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Simplify and Save for Thanksgiving

Think Thanksgiving is all about overdoing it? Think again. Here are some ways to keep it simple, and save while you’re at it. 5 Simple Tips for Holiday Season Success 1. Make a Turkey Plan for when to buy, where to store, how to cook…and also for using leftovers. We’ve got guides, how-to videos and recipes on our holiday pages to help you tackle the turkey. 2. Flowers are an impactful decoration for your money, and when you choose Whole Trade® flowers, you get a conversation piece as well as a centerpiece! Visit our Holiday site for a couple more ideas for double duty décor. 3. Think Pantry. Organize and stock with 365 Everyday Value® baking and entertaining basics so you don’t resort to last-minute, costly store trips and lower quality.  You’ll find deals and coupons in the in-store value guide. 4. Master your Menus. Our holiday site has guides to help you with the meal planning. Don’t forget to serve up some dishes that satisfy those with special diet needs. 5. Save Dough with Bread. Our fresh-baked hearth bread will go a long way toward filling your table beautifully and your guests happily. An Impressive yet Simple and Affordable Brie Appetizer Topping our exclusive holiday brie, Isigny Ste. Mère, with a warm, sumptuous mixture of sundried tomatoes, golden raisins and Fall spices takes it to a new level. It’s as simple as toasting baguette slices and topping with a bit of Brie, then a spoonful of the warm topping so the Brie melts just so. Try the recipe for our Brie Toasts with Spiced Sundried Tomato Compote at your Thanksgiving gathering and look for more small bites 50¢-or-less-per-piece recipes in the upcoming December issue of The Whole Deal. Simple Sides for a Big Impact on Your Table and Little Impact on Your Budget Green Chile Corn Pudding: You can’t go wrong with this creamy side dish (something between cornbread and a soufflé), studded with mild green chiles. It also serves well at brunch or with beans for a light supper.

Stuffins: Stuffing doesn’t have to be an unattractive pile on the plate. Give each person their own perfect serving of moist and tasty stuffing in the shape of a muffin for only 59¢ per serving.

These two “Health Starts Here” recipes also make a positive impact on your health and your budget: Especially Good Sweet Potatoes: Everybody will say how good this is—and nobody will know how good it is for you. If you happen to have leftovers, it’s also great for breakfast or dessert. Spinach Salad with Aduki Beans and Clementine Vinaigrette: Here’s a light vegetable side dish to balance out your Thanksgiving table. To make ahead, simply prepare the vinaigrette and Clementines, pack everything separately and toss all together just before serving. There you go, some simple ideas and recipes for smooth-saving through Thanksgiving. The Whole Deal value guide has lots more money-saving tips and coupons too! What are the ways you simplify and save during the holidays?