Tis’ the season for pumpkin pies, lavish dinners and for our wallets to hit rock bottom. As much as we love the holiday season, the food, the gifts, the lights, and everyone being in a cheery mood, going broke is not fun. Especially for the holiday season when a turkey and stuffing is waiting to be served at Thanksgiving dinner.
Here are 3 tips to help you save smart while not compromising on your holiday activities:
- Organize your menu: Save time, money and energy by creating a list of what you want on the menu. Include the main dish, whether it is turkey, chicken or this vegetarian friendly option. Include at least 1-2 sides, opt for roasted vegetables with or without a glaze. Include one dessert, apple, pumpkin or whatever pie or dessert you typically have. After creating your menu, stick to it, don’t stray. Straying leads to buying more ingredients you do not need.
- Spend the most on the star of your dinner: Whether its a turkey, chicken, or vegetable platter, splurge on this item because it will make a difference in the outcome of Thanksgiving dinner. You want your guests to remember it forever.
- Be open to the idea of potluck: On top of seasoning and roasting a turkey, preparing stuffing, you have brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and a pie to bake. All of these dishes are costly, and will you even have enough time to breathe?! We suggest being open to the idea of potluck, where your friends and family will be responsible for bringing a dish to your dinner. This way you can save money for your holiday festivity and you can breathe a bit.
Want more holiday tips, read this post to learn how you can save on calories during the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends!