Saving your money: Deals to cut costs on Thanksgiving dinner

COLLINSVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) - If you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family, you’ve probably already finished your grocery shopping or will knock it out soon. But if you haven’t, we wanted to give you an idea of how much you might expect to pay for a Thanksgiving turkey or ham and all the fixings.

Piggly Wiggly in Collinsville is making shopping easier for customers with smart deals to help feed families of “all” sizes. The average family will spend about $49 to feed around 10 people a Thanksgiving dinner. That’s 75 cents less than last year.

"I think good deals are really good especially when you're like me and come from a huge family,” employee Paige Bowling said. “My dad has two brothers and two sisters, and they all have kids. So if we all get together it can get pretty expensive to try to feed everybody. So it's good to find good deals so you can get a good price."

Bowling took us around the store and marked every item off our list that will feed more than the average family. The final price of a 15 to 20 person dinner, under 64 dollars.

“I think a lot of people come out to shop here because, one, we have a lot of good deals, and two, we care about our customers. We are really like a home, a small hometown that we care about our customers and we want them to feel welcome and give them anything they need,” Bowling said.

Many local grocery stores will be open until late Wednesday. Some stores are even open Thanksgiving Day to help shoppers pick up any last minute items.

Another great way to save money is to make your meal a potluck dinner or make several dishes from scratch.

“Look for the deals and if you come in and you need to know where something is at, just ask us and we can tell you,” Bowling said.