Chow Down Brown: A $10 Thanksgiving

HA! We wish...

Thanksgiving is a welcome distraction from the dreaded arrival of finals — you know, those unspeakable evils that are looming over the semester’s end. In my current midterm “lull” that always precedes final exams, I decided to get a little bit creative and plan a makeshift Thanksgiving meal for my roommates on the eve of our respective departures home. Now that we’re college students, we have limited time and limited funds, so I chose to explore the idea of a $10 (and maybe only 10 minute) Thanksgiving meal. This amount is not quite arbitrary – it happens to be the credit card minimum at East Side Mini-Mart – but it inspired me to get a little bit crafty in my procrastination spare time. Since we’re a week out from Turkey Day, I decided to take that $10 cap and compare the “feast” options available at both East Side Mini Mart and CVS. Check out the results of the investigation after the jump.


  • Hormel “Compleats” Turkey and Dressing (gravy?): $3.39
  • Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix: $2.37
  • Green Giant Cut Green Beans: $1.67
  • Pillsbury Crescent Rolls: $2.49
    TOTAL: $9.92

East Side Mini Mart:

  • Del Monte “Fresh Cut” Green Beans: $2.09
  • Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce: $2.69
  • Betty Crocker Pie Crust Mix: $3.19
    TOTAL: $7.97

Bottom Line: If you’re sticking around on campus this Thanksgiving and are looking for a store that takes the “kitchen sink” approach to preparing a Thanksgiving meal, East Side Mini Mart sadly provides everything but. So that makes the “winner,” in this case, CVS. Really, what’s Thanksgiving without turkey and mashed potatoes? Or pie crust without pumpkin? Sure, it definitely won’t compare to your mom’s, dad’s or grandma’s catered prepared feast, but sometimes you just have to work with what you’re given. On second thought, maybe I’ll just wait to celebrate Thanksgiving until I get home.

Leave a Reply