Hosting Thanksgiving isn’t exactly the most cost-effective event. In fact, it can get downright pricey. Of course, opting out of hosting Thanksgiving isn’t always possible, especially if you are “the house” where your immediate and extended family members congregate for Thanksgiving. Thankfully, there are some ways to keep your budget in check, while hosting a fun family event like Thanksgiving. Read on to learn more:
- Begin Early: There are some items you can’t purchase ahead of time, such as sweet potatoes or other fresh produce. However, there are some nonperishable items you can stock up on early, when you see them on sale. For example, canned pumpkin puree’. Stock up as much as you can before the actual week of Thanksgiving to get the best deals.
- Find Deals: As Thanksgiving draws closer, you will notice stores begin to run Thanksgiving related items on sale. Look for the deals and get as many of the items you can when they go on sale. A helpful app like Flipp can make the process of finding the best deals easier. Look for combination deals if you can find them that will give you free items with the purchase of others, such as a free side with the purchase of a turkey.
- Create an Accurate Inventory: How often do you go to the store and purchase a spice you thought you needed, only to come home and see an almost full bottle of the exact spice in your pantry? Don’t let this happen to you. It is a waste of money. Therefore, simply taking the time to create an accurate inventory of your cabinets, pantry or storage room is an easy way to prevent wasteful spending.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Accept Help: If your family members and friends ask you if they can bring a dish, let them. This will save you money by dividing the cost of the food, not placing it solely on you. In addition, many times, guests will appreciate being able to bring items as it will allow them to feel involved in the experience.
- You Don’t Have to Only Cook Traditional Items: The ingredients and dishes that make up the traditional Thanksgiving dinner aren’t in and of themselves especially costly. In fact, unless you try to “fancy” these dishes up by adding bacon, cheese, nuts, sauces, etc., they are pretty cheap to buy. However, if you want to move away from traditional dishes because you found a good deal on another type of meat, for example, don’t feel “trapped” into cooking only the traditional dishes. If you do opt to forego a turkey, though, be sure to let everyone who is coming know, so they won’t be disappointed. Perhaps, someone will even offer to buy one if they are determined to have turkey. If you don’t want to replace the turkey entirely, you can instead cook a turkey breast, instead of a whole bird, along with another type of meat, such as a ham or roasted chicken. This will cut down on the cost of meat, but will still give guests a little turkey.
- Cook For The Amount of Guests: Don’t overcook. In other words, cook to feed your guests, not have leftovers for a week. After all, you can’t eat turkey for that long after Thanksgiving. If you carefully plan to only cook enough food to provide a meal and no leftovers, it will reduce the overall cost of what you have to buy.
Keep the tips listed above in mind, to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner on a budget.