We all know that Thanksgiving gets expensive. Actually, the time between November and early January can cost a small fortune by the time it’s all said and done. That said, if you’re trying to avoid going broke this year, take these budget-friendly tips to heart. You might find you don’t need that title pawn after all.
It’s said that eating healthy can save you money. While that’s true, produce at the grocery store can get pretty expensive, especially if you’re shopping organic. For the best prices on produce, go to your local farmer’s market instead. For carrots, potatoes, cranberries, green beans, and any other produce items you plan to bring to the table, buying from your local farmer’s market will save you a ton.
A 22-pound bird will yield over 20 servings of meat at almost $1 per pound. That’s way overboard if you’re only trying to feed 10 people. Settle for a smaller turkey instead. Small turkeys are just as sufficient and don’t take as long to prepare either. Check your Sunday morning paper for deals on turkeys near you and see what the best fit for your Thanksgiving dinner might be. You’ll save money and still have plenty to go around.
If you really want to save on the food this Thanksgiving, avoid the inner aisles at the grocery store and buy fresh. Stuffing in a box might be easier to make, but it costs more and only offers standard quality. Making stuffing from scratch, however, will allow you to make more for less. Plus, homemade stuffing tastes so much better.
If you’re buying for the whole party, you might want to consider buying in bulk. Places like Costco and Sam’s Club sometimes offer free trial memberships to first-time shoppers. But if buying everything for the party isn’t in your plans, you could always ask your guests to bring their own drinks, refreshments, etc.
Decorating your home for any holiday can get really expensive if you’re not careful. Try using what you already have for starters. If you want to add more flare, consider online tools like YouTube or Pinterest for fun and creative DIY decoration ideas.
Aside from making the table looking a lot nicer, you’ll save money on plastic plates, forks, spoons, knives, cups, etc. The same goes for cookware. Use glass pans and pots to serve the food instead of the disposable kind. It might not make the clean-up process any easier, but the money you’ll save is well worth it.