5 Savings Tips for Turkey Day

ThanksgivingNow that November has arrived, we can imagine you’re started to think about Thanksgiving Day plans. If you’re the lucky winner who gets to host this year, the cost can add up fast. However, with a little planning, that Thanksgiving Day price tag can be sliced in half. Here are five tips to help you save big this year

  1. Make it a potluck.
    • Why bare the burden of cooking for a lot of people? If your Thanksgiving dinner is going to include a number of different families, why not make it a potluck! Not only will it cut costs, it will also cut time and stress.
  2. Opt for simpler dishes with fewer ingredients.
    • More complicated does not always mean better. Try to keep your recipes simpler this year, to save money on ingredients.
  3. Start buying early and shop around
    • Don’t leave your shopping trip until last minute when grocery stores raise the prices. Shop around beforehand and stock up your freezer now.
  4. Don’t overspend on beverages.
    • Instead of buying 4 bottles of wine, a 24 pack of bottled water and a cooler full of ginger ale cans – try to change it up. How about switching to a trendy boxed wine (these are all the rage this year), filtered tap water and a couple gallons of apple cider instead. Of course, you could also make things even easier by asking guests to bring their own favorite drinks.
  5. Use natural decorations
    • Look out your window. Do you see all of those colorful leaves and twigs lying in your yard. Instant decorations! Gather them up, place them in a plain bowl and you have yourself some FREE decorations. Better yet if you have a garden to harvest!

Overall, remember Thanksgiving isn’t about how much you spend on dinner and decorations. It’s about family and being thankful for what you have.

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