Holiday Survival Guide: Dining for Dollars

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It’s what we all love about the holidays; the food!  But this year, the Avian Flu is decimating turkey flocks, which means we’re looking at a price increase of about 20%.

“It doesn’t mean you have to cancel Thanksgiving,” said Kendal Perez of CouponSherpa.com.  “For instance, the difference between a 24-pound bird between last year and this year is going to be about five dollars.”

You may be able to use your rewards card to get a free turkey, or opt for a breast instead of a whole bird.  Either way, shop around.

Perez also recommends saving by buying store brand items for your side dishes and pie fillings.    And when you find a good sale on produce with a longer shelf life, like onions and potatoes, stock up.   Always compare price-per-pound on the tag for the best deal.

One of the best places to save, is on dessert.  Perez recommends buying the crust mixes for the best bang for your buck.

When it comes to holiday food savings, tech is your friend.

“You can shop at Walmart, for example, through their app, so they will credit you back if an item is lesser priced at competitors,” Perez said.  “You can go to CouponSherpa, where you can shop by zip code, but what I also like is you can search by brand.”

If you don’t have time to cook, reasonable pre-made meals are available for $40 to $60 at stores such as King Soopers and Target.