Molly Dietz

Nov 21 2016

3 Ways to Save Money on Your Thanksgiving Dinner

3 ways to save this Thanksgiving

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, but they are also fresh this time of year! These are great options that are wallet friendly, but only if your guests will eat it. Don’t feel pressured to serve a traditional thanksgiving meal – especially if most people don’t like cranberry sauce or glazed carrots; retire those from the menu.

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, get the table set, but you have to do a lot of cooking and clean-up. Let your guests help pitch in by bringing their favorite dish 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 have a lot of turkey and desserts for Thanksgiving. And 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 even 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.

If you have any tips for saving on holiday dinners, share them in the comments below. We’d love to hear them!

Molly Dietz

About Molly Dietz

Molly Dietz is a Personal Banking Officer at the Hills Bank location on Muscatine Avenue in Iowa City. She has been with Hills Bank since 2003 helping customers with their banking needs. Molly is an active member of the City High School Alumni Association and is an avid Hawkeye sports fan. Molly can be reached at

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