We have officially entered the holiday season! As wonderful as this time of the year is, we know it can sometimes be expensive and stressful as well. Here are three tips to help you save money on your Thanksgiving dinner.
Serve seasonal foods, but only if your guests will eat them
Seasonal produce like sweet potatoes and squash are not only less expensive, they are also fresh this time of year! These are great options that are wallet friendly, but only if your guests will eat them. Don’t feel pressured to serve a traditional thanksgiving meal – especially if your guests don’t like cranberry sauce or glazed carrots!
Invite guests to bring their own favorite dish
Hosting a dinner party is a lot of work! Not only do you have to clean the house and set the table, but you also have to do a lot of cooking and cleaning. Let your guests pitch in by having them bring their favorite dishes to dinner. If you know someone who makes a great dessert or appetizer, ask them to bring it. This way you can just coordinate who brings what so you don’t only have turkey and desserts for Thanksgiving. Don’t forget those who are less comfortable in the kitchen. They can always bring something to drink, whether it’s a sparkling punch, mulled cider, or a couple bottles of wine to pair with dinner or dessert.
Plan ahead for leftovers
If you’re like my family, we have turkey for days after Thanksgiving. Knowing that, I plan ahead and know there is a turkey soup and turkey casserole I like to make. This helps make sure our leftovers don’t go to waste because everyone is sick of turkey for the third meal straight.
It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of Thanksgiving and overspend on seasonal treats only available this time of year. Just make sure you don’t over-do it and end up over-stuffing your grocery bill and refrigerator with leftovers that may go to waste.