Thursday, October 28, 2010

Frugality- Saving Time and Money on Thanksgiving

I know it is hard to believe, but we are less than a month away from Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving can be pretty expensive with the food, decorating, and everything else involved, but it doesn't have to be that way!
  • Shop the Sales- This may seem obvious, but don't forget about it. If you start now, you should be able to find most of the food on your list on sale in the next month. And definitely don't underestimate the week of Thanksgiving for sales.
  • Consider a Potluck- It can be a lot of work cooking for a large gathering of people, so why not consider sharing all the work. You can either assign each person/family a food or have a sign-up (this way you don't end up with everyone bringing mashed potatoes). 
  • Make it Homemade- Many homemade dishes taste better and cost lest. Stuffing is a big one here. You can buy one loaf of bread for $1 or some boxed stuffing for a few dollars. Rolls and pies are also simple to make and taste soooo good.
  • Plan ahead- Many foods can be made ahead and warmed on the day of, so figure out what those might be now. Breads, desserts, and many side dishes can be made a day or even a week ahead. For example, a homemade pie can often be made and then frozen.
  • Use Nature- Don't go buying expensive decorations. If you are fortunate enough to have fall foliage, use it to you advantage. You can make centerpieces, napkin rings, and tons of other decorations using things found outside.
  • Or Use Things You Can Use Later- Pie pumpkins, squash, cinnamon sticks, etc. can make great decorations
  • Or Buy Things You Can Use Every Year- Maybe you love a fall wreath on the door, or a wonderful centerpiece. Find a good sturdy one (or make your own) and use it every year. Remember, check after season clearance sales to get the most bang for your buck.
  • Keep it Simple- Really the best way to save time and money is to not go overboard. 
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