Hosting a Thanksgiving gathering at your home can be a costly endeavor. Whether it's picking out the best turkey in the bunch or making a plethora of sides to satisfy everyone's cravings, your budget can be extremely tight in this situation. However, it is possible to make your Thanksgiving dinner happen with the money you decide to set forth.
The following are helpful tips for managing Thanksgiving on a budget:
- Decide what you want to cook carefully. You can focus on dishes that you know most of the family will eat and leave out anything that would be unnecessary. Choose seasonal vegetables since they are cheaper than those that are out of season. Cook from scratch instead of purchasing pre-made food or boxed mixes.
- Select the right ingredients. Compare prices of canned, fresh, or frozen vegetables to see which fits your budget. Look at the price for turkeys at several supermarkets to determine the best option. Check your cabinet for ingredients you already have.
- Make the most out of your leftovers. No matter how much consideration you took into preparing the meal, you're bound to end up with leftovers. Fortunately, there are plenty of recipes that will allow you to create variations of the leftovers and stretch your budget for the next few weeks. Shredded turkey can replace chicken in many recipes, while leftover veggies are great for soups and stews.
As Thanksgiving approaches, it is best to create a shopping list ahead of time, consider all of your available options, and ensure that everything is under your budget. If it seems like an arduous task without going over the budget, do not be afraid to admit you can't do it alone and call it a potluck instead.