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Thanksgiving on a budget, best deals in D.C. area

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Thanksgiving meal price breakdown

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Thanksgiving meal price breakdown

Ready to make a mad dash to the grocery store? Before you do, ABC7 has the inside scoop on the deals you don’t want to miss. In Part 2 of our guide to Thanksgiving on a Budget, the Beltway Bargain Mom breaks down your holiday meal shopping list.

Laura Harders is the creator and blogger behind BeltwayBargainMom.com. With a clear knack for making a dollar stretch, she says Thanksgiving for her family of 10 will cost between $20-$25. That’s about half the cost of the typical Turkey Day dinner.

Sound too cheap to be true? To prove that Thanksgiving can be done without breaking the bank, Laura has compiled a list of last-minute deals from area grocery stores. Ready, set, coupon!

• Turkey (16 lbs)
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $22.08 or $1.38/lb
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.47/lb Frozen Turkey (Bottom Dollar)
Tip: You can price-match frozen turkeys with the Bottom Dollar ad at Giant, Safeway, Shoppers or Walmart.

• Sweet Potatoes or Yams
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.37 (3-pound bag)
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.99 (Safeway and Bottom Dollar)
RUNNER UP: $1 (Giant)

• Stuffing Mix
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.94
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.98 (Bottom Dollar)
RUNNER UP: $1 (Giant - Must buy 3/$3)

• Cranberries
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.10
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.99 (Aldi)
RUNNER UP: $1 (Wegmans: $2 each. Buy 1 and use $1/1 Ocean Spray Facebook coupon)

• Canned Pumpkin Pie Filling
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $3
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.79 (Bottom Dollar: $1.29 each. Buy 2 and use $1/2 Libby's coupon from the Oct. 28th Sunday Newspaper)
RUNNER UP: $0.99 (Aldi)

• Pie Shells
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.26
BARGAIN PRICE: $1.90 (Giant or Harris Teeter: $2.50 each. Buy 2 and use $0.60/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts coupon)
RUNNER UP: $1.99 (Wegmans)

• Whipped Cream
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.01
BARGAIN PRICE: $1.49 (Aldi)
RUNNER UP: $1.50 (Shoppers Food: $2 each. Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the Nov. 11th Sunday Newspaper)
Tip: You can get Frozen Whipped Topping for less.

• Rolls
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $2.38 per dozen
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.99 (Aldi)
RUNNER UP: $1.50 King's Hawaiian (Walmart: $2 each. Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the Sun. Nov. 11th newspaper)

• Peas
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $1.47
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.66 Canned (Shoppers Food or Giant)
RUNNER UP: $0.66 Green Giant or Birds Eye Frozen (Giant: $1 each. Buy 3 and use $1/3 coupon from the 11/11 & 11/18 Sunday Newspapers)

• Celery
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $1.66
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.89 (Aldi)
RUNNER UP: $0.99 (Wegmans)
Tip: You can also check specialty international supermarkets for great deals on produce.

• Carrots
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $1.07
BARGAIN PRICE: $0.99/lb (Harris Teeter)
RUNNER UP: $1/lb (Giant)
Tip: You can also check specialty international supermarkets for great deals on produce.

• Milk (1 gallon)
AVERAGE VA PRICE: $3.89
BARGAIN PRICE: Possibly Free (Giant: Buy 4 participating Betty Crocker items, get $4 off 1 Gallon of Milk instantly)
RUNNER UP: $2.89 (Aldi)

ABC7’s guide to Thanksgiving on a Budget continues Wednesday with the Beltway Bargain Mom’s #1 tip for shopping for your Thanksgiving meal.

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