Are you planning a get-together this Thanksgiving?
If so, it will probably involve lots of food…and of course, turkey! If you’re expecting a large crowd, you can expect to spend around $50 on Thanksgiving dinner. That’s the estimated average spending from the American Farm Bureau Federation for 2016.
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and showing appreciation for our loved ones, so of course, sharing a great meal is important! But, if cost is a concern, here are 5 quick tips to show your appreciation over a delicious meal, while saving money!
1. Plan Ahead
Know what you will prepare early, and know how many people you will be serving. This will help you to determine what you need to purchase, and estimate how much to buy. Creating a shopping list will prevent you from over-spending.
2. Shop Your Pantry
Take inventory before heading to the store. Do you have the ingredients you need at home? If so, you can cut down your grocery bill by using what you already have.
3. Make it a potluck!
If you’re in charge of the main course, ask your guests to bring the side dishes. If each guest brings one side item (salad, casserole, rolls, dessert), you can significantly decrease your Thanksgiving bill. Plus, it’s a great way to get everyone involved in the holiday meal-prep!
4. Keep it simple
Limit the choices. If you’re making turkey, don’t feel the need to also bake a ham or beef. Choose between making regular or sweet potatoes, and make only two pies instead of four! Having too many options is not only overwhelming, but also leads to a heftier grocery bill. Not to mention, lots of over-stuffed guests!
5. Cook from scratch
Baking rolls, desserts, and potatoes from scratch is significantly less expensive than buying boxed or pre-made items from the store. Plus, cooking from scratch is generally better for your health, with benefits like less sodium, more vitamins, and less preservatives.
- A pre-made box of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes is $3.14 at Walmart
- A 5lb bag of Russet potatoes is $2.97 at Walmart
Chances are, you will need more than one box of the pre-made potatoes. One 5lb bag, a little milk and butter, will work for your homemade mashed potatoes!
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Thanks for reading,