Thanksgiving Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

This Thanksgiving Meal Plan post is sponsored by Fetch Rewards. Thank you for using my links to support Pennies Into Pearls at no additional cost to you. 

Thanksgiving is next week! Or depending on when you read this I guess that could be different. But for us here in this moment, it’s next week! How would it feel to know that someone already has the most mouth-watering Thanksgiving meal plan all ready for you?

What if someone not only had the meal plan ready for you, but also had a grocery list that will keep your grocery grand total UNDER $50 for the entire Thanksgiving dinner!?!

Yeah that would be nice! Let me know if you find someone doing that please! 

Just kidding!

You came to the right place! In this post I am going to show you how to plan, shop, and host an amazing Thanksgiving dinner for under $50!

FREE PRINTABLE $50 Thanksgiving meal plan on a budget AND Thanksgiving grocery list that breaks down every item

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Throw Out All Expectations

In order for this to work, there is something you need to do before we get started. If you are dedicated to sticking to a budget, you WILL be able to serve some seriously yummy food. BUT you have to throw out all expectations and start fresh. Don’t expect to have 15 different dishes.

All I’m saying is, don’t complain that you don’t have enough money and you keep going deeper in debt during the holidays, but refuse to rework something like your Thanksgiving dinner. Keep it simple and delicious. 

Don’t Forget to Take a Break!

Another thing you need to remember is to take a break! Have you ever been to a dinner party and the hostess was obviously completely stressed out? That will quickly make your guests feel a bit awkward. 

Don’t let that be you! Make sure to take a minute to breathe. Get yourself a secret stash of treats that no one else knows about. Just a little somethin’ somethin’ you can sneak away with for five minutes to take a breather. You could even get yourself a treat without adding any extra cash to your budget! Want to know how?

Make sure that when you’re out doing your regular and holiday shopping to quickly snap a picture of your receipts using Fetch Rewards. You will instantly get cash back!


For 72 hours only, Fetch is offering us exclusive DOUBLE POINTS to get great rewards on your Black Friday shopping. Download the app now and use the code  PEARLS to get 4000 points when you scan your first receipt! 

It’s the quickest way you are going to save money this week!

FREE PRINTABLE $50 Thanksgiving meal plan on a budget AND Thanksgiving grocery list that breaks down every item

Once you earn points, you can turn them in for rewards. This is where your little mid-holiday secret treat comes into play!

Fetch has so many options for rewards! 

This time I’m cashing in on a Target gift card and am using it to get mama a secret stash of chocolate for those times when I need to take a breather in between mashing potatoes and basting the turkey.

FREE PRINTABLE $50 Thanksgiving meal plan on a budget AND Thanksgiving grocery list that breaks down every item

What are you going to use your rewards points on? You know what!? Let’s make this a little friendly competition! I’ll talk more about that in a sec! 


3 Tips for a Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Plan on a Budget

First let me give you three tips for creating a beautiful drool worthy Thanksgiving meal plan on a budget and then we will talk about the savings challenge!

1. Go Non-traditional for Lower Budgets

Who says you HAVE to have a turkey and a designer charcuterie board? No one, that’s who! So if you need to really cut costs serve something non-traditional like a taco or pasta bar. Super cheap to serve a crowd.


2. Potluck Thanksgiving

You could do a potluck style Thanksgiving dinner, which is actually what our family usually does. Set up a digital signup sheet where people can put their names in for what they want to bring. That way you can focus your budget on the main part of your meal. 


3. Plan and Stick to the List

This is the biggest not so secret that no one follows. You need to meal plan, make a grocery list, and stick to the list. Promise that you won’t go to the store and try to piece it together as you walk down the isles! That’s a sure fire way to spend way more money then you need! 


Savings Challenge!

Here’s the challenge, let’s see who can save the most using Fetch Rewards? Tag me on Instagram when you share in your stories or in your IG post how much cash back you earned on your Thanksgiving groceries using Fetch.

That’s it! Make sure your following along on my Instagram stories as I share the results and who is in the lead!

Don’t forget that when you sign up for the free Fetch app and use my code: PEARLS you will automatically get 4,000 points right away! (72 hours only! Through ) That’s gonna help you get in the lead!


$50 Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Now that you are armed with all the tips you need to plan your Thanksgiving meal, let me make it even easier for you by doing all the planning for you! 

The free printable pdf that I have for you today will link you to all the recipes you need.

This meal plan is set to feed 15-20 adults. If you plan to feed less or have kids at your table, then you won’t need as much food and can make alterations when you’re getting your Thanksgiving meal plan ready. 

When you sign up below for my free email newsletter you will get the free meal plan and grocery list printables sent straight to your inbox.

This grocery list has my estimated pricing based off prices here in San Diego. I left a column on the right so you can estimate prices based off where you live.



$50 Thanksgiving Dinner Grocery Haul

Now let’s put the meal plan to the test. I’m taking this exact grocery list in store with me, buying everything you will need and let’s see if I can keep to the $50 budget!

This shopping trip will be excluding basic items that most homes usually have on hand like garlic powder or salt. 


What’s Your Budget for Thanksgiving?

What’s your plan? Are you going to give this $50 Thanksgiving meal plan a try? Maybe you have other plans. Let’s chat about it down in the comments!

Either way I sure hope you have a budget and grocery list ready to go before you head out into the stores!

Talk to you soon! Xoxo



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  • Rhoda
    November 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Hi! Thanks for your inspiring videos.
    I have been looking at how you are doing menu planning but I cannot seem to download the meal plan even when I get directed to your website. Kindly help me. Thanks!

    • Brittany Cooper
      November 21, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Are you looking for the thanksgiving meal plan? I just fixed it and you should see it now!