Frugal Mom’s Guide to Entertaining
Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 4:55 am
I know a lot of people who have been cutting back on their entertaining this year. This is a shame since getting together with friends and family is one of life’s joys. Plus, sometimes entertaining just can’t be avoided, such as when you have to throw that bash for work or for a family birthday.
Instead of cutting down on entertaining, why not use some frugal strategies to make your budget stretch? This way, you can entertain without breaking the bank.
Most entertaining requires food, drinks, decorations and home goods. Here are my favorite ways to save money in each area.
Food and Drinks
Take advantage of sales and combine them with coupons. You can use Sunday insert coupons or printable coupons. The nice thing about printable coupons is that often you can print out more than one copy, allowing you to get the larger quantities necessary for entertaining.
If the party allows for it, consider turning your bash into a pot luck. Ask guests to bring in a signature food or drink. Not only will you save on food, but you will all get to try everyone’s best creation or pick. This can be a lot of fun.
Around the holidays, grocery stores often offer vouchers for free whole turkey or party platters. Loyally shop at one store to earn enough points to receive the voucher.
Did you know that online grocery stores that offer home delivery also offer coupon codes? You can shop conveniently online and still get a discount. Peapod, Vons, Safeway and Genuardis are some of the stores that offer online grocery deals.
Decorations and Home Goods
To make your home ready for entertaining, you may need centerpieces, lighting, plates, serving platters, glasses, linens, appliances and more. These costs can really add up. To save money here, consider shopping online. You can compare costs and take advantage of coupon codes. There are a lot of free shipping or low shipping deals, too.
Consider doing some shopping at thrift stores, too. You can often find interesting glass vessels for flowers, slow cookers, other small appliances, and more. Look for extra white serving pieces that can coordinate with the dinnerware you already have. Get creative and clever with thrift store finds to create your own great style.
Frugal doesn’t have to be cheap or boring. You can do some fabulous entertaining and save money at the same time.