What Are Thanksgiving Dinner Options?
Before we get into various options for your Thanksgiving meal, I want to put in my two cents about the holiday itself. My whole life, I’ve cherished Thanksgiving as a very special tradition..
Let me describe it in few words: no work or school, family gathers together, an all out meal, later some pie and then nothing but enjoying the rest of the day together. That’s what Thanksgiving has always meant to me and always will.
Now they are making a Christmas shopping day out of it! What the hell happened? Did somebody bump their head on a roasting pan?
I always thought it was funny that we would use Thanksgiving as a day to be thankful for what we have and then run out the next day for ‘black Friday’ to buy more. But now many feel the need to go get more stuff on ‘thankful for what we have’ day. I don’t get it.
Unfortunately greed is driving the retail world into a nuts state. And because of that, many individuals will be forced to work on Thanksgiving.
Sorry I got a little long putting in my two cents. But my two cents turned int common sense.
Let’s talk about the meal. Do you cook, carry out or dine out? I can’t tell you what to do, but I will share some information for you to look at:
Take-Out Many restaurants and grocery stores offer cooked meals that include everything to satisfy your guests’ Thanksgiving cravings. A quick survey of take-out menus and prices at several national chains found that the average cost of a meal is about $11.25/person for four and $10/person for eight.
Take-Out Option #2: Grocery Store (Full Meal) One national grocery chain offers a Thanksgiving dinner that serves six to eight people for $89.99 ($11.25-$15.00/person).
Take-Out Option #3: Grocery Store (Essentials) The supermarket chain also offers just the essentials (again, for six to eight diners), which lowers the price to $44.99 ($5.62-$7.50/person). Remember to factor in a few side dishes and dessert to round out the meal, which will add to the final tab.
Dine Out To avoid meal prep and cleanup entirely, simply eat out. It’s slightly cheaper than take-out for adults and considerably less so for children. Many restaurants offer a kid’s meal that can save you $6 or so compared with the cost of take-out.
A Thanksgiving meal at one low-cost restaurant chain (Cracker Barrel) costs $8.99 for adults and $4.69 for children. (Tip and tax not included.)
Make from Scratch To our surprise, a Thanksgiving meal from scratch is the most costly. Based on calculations, four people can eat a complete turkey dinner at home for $65.91 ($16.48/person) and eight can enjoy a similar meal for $105.59 ($13.20/person).