Families expected to spend 'less' this Thanksgiving

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COLLINSVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) - Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be expensive, but a new study shows the traditional meal won't gobble up your money as much as you think.

According to statistics and data collected by the American Farm Bureau Association, the average family will spend about $48.90 this year, enough to feed 10 people. The total amount is down 22 cents from last year.

The numbers include a 16-pound turkey (average cost $21.71), a 14-ounce package of stuffing ($2.87), three pounds of sweet potatoes ($3.39), a dozen rolls ($2.25), 12 ounces of cranberries ($2.65), and other ingredients.

To help families get the most bang for their buck, Piggly Wiggly in Collinsville is making shopping easier for customers with smart deals to help feed families of all sizes.

"We try to spread it out over a couple of weeks. And we give you the opportunity to maybe look at our ad a week ahead of time and get the deals now ready for Thanksgiving Day," says store owner Joe Williams.

Store employees took Newscenter 11 around and marked every item off our list that will feed more than the average family. Our final total after buying turkey, dressing, and all the fixings was just under $72.

Williams says that number is suitable for families buying on a budget, but he thinks most customers will spend a bit more than the study suggests.

"Average family of four, it's probably going to be $75 to $100 if you have something comfortable that they're going to have for Thanksgiving Day, a good meal that they'll have," says Williams.

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.

"Customer service is great, and not just because I work here. Everybody is real friendly and I've had a lot of customers tell us it feels like home when they come here so that's why I shop here," said store clerk Chian Crouch.