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This Is the Most Affordable Supermarket to Shop for Thanksgiving This Year

This Is the Most Affordable Supermarket to Shop for Thanksgiving This Year


Plus, one store on the list sells a 12lb turkey for just $9.79.

Earlier this month, the American Farm Bureau Federation released a report highlighting the average cost for a 10-person Thanksgiving dinner. They estimated an average cost based on a meal consisting of Thanksgiving staples: turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, a vegetable tray for an appetizer, and coffee and pumpkin pie for dessert. The grand total for this meal should be around $48.90, which is lower than the five-year average.

Some expressed frustration about the estimate on social media, pointing to the differences in the products’ price and availability in urban, suburban, and rural markets. But the team at CNBC decided to put the federation's report to the test by actually heading to five different supermarket chains and shopping for a Thanksgiving dinner—and they found that one chain was, surprisingly, right on the money.

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Megan Leonhardt, a money writer for CNBC, visited five different grocery stores in New York's metropolitan area: ACME (a subsidiary of Albertsons), Aldi, Trader Joe's, Walmart, and Whole Foods. To truly test the Farm Bureau's average, Leonhardt shopped for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, ingredients for a green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and crescent rolls, as well as an apple pie and coffee for dessert. While the Farm Bureau's average accounted for 10 diners, Leonhardt shopped for eight, which may account for the urban price hike.

She purchased the same 22 items at each retailer, assuming that the average home cook would already have pantry staples like flour, oil, salt, and pepper on hand at home. You may not be surprised to hear that Whole Foods was the most expensive of the bunch—a total of $99.85, or $12.48 per person—but Leonhardt was able to purchase a free range, antibiotic-free turkey for just $2.59 per pound.

Here's how other stores stacked up:

  1. Walmart: $45.18
  2. Aldi: $48.26
  3. ACME: $67.68
  4. Trader Joe's: $78.66

You may be surprised to see that Trader Joe's was outranked by ACME, a Northeastern chain that isn't known for affordable groceries. But as Leonhardt points out, Trader Joe's is full of prepared, heat-and-serve options for the holidays that are often greatly discounted (think: cornbread stuffing mix, bottled cranberry sauce, or caramel-cinnamon monkey bread).

If you're looking to cook as little as possible, Trader Joe's will have a great selection for you—but staple ingredients aren't always as affordable at Trader Joe's compared to local markets, and a 12lb turkey in the New York area clocked in at $1.99 per pound at TJ's (just over $25).

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Walmart came in as the cheapest option to find all your Thanksgiving essentials: Leonhardt had about $5 left in her budget to work with. CNBC reports that Walmart's prices for Thanksgiving staples were about 45 percent cheaper compared to those items at Whole Foods, and while the selection of diet-friendly and allergen-free food wasn't as expansive, Walmart's Great Value brand offers quite a few options for Thanksgiving dinner, without breaking the bank (like .50 cents for Great Value low-fat cream of mushroom soup for a classic casserole).


The Best Foods for Eating Well on a Budget

Here are our favorite affordable foods from each food group to help you eat healthy without breaking the bank.

With so many factors to consider from health to environmental impact, cost, taste and more, choosing healthy foods can seem like a mission impossible. Lucky for us, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a Good Food on a Tight Budget guide to help. This guide, which helps you buy the most budget-friendly, super-healthy eats, comes from the same group that brought us the Dirty Dozen (a compendium of the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residuals).

To compile this budget guide, the EWG analyzed over 1,000 foods, first ranking them for how nutritious they are and then screening them for cost. Foods that scored high marks were then further screened for three more factors: pesticides, packaging chemicals and how much they were processed. The guide is a handy reminder that a healthy diet can be affordable when you focus on whole, unprocessed foods. Here are the "best buys" or the most affordable, nutritious options in each food group.


This is the most affordable meal delivery kit, with boxes starting at $39

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When you can’t get to the grocery store or need a little help in the kitchen, meal delivery kits are an easy solve. The only problem is that they can get a little pricey! Dinnerly, however, is the most affordable meal delivery kit, with serving sizes costing only $4.99.

OK, let’s do the math: That means that a two-person Dinnerly box with four meals (two-servings each) will cost you about $48, including shipping for $8.99. The family-sized Dinnerly box for four people with four meals (four servings each) will run you about $84 (also including shipping). Comparatively, most other meal kits start around $7 per serving and can run well over $60 per two-person box.

The reason that Dinnerly is so much cheaper than other brands comes down to a few details. According to the brand’s website, they utilize digital recipe cards instead of paper ones, use less ingredients per dish (which also means easier recipes) and it forgoes elaborate marketing campaigns (hence, why you may have never heard of Dinnerly).

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Dinnerly definitely doesn’t skimp out on delicious ingredients and recipes though. Choose between meals like herbed chicken and pan gravy with Greek yogurt mashed potatoes, shrimp Alfredo pasta, chicken tacos, Philly cheesesteak burger with oven fries, creamy tomato and basil risotto with spinach and more. There’s something for everyone! Each recipe also includes nutrition information and a level of difficulty, although most are easy.

Shop: Dinnerly Family-Sized Box, $4.99 per serving

While Dinnerly is a subscription based box, you can skip weeks so you only pay for a box of food when you want it. Just choose your delivery day, choose your meals, get cooking and enjoy easy-to-make, delicious meals at home.


4. Nonfat Greek Yogurt

Great for: A quick snack, parfaits made with fruit and granola, and smoothies.

What's a serving? Most individual servings come in 6-ounce or 8-ounce containers. You can save money by buying a larger container of Greek yogurt and then taking your 6- or 8-ounce portion from it.

Price per serving: Individual servings (6- to 8-ounce containers) cost about 89 cents each and sometimes less when found on sale.

Nutrition info per serving (for a 6-ounce serving of honey vanilla): 150 calories, 0 grams fiber, and 14 grams protein.


Organic Frozen Fruit

Organic frozen fruit lasts from 6 to 12 months (peace out, rotten banana syndrome), is convenient when a fruit is out of season and is more affordable than fresh organic fruit. "Organic store-brand frozen fruit can be a great option because they have to meet the same criteria as brand names to get the 'organic' label. With frozen fruit, you can purchase these labels and save on your daily smoothies, plus you save even more when you don't have to throw away fruit that's gone bad," comments Jeanette Pavini, savings expert for Coupons.com. To stretch your dollar farther (or not spend one in the first place!), find out the 25 Easy (and Cheap!) Ways to Lose 5 Pounds.


This is the best day to buy toys and other gifts if you’re shopping online

We’re days away from Thanksgiving, which means that if you have not already started your holiday shopping, you’re probably starting to think about it.

Discounts on toys, clothes, TVs and other items might be deepest during Thanksgiving week, according to a report by Adobe, whose software is used by thousands of retail websites. The study, which analyzed two years of shopping data to predict how prices might change during the holiday season this year, can serve as a useful guide for people wondering when they should buy certain items.

But as any parent trying to track down a Hatchimal for their child will tell you, waiting to buy certain toys because you think you can find a better price can mean risking the chance that the toy will sell out. The same goes for the most affordable versions of popular electronics, such as e-readers or smart home gadgets, says Tamara Gaffney, principal analyst at Adobe Digital Insights.

For the more general purchases that may not sell out as easily, it can help to know when you will have a better chance of landing a good deal. The patterns for toys will be different from the patterns for clothing, so people may need to spread their shopping out over several days. Here’s a look at the best day to buy toys, clothes and other items, according to Adobe:

Toys: Cyber Monday

For more generic toys, the best day to buy may be Cyber Monday, or the Monday after Thanksgiving, when toys will be an average of 13 percent less expensive than they were in October, according to Adobe. But again, it may not be wise to put off buying some of the biggest sellers that parents are expected to snap up as soon as possible. That includes Hatchimals, some Pokémon toys and certain in-demand Lego sets, Gaffney says. Parents need to make a personal judgment call of deciding when to jump on certain purchases. People who see a good price on Thanksgiving or Black Friday may want to make the leap if it means that they’ll have that toy in time.

Electronics: Thanksgiving Day

Some of the biggest discounts on televisions, tablets and other electronics will be available on Thanksgiving Day, the report found. For example, tablets are projected to be discounted by 18 percent on average that day. Televisions will be 20 percent off, on average, compared with October prices. And computers will sell at an average discount of 13 percent, the study found. The most affordable versions of some gadgets may go fast, so people expecting to buy an e-reader or other accessories as gifts may want to buy those soon, Gaffney said. But with the shininess of 4K flat-screen TVs wearing off, those may not sell out as quickly as they did last year, she says.

Apparel: Tuesday before Thanksgiving

Discounts or clothing, shoes and other apparel may be most generous Nov. 22, or the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, according to the data. Some retailers are rolling out their sales before the holiday. But there’s no big rush to buy that day, Gaffney says, because discounts are expected to stay generous going into the holidays. Some generic items, such as socks, may be cheapest right after the holidays.

Jewelry: Thanksgiving Day

Chances are you’ll find the best deals on jewelry on Thanksgiving Day, when it will be selling for 10 percent off on average, Gaffney says. Although jewelry stores try to lure people into buying over Thanksgiving weekend, many people procrastinate and put off their jewelry purchases until much closer to the holidays. But that’s fine because jewelry is more about style and quality, not brand, Gaffney says. There is a good chance you’ll still find something you like, she said.


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Best Overall: Cuisinart AC Electric Knife

With an impressive 4.6-star rating from over 8,000 shoppers, this Cuisinart model is one of the most popular electric knives on Amazon. The knife's handle is ergonomically designed, so it's comfortable for both right- and left-handed people. The stainless steel blade is removable for easy cleanup, and it even comes with a handy storage tray. "Best carving knife we've ever had," wrote one customer. "This was such a lifesaver for Thanksgiving when we carved our turkey! It saves the time and hassle of trying to cut the turkey with a knife. The blades work amazing, and it's fast. It's a must-have for the kitchen for any large meat cutting!"

Best for Meat Carving: Hamilton Beach Electric Knife

Thousands of Amazon shoppers have given this Hamilton Beach carving knife their seal of approval because it lets them cut through both cooked and raw meat quickly and evenly. The handy gadget weighs only 2 pounds, and it comes with its own carrying case and carving fork. "After deciding to make roast beef for Christmas dinner, I realized the chore that it would be for my brother to carve," said one customer. " I came in and searched for an electric knife. This knife is perfect! It wasn't too loud, sliced the meat beautifully and cleaned up quickly and easily. Definitely one of my better purchases this year."

Best for Bread: Black + Decker 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife

If you are looking for a way to cut even slices of bread in a flash, check out this electric knife from Black + Decker. The 9-inch serrated blade will cut through even the crustiest loaves with ease. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. Even better, the knife has a safety lock button, so you don't have to worry about it immediately turning on as soon as you plug it in. One shopper said it "slices through everything like butter," before adding, "In honor of St. Patrick's Day… I made rye bread in the breadmaker and cooked corned beef in a pressure cooker. Oh, my goodness! The Black + Decker electric knife cut the bread into uniform slices according to thin or thick preferences without squishing the bread. It did the same with the corned beef (no shredding whatsoever)."

Best for Fish: Cuisinart CEK-30 Electric Knife

While this Cuisinart model can work on all types of meats, many Amazon shoppers say it's their go-to option for cleaning and filleting fish. Along with an ergonomic nonslip handle, the carving knife also has a dishwasher-safe blade and a 5-foot power cord, so you can use the knife from just about anywhere in the kitchen. "This knife is no joke," wrote one customer. "It's sharp, and cuts everything! I cut through a chicken, bones and all like nobody's business! I cut through ribs, and fish without it falling apart! It cuts through bread without 'butchering' it! I love this knife!"

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Best Affordable Option: Proctor Silex Easy Slice Electric Knife

At only $15, this electric knife is definitely the most affordable option on the list, but shoppers say it still boasts the same carving power as its more expensive counterparts. Weighing less than 2 pounds, the kitchen gadget's reciprocating stainless steel blades provide excellent precision control, so you can slice through food in a flash. "Wow this knife worked great," said one customer. "It was my first time for my wife and I hosting Thanksgiving and this carved the turkey and the ham like a hot knife through butter. Very sturdy knife, nothing felt flimsy or took much effort to work or cut. My father-in-law who was a butcher most of his working career was even impressed with how well it cut."

Best Cordless Option: Waring Commercial Cordless Electric Knife

If you don't like being held back by a power cord, this cordless electric knife by Waring might be the right option for you. The professional-grade knife uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and it even has a built-in LED light that lets you see exactly where you are cutting. Not only does it have an adjustable slicing guide that helps you decide how big of a slice to make, but it also comes with two different-sized interchangeable blades and a carrying case. "So far working like a champ. We used it over the holidays and cut through turkey and prime rib easily. Definitely a commercial strength product," said one shopper.

Best for Multitasker: Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender with Electric Knife

If you're looking for a kitchen tool that can do more than one thing, consider investing in this Cuisinart stick hand blender. The gadget's battery-charged motor comes with four attachments: an immersion blender, a chopper, a whisk, and an electric knife, allowing you to tackle just about any kind of kitchen task. It runs for 20 minutes at a time on a single charge, and it also comes with a measuring cup and storage case. Shoppers love how portable the cordless device is and how many different recipes they can whip up with it.


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15 Great Supermarket Wines For Under $15

If you’re looking for a great wine that you’re sure to be pleased with, we always say your best bet is to stick to a price of $20 or more. From our experience, we’ve found that $20 is really the pivot point where, statistically speaking, spending at this price or above delivers a very high probability that the wine will be enjoyable.

However, while spending $20 on a bottle for a dinner party or a date night is the way to go, we don’t really want to do that for the wine we drink on normal weeknights. And we shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality and taste in exchange for spending a little less. The good news is that purchasing wines below the $20 threshold doesn’t cause the probabilities to absolutely plummet, you just run more of a risk of being underwhelmed. But this risk shouldn’t stop you from grabbing a few bottles of wine at the grocery store while doing your weekly shopping, to be drunk alongside whatever Wednesday night meal you’ve got planned – or even alone with a bit of TV. You just have to know what wines to look for.

Luckily, we’ve tasted a lot of wine, and since no one really wants to spend more than $50 on three bottles of weeknight wine, we’ve given ourselves a price threshold of $15 in order to recommend our picks for the 15 best wines that are available nationwide for under $15. There’s something here for everybody.

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Fontanafredda Briccotondo Piemonte Barbera


If you’re looking for an ideal pizza wine, this is your new go-to bottle. Due to this wine’s bright acidity, it can really go well with almost anything you serve. Full of flavors of sweet red berries and a very low amount of tannins, this wine is one you’ll want to keep pouring.

The Stump Jump Grenache Syrah Mouvèdre Blend


This red blend delivers luscious flavors of dark ripe fruit and a nice amount of spice. Insanely smooth, this is the ideal wine for lamb chops or even a lamb burger.

Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc


A fantastic Sauvignon Blanc that is bone dry and delivers all of the great flavors we’ve come to love from this grape: lemon, lime, grass and a bit of pepper. Crisp and refreshing, this is a great wine for oysters.

Ravenswood Vintners Blend Petit Sirah


Big and powerful, this wine packs a tannin punch that will surely deliver for fans of fuller-bodied reds. There is also a nice amount of vanilla flavor present from the wine’s oak aging, making it ideal for burgers, skirt steak and even ribs.

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon


This is the beauty of buying a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from California that’s made on the Central Coast instead of Napa – you get incredible quality at an insane value. Liberty School is one of many options of great Cali Cabs from the Central Coast but it also happens to be one of the most widely available. Look for classic big California Cabernet characteristics in this wine, making it a delightful companion to that last minute steak dinner you’re preparing.

Cline Cashmere


If you’re a fan of Seinfeld you know that one of George’s biggest goals was to be drapped in velvet, and that’s kind of what it feels like to drink this wine. Insanely smooth with flavors of red berries and chocolate, it’s the perfect wine to drink while unwinding with a good book or some must-see TV.

Bodega Renacer Punto Final Malbec


If you’re a fan of Malbec, this wine will blow your mind. It’s mellow and lush but is still very balanced, with a nice bit of complexity. It’s a great wine for whatever meat entree you’ve got planned, but since it hails from Argentina, it truly goes best with steak.

Charles and Charles Rosé


Made from 100% Syrah, this rosé reminds us of drinking fresh watermelon juice with just a hint of lemon. Insanely refreshing, this should be your go-to wine for backyard grilling. And it’s a great rosé for someone who has never had rosé before.

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo


If you’re a fan of red sauce, this is your wine. It’s a robust red that would be killer with a classic chicken parm or spaghetti and meatballs.

Delas Cotes Du Ventoux


This is a classic Rhone style red blend of Grenache and Syrah that has very distinct flavors of sweet berries and moderate tannins. It’s a medium-bodied red with a nice dose of spice and leather, allowing it to stand up to a wide variety of meat and poultry dishes.

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc


This winery produces a great amount of quality wines, but the Chenin Blanc is great because it delivers flavors that both crisp white wine lovers and rich Chardonnay fans will adore. There is a nice amount of apple and pear flavors, and the oak aging gives the wine a nice richness. It would taste delightful with roast chicken.

Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer


If you’re a fan of a slightly sweet white wine, you’ll love this bottle. Bursting with the aroma of lychee fruit and flavors of melon and tangerine, this is a great wine for spicier Asian fare and Indian food.

Castle Rock Pinot Noir


Castle Rock makes a lot of Pinot Noirs, and depending on where you are, the one available to you might not be the same as the one available to others. Though they are all a great steal for the price, we’re partial to their Carneros, Mendocino, and Central Coast labels.

Marques de Caceres Crianza Rioja


This Rioja has flavors of raspberries, cherries and vanilla with a really nice bright lift of acidity. Incredibly smooth, this is a wine for tapas, meat and cheese plates, and transporting you to Spain.

Charles Smith Wine ‘Eve’ Chardonnay


This stainless steel aged Chardonnay is light and refreshing, and has none of the heavy vanilla qualities that often plague over-oaked American Chardonnay. It’s characterized by a bright acidity and a wonderful flavor of apples. It’s a great go-to for anyone who needs a Chardonnay fix.


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