CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Thanksgiving is a time to focus on loved ones and show gratitude, but it’s also a time for a delicious feast prepared with plenty of love.
While many people are keeping their gatherings small this year, grocery savings expert Karen Frame says before the turkey makes it to the table it’s important to carve off some savings. You can do that by planning in advance and shopping at least a week out.
Frame says look for the best bargains before you ever leave your home by scanning the store flyers and newspaper for coupons.
Compare stores for the best deals and come up with a game plan of what you’re buying and at which store.
You can also save by using apps like coupons.com, checkout 51 or the Makeena app which helps you save on organic options.
”Some stores if you buy a certain amount of groceries, $50 or $100 bucks including meat, you can get a free turkey or something can be reduced," Frame said.
She says another good rule of thumb to save on your turkey day meal is to make your side dishes and desserts from scratch instead of buying them already prepared. Many items that are already prepared are always greatly marked up.
Also buy your veggies fresh to also save.
“Try to buy local," Frame said. “It’s cheaper, the shipping and transport to the store won’t be passed to the consumer. By planning, you always save and you’re not tempted to grab something off the shelf that’s not on your list that will add to percent on your groceries.”
Frame says don’t go overboard with the amount of food you make. You could end up wasting lots of food and money.
Also buy generic or store brands when possible especially when it comes to staples like spices, sugar, milk and eggs. Most of all keep your shopping simple and try to enjoy what the day is really about.