5 ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner (and get a free turkey)

That plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green-bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie doesn’t come cheap.

More than one in four hosts say that Thanksgiving represents a financial strain, according to a survey by LendingTree TREE, -4.27% That shouldn’t come as a surprise given how expensive hosting a feast for the annual holiday can be.

On average, Americans said they expect to spend $334 to host 11 people this year, including $251 on food and $83 for housewares. Given that the average consumer is expected to spend more than $1,000 during the holiday season on gifts, décor and food, Thanksgiving can be a budget-buster.

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