Money-Saving Tips for Thanksgiving
Chances are good that you celebrate Thanksgiving in your home. This holiday can leave you feeling overindulged, both physically and financially. You’re on your own for the eating part. As far as saving money goes, here are a few ideas to help you save a couple bucks this year.
Try to shop in advance whenever possible. When the holiday is right around the corner, prices on Thanksgiving dinner items may be raised up a bit more than usual. So, for the food that may be nonperishable, such as cranberry sauce, gravy and even butter, look to buy it a month or two in advance.
Clip as many coupons as you can, and be sure to only use those you need. If you start using coupons just because you have them, it can make you spend more.
If money is an issue, consider a frozen turkey instead of a fresh one. Frozen turkeys are almost always cheaper, and they usually taste just as good. As a bonus, a lot of grocery stores will offer you a free turkey with their rewards card after you spend a certain amount of money.
Try to make as much as you can at home with ingredients you already have. For example, you can make your turkey gravy with the turkey drippings, flour, and seasonings. It may even taste better than what you could get at the store.
Ask for help with making the food. If everyone chips in and brings something, the cost will be drastically reduced. They will likely be happy to lend a hand, and it won’t cost them much since they will only bring one or two things.
In terms of quantity, there are two schools of thought. Some think it best to buy and cook as much food as possible. This way, when you’re done with the meal, the leftovers will feed your family for several days. Doing this saves money — and time — in the long haul because the food is already bought and cooked. Others think it best to only buy what they will eat right then and there. This reduces waste and saves money upfront.
Now you know how you can save money on your Thanksgiving dinner. If you utilize just a few of the tips presented here, you will be well ahead of the curve. Happy Thanksgiving!