Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which usually means a number of reasons to celebrate. For many of us, though, this time of year represents the stress that comes from balancing a delicious feast with respecting our budget.
One way to offset your costs is by inviting your guests to each bring a dish of their choosing. The vast majority of people will be more than happy to, seeing as how you’re the one playing host. This is also a fun way for people to share traditional recipes from their own families with others who may not have had them before.
Don’t be afraid to mix things up too. Vegetarians and vegans have had to become creative with how they celebrate this holiday and the rules are much more lax than ever before. Many families enjoy Korean, Mexican, Italian, and other types of dishes too. There are countless affordable recipes out there that those around your table will enjoy without knowing you prepared it at a discount.
No matter what you plan on doing, it’s best to prepare early. Most ingredients for Thanksgiving are nonperishable, meaning they can sit on your shelf for weeks (or years, for that matter) without suffering any harm. As we get closer to Thanksgiving, the ingredients you need will increase in price, so shop now and you’ll be sure to save money.
If your family enjoys drinking wine with their meal, this can represent a significant burden on your budget. Fortunately, there are a number of boxed wines these days that taste just like your favorite bottled versions, but at a fraction of the price. They’re much better for the environment as well.
While you hopefully have many things to be thankful for this year, the above advice can add some extra money to that list too.