I remember the first time I prepared a Thanksgiving meal on my own; I was a young mom, we'd just bought a house, we were barely scraping by. I planned out the traditional meal that my mom had always served and headed to the grocery store.
I was stunned when the groceries for that one meal equaled the cost of a week's worth of groceries for our family of three. How was this possible? Luckily my dad, one of our dinner guests, bailed me out with a $100 bill. But I learned my lesson: A holiday feast can put you in hock if you're not careful.