Ideas to Celebrate Thanksgiving on a Budget

November 15, 2018

Whether you’re planning a big gathering or smaller celebration, the preparation for the Thanksgiving feast can get overwhelming and expensive. If you hope to save money this holiday without sacrificing a tasteful and quality holiday, start planning ahead with a few ideas from Dollar General that may help stretch your budget. `

Make a budget: To stick to a budget, you will need to create one. Decide how much you want to spend on each category: the main dish, the sides, drinks and decorations. Hold on to receipts and keep a running total on a spreadsheet. This may help you stay accountable and on track with your allotted budget.

Skip the turkey: While turkey is the classic centerpiece of a Thanksgiving meal, it can add a hefty amount to your budget. Opt out of a big turkey and consider turkey or chicken breasts. Going beyond turkey doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all the traditional sides like stuffing. Plus, you can save time without roasting a turkey by choosing an alternative dish.

If it isn’t in season, go for frozen: Research seasonal produce before dishing out money in the produce aisle. Most recipes can be easily made with frozen options. Don’t forget about sides that can be made with vegetables that are usually sold inexpensively in bulk (mashed potatoes, anyone?).

Stick to private brand: Consider opting for private brands to help save on holiday dishes. From green beans to baking soda, Dollar General’s exclusive Clover Valley® brand offers a variety of pantry essentials for less. Look for the Dollar General private brands that offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if a customer isn’t fully satisfied, they may return it for a full refund.

Decorating for less: Find inexpensive decorations for the Thanksgiving table by shopping decorations at Dollar General. Consider filling a jar with pinecones, twigs and leaves for an affordable and natural table decoration.

Follow the savings: Along with keeping an eye on Dollar General weekly ads, consider signing up for Dollar General’s Digital Coupons Program that help provide customers with an easy-to-use platform and digital coupons.  Sign up today by clicking here, by visiting or accessing coupons on the Dollar General mobile app. Customers can load coupons to the account and redeem at check out during their next visit!  Plus, for a limited time, new Digital Coupon subscribers can receive $1 off their first purchase of $1 or more.

Discover more ways to plan a budget-friendly Thanksgiving with a few tips and tricks from last year here. Happy Thanksgiving!

About Dollar General Corporation 

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of Serving Others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of August 4, 2023, the company’s 19,488 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico provide everyday essentials including food, health and wellness products, cleaning and laundry supplies, self-care and beauty items, and seasonal décor from our high-quality private brands alongside many of the world’s most trusted brands such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.  Learn more at

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