5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner


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Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast on a budget.

With the price of food continually increasing here are 5 easy ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner. 

Keep your Eyes Peeled for Coupons

· The Holiday season is one of the BEST times to find coupons in the store. Keep your eyes peeled for booklets, tear pads, blinkies and rebate offers for traditional Thanksgiving & Christmas fare.  You can also use our database at time2saveworkshops.com to search for coupons for specific products.  Simply type the specific product name into the database and a list of every available coupon will show.

Stock Up Early & Save

· In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving most traditional Thanksgiving grocery items will go on sale.   Think in terms of individual ingredients instead of dishes and scour your weekly grocery ad for those items.   For example, because I know I’ll need cool whip for Pecan Pie, my favorite thanksgiving desert I stocked up on it last week when it was on sale and I had a coupon for $0.47. I also stocked up on cheese for green bean casserole for $1 a block.  Instead of paying upwards of $9 for 2 blocks of cheese and 2 tubs of cool whip I only paid $3.

Don’t be a Turkey – Take advantage of Price Matching and Promotions

· Over the next couple of weeks you’ll see tons of different promotions and sales for Turkey and Ham.  Pay attention to your weekly store ads to see what kind of incentives your store is offering.  You may be able to score a Turkey for free just by shopping on certain days or buying other qualifying purchases.

Simplify your Menu

· Think about your family’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes and pare your menu down accordingly.  Tons of different dishes translate into additional grocery items and a higher grocery bill.

No Need to Fly Solo – Accept Help

· Take Aunt Sally up on her offer to bring her famous sweet potato casserole.  Just because you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving Shindig doesn’t mean that you can’t accept a little help.  When family or friends call and ask what they can bring – consider divvying out some of the responsibility.  You could cut your expenses down considerably

 

Saving money on Thanksgiving also means you’ll have more saved for Christmas!

Check out more Ways to Save Money articles in this series!

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