Kylee Fulton is an avid couponer who teaches classes and writes a blog called FrugalGals.net.
She said she is expecting a crowd of about 20 for Thanksgiving dinner. "I will probably will spend $50 or $60 dollars, including the turkey she said as she shopped at a Gwinnett County Kroger. "And that will also include leftovers for several several meals," she added.
Kylee doesn't stock up for Thanksgiving in one trip. In the weeks before the holiday she picks and chooses among what is on special in both Kroger and Publix. "Some side items are even less at the drugstores such as Walgreens," she said.
Fulton also recommends taking advantage of prescription transfer promotions offered by grocery and drugstores. She pointed out that Kroger stores are currently giving customers who transfer a prescription a $25 gift card.
She gets extra Kroger coupons in the mail for using her loyalty card, and applies them toward baking staples and other items that are at their lowest prices of the year.
Fulton said batteries, food storage containers and canned vegetables are also great deals around Thanksgiving time. She also checks out the after Thanksgiving sales for further markdowns on turkeys and items such as cranberries.
She advises shoppers to be flexible about the menu and plan it around what items you have coupons for and what is on sale.
Her total during this kroger trip was $54.40, but after coupons she paid only $35.57. A $25 gift card could reduce that total to $10.57.