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Buying a Thanksgiving dinner on a $50 budget

Posted at 6:20 AM, Nov 20, 2019

(WXYZ) — Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just a week away. If you’re hosting family & friends for dinner, then you’re likely getting your menu and grocery list in order.

The price of a home cooked meal can quickly add up, so we wanted to know: Where will your money stretch the furthest? 7 Action News took $50 to three different grocery stores to find out.

7 Action News went to Kroger, Walmart and Aldi with a list of 14 items for a 6-8 person dinner party on a $50 budget.

So where did that $50 stretch the furthest?

At Walmart, we beat the $50 mark by $3, allowing enough room for a store branded bottle of wine while still staying in budget. At Kroger, after getting the must haves, we still had $8 to spend, allowing a pecan pie add-on.

But my Aldi tab rang up lowest by far, coming out to $34.53, allowing another $15 to play with. There was enough room to add cornbread, pecan pie and two bottles of store-brand wine.

Keep in mind, while money certainly stretched the furthest at Aldi, Kroger and Walmart offered up the most nationally trusted brands.

Regardless of where you shop this holiday, as long as you cook with love, your guests are sure to gobble, gobble, gobble up every last bite.