Let’s be honest: hosting Thanksgiving at your house is incredibly stressful. You need to be sure the house is clean, there is enough seating for everyone, the tables are set perfectly, and you just know that one uncle is going to start a political conversation. And then there’s the food. Preparing it correctly takes enough time, but purchasing it can be a huge knock to your wallet. This Thanksgiving, let’s try doing things differently when it comes to the cost of food. Whether you’re on a limited budget or can afford your Thanksgiving meal, try some of the tips we’ve compiled to save some money while still enjoying the time with your family. Frugal Feast Tips:
- See if others are willing to bring a side dish or dessert. This will make for less spending and less work for you.
- If you’re committed to having turkey, frozen is the way to go if you’re on a budget. Coupons can also be a big help, so be on the hunt for those as well. Oh, don’t forget to save enough time to thaw the bird! The rule is one day for every 5 pounds of turkey.
- Try going generic or store brand for most of your groceries. They taste the same while generally costing less.
- Try making some of the key ingredients yourself like piecrusts, gravy, chicken stock, breadcrumbs and whipped cream.
- Frozen vegetables offer the same taste at less cost than fresh veggies.
- Keep an eye on the sales at your grocery store. The week before Thanksgiving is usually filled with sales on Thanksgiving staples.