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.[slideshow:

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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