Turkey, stuffing, wine and spirits, dessert – the costs of these items can add up quickly. Whether you have a small or large guest list for Thanksgiving dinner, consider these money savings tips from these budget- savvy bloggers.
- Make dinner a potluck. “Ask each person [attending the] dinner to bring a dish. Make sure you assign specific menu items as you do not want to have four people show up with a green bean casserole. You can have more time to enjoy the holiday and less time in the kitchen.” – Tracie, pennypinchinmom.com
- Plan the menu early. “I recommend making your menu plan as early as possible so that you can start looking for the ingredients at the best possible prices in your weekly sales ads.” – Alea, premeditatedleftovers.com
- Check out manager’s specials. “Do you know that you can save 30-75% with [manager’s specials]? Items are typically getting ready to expire.” – Reelika, financiallywiseonheels.com
- Buy in bulk. “Fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat are often cheaper by the pound when purchased in bulk. Try to stick with produce that is local and [are] in season.” – Leah, foodista.com
- Don’t serve alcohol. “Booze is expensive for a large crowd. Ask others to bring the wine/beer. If you can’t do that, go for the cheaper boxed wine.” – Manuela, acultivatednest.com
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