Have $50 For Thanksgiving Dinner? Here Is What You Can Get

Walmart grocery cart for Thanksgiving

Holiday season can be taxing on the wallet, no mistake about it. Furthermore, all the holiday shopping centers around Black Friday. But what about that rather huge event the evening before Black Friday … you know, Thanksgiving?

Family gatherings at Thanksgiving are the norm, but buying food for a 10-person dinner is hardly the norm. In this spirit, Megan Leonhardt of CNBC took on the task of seeing exactly  how much Thanksgiving food $50 would buy you at several brick and mortar retailers.

The comparison was done at Acme, Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Whole Foods. The shopping list consisted of 22 items, and the results that Megan found were:

5. Whole Foods
  • Grocery total: $49
  • Number of items purchased: 8/22
4. Trader Joe’s
  • Grocery total: $48.48
  • Number of items purchased: 11/22
3. Acme
  • Grocery total: $49.93
  • Number of items purchased: 17/22
1.  Aldi (TIE!)
  • Grocery total: $48.66
  • Number of items purchased: 22/22
1. Walmart (TIE!)
  • Grocery total: $45.18
  • Number of items purchased: 22/22

While Walmart came in with all 22 ingredients for cheaper than Aldi, Megan was able to purchase more food and better quality at Aldi.

Full results:

Thanksgiving Dinner shopping comparison
Thanksgiving Dinner shopping comparison

2 Comments on “Have $50 For Thanksgiving Dinner? Here Is What You Can Get”

  1. I believe Winco with free turkey would win this challenge. In order to get free turkey you have to spend $100 but must people don’t just shop for Thanksgiving so it’s easy to get to $100.

    1. Thanks for the comment!

      That is definitely a great promotion! I think the author was trying to limit the transactions to the same 22 items, but you are right … most shoppers don’t just shop for Thanksgiving. I wonder how the 22 items would price out at Winco?

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