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Saving Money on Thanksgiving

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There are just a few days left to buy Thanksgiving dinner supplies, but before you head to the store, we have some tips to help you save some money.

Reno resident Beck Marko writes a blog about extreme couponing, and she gave us a tutorial on saving for those big holiday meals. She said she can buy everything she needs for a full turkey dinner for under $25. But to do the same, it takes planning.

The first step is to hunt for coupons in your Sunday paper and online. If you find a coupon you really like, Marko said it can be worth it to buy a few extra papers for the coupons.

When you take them to the store, make sure that what you're getting with the coupon is cheaper than the generic brand. Marko said just because there is a coupon for it, that doesn't mean it will be the cheapest option.

She said small adjustments like this really add up.

"If you save even just $10 on what you would normally buy," Marko said, "that's $10 you have to spend."

Marko also recommends signing up for the customer loyalty programs at the grocery stores, and research what's on sale at each store before you go.  That will save gas and grocery money. Also remember that stores like WalMart do price matching if you bring in a flyer from a competitor business.

And for the health of your body and wallet, Marko said it is better to buy fresh produce instead of processed or frozen.

Finally, she said it's never too early to buy the non-perishable foods and save them for later.

"Even after Thanksgiving, if they're going to have some extra turkeys, those are going on sale," Marko said. "That is a great time to buy your Christmas turkey and keep it in your freezer."

For more tips, see Marko's blog by clicking here.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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