November 20, 2013
Food is a necessity, and Thanksgiving is the time you feel it’s okay to go all out. However sometimes in the spirit of the holiday, we overdo it. While it may be a special occasion, don’t forget that it’s still important to save money wherever possible. Here are some tips to help you save this Thanksgiving:
Make a list and stick to it.It’s so easy to go to the grocery store for five items and see chocolate chips, cake mixes and pies on sale that would be a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving table. However, remember that if you had not seen it, you would not have had a desire for it. The power of suggestion is strong, but be stronger and stick to what is on your list so you can stick to your budget.
Bake instead of buying. It’s much more affordable to buy a frozen turkey that you can thaw and bake rather than going with the fancy catered turkey from specialty food stores. It may take a little extra effort, but the money you save will be worth it. If you insist on getting a gourmet ham or turkey, check out the web for coupons at the retailers where you plan to buy your turkey, ham or other catered items from. Many times there will also be coupons online on their respective websites.
Skip the alcohol. If you normally serve wine or other alcoholic beverages on Thanksgiving, consider switching this holiday to soft drinks such as tea and sparkling cider. It will save you a ton of money and you won’t have to worry about family members that may indulge more than they should.
When it comes to holiday spending, the important thing is to stick to your regular monthly budget, with some necessary additions. We all want holidays to be special, but if you create debt in the process, it will end up being more of a headache than a holiday