Thanksgiving Dinner On A Budget

Where you can go to get a Thanksgiving feast on any budget

The Green Frog market in east Bakersfield was buzzing today with people preparing for Thanksgiving. Despite the struggling economy, folks are not forgetting about providing a Thanksgiving feast. What they are keeping in mind, is maintaining a budget when shopping for food.

Ruth Young said, "Yes I think everybody's doing that. It costs so much more than it did a short time ago."

We decided to see if we could find the ingredients of a Thanksgiving dinner for eight for under 40 dollars. So we made a list, making sure to use coupons and advertised store sales. Then we hit the aisles, and found all we needed...for right around $45 dollars.

But if you don't want to deal with the hassle of shopping or cooking, you can order your Thanksgiving feast at a restaurant like Marie Callender's. There you can get a fully cooked turkey feast with all the fixings starting at $99 dollars. Joel Lopez, Manager of Marie Callender's, said "Its convenient, quick, no cleanup. It's hassle free, you reheat it, its done, and tastes amazing."

The restaurant said they have at least 140 orders in place and expect more to come. Elaine Mahoney said the meal gives her a chance to spend more time with her family instead of cooking.

"For me, its a good price plus the benefit of not having to cook, get up early, and just enjoy the day." said Mahoney.

If you don't want to spend $100 dollars at Marie Calender's but still want a pre-made boxed dinner deal, Von's is serving up a similar version for $40 dollars.