Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks from today. If you’ve hosted before you know how quickly everything can add up to feed a large group of people. From turkey, to pies to decorations – the costs can really be overwhelming. Here are five simple tips to help you save money (and your sanity) when planning this year’s Thanksgiving meal:
1. Share the menu duties.
Ask each person coming to your dinner to bring a dish. Make sure you assign specific menu items as you don’t want to have 4 people show up with a green bean casserole. This way everyone can feel that they are contributing. In addition, you can have more time to enjoy the holiday and less time in the kitchen — and save money by not having to purchase all of the ingredients yourself.
2. Shop Wisely.
Don’t chase every deal to save money and/or price match when you can. There are going to be a lot of really good deals at various grocery and retail stores over the next couple of weeks. Unless you live close to all of them, just select one store and do your shopping there. You will save yourself time, fuel and headache.
Stores like Target and Walmart will price match competitor’s ads. Price Chopper has a lowest price guarantee. By checking all of your weekly ads, you can find out who has the best prices and put price matching to work for you.
3. Get Your Turkey for Free.
Watch for the free turkey with purchase offers. Right now, HyVee is offering a free turkey (select varieties) with the purchase of a Hormel Cure 81 ham. That might take care of 2 holiday dinners at one low price.
4. Shake up the menu.
If you are tired of the same meal, you could mix it up with different sides or even a main course. Thanksgiving is about being together and not just about the food being served. Some meals include ingredients which can be much easier on the budget.
5. Decorate naturally.
Go outside and pick up fallen leaves to scatter down the center of the table. Create a centerpiece with dried flowers and other items from the outdoors. No reason to spend a lot on fancy decorations.
What money saving tips do you use when you plan your meal?