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The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner down this year

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Tyler (KYTX) -- It's something else to be thankful for. The average Thanksgiving dinner this year should cost you less to put on the table than last year. CBS19's Jaime Gerik has more on what's keeping prices low and how you can shop smart.

Adrienne Brown says her family does potluck so the expense doesn't fall on just one person.

"My husband is from a family of 4 kids, I'm from a family of 5 kids, so it's a big family and we always like to split things up," Brown said.

With several mouths to feed, she tries to be a thrifty shopper.

"I usually just look for the buy 1 get 1 free, or half-off type of deals," Brown said.

It should be easier for moms like Brown to do more for less this year. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, an average Thanksgiving feast for 10 people will cost just over $49, that's .44 down from last year.

"The good thing this year is the cost of fuel has really gone down, which is helping a lot of people. That's helped us maintain some lower costs to our customers," Allan Bussey, Brookshires Store Director in Tyler, said.

When shopping, don't forget about the generic brands.

"They are significantly at a lower price than the national brands, and I think the quality is just as good, and in some cases, better," Bussey said.

Store managers also recommend you bring in those coupons. If you don't want the hassle of cutting them out, Brookshires has an app where you can download coupons right onto your "Thank You" card.

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