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Planning for Thanksgiving
Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 3, 2013 @ 8:24 pm In Budget Living,Meal Planning,Thanksgiving | 7 Comments
Now that November is here, it’s time to start thinking and planning for Thanksgiving. Don’t go all nutso on me, just spend 20 minutes thinking it through.
If you’ve never served up a Thanksgiving meal before, take some time to consider how you want to plan a big dinner and enjoy it.  Resist the impulse to be so ambitious that you don’t enjoy your day. Think about how to find that balance of creating a wonderful meal for your family but not creating too much stress.
Last year, at the risk of sacrilege, I ditched the whole bird notion and bought a turkey breast and chicken legs instead. Everyone was happy; the oven wasn’t tied up for hours on end; we didn’t waste dark meat that we don’t like. Triple win. I’m doing the same thing this year.
Keep an eye on Good Cheap Eats’ Thanksgiving stream  this month. I’m going to be sharing new recipes for each course (pictured above). I am particularly smitten with the homemade cranberry sauce. Oh my! It is so good and super easy to make.
Hosting a Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to break the bank. There are so many strategies to help you prepare a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a dime . Take some time to plan ahead and see how you can save money while still creating a memorable meal for your friends and family.
If you know what you want to cook early in the month, you’ll be able to shop the sales in the coming weeks instead of paying full pop right when you need it.
Choosing what recipes to make for Thanksgiving can be so much fun. Whether you make the same traditional recipes every year or like to mix things up with new ones picked from magazines or your favorite blog, you’ll need to get just a bit organized to pull it all off on Turkey Day .
Planning sheets can make things so much easier. Use these free printable sheets to make quick work of organizing your meal and creating a meal timeline:
Are you cooking or letting someone else do it?
With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, children’s activity sheets, planning pages, gift ideas, and step-by-step tutorials for creating homemade gifts. Grab your copy today .
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