The American Farm Bureau's annual survey of the cost of thanksgiving dinner is up 13 percent for 2011, $49.20 to cook the average feast for ten.
That increase can be tough to stomach in the current economy. So if you're playing host, smart shopping starts before you enter the store, with coupons, and a list.
If you're cooking multiple meals during the holidays, think ahead, and think big, stocking up on things like baking supplies.
Also skip pre-cut vegetables and other pre-packaged items.
And to save on the meal's biggest expense, try to find a a store that offers a free turkey with a minimum grocery purchase or store loyalty rewards.