Under $50 Holiday Meal Shopping List with Ideas

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We are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas to close out another year. If you are looking for some holiday  recipe shortcut ideas, click here.  Today, I want to encourage anyone who wants to do a cheap and delicious meal. It is possible and these are only my suggestions to help you out. Please feel free to make this your own.  My shopping list below will make a 10 pound turkey with stuffing, gravy, sweet yams, corn, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, rolls, cranberry sauce and sweet potato pie for under $50.00.  Browse your store circulars and you can do pickup for items for free at most stores. Whatever you decide to do, have a great time and Happy Thanksgiving!

My Under $50 Cheap Meal Shopping List (The total is $47.41):

  1. One 10 pound organic turkey ($5.90)
  2. Four boxes of stuffing (6 oz each) ($2.80)
  3. One container of turkey gravy  (89 cents)
  4. One can of cranberry sauce ($1.00)
  5. One 40 oz can of sweet yams ($2.00)
  6. Two 11 oz can of corn-($1.98)
  7. One 13 oz box of instant mashed potatoes ($1.39)
  8. One 16 oz box of unsalted butter ($1.99)
  9. One 32 oz container of organic chicken broth ($1.39)
  10. One 64 oz container of 2% milk $(2.29)
  11. Three  16 oz boxes of elbow pasta ($2.97)
  12. Four 8 oz bags of sharp cheddar cheese ($8.00)
  13. Two 16 oz bags of Glory collard greens ($4.00)
  14. Two 8 oz cans of crescent rolls ($1.88)
  15. Two 21 oz Patti LaBelle sweet potato pies ($5.96)
  16. Three bottles of Canada Dry Cranberry Ginger Ale ($2.97)
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  1. Turkey or not: If you want to do a turkey, you can get a frozen one which is cheaper than a fresh one and thaw it out ahead of time. If you want to avoid turkey, you can do chicken, beef or vegan products. You can do wings, burgers, meatballs or whatever you decide. It’s your meal, do whatever you want.
  2. Stuffing: Yes you can use good old Stove Top stuffing. You can also try bagged stuffing or make your own stuffing from scratch (click here to see my suggested recipe sites).  Make the stuffing your own by using meat or vegan products with your favorite seasonings. Also, you do not have to have stuffing.
  3. Vegetables:  You can buy canned, frozen or fresh vegetables such as green beans, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, yams and more. You can buy any brand and make it your own. For things like collard greens, sweet potatoes and spinach, you can get a great deal but you have to buy early because you are not the only person cooking. You can also do a salad. (my suggestions include Glory Foods (they have a lot of stuff), Green Bean Casserole and Bruce’s yams but the store brand will save you more money.
  4. Fruit: In addition to cranberries, you can have any fruit you would like.  Yes it is a holiday but it is your meal. I am going to have plantains at my dinner. Click here for a recipe. You can also have fruit for dessert. Some ideas include baked apples, fruit salad and apple cider.
  5. Rolls and Cornbread: You can buy regular dinner rolls from your local bakery or make your own from scratch or with help. You can do the same for cornbread. It is totally up to you for what you want to do.  Glory Foods, Jiffy and Pillsbury are some of my favorites.
  6.  Dessert: You have so many options. I know traditionally we do pies: apple pie, cherry pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie. You can do cakes, cookies, brownies, ice cream and so on. You can find the gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan options for dessert so everyone is included. You can bake (from scratch or with help) or buy a prepared one. Some suggestions include Patti’s Good Life by Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie (click here for the recipe. I made it last year and it was so good), Pumpkin Pie (click here for my favorite recipe by Libby’s) and Ghirardelli Brownies (click here to learn more or to order some. This is also sold at most stores.
  7. Finishing Touches: This is your meal. You can have anything you want to eat. Make sure you plan early and have a wonderful time. This is a day to be thankful and to rest. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Published by Ada Orie

I am a Nigerian-American Christian woman based in Baltimore who writes about Christianity, dating, food, friendships and more. My goal is to provide a free and safe place where people can express themselves while learning from one another. Thank you for checking out my blog. I look forward to learning from you.

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