It's hard to feel grateful when Thanksgiving dinner costs soar each year. The American Farm Bureau Federation said that a classic holiday dinner for 10 people — including turkey, sweet potatoes, rolls and stuffing — cost $49.20 last year, up from $43.47 in 2010. It was the largest percentage jump in Thanksgiving meal prices since 1990. But there is hope! We present some great tips for stretching your dollar this season, and creative ways to turn your leftovers into exciting new meals.

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Facts to Tweet:

  • The average cost of a Thanksgiving meal increased by 13% last year »tweet«
  • 18.5% of all turkeys raised each year are eaten on Thanksgiving »tweet«
  • Worldwide food costs increased by 30% in 2011 »tweet«
  • The price of fresh green beans has decreased 23% »tweet«
  • Total consumer savings through coupons were $4.6 billion last year »tweet«
  • $100/hour = average savings from couponing »tweet«
  • The average supermarket turkey costs $1.35/lb »tweet«
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