A Thanksgiving day feast is delicious to eat but, it can be quite expensive to prepare. Between the appetizers, entrée, side dishes, and desserts, the maker of the Thanksgiving day dinner may need to take out a small loan! Here are some ways to save money on the meal during this time when everyone is tightening up the purse strings.
Step 1: Start shopping early, taking advantage of sales at the grocery store. During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, the markets usually advertise all the makings of the meal at sale prices. Purchase items gradually, buying them when on sale and using coupons.
Step 2: Do not purchase too much food. Not everyone attending the feast will eat a full plate of mashed potatoes or beans. Purchase only what will be needed that night because this will save time and money. If there are a lot of leftovers and few people to eat them, the food will just go to waste.
Step 3: If just two people will be dining, consider purchasing a heatable holiday dinner from the grocery store or cooking a turkey breast rather than the entire bird. This will be less expensive and easier.
Step 4: When a lot of attendees are expected, ask each person to bring something. You not only reduce your expense, you save valuable preparation time. Organized types can develop a specific menu and let attendees select which item they plan to bring.
Step 5: Rather than cooking a meal at home, go to a low-priced buffet restaurant. You will get all the fixings at a much lower price than it costs to make the meal and will be able to enjoy time with the family.
Step 6: Skip the dinner altogether and volunteer! Working at a soup kitchen allows you to help others in need and you will make new friends while enjoying a delicious meal.