Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to share a festive meal and reflect on their blessings. With that comes the expectation of a full-on turkey dinner and the stress associated with planning, shopping, and cooking. But hosts have options besides preparing a meal from scratch. And believe it or not, the alternatives may be easier on the wallet, especially considering the time they save. In a comparative price check, Cheapism.com found that a home-cooked meal for four rang up at about $13 a person compared with $12 for a restaurant meal at a national chain (before tax and tip) and $12.50 for family-style takeout with all the fixings. Dinner for eight, though, was cheapest at home: $9.30 a person. Here's how the prices break down.
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