Turkey Day is near! If you are already planning and preparing, keep these simple tips in mind so that your Thanksgiving dinner is delicious, delightful and doable on a tight budget.
Make it a potluck meal – The host supplies the meat and drinks and assign the rest of the meal to your other guests.
BYOB – Alcohol can be super pricey. Let your guests know that if they want to indulge in spirits they’ll have to bring their own.
Make a List and Create a Budget – Create your shopping list and a budget and make sure to stick to it. Adding incidental items can add a bunch to your final food bill.
Shop Sales – Lots of retailers have terrific sales before the big day. Things like cranberry sauce and other fixin’s can be found at half the price – so shop around.
Nature is Calling – Decorate on a budget by looking outside first. Leftover pumpkins from Halloween, grasses, hedge apples, acorns and pine cones can all look festive and are free in your own yard or at a local park.
Do the Dollar Store – Need candles or candle holders to add the finishing touch to your table? Check the Dollar Store.
Keep it Simple – Only purchase/cook the items you need. If you have 6 people coming to dinner, cook for only six.
Watch the Portions - Cook just enough for the main meal. A lot of times Thanksgiving leftovers can be tossed instead of gobbled-up!
Plate it Up – Don’t buy expensive disposable dinnerware. Use your everyday plates and silverware. After the meal, enlist some help to get everything washed so you can join in the fun.
Frozen not Fresh – Fresh turkeys are almost ALWAYS 30-40% more than a frozen turkey. Plan in advance and purchase a frozen turkey. Keep in mind it will need to spend several days in the fridge thawing out.