This year, we’re having Thanksgiving dinner with family at our house, and before that, a group of our friends are coming over for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. We look forward to enjoying scrumptious meals with loved ones but don’t want to be stuck with a crazy grocery bill, so I’ve come up with 5 simple ways to save money this holiday.
1. Don’t buy too much. Every year, people cook or buy elaborate meals, and in my experience, there’s always too much food. We tend to overestimate how much we will consume, but in the end, we’ll just have tons of leftovers. Do you really want to have turkey 5 days in a row? I’d bet a lot of it gets wasted. This year, think carefully about portion size and budget for the amount that you really need (and not more)!
2. Comparison shop and use coupons. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, start looking for deals and discounts at your local grocery stores. They often run specials throughout the month of November on traditional Thanksgiving fare. Take the time to see which stores offer the best prices and buy earlier if you can. You’ll be able to save money on a lot of the things you need for Thanksgiving.
3. Share the cost. Just because you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house doesn’t automatically mean you need to supply everything. You can suggest that guests bring something to share or just advertise it as a full-on potluck. Not only will you be sharing the cost of the meal, you’ll likely be able to try a wider variety of food and drinks as well.
4. Look up some leftover recipes. Even if you do your best to estimate the amount of food you’re going to need, chances are you will still have some leftovers. Look up some Thanksgiving leftover recipes so that you can have your meals planned out for the week and not let any food go to waste. Wasted food equals wasted dollars.
5. Get creative with your decorations. You don’t have to go out and buy brand new Thanksgiving decorations for your party. Why not do a little DIY with what you already have? It can be a lot of fun and will definitely save you some cash. I don’t know about you, but my guests are always more interested in the food, drink, and conversation, rather than my home decor!
It’s just a few days away. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? If not, follow these 5 easy tips, and you’ll be sure to have a delicious and budget-friendly holiday meal!