ONTARIO – Thanksgiving is here and with it are all the usual truisms that mark one of the nation’s most popular holidays.

Turkey, sweet potatoes and green beans are just three of the staples that grace the Thanksgiving table but there is also another fact that many may not realize: Many people don’t shop for dinner until the holiday is almost upon them.

That’s the opinion of Dale Gonzalez. Gonzalez isn’t a stranger to the Thanksgiving holiday shopping rush. He owns Grocery Outlet in Ontario and said his busiest days occur the two days before Thanksgiving.

“Everyone waits until the last minute,” said Gonzalez.

The traditional American Thanksgiving dinner usually consists of roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Depending on where you go to shop, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for a family of four costs about $40.

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For example, the difference in overall costs for a four-person Thanksgiving dinner between Grocery Outlet in Ontario and Logan’s Market in Vale is just over $2.

Here’s a breakdown on the cost of a Thanksgiving meal for four at two local stores, Grocery Outlet and Logan’s Market in Vale, as priced last week.

Sale prices may change individual item costs and the overall as the big day nears.

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