Thanksgiving is a time of year when we give thanks for all of the wonderful things and people in our life. Thanksgiving is also a time when families gather around the table for a nice home cooked meal. The person throwing the Thanksgiving dinner is typically planning for this big day long before the guests arrive. You might even be a little stressed out over the costs involved with hosting such a large dinner gathering. Do not worry, spend time with your family and rest assured there are ways to save on your Thanksgiving dinner.
How to Save on Thanksgiving Dinner
Shop the Sales
During the holiday season you will probably notice that your grocery store runs several sales and promotions. Make sure you are watching these sales very closely as you can save big! You should also keep an eye our for coupons and if possible start clipping coupons for Thanksgiving dinner several weeks if not months before the big day.
Make a list of all of the items you need to pull off a successful Thanksgiving dinner. Every week see what items on your list you can find on sale. Some stores even offer promotions to get a free turkey or ham, so watch for that.
Your guests will probably ask you if there is something they can bring. If someone does ask you if they can bring something, say yes! Look at your list of dishes you will be serving and give your guests a couple of suggestions. Even something small like soda, a salad or rolls will help you save on Thanksgiving dinner.
Choosing a Wine
Most families like to pair a wine with their holiday dinner. If you would like to serve wine that is great but keep in mind the cost of wine adds up quick. When looking for a wine, make sure you are watching for store sales. Some stores will offer a buy 1 bottle of wine get one for 5 cents or something similar.
You might also want to consider purchasing a boxed wine. Some boxed wines are just as good if not better than bottled wine. If you are not familiar with the different wines ask a friend or family member for a few suggestions.
Don’t Over Do It
It is easy to go overboard when planning a dinner party. You really don’t need 4 different types of salads or 6 desserts. Try to stick to the basics when planning your menu. Here is a sample Thanksgiving menu.
- Green Salad
- Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
- Green Beans
- Pecan & Pumpkin Pie
People do add in additional side items but they are not necessary and will only put you over budget.
What are your tips for saving on Thanksgiving dinner?