Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It gives families and friends a chance to make new memories while sharing old ones around the dinner table, without the pressure of buying gifts. It’s fun and festive, but if you’re not careful, it can get expensive.
Here are 5 tips to help you save money on Thanksgiving:
- Plan your dinner ahead of time, shop early, and have everyone bring a dish when they come over for Thanksgiving dinner to help cut back on food cost. Even if you host the entire meal, you don’t have to buy everything at once. Get staples and shelf-stable items now so you don’t have to get all of those items right before the holiday.
- Make your decorations and centerpieces using items from nature such as pine cones, colorful leaves, branches and acorns. It’s a fun project for the whole family and they look beautiful. I also think it’s totally fine to just not have centerpieces and decor (more room for food).
- Save your leftovers for later and look for new recipes for using them, so you don’t get tired of turkey sandwiches. What are some of your favorite post-Thanksgiving recipes?
- Find inexpensive ways to entertain at home instead of going out on the town for the holiday. Hotels, flights, and gas can add up quickly. It’s a great way to spend quality time with the ones you love.
- Buy next year’s decorations and similar items after Thanksgiving Day and take advantage of holiday sales like black Friday to find some wonderful deals. You’ll get the best deals on things that are obviously Thanksgiving related, but sales will vary by store. Also, make sure you only get what you will actually use, like fun Thanksgiving-themed paper plates. If you buy an entire cart of decorations, then put it in the attic to forget it, you’re not really saving any money.
Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and giving thanks for your many blessings. Use these tips to help reduce the financial burden that goes along with the holiday. This way, you can spend less time thinking about money and more time enjoying the time you spend with family and friends.