Thanksgiving grocery shopping savings: Where in the Lowcountry a dollar goes the farthest

Thanksgiving shopping cart (WCIV)

We put together a Thanksgiving menu and wrote out a list of ingredients to see where we could brave the last minute grocery shopping and save.

Our menu: turkey & seasoning, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, and dessert.

We decided to go for the homemade options for everything but the stuffing, cranberry sauce and pie. Therefore, we bought milk, cheese, butter (and lots of it), fresh green beans, fresh carrots, and bread to use for soft breadcrumbs on top of the mac n' cheese.

We also bought soy sauce, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions for the green bean casserole. We added honey and parsley to the list for the glazed carrots.

Finally, we added salt and pepper to the list for seasoning the turkey.

We bought store brand options when available to keep the costs down.

Our first stop was Trader Joe's in Mount Pleasant, a store that labels itself as budget-friendly. Our total: $96.97

Next, we drove to Piggly Wiggly in North Charleston. The total: $69.74.

Finally, we shopped at Harris Teeter. The total: $57.04, with a VIC card discount.

We're not saying these are the absolute best deals you'll find, but we hope it helps you pinch a few pennies.

All the food we bought is being donated to local charities.

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