Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget
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Thanksgiving is not too far away! It’s one of my favorite holidays, mainly because of the food. I love getting together with family and eating good food. But we should all make a Thanksgiving Dinner budget and stick to it so we don’t have any spending regrets.
Here are some ways to keep costs down so that you can enjoy the holiday and lower the stress of it all. Remember that Christmas is right around the corner! Save now so that you have that extra money for shopping!
Have a family pot luck.
Have everyone bring a dish rather than having the hosting family buy the entire dinner. If you are hosting this year it will save you so much!! Keeping your cost to only one dish will save so much money. And the stress of only making one dish is also very low. My family does this every year, for every holiday and it works perfect.
It’s great too because people will usually volunteer to make something that they know they’re good at making. So, all of the dishes are super yummy. Make sure that you are organized though! Communicate so there aren’t doubles of anything, or too many desserts and no sides.
Shop at Aldi or another discount grocer.
I shop at Aldi every week, so getting my Thanksgiving supplies there is a no brainer. But, some people do prefer their local supermarket for weekly shopping. They might like the convenience of multiple cashiers and baggers, or the variety of product offered. But you pay extra for all of that! I’m a bargain shopper and know that Aldi is the best place to find a bargain in my area. When you’re cooking a large meal no one, and I mean NO ONE, will notice if you use name brand condensed soup versus the Aldi or Walmart brand. These stores even offer a surprisingly high number of organic, gluten free, and vegan products!
If you normally don’t shop at the discount store make sure to take a trip through that store before your big Thanksgiving dinner shopping trip. Stop in just to pick up a few things to take a look around. This will get you accustomed to the layout of the store and with products that they offer. Maybe you will even like it more than you thought! And you can start saving more every week by shopping there.
Use your cash back apps.
I am always talking about cash back apps, it’s easy money! I can’t stress enough how useful they are. If you aren’t a big couponer these are great because you pick your deals first, then scan the receipt when you get home. While you’re at the store you don’t have to dig around to find coupons. I use both Ibotta and Checkout51. Ibotta is my favorite because they have added a lot of retail stores too. So my cash back has been adding up even more quickly now.
Aldi does sell some name brand products that you can find on these apps. But most of there products are their own brand which aren’t on the app. But that’s ok because the prices are so low to begin with! So use these apps to supplement any name brand purchases that you may need to make. And sometimes they are both offering the same coupons, so double dip!!
Check Amazon for pantry deals.
Amazon offers a lot of great coupons and discounts, especially during the holiday season. And if you don’t want to pay for a Prime membership to get free shipping, use a 30 day Free trial for the holiday season. Click here for a 30 day FREE trial of Prime. It’s a great way to get both grocery shopping and your Christmas shopping done right from your couch. And the month of free two day shipping makes shopping super convenient.
Don’t over do it.
If you are having ten people to your house, don’t cook for twenty! Of course you should make sure to have enough for everyone, but cooking double the food is just wasteful. Make sure to understand the serving sizes of the meals that you’re making and plan accordingly. This will ensure that your leftovers are not excessive. You should only have enough food left over for your family to reasonably eat in the next week before it goes bad.
When you do have some left overs make sure to get a little creative. Having 2 weeks worth of left over turkey gets old real quick. Check Pinterest for some yummy ways to make new meals with the same food. Making it interesting and different will ensure that the left overs actually get eaten. Then it will save your grocery budget that next week!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!! If you plan to go shopping after your Thanksgiving dinner click here to learn how to save even more money and have fun while shopping.