Plan and save – 8 Thanksgiving tips

October 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager,

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As Canadians we have so much to be thankful for, why not make this holiday an extra-special event this year. The key to hosting a fun, festive and unforgettable feast without knocking the stuffing out of your budget is planning. These 8 handy tips will help you prepare a superb celebration…and you’ll be thankful for all the savings.

Buy local produce. The hot and sunny Canadian summer we enjoyed this year has produced an outstanding crop. Visit your local farmer’s market for a cornucopia of fresh and delicious vegetables and fruits, all home grown and perfect for preserves, baking and Thanksgiving dinner.

Size up your turkey. When buying your bird, plan for approximately 0.6 to 0.75 kg per person, or 1.3 to 1.5 lbs. For 10 people that would be a 6 to 7.5 kg or 13 to 15 lb. turkey. The quantities will vary depending on how many dishes you’re serving, the appetites of your guests and if you want to have leftovers.

Serve up a new dish. Thanksgiving is a time for family traditions and you may plan the same menu year after year. Surprise your guests with a delicious new dish or two—your local Michael-Angelo’s, Highland Farms, Loblaws and Metro locations offer mouth-watering recipe ideas in store. You may just find a new family favourite!

Stock up on staples. If your Thanksgiving feast includes a selection of sweet treats, stock up on baking supplies when they’re on sale. If you buy in bulk, these can last you through the Christmas season. Visit and see the Save-On-Foods, No Frills and Food Basics and Overwaitea flyers for bountiful bargains.

 Show your holiday spirit. Decorating your home for autumn and Thanksgiving is a delightful way to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Use harvest time items like pumpkins, colourful squash and vibrant leaves, or check out the Michael’s flyer on for holiday decoration deals.

Make the most of your leftovers. When serving up a holiday feast, you prepare an abundance of food. Your local Superstore is sure to have creative recipe ideas for cooking with all those leftovers, or check out Canadian Living Magazine.

Plan the entertainment. Organize fun activities for your guests like a movie night or board game tournament. Check out the Walmart flyer on for savings on new and exciting games.

Take a trip. For most people, Thanksgiving is the last long weekend before the holiday season. Plan a getaway to a country resort and enjoy the spectacular fall colours. See the travel section on for last-minute savings.


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