Despite inflation, cranberries cheaper this year than last

Any tips for saving money this Thanksgiving? Buy early, use coupons and buy store brands.

HOUSTON — The only side dish that isn’t more expensive this Thanksgiving is cranberries. It’s almost 4% cheaper than last year.

There is no doubt that inflation takes place at the Thanksgiving table. Kristin Myers, Editor-in-Chief of www.thebalancemoney.com said the bird is the most inflated item on the list. Turkey prices have jumped almost 17% since last year.

“It’s the huge Thanksgiving staple, but unfortunately things are more expensive this year, so you’ll be spending a lot more to feed your friends and family,” Myers said.

Pumpkin jumped 8% and ham is a higher percentage at 9%. If you have corn, prepare to pay 12% more and that mashed potato will be 15% more expensive this year.

As for the cranberries, www.thebalancemoney.com said a 12-ounce bag costs an average of $2.54. Adjusted for inflation, they are 3.8% cheaper than last year.

“You really have to make sure you load everyone up with that cranberry sauce because that’s the only thing that’s seen some deflation in the last year,” she said.

Myers has some money-saving suggestions.

She recommends shopping early, using coupons and buying store brands. Myers said to consider throwing a Thanksgiving potluck. The host prepares the meat and delegates the side dishes to the guests.

One final piece of advice from Myers that might surprise you.

“You can actually save a bit of money by choosing to go to the store and get something that’s already prepared or even this year could be the year everyone says nobody cooks, we all go go out to dinner instead,” she said.

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