How to Save Money on Thanksgiving

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving
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    Thanksgiving is one the biggest family get-together events of the year and is considered by many as the official start of the holiday season.


Each of us has much to be thankful for, and this year many of us will spend the day showing gratitude for our families and friends over a holiday meal. You can save money on Thanksgiving dinner — here is how.

1. Shop the specials. Throughout November, supermarkets are seeking your business, and will entice you by offering terrific deals on a turkey, a ham and many of the trappings of a Thanksgiving meal. Get a hold of your store’s advertising circular or check up on specials online and sign up for email alerts.

2. Use your coupons. Choose store brands for savings or clip manufacturer coupons to enjoy special deals on cranberry sauce, stuffing, pie and drinks. Your supermarket may automatically double coupons for up to 50 cents or one dollar, bringing an additional way to save to you.

3. Make it yourself. Store bought is ideal if your work schedule makes it impossible to prepare a lavish meal all by yourself. But, if you do have time then make as much of the meal as you can. That Halloween pumpkin can be turned into a pie and your stuffing can be made from your household supply of corn meal, croutons or bread. Bring out the punch bowl and use your refrigerated ingredients to serve up a delicious holiday drink!

4. Ask guests to contribute. The larger your dinner party, the more one you’ll pay for your Thanksgiving meal. Instead of providing everything yourself, ask your guests to bring certain items. You can supply the tableware, the meats, stuffing and the gravy, while assigning chips, dip, drinks, vegetables and desserts to your guests. Keep a few back up items on hand just in case someone forgets or you run out.

Feed a Family

How much can a Thanksgiving meal set you back? Quite easily at least $100 to more than $200 with a house full of guests. Add in alcohol and the finest desserts, and that final number may go well beyond what you have budgeted. Finally, if you’re the guest at a Thanksgiving feast, ask your host what you can bring. She may insist otherwise, but a pie, cake or a dessert wine can be a thoughtful touch as can a spray of freshly cut flowers or a table arrangement.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".