Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I’m sure many people have already made plans and are looking forward to spending quality time with family and friends. For those who experienced hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, they know all too well it can be stressful and not to mention costly.
However, Thanksgiving is a special holiday that only comes once a year. It is worth spending lots of time and effort in planning the menu, shopping for what you need, and making all the necessary preparations. But it is also important to keep in mind that Thanksgiving dinner is not worth going over your budget.
Luckily, there are many ways you can save money, minimize waste, and still enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving feast. I’ve listed six solid ideas you can follow below.
1. Plan ahead. Give yourself enough time to look for the best deals so you can avoid getting stressed out. By starting early, you’ll have sufficient time to prepare and list all the things that you need. Also, if you plan in advance and get things done early, you’ll have more time to spend with your family and friends.
2. Be flexible with your menu. Start with your turkey. It can easily be the most costly item of your Thanksgiving dinner. I know most folks would like to eat fresh turkey, but it may cost less to buy a frozen bird. Also, you can choose to skip appetizers. When you’re on a tight budget, appetizers won’t be that necessary to include.
3. Stick to your budget. It may seem easier said than done to do this. But remember, if you’re not careful, you can easily be swayed by marketing gimmicks of grocery stores that may entice you to spend more than you should. To prevent this from happening, plan your menu and don’t rush out to the nearest retailer because you need to grab that crucial last-minute item you may have missed. So it’s better to make a list and narrow it down until you’re left with just the essentials.
4. Try generic products. It’s understandable that you want to have the best Thanksgiving dinner for your loved ones, so you want everything to be perfect. Since there’s a huge pressure to produce the best meal ever, you don’t want to mess things up. But you shouldn’t limit yourself to using expensive brand named ingredients when generic products will suffice. Trust me, once you get your receipt at the checkout counter, your savings will all add up.
5. Shop in bulk. If you’re expecting to feed many guests for Thanksgiving dinner, then consider buying what you need at a local warehouse retailer. You can save huge on non-perishable items like canned foods and other items you can put in storage until you need to use them again.
6. Join loyalty programs. Most of the major retailers and supermarkets have a loyalty program for its customers. By availing that, you can get big discounts and exclusive deals. Popular retailers like Target, Walgreens, and Safeway have enticing loyalty programs that are free to join. So take full advantage of your local store’s savings program and use your discount card when you shop.
Back to you!
I’d love to hear what you have planned this Thanksgiving. Do you intend to go all-out or cut down your expenses? Let me know in the comments section below.
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