Save Money on Your Holiday Meal
Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Thanksgiving dinner has come and gone. You might have some leftovers from it in your refrigerator right now. Many families celebrate December holidays with another big meal. Here are some tips that can help you to save money on your holiday meal.
Buy the turkey now.
The price of frozen turkey goes down right after Thanksgiving. There are two main reasons why this happens. One is that the demand for turkey drops considerably. The other reason is because grocery stores need to move out their stock of frozen turkey in order to make space for other foods.
Buy the turkey for your holiday meal now. You are going to get it at a much better price than if you bought it before Thanksgiving. Make sure there is plenty of room in your freezer to store it. Give it lots of time to thaw out before you need to prepare it for your holiday meal.
Call the butcher.
Grocery stores are expecting a lot of people to need ham, turkey, roast beef, or other meats for their holiday meal. Don’t wait until the day before to shop for it. Many stores will let you place an order for the food you need now. Call the butcher (or meat department) of your favorite grocery store.
There is potential that the store is offering a discount for customers who plan ahead and place orders now. If not, at least you can be assured that the store will have what you need when you need it.
Every year at this time Heavenly Ham offers a couple of coupons for their ham or turkey. Use them at the store located near you. Or, you can place an online order. It appears they are doing “daily deals”, too.
Don’t forget to use grocery coupons on the foods you need for your holiday meal. Before you shop, take a minute to check out the digital coupons that your favorite grocery store offers through their loyalty card. People forget to do that when they are shopping for a special meal (instead of for their regular, weekly, groceries). Every coupon can help you save a little bit of money!
Use seasonal produce.
What will you do for side dishes? You can save money if you buy produce that is in season. In December, there are plenty of tasty vegetables to choose from including: potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. There are so many recipes that can be made from them!