Thanksgiving 2017 is just a few weeks away. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner and don’t want to spend extravagant amounts of money putting together a memorable occasion, have no fear. You can still have a very festive Thanksgiving without Turkey Day breaking the bank.
Here are 5 money-saving tips for an unforgettable Thanksgiving.
Prepare For Thanksgiving 2017 Without Ruining Your Budget
Have A Potluck: Did you invite the entire family over for Thanksgiving? What about your spouse’s family? The neighbors? That third cousin you only see once a year? If you’re hosting a huge Thanksgiving party and suddenly find yourself wondering how to afford the dinner, turn it into a potluck. For added fun, ask each desk to write a note about what they are grateful for when presenting their dish to the Thanksgiving table.
Prioritize Menu Items: It’s easy to go overboard when you’re accounting for everyone’s favorite dishes. Uncle John wants his green bean casserole request. Cousin Lucy requests grandma’s traditional cranberry sauce recipe. Instead of catering to every guest on your invite list, make a budget and work from there. Studies show that Americans waste 25% of the food they cook on Thanksgiving. So focus on what can be turned into leftovers, and consider scaling back on the stuff that’s going to go bad the day after Turkey Day.
Do Price Checks: If you’ve hosted Thanksgiving dinner in the past (or any party for that matter) you know that dollars add up quickly. You can find tons of essential at discount stores. Cash out your Survey Junkie points with gift cards at big-box stores like Target, and use your free money to purchase everything from fresh foods to discounted canned goods. Head to stores like Costco to buy pies, which are much cheaper than the markups at other supermarkets. For cheap but quality wine, Trader Joes’ Two-Buck chucks will give you an ample liquor supply for less than $3. Whole Foods is another great option for inexpensive wine bottles.
Look For Turkey Promotions: If you look at the fine print, you’ll find tons of deals on discounted turkey. Kill two birds with one stone (pun intended) by searching for buy one get one free deals. Or look for bargains that offer a free ham for every turkey you purchase. That way you’ll end up saving money and pleasing the various carnivores on your invite list. Plus, you can freeze the leftovers and use them for Christmas. Talk about intelligent savings!
Decorate DIY Style: You don’t have to break your bank account decorating for Thanksgiving. Head to the nearest dollar store to get cheap supplies that will go miles in terms of creating a festive atmosphere. Go au naturel and use pine cones and autumn-colored leaves as centerpieces. Then save any of the supplies you get for next years’ Thanksgiving DIY project, so you don’t have to worry about it when November rolls back around.
Data Source: money.cnn.com, usatoday.com