Host Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Dinner for a crowd can be expensive, so here's how to cut down on costs

As the last of the leftover Halloween candy dwindles, it’s time to turn our attention to Thanksgiving — truly, my favorite holiday of the year. In just one week, I’ll be hosting my family for the big feast — at least 13 people in my home. No easy feat, but at least the budget is under control.

After years of perfecting the art of couponing, my fifth Thanksgiving dinner is just another day in the life of a smart shopper. But, if you’re panicking about the cost of your Thanksgiving dinner, check out my strategy for keeping the budget under control. — Just Heather

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