8 Ways to Save Money During Thanksgiving

It is extremely easy to spend money during the holidays due to an increase in advertisements and pressure from family and friends to spend money. Resist the temptation to spend money that you do not have, buy more than you need, or buy something you probably will not use simply because it is on sale. Many times items that are on sale are not really a bargain.

If you love the Thanksgiving meal but do not enjoy the costs, you are not alone. The added cost of decorations and feeding family and friends can be overwhelming. Saving money during the holidays may seem like an impossible task but is not as difficult as it seems. Here are 8 effective ways to save money during Thanksgiving.

PLAN AHEAD

Shop at least a week in advance or early in the morning.

BUY SIDES EARLY

Buy side items at least one week prior to Thanksgiving to get the best deal. Spirits and non-perishables such as stuffing mix, cake mix, and other packaged items can be purchased at least a week in advance.

USE A SHOPPING LIST

Create a food budget, use a shopping list, and stick to it. Make a list of what you need but cannot afford to buy and ask attendees to bring those items.

UTILIZE COUPONS

Use coupons to save more when buying items on sale items. Shop at stores that offer double coupons or shop at stores that honor competitor prices.

MATCH FROM SCRATCH

Make you own bread, pasta, soda, jelly, preservatives, canned fruits, etc.

SHOP LOCALLY

Visit local farmers or farmers’ markets that sell their food directly to customers.

MAKE YOUR OWN DECORATIONS

Make your own decorations or shop online to find inexpensive decorations.

SAVE LEFTOVERS

Freeze leftovers and take for lunch or eat the rest of the week. This will help to save money on grocery costs and eating out.



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