Have a Plan to Save Money on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a mere three weeks away. It can be a costly meal to serve. But, if you plan now, you can save money.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. How about you? Forget the candy, I say. Bring on the pumpkin pie!

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, then it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll serve and give some thought as well to budgetary constraints. I remember the first year I shopped and cooked the meal for my family. It cost somewhere between $100 and $200! Granted, I did all my shopping in one day and bought whatever I wanted since my dad was paying. But, still…. That’s a little excessive.

And it didn’t account for decorations and serving ware that I just “had to” purchase.

In order to avoid some costly bills in a few weeks, take steps now. Plan how you will host Thanksgiving on a budget.

Create your menu for the big day.

By determining this now, you benefit in HUGE ways.

  • You can be on the lookout for ingredients on sale or on clearance.
  • You’ll also know what serving dishes you’ll need so you can locate them in your cabinets, borrow from friends and family, or hunt them down on sale or at thrift stores.
  • When guests offer to bring something, you can scratch something off the list and have less to buy.
  • You can prep things in advance and freeze them. You’ll save energy and time later which may free you up to save in other ways. For instance, maybe you’ll have time to bake biscuits from scratch if you’ve got pans of mashed potatoes already made up in the freezer.
  • If you’ve always wanted a potato ricer or an electric knife, you can start shopping for these kitchen tools and hopefully find them on sale. You have time to save up a little cash, too.

Having a plan to save money at Thanksgiving will bless you and your family and give you even more to be thankful for.

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  1. i made your pumpkin pie recipe with the pecan topping for our family. sooooo tasty. yes, i’d pass up candy IF there was a piece of your pie ready to eat. =)

  2. I am embarrassed to admit I host Thanksgiving every year and have never made much effort to be frugal. Now I’m wondering how much we’ve spent on that meal each year.

  3. These are great tips. To save money on Thanksgiving (in regards to food garnishes: we just grab some fresh rosemary sticks to put over the food so it looks extra fancy. For the table, we’ll usually grab some pine cones + leaves from the yard and place them in the center of the table with a few simple votive candles in the glass. Candles always make everything seem so gourmet and they’re cheap. Thanks a bundle for this post!

  4. We haven’t done a “Traditional” Thanksgiving dinner in a couple of years. For some reason on the “major” holidays we like to buck tradition. Wonder what we’re going to do this year now that my neice has arrived? Great idea’s though! Some of those tips can apply to everyday too. 🙂

  5. My mom or MIL always hosts. So, it’s pretty easy to be frugal with the side dish or dessert I bring 😉 One thing my family has always done is most big dinners are a group effort – the host cooks the turkey and the rest of the guests split up the remaining dishes.

  6. Great tips! I always host Thanksgiving, and I do try to save money – but I also like to buy really nice quality ingredients, so planning ahead definitely helps. I’m sharing my favorite way to prepare squash – which is very affordable right now, and would make an amazing (and pretty inexpensive) side dish to a Thanksgiving feast!

  7. Whether we host or not, I figure out what I’m cooking well in advance so I can shop with sales and coupons to get the best price on ingredients.

  8. We get a major discount on a turkey if we spend enough money at our local grocery store…we already shop there a lot anyways, so that’s how we’re planning on saving some cash! Love your tips! Will have to try some of them out this year.

  9. We have a giant chest freezer so I wait until the turkey goes on sale and I buys three for 6 months. Works out very well and I save $60 at least!