Thanksgiving dinner is one of those times that can blow your entire month’s budget out of proportion real quick. That is if you’re not careful.
This is why we’ve come up with some ways to help you save money, enjoy the holiday, and still have a scrumptious and bountiful Thanksgiving dinner.
How To Save On Thanksgiving Dinner
Create A Budget
Before you can begin to plan for Thanksgiving you’ll need to plan a budget. What will it include? Decorations? New tablecloth? Flowers? Wine?
Set a budget for each area in which you plan to spend and stick to it, better yet, try and do it for less than your budget. Utilize coupons, sale ads, and mobile apps to really work on staying within budget or coming in under budget.
Cook Your Own Food From Scratch
This is definitely the most obvious way to save money this Thanksgiving and you should definitely do it. Don’t buy your pie crusts or gravy because the homemade ones are less expensive and taste better. Plus, they’re not that time consuming to make.
You can also make your own ingredients for your dishes from scratch, don’t spend money on precut ingredients. Just roll up your sleeves, get to work and dice them yourself! It may take more time but professional chefs say that the love and time put in makes it taste that much better.
Let The Turkey Be The Star
Have you ever seen a Thanksgiving meal rulebook that says you need to serve prime rib and a first-class ham to go with your turkey?
Thanksgiving is a family thing and all you need to do is keep it sweet and simple. Turkey is the only meat you’ll ever need. Nothing else.
Here’s how I cook my turkey so it is a no fail every time!
Purchase Seasonal Vegetables
During the Thanksgiving season, you can often find sweet potatoes, kale, squash, beets, Brussels sprouts, and carrots at their lowest prices.
All you need to do is plan your side dishes and make sure that you showcase these amazing fall veggies. Don’t go for the pricier vegetables for your meal, stick with the tried and true “down home” dishes.
Check out my Thanksgiving side dish ideas for some delicious and easy ways to compliment your turkey!
Create A Leftover Meal Plan
This is very important because you don’t want to have a lot of leftovers just thrown away or wasted. Having a leftover meal plan lets you avoid food going bad because you don’t know what to do with it.
Keep your leftover meal plan in mind when shopping for your turkey day dinner. You can play around the leftovers and create meals with a twist. The possibilities are endless and your creativity is the limit.
Buy Less Expensive Wine
Buying the most expensive wine available is only going to add to the cost of the meal when it doesn’t have to. There are many less expensive wines you can purchase that have great ratings and reviews.
Aldi has a very good selection of wines for less. Be sure to shop around and stay within your budget for your Thanksgiving meal wine.
Forget The Appetizers
If you really think about it, you don’t really need appetizers for Thanksgiving. You and your family are going to be really stuffed with food and these extras before a meal aren’t really necessary.
You don’t want your guests to over indulge and not be able to enjoy the meal you spent hours preparing. If you really want to have appetizers, ask someone else to bring them.
Share the Work
Ask you guests if they would like to contribute to the meal. They may have a great recipe to share or they may want to help with the drinks, wine, dessert, napkins, tableware, or even ice.
Anything that a guest can contribute is one less thing you have to purchase and that will save you money.
Saving money on your Thanksgiving meal will help keep your budget for the rest of the month in check. Don’t go into debt for a meal that should be about giving thanks and spending time with family.