In about a week, people will be able to enjoy home cooked meals. For some, having to cook a Thanksgiving meal means paying attention to a budget.
A turkey and ham can be costly. People said their saving money by checking coupons and deals and having pot-luck styled dinner. To Ramond Roberts, things can add up quickly.
"Turkeys are expensive, hams are expensive, it's just a pricey thing," Roberts said.
It's possible Thanksgiving might not cost consumers as much as it has in the past. In a 2016 study from the American Farm Bureau Federation, a classic Thanksgiving dinner was $49.87. That amount would feed a gathering of 10 people.
The meal included the turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes and rolls with butter. Still, many would rather eat a restaurant than cook.
Some restaurants in Tyler will be open on Thanksgiving. Alexis Welch will work on the holiday and said it'll be busy day for her.
"A lot of families come and eat at restaurants because people don't have time to cook and stuff and I understand that," Welch said.
While there are many ways to enjoy the holiday without shattering one's budget, Ramond Roberts said it's about spending time with family.
"Family is the most important thing," Roberts said. "It's not about how much you spend."
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