Pinching pennies during Thanksgiving grocery store shopping

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - As soon as the cashiers rang up the groceries, members of the Oceans Springs soccer team bagged them up.

Players said they scheduled their 'Bagging for Bucks' fundraiser at a time they knew people would be doing a lot of grocery shopping.

"Especially with Thanksgiving coming up, buying their turkey and that good stuff," said Gabrielle Brou of Ocean Springs.

Rosie Resch had lots of bags in her cart. She is expecting about 50 family and friends to show up at her dinner table. And she says she's noticed buying the same amount of food cost more this year than in the past.

Resch said, "I do everything from scratch, all my baking and everything. And it's probably a good bit from past years."

Other shoppers said when gasoline prices went up earlier this year so did food prices. Gas, they say is dropping but food, not as much. So they're out looking for bargains.

"Probably a month ago I started buying can goods, and you buy when stuff is on sale and then it kind of evens out," said shopper Peggy Bowman.

Angela Jupiter-McCon said, "I've been shopping all around and trying to do price matching, and I think they are trying to accommodate everybody this holiday season by lowering the prices."

Still some people say paying for this Thanksgiving isn't a big deal, as long as they spend the day with the people they love.

Helen Milstead said, "We just have what we want because it's a holiday. And the holidays are family and family and friends getting together."

A few shoppers told us they hadn't noticed any differences in the prices of food.