While chef Erika Monroe-Williams, founder of The Hopeless Housewife, doesn’t like to waste money, she says, "There are a few things for Thanksgiving dinner that I think if you’re able to splurge on, you should."
Her first splurge is the turkey. A frozen store-bought 18-pound turkey, which sells for $1 per pound will cost you $1.80 each per 10 guests, but it's possible to spend a lot more.
"Williams-Sonoma has a Willie Bird Fresh Free-Range Turkey for about $100," says Monroe-Williams. "These free-range turkeys are from Sonoma County and are said to be amazing. They have an organic version for a 16- to 18-pound bird that costs $130."