Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to spend quality time together and enjoy delicious food. With the holidays right around the corner, however, this time of year can be particularly expensive. According to the National Retail Federation, total spending in November and December is expected to reach up to $730 billion. With your upcoming gift-giving in mind, you may be looking for ways to cut back on your Thanksgiving spending, especially if you’re the host. Don’t worry, BBB has some ideas! Here are some tips to help you have a successful and less expensive Thanksgiving.
Turn Thanksgiving in to a potluck
Offering to host Thanksgiving already comes with a lot of responsibility, why not ask others to show off their culinary skills and help contribute to the meal? Asking family and friends to bring a dish can help you save money and add variety to the dinner with each person’s specialty dish! It’s also a great way to ensure that everyone has something at the table that they love.
Create a budget and stick to it
Anytime you’re trying to save money, creating and sticking to a budget is key. When budgeting, figure out what you want to buy and how much you’re able to spend. Also, prioritize what items are most important to you ahead of time, that way if you reach the maximum budget, you’ve bought the most important components.
Check your pantry
Before heading to the grocery store, glance into your pantry for what products you already have! A quick look could save you from doubling up on ingredients. For any products you do find, make sure to look at the expiration date! You wouldn’t want to find out at the last minute that it can’t be used.
Use some pre-made products
We all love homemade, but sometimes adding pre-made components to your meal can save you time and money while tasting just as good. Making a pie? Use store-bought crust. Having cranberry sauce with your meal? Some people prefer canned! If you’re spending a lot of time in the kitchen, give yourself a break.
Incorporate seasonal produce
Seasonal produce is a great way to save money at any time of year! Not only is there plenty of it at the grocery store, but it’s usually significantly less expensive. What Thanksgiving worthy food in season this time of year? Cranberries, apples, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, pears and more!
Remember, no matter what your meal looks like or how much money you spend, the truly important part of Thanksgiving is being with the people you love. From all of us at BBB serving the Heart of Texas, Happy Thanksgiving!