It is possible to host a generous, delicious Thanksgiving feast and celebration on a budget. After all, this is supposed to be the holiday that we spend time with loved ones and celebrate our many things to be thankful for...such a wonderful holiday!
1. Accept Help and Ask Guests To Bring Side Dishes
Accept help from family and friends and get everyone involved, even the children. Cooking together on Thanksgiving can be when so many memories are made. So, feel free to ask guests if they would like to help. Children especially love to "help" too. Don't be afraid to let your guests know that you're on a budget; they may be too, and you can swap ideas about how you're saving and planning for holiday shopping.
2. Stick To Your Shopping List
Write out a menu, with items you need and stick to them. Take your Thanksgiving list along on your regular shopping trips for the month of November from Target, to Walmart, to Costco and the grocery store. Pick up non-perishable items during store sales. Pick up on sale pumpkin decor to add to your centerpiece and use year after year.
3. Make Items From Scratch
For pre-made items, you’re usually paying for packaging and brand, and end up with a lower-quality product. Instead, of packaged mashed potatoes, buy a bag of potatoes and peel, boil, mash, and butter them. Use spices in your cupboard instead or pre-made packs, make your own pie crusts and pies. As a tip, try to make pies the day before Thanksgiving to make the day run easier. Make your own stuffing with leftover sliced bread, onion, celery, seasoning, and broth. Slice sweet potatoes and sprinkle them with brown sugar, butter and marshmallows and broil them in the oven.
4. Ask Guests To Bring Their BYOB or BYOW, Or Any Of Their Own Alcohol
It is still polite to bring the host or hostess a gift for hosting any event, especially Thanksgiving. So, whether you are hosting or being hosted, bring flowers, a candle or a bottle of wine as a thank you to those hosting. Feel free to let your guests know they can bring their own alcohol so they can enjoy exactly what they like on Thanksgiving day.
5. Have Fun!
Thanksgiving is great holiday filled with food, family, friends, fun and can be budget-friendly. Pull out board games, go outside and toss a football around. Play cards. Talk. All of these are great options and budget-friendly and best of all, free!