Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but when you’re hosting a big dinner for your family and friends, it puts to the test your best money-saving skills. All that delicious food and beautiful decor can make a serious dent in your budget. The good news is that it doesn’t have to. It takes a bit of planning and you might need to shop around for deals, but it’s worth it.
7 Money-Saving Tips for Thanksgiving
Here are my best money-saving hacks for Thanksgiving:
- Keep the decor simple. Use candles, pine cones and small pumpkins to decorate your table. Reuse what you have at home already but rearrange it differently.
- Make your own centerpieces. Your kids can help you make these beautiful (and fun!) corncobs or pumpkins using recycled toilet paper rolls. They can also make placecards.
- Know your family’s tastes. Avoid anything you know for sure they won’t eat, to minimize leftovers. In my case, I will be serving sliced turkey breast because that’s what my kids actually eat. The whole turkey looks nicer, but I would rather cook what everybody enjoys.
- Make a list of what you really need and stick to it. This means resisting temptation when you go to the store.
- Look for BOGO (buy one, get one) deals, and shop around. You might need to make a few stops but your wallet will thank you.
- Serve fruit-infused water instead of soda. That way you’ll avoid spending money on soft drinks, and you’ll give your family a healthier option. Make your own healthy holiday drink by adding orange slices and cinnamon sticks to filtered water.
- Use technology! Take advantage of coupons and money-saving apps on your smartphone. The savings add up pretty quickly. Some stores, like Target, also offer extra discounts on their app.
What are your favorite money-saving tips? If you’re looking for more Thanksgiving ideas, check out my Pinterest board.