great - your guests will be well fed:)

Anonymous said...

I emailed and called Walmart but I can't find a Walmart that will take Catalinas =(
Also my Walmart will not take coupons for items they price match. After emailing and calling Walmart they assured me this was a policy at all Walmarts. I wish the coupon policy was the same for all Walmarts.


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