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7 Tips for Saving on Thanksgiving

Nov 16, 2016 | Personal Finance

With the holidays approaching, more stressful and costly times are ahead.

Thanksgiving is on its way, and if you’re hosting dinner at your house this year, you might be looking for ways to save money. There are plenty of ways to keep costs low this year while still enjoying a wonderful holiday.

To make sure your Thanksgiving is a success, keep these following tips in mind:

1. Take A BYOD Approach

While you’ll still want to cook meals for your friends and family, you can also encourage them to bring their own dishes by complimenting their culinary skill. This will remove some of the financial burden—and the stress of cooking an entire meal yourself.

2. Serve Frozen Pies

Unless you’re a great baker, consider serving frozen pies as a dessert dish. They’re typically on sale during the holiday season!

3. Pick Seasonal Items

Buying out of season fruits and vegetables is a costly endeavor. Not only will you save money purchasing seasonal foods, they’ll taste fresher and better.

4. Choose Dishes Everyone Loves

Green bean casserole and cranberry sauce are Thanksgiving staples, but does everyone gobble them up? If Dad is the only person who eats cranberry sauce, it might be time to retire this side dish. The meal should be about quality, not quantity.

5. Start Today

When you wait until the last second to buy groceries for your Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t give yourself the time to look for the best deals. By getting your shopping done early, you can search for bargains.

6. Use What You Have To Decorate

Too many people feel the urge to buy new decorations for their homes in anticipation of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, but the odds are good you already have items in your house or apartment that will work just fine for now.

7. Use Those Leftovers

There are numerous dishes you can create with leftover turkey and side dishes. From turkey soup to potpie and salads, there’s no reason to waste any bit of food.

Thanksgiving is a time to show your gratitude for the wonderful people in your life. Don’t let money concerns get in the way of enjoying time with your friends and family.

Life is full of emergencies, from costly car repairs to needed home improvements. And we often don’t have the extra cash on hand to fix the unexpected. When life throws a mishap your way, you can rely on Minute Loan Center to get you through difficult circumstances.  If you need to get a loan to make it through the holiday season? Get in touch with with us. 

Written by Joel Manzer

Once an active writer on financial issues, Joel is a blogger, social media maven and autism dad, Joel now runs one of the largest living with autism sites in the world.

The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional financial advice. You should consult a credit counseling professional concerning the information provided and what should work best in your financial situation. And any action on your part in response to the information provided is at your discretion.

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