Make Thanksgiving meal, and not just the turkey, a deal


Is it possible to make Thanksgiving dinner for eight with all the trimmings for less than $20? Walmart says yes, but I think you can bring the cost down even more by shopping at multiple stores.

Walmart is selling select birds for 40 cents a pound, which means a 12-pound bird is less than $5. You can buy up to two of them. Here's how they figure you can spend your other $15 to create a big 'ol turkey meal. Buy...

  • Canned Green Giant vegetables (check if fresh, in-season veggies like Brussels sprouts are cheaper).

  • Canned cranberry sauce (again, I wonder if fresh berries would be cheaper).

  • Stove Top stuffing (with a coupon and/or sale this is your cheapest option).

  • A 5-pound bag of red potatoes (or whatever is on sale, but either way don't pay more than 99 cents a bag).

  • A 12-count package of Sara Lee dinner rolls (If you have flour on hand it is cheaper to make them yourself.

  • One 22-ounce pumpkin roll cake.