Thanksgiving shopping tips to avoid overspending

Turkey and all the fixings, are items on a lot of shopping lists this weekend.

The American Farm Bureau Federation reports Americans will spend about $50 to feed 10 people this Thanksgiving season and of course those families are looking for bargains to put that meal on the table.

"I've already got my turkey ready to go," said shopper Jamie Goucher.

Feeding your family and guests during the holidays can put a strain on an already tight budget.      

Action News 5 caught up with shoppers Saturday looking for savings.

Goucher said for the most part she avoids brand names on certain items.

"Some of the grocery store brands are just as good," she said.

Taking inventory on items you already have at home before you head to the grocery store can also keep you from overspending.

Consider requests from your guests on what they would prefer to eat before preparing an unpopular dish that may end up wasted.

For the Goucher household, she said desserts are her specialty.

"Pecan pie, pumpkin pie, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip cookies," she said.

Remembering the homeless and those families in need this holiday season, you can always donate items to the Mid-South Food Bank. To help you give back click here.

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