Thanksgiving on a Budget
By Melissa Brodsky
It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year again. Family and friends will soon gather around tables all over the country to give thanks and celebrate. With the average cost being upwards of $50 a head for Turkey Day Delight, you don’t want to be financially fricasseed. However, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to break the bank. There are so many ways to give thanks with loved ones while being thankful the family bank account isn’t gobbled up.
DECORATE ON A DIME: A home decorated for Thanksgiving feels more festive and cozy. You don’t have to spend a fortune, either.
- Light your fireplace, if you have one. It creates warmth, both inside and out.
- Decorate with candles and core out apples and gourds to use as candle holders.
- Reuse uncut pumpkins from Halloween for both the pie and decor.
- Use large, clear vases to put pine cones and unusual shaped, bare branches and other nature items from your yard.
- Visit Oriental Trading for inexpensive and fun Thanksgiving decorations.
- Instead of buying extra plates, utensils or anything you’re running short of, borrow from friends and family.
THANKSGIVING DINNER ON A DIME: Thanksgiving dinner costs have gone up every year with 2011 running an average of $50 per person. Thankfully, there are ways to cut costs without cutting quality.
- Buying frozen turkey is a more economical way to go. Just make sure to give it time to thaw out before cooking.
- Instead of the costly name brands, stick with the generic ones. The taste and quality is usually the same, you’re just paying more for the name brands packaging.
- Always check the store coupon circular, that way you’ll easily find those great deals.
- If a big turnout is what is expected, shop in bulk for the fixins’.
- Buy what’s in season.
- Less is more. Thanksgiving doesn’t need to be a 12-course meal. Stick with the basics.
By keeping Thanksgiving as stress-free as possible, it allows more time and energy to focus on what’s important; friends and family.