Nothing says family get-together as much as the Thanksgiving Holiday. However, the cost of planning a feast of this caliber can quickly add up. Here are some practical ideas to help you save money on your Thanksgiving celebration:
Trim Down The Menu
Most of us think of a smorgasbord of dishes when we think of a Thanksgiving dinner table. However, you can trim your dinner costs by planning your menu wisely. Make sure to include those dishes that have been a hit in the past. There really is no reason to waste your money preparing a traditional dish that no one in your family will eat and will consequently end in the garbage.
Ask Your Guests For Help
Take a bit off the workload and costs of cooking for a large gathering by asking your guests for some help. Accept your guests’ offer to help and ask them to bring a side dish, dessert or refreshment. Don’t forget to adjust your menu accordingly.
Shop Seasonal And On Sale
Most of the Thanksgiving menu lends itself to celebrate and utilize seasonal ingredients. Take advantage of plentiful pumpkins by serving a Creamy Pumpkin Pie or an Curried Stuffed Acorn Squash. In-season Brussels sprouts make for the perfect side dish. Turkey sales abound, so make sure to shop around for the lowest price.
Buy An Ingredient Once, And Use It Twice
Do you dislike buying ingredients that you don’t get to use in their entirety? That can be pretty wasteful. Here are a couple of ideas for buying an ingredient once and using it twice. Use extra cranberry sauce and available apples to make this Cran-Apple Crunch pie. Use some of those Town House Toppers you are serving with cheese as an appetizer and then also use them to top your favorite green bean casserole.
Plan Ahead For Leftovers
While making sure you serve only the food that you need is a good way to trim back on expenses, however you’ll still end up with some leftovers. There is nothing as wasteful as leftovers that don’t get used and end up in the garbage. Send your guests back home with some of the Thanksgiving meal they just enjoyed. At my house any leftovers get turned into lunch meals that we freeze up for my husband to take to work at his convenience.
Thanksgiving day is centered around the Thanksgiving feast, be grateful for the food and the family and friends that get to share it with you.