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Share your Thanksgiving tips

The Thanksgiving holiday is quickly approaching, and now is the time to prepare. Check out Bargain Hunter’s post on how to avoid overspending on the Thanksgiving meal. Do you have any other tips for fellow readers on how to create a Thanksgiving feast on a budget? Maybe some great recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers? Quirky family traditions? Share them below.



If you are hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner this year, check out these quick and easy housekeeping tips. And don’t sweat the numbers, here’s a cheat sheet for Turkey Day math if you are in charge of cooking the meal this year. There’s even advice on how to keep Fido from jumping on guests.

Thanksgiving dinner veterans, we want to hear your tips on how to create a delicious, affordable Thanksgiving meal.

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November 15th, 2011
1:12 pm

My mom developed this approach to cooking the T’Day turkey long before microwaves. She would turn the oven up to the highest temperature (maybe 600 degrees?) and then only cook the turkey for two hours. The turkey was always juicy and cooked all the way through. She figured out that cooking the turkey at a low temperature for hours always made it dry. Everyone noticed that her turkey was juicier than others.


November 15th, 2011
1:49 pm

Thanksgiving a different family member has it at their home each year or we have it at an inside community facility. Each brings a covered dish and a big dish at that because it averages 60 family members each year and growing by a couple each time.


November 15th, 2011
1:49 pm

Let the women do the coooking while I watch football.

Making baby Jesus cry for over 2000 years.

November 15th, 2011
2:23 pm

Does anyone else find it absurd that we celebrate the slaughter of native Americans by eating way more than we need? Instead of feeding ourselves, we should be feeding the world.

It’s no wonder we are one of the most hated nations on this planet.


November 15th, 2011
2:51 pm

Either take the entire week off, and start preparing on Monday,


Have everyone bring a dish.

I prefer everyone bring a dish. I like to see the variety of food that shows up.


November 15th, 2011
2:52 pm

@Making baby Jesus cry for over 2000 years.

Really…wow. One of the most hated…how many of those people that hate us envy our life and freedoms. The same freedoms that allow you to spew that mindless drivel…

No I don't findit absured

November 15th, 2011
9:00 pm

We aren’t the most hated nation. Even you are loved Making baby Jesus. I am thankful to live in one of the most benevolent nations in the world. God Bless America! Especially you “Making Baby Jesus” Doesn’t sound like there’s much love in your life. We should be thankful for everyone……even the sour puss


November 16th, 2011
11:35 am

@ moochie: You watch foot ball, the women will cook but you don’t get to eat anything. You reap what you sew!


November 16th, 2011
11:36 am

My family meets at one house and we all bring a dish or two. We plan weeks in advance to ensure all the traditional dishes are accounted for. It’s a lot more fun and less work for the host.


November 17th, 2011
7:44 am

JJ, I’ve been cooking thanksgiving dinner for friends and family for the nearly all of the last 15 years of my marriage. With the exception of the pie crust, I make everything (including the dinner rolls) from scratch. Not once have I ever needed to take off the 3 whole days before thanksgiving to make everything. And we don’t skimp – I make a turkey, cornbread and sage dressing, gravy, pumpkin pie, dinner rolls, green beans, mashed potatoes, and the occasional sweet potato casserole sometimes even makes it into the rotation. I make the rolls 2 nights before, the dressing the night before (my husband and I make this together, since it’s a traditional dish from his family’s holidays), and then everything else on Thanksgiving day. Yes, it takes SOME time, but it is by no means the 4-day saga you make it out to be, and the time I spend is worth it to prepare a special meal for my family that is an expression of our love on this special day.

Corgi girl

November 20th, 2011
9:36 pm

I always stuff the huge turkey the night before and put it in the oven to cook all night.I prep everything the night before and have the cornbread dressing,sweet potato casserole,rolls,green bean casserole ready to put in oven as soon as I take the turkey out.I make the mash potatoes and gravy while that is cooking.I put the pies in after that.We have a tradition of eating Thanksgiving dinner while the parades are on and then snack the rest of the day.We always have such a great relaxing Thankful day with all our family with us and thank you Jesus for my dishwasher.


November 21st, 2011
11:11 am

Don’t be afraid to substitute turkey with canned ham .

I Have My F's - here's yours

November 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Maybe YOU are celebrating the slaughter of Native Americans – I’m celebrating the bountiful harvest – of Food, Family, Friends, Freedom, and Fun – and thanking the Benevolent One for His part in blessing this great land of ours.