Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States, and one where people make big efforts to celebrate with family, friends, and a giant feast. However, serving up a 15-pound turkey with all the trimmings can be costly, especially with Black Friday the next day and Christmas right around the corner.
There are so many easy and creative ways to trim your Thanksgiving spending. We collected a few tips to help you have a cost-effective and amazing Turkey Day!
- Keep your menu simple. With Pinterest and Facebook tantalizing us with all the creative dishes we can serve on Thanksgiving, it can be tempting to be bold and try a number of new recipes. However, sometimes it’s best to keep it simple with easy-to-make, time-honored recipes. Sticking to a delicious turkey and stuffing, simple sides with fresh produce, and of course, a pumpkin pie, will keep costs down.
- Nix the disposable dinnerware and stick to what’s reusable. It might be tempting to use disposable plates, napkins and cutlery, but when it comes to your pocketbook, it’s not worth it. Keep your atmosphere elegant with cloth napkins and tablecloths, as well as real glassware, flatware and dishes.
- Take your shot at a free turkey. Depending on where you shop, your grocery store may be offering a giveaway for a free turkey. Some stores also offer them through a loyalty rewards program. Ask your store manager if they’re offering Thanksgiving turkey deals – the answer might surprise you.
- Make your own sides with store brand products. Canned cranberry sauce is a go-to for many Thanksgiving dinners, but did you know that it’s easy to make from scratch? It may be tempting to buy pre-made sides such as stuffing and gravy, but you’ll save money making it at home. If you need a place to start, Pinterest has lots of tips and recipes for homemade Thanksgiving sides. To save even more money, avoid name brand products when shopping, as they cost more without much difference in quality.