Thanksgiving is the official holiday season kick off and a time to give thanks. It’s when your loved ones come from near or far and spend one day together. Whether your having a big dinner or small gathering for your family and close friends, you shouldn’t have to spend tons of money to have a holiday feast. There are ways to get around the hassle of burnt pockets by following a few of these few tricks during the holiday season.
Jump the page for a few tips to help you plan a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner.
You shouldn’t be the only person slaving away in the kitchen. Invite all your friends and family for a Thanksgiving potluck celebration. It’s easier on your pockets and frees up your cooking time. Make it fun and challenge everyone to make a new dish or an old dish with a new twist.
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Make a list of what you need and follow it precisely. Go through what you already have in your kitchen so you don’t spend extra money. Also don’t be afraid to return—you can return anything you don’t use, especially non-perishables.
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Cook from Scratch
You’ll be surprised; cooking from scratch is actually cheaper than buying pre-made food. Foods like bread, stuffing, and desserts are cheaper to make if you just buy the ingredients than buying enough premade platters to feed the amount of people you’ll feeding. Plus it’ll taste better.
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Buying packaged foods and seasoning them can be just as cost effective. Especially if you’re cooking for a mass amount of people feeding them a canned or prepackaged food won’t kill you or your pockets. Packaged collards and pre-made salad and canned corn, peas, and cranberries are cheaper if bought by it self plus it frees up your time. Also boxed mashed potatoes doesn’t taste as nearly as disgusting as it sounds.
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Turkey Parts vs. Whole Turkey
It’s much cheaper to buy the turkey parts instead of the whole bird. It’s time and cost effective. You’re going to cut the turkey anyway so save yourself the trouble and buy it in portions.
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Buy in Bulk
If you are planning on doing a lot of cooking with flour, sugar, cheese, noodles, stock, etc; buy it in bulk. Don’t spend money buying two or three packages at your local grocery store when there are stores equip for bulk sales such as Costcos that will sell it for half the price.
Force yourself to coupon shop and only buy what’s on sale. There’s always a sale during holiday times. Use websites like retailmenot.com or coupons.com for the savings.
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There’s no need to buy name brands especially if you’re cooking from scratch and seasoning it yourself. Save yourself the money and buy the cheaper brand. The taste isn’t that much different and your budget will thank you later for it.
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