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I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week and that Christmas is almost a month away! I am not someone that likes to fast forward through the seasons and holidays even though it seems time is FLYING! I have some simple tips that will help you save money on your Thanksgiving meal AND – many of the tips can be carried over to Christmas as well! I would love for you to leave a comment and share any additional tips you might have!
1) Create a game plan. The earlier you plan your menu guest list, the sooner you can start preparing. Do not wait until the last minute – you will more than likely pay full price on everything or the stores will be picked over.
2) Get everyone involved. Have your guests help by bringing a side dish and/or a dessert. You will save money on your meal and everyone will feel they are a bigger part of the meal.
3) Start Shopping the Sales & Utilizing Coupons Now. Grocery stores start giving us sales on canned foods as well as turkey and ham weeks before Thanksgiving is here. Coupons on holiday items like canned foods, baking supplies and even frozen turkey are more prevalent during the weeks before Thanksgiving. When you find a good sale like a BOGO and you have a coupon for the item(s), buy now and store the item away until Thanksgiving is here.
4) Shop in your own pantry. See what items you have in your house before you start shopping. You may have frozen veggies or cream of mushroom soup or canned veggies that you would need for a family favorite casserole. Write your grocery list based on what you need and based on what you already have in your home.
5) Consider frozen over fresh. Frozen turkey is usually around half the price of fresh turkey and most people think it tastes the same.
6) Switch up your menu. Sometimes change is a good thing! If you routinely make a dish that you find has lots of leftovers, try a new dish. Add a different ethnic dish to your menu. Or consider a vegetarian dish. A dish with rice, beans and veggies will typically be more affordable to make than a dish with meat!
7) Decorate Simply. Have your kids make decorations as craft projects. Use natural decorations you gather outside. Use fresh pumpkins, acorn squash, etc as decorations. You can then cook with your decorations afterwards!
8 ) Pay it forward. If you find great deals on canned food, donate extra cans to your local food pantry or homeless shelter. Consider volunteering at a soup kitchen Thanksgiving morning.
9) Stock up. If you find an excellent deal on turkey, buy two and freeze one of the birds to use on Christmas or New Year!
10) Have fun. The meaning behind Thanksgiving is to give thanks and be thankful for everything you have.