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Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving is the biggest eating day of the year. While it’s a time to give thanks, it’s a holiday that is centered around food. It’s also a holiday that can get really expensive. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, there are ways to save money. Whether you start shopping early or make homemade dishes, there are ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner.
Start Shopping Early
It’s true that you’ll find amazing deals in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. However, if you start shopping early, you’ll never miss a deal. Start by making a list of the dishes you want to make and the ingredients you’ll need. Start looking at the sales and buying items as they go on sale. This also allows you to spread out the cost of the dinner.
Get Your Turkey for FREE
Many stores offer promotions that allow you to get a free turkey. For example, a store may ask that you spend $20 or more for five weeks. Each week, you’ll get a voucher, once you have five, you can turn them in for a free turkey coupon. If you’re already spending that much money each week, this is a no-brainer.
Make Homemade Dishes
You will always save money making homemade dishes. Many of the ingredients needed for homemade dishes are on sale in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. This means you can buy flour, nuts, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butter – anything you need at a discounted price. Plus, the food will always taste better when it’s homemade.
Host a Pot Luck
Another great way to save money is to host a pot luck style Thanksgiving dinner. You can offer to cook the turkey, provide the drinks, and do the cleanup and ask that each person bring a side dish or dessert. This will greatly cut the amount of money you need to spend.
Keep It Simple
Last, but not least, if you’re going to be doing the entire dinner on your own, keep it simple. You don’t have to cook every dish you remember eating at Thanksgiving as child. Cook your favorites. For example, stick with turkey and then do three side dishes, and one kind of dessert. It takes off the pressure of preparing a huge meal and it saves you money.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with family, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot. There are ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you keep it simple or get a free turkey, you can have a wonderful holiday and stay on budget.