Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner

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We’re officially in November, which means Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. 

Though most of us will forgo big Thanksgiving dinners with friends and extended family for smaller gatherings, there’s no denying that the food costs can get out of control.

Between the turkey, all the sides, pies, and beverages, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving you’ll probably get hit with a hefty grocery bill. 

However, the reality is you probably spent way more money on food than you ever needed to. 

If you’re already panicking about the cost of Thanksgiving — along with all the other holiday festivities — here are a few tips that’ll hopefully save you some cash.

Plan Ahead of Time!

Too many of us wait until the week before Thanksgiving (or the day before) to start thinking about what to buy.

If you want to make sure you aren’t scrambling a few days before Turkey Day, make a plan ahead of time. 

Figure out exactly who will be joining you for dinner — so you know how many servings to plan for — and write down a list of the dishes you’re planning to make. 

Then, write down all of the ingredients you’ll need for these dishes. Know exactly what you need before stepping foot inside a grocery store. 

Shop Early

First thing’s first, check your refrigerator and your pantry to see if you have any of the ingredients already. This will save you both time and money.

After you’ve done that, go to the grocery store early. Certain grocery stores will have deals on popular Thanksgiving dishes or ingredients two or three weeks before Thanksgiving. 

You don’t want to be in a situation where you desperately need something from the store one day before Thanksgiving and they’re sold out. 

Scratch Over Store-Bought

It’s very tempting to buy the store-bought pumpkin pie or the pre-made stuffing, but that’ll end up costing you more money in the long run. 

If you have the time, try your hardest to make as many of your dishes from scratch as possible.

Yes, it will be more time consuming — and arguably more stressful — but your wallet will thank you later. 

Don’t Stress About Decor

Don’t worry about having the perfect amount of pumpkins or the right Thanksgiving-themed napkins. 

Yes, it may look nice, but the truth is no one really notices those things. Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and enjoying a delicious meal.

And especially this year, since most of us will not be having large gatherings, you shouldn’t worry about hosting the party of the year.