Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner
Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Without a doubt, Thanksgiving dinner is the biggest meal of the year. It includes tons of food in quantities that will feed a whole lot of relatives. What if your budget is tight? Here are some tips to help you save money on Thanksgiving dinner.
How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner
Make it a Pot Luck
The cost of dinner can be much easier to manage if everyone pitches in. The host should cook the turkey. Ask the rest of your guests to bring a dish to pass. It may work best if you organize a “sign up” so people can let you know what they will bring. Divide it up so there will be enough sides and desserts. This splits the cost of Thanksgiving dinner over several people, and makes it affordable for everyone.
Pull from your Stockpile.
What foods do you already have at home? Check your stockpile, or your pantry. Some people buy and store boxes of dried mashed potatoes, boxes of stuffing, and cans of green beans sometime in October. Do you currently have enough frozen turkey stored in your freezer?
Stocking up is a good strategy if you want to avoid having to do grocery shopping right before Thanksgiving. The rest of the strategy involves remembering what you bought, and have at home, so you don’t waste money on buying duplicates. Check first, then shop if you really need to.
Buy the store brands.
Your stockpile and pantry is empty, and you have to buy everything for Thanksgiving dinner. Compare the price of the box of name brand stuffing to the price of the store brand one. Which is cheaper? The ingredients might be the same. Don’t forget to use your coupons and take advantage of the deals your store loyalty card gives you.
Go to the Buffet.
This might be a good solution for people who will be spending Thanksgiving by themselves, or who have a 2 person family. What will it cost to purchase a turkey, all the sides, and dessert for Thanksgiving dinner? Could you realistically eat all the leftovers before they go bad?
It probably would be more economical to visit a buffet instead. Many will serve turkey, stuffing, and the rest of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner foods on that day. For a small price, you can eat all the Thanksgiving foods that you want. Leftovers won’t be a problem, and you won’t have to do the dishes after dinner.