And, as many of you know, Thanksgiving preparation can be a budget buster. The sheer amount of food that shows up on Thanksgiving tables can be expensive, especially for those on a tight income.
But, today we will look at ways to have a frugal, lower cost Thanksgiving celebration, thanks to an article by the Chid Development Institute. It is a rather long piece, but full of good tips, so I will hit the highlights below:
- Plan ahead. Way ahead. Look for items you know you will need on sale or use coupons to purchase them.
- Have an accurate guest list count. No last minute surprises.
- Suggest a pot luck-style meal to your guests.
- Go through your fridge and pantry and try build recipes around items you already have.
- Make items from scratch that can be made ahead of time to save on things like pie crusts (pies freeze very well).
- Go veg. Turkeys, ham and other meat is expensive. Be kind to animals, kind to the planet, and make all your Thanksgiving meals cheaper and meat-free.
- Look around your home for items that can be used to decorate rather than buying new, seasonal items.
The article is long, and sometimes repetitive, but there are some great ideas in there about how to keep costs down on the upcoming Thankgiving holiday. Check it out.
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