Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving Frugally
22 Nov, 2017 / By Jennifer Hamilton
Are you hosting your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year? Although this can be a stressful affair, especially if you are on a budget, with the right tools and tips up your sleeve, you don’t have to break the bank to have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Budgeting on your Thanksgiving festivities allows you to still enjoy your time with family and friends instead of worrying about the money spent on the affair. There are only a few weeks left until the big day, and so it is recommended that you start planning now so that you can secure both a frugal and fabulous Thanksgiving dinner.
Buy Generic Products
Although generic products do not get the best reputation, in many cases they are just as good as the name-brand counterparts and are a fraction of the price. Purchasing generic products is an excellent way to save money on Thanksgiving. Look for the staple items in their generic form, as they can be more than 50 percent off the brand name price without having to sacrifice the quality. Additionally, you may also want to look at discount stores, as you’ll often find steep discounts on food products that are just as good as their more expensive equivalent.
Ask Your Guest to Bring a Dish
You do not have to feel bad for asking your guests to bring a side dish to your Thanksgiving dinner. Not only will this give your dinner a wider variety, but it is also an excellent way to have everyone pitch in for the food and showcase their cooking skills. The majority of your family and friends will be more than willing to cook one of their recipes for everyone else to enjoy. Additionally, asking people to bring a side dish will allow you to focus on making the main dishes, such as the turkey and pumpkin pie.
Cook Everything From Scratch
Although cooking from scratch may seem like a daunting task, when you are trying to stick to a budget and have a lot of mouths to feed, it is likely the best strategy. In fact, Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to cook from scratch as a cost-saving strategy. For example, instead of buying the premade variety of gravy, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, find a simple but good recipe to make it on your own. Baking your dessert from scratch is especially recommended, as the store-bought variety tends to be quite steeply priced.
Look Out For Sales and Plan in Advance
The best way to prepare an outstanding Thanksgiving dinner on a budget is to plan well ahead of time. Give yourself at least a few weeks to start stocking up on Thanksgiving items that are on sale. It is also a good idea to check out your local farmer’s market for any good deals once Thanksgiving approaches, as you can often haggle the price down. You should also keep your eye out for any discounts or weekly sales in the paper, and look at your local grocery’s circular for good deals.
Saving on Decorations
If you like to decorate your house for the Thanksgiving festivities, then there are ways of saving money on this year decorations. Whether you put up a centerpiece or decorate the front door, if you are not careful many of the Thanksgiving decoration items can be quite expensive. Instead of breaking your budget to decorate your home, try getting creative with your decorations instead. You could even make some of your decorations from items found outside or around the house if you want to get really nifty.