5 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Food
Posted on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at 11:08 am
Our grocery budget used to go up by several hundred dollars around the holidays. From family entertaining to extra indulgence, the dollars really start to add up. Despite the cost, who wants to have a miserly holiday and watch every penny? The secret is to enjoy all of the extras but to get them at the lowest prices.
Here are some practical tips on how you can save money on holiday food.
Stock Up During Sales
When you store has a great sale on holiday food, stock up on it. Around the holidays, there are wonderful weekly sales on the staples and festive food that make up most holiday tables. Buy extras that you can freeze and use throughout the holiday season. This way you’ll always get your ingredients and your food at the lowest prices.
For example, if ham goes on sale, buy an extra one, cook it, slice it or cube it. Freeze the ham in portions that you will need later.
Get Creative with Convenience Products
Did you know that you could make cinnamon rolls out of pizza dough, use refrigerated biscuits as a casserole topper or cookie mix to make a cake? When you get a good deal on convenience food get creative and use it in other ways. This way you can still enjoy holiday favorites without paying more than you want to pay.
Combine Coupons with Sales
You’ll get the most savings when you practice store match up. Match current coupons with current sales to get double the savings. Stack manufacturer coupons with store coupons for even better deals. Do this every time, and you’ll get your groceries for 50 percent off or more! You can find out about store deals by following the FreeCoupons blog or doing an Internet search on the store name and the word “match up.”
Resist the Bulk Temptation
While buying in bulk can really save you money, you have to be careful around the holidays. Do you really need 200 chocolate balls or an entire case of gingerbread mix? Be careful about buying seasonal items in bulk, or you may wind up spending a lot of money very quickly. Holiday items tend to be expensive in themselves, and while you may save a little bit by buying in bulk, the cost can be surprisingly expensive.
Make It Almost from Scratch
During the holidays, time seems to be in short supply. Still, if you can make some things from scratch you will automatically save. Find little moments here and there to cook or bake. You don’t have to do it all at once. For example, while supervising the kids with their homework, you might make up a batch of cookie dough to bake later. Or, make your food almost from scratch. You can put together an pie with real apples but use a ready made crust–you’ll still save money over a store bought pie.