I’ll be the first to confess that, as much as I enjoy Thanksgiving, it’s not cheap. It’s no wonder that when you’re preparing seven side dishes, three pies, and a massive turkey, the prices may quickly add up.
But the more Thanksgivings you host, the more you learn, and while I may have spent a small fortune the first time, I’ve figured out how to keep costs down.
There are some simple ways to keep the expense of Thanksgiving low if you’re hosting it on a budget. For example, if you play your cards well, you won’t even need to buy a full turkey! Here you’ll find her money-saving techniques, as well as some of my favorite budget hacks from my years of hosting Thanksgiving.a
There’s no such thing as too early when it comes to shopping for Thanksgiving items. I don’t mean stocking up on sweet potatoes or other fresh food months in advance (that’s ridiculous), but rather stocking up on shelf-stable items whenever they go on sale.
Take advantage of a two-for-one canned pumpkin purée bargain in September, for example, and preserve the cans until November, when you’ll need them.
Supermarkets all throughout the country will be running specials from the end of October until Thanksgiving. Signing up for a shop flyer aggregate app, which allows you to compare pricing and promotions at local supermarkets by simply looking at your phone, is something I encourage.
Bundle discounts are also available at certain retailers, which means you’ll often get complimentary side dishes when you buy a turkey.
When I lived in Brooklyn, I used to shop at a supermarket where store members could obtain a free turkey provided they spent enough money on other items throughout November.
I never bought enough to qualify for the free turkey because I only ever bought enough food to feed myself. If I’d been shopping for a family, on the other hand, I’m sure I’d have gotten the free turkey in no time.
I’ve got a bunch of shelf-stable stuff that I’ve used once for Thanksgiving and then forgotten about. Rather than allowing these items go to waste in my cupboard, I carefully check what I already have to make sure I’m not buying anything unnecessary.
It saves me money and pantry space, and I don’t feel awful about buying something I thought I’d only use once.
Pre-made products can sometimes be a lifesaver in terms of time, effort, and money. Fresh, homemade dinner rolls, for example, are delectable, but they might take all day to prepare, which is inconvenient when you’re already pressed for time.
Pre-made dinner rolls, which are both inexpensive and ready-to-eat, would be a better choice in this scenario. There’s nothing wrong with buying one or two pre-made products if you’re creating numerous dishes in a single day.
To be honest, turkey isn’t usually the main attraction of Thanksgiving dinner. If you ask me, it’s still the blandest, driest bird in the chicken family, even when cooked to perfection.
That is why my Thanksgiving co-host and I have begun to consider other possibilities this year. We originally considered roasting a chicken instead, and while our intentions have changed, it’s still a good idea.
Chicken is tastier, less expensive, and easier to prepare than a Thanksgiving turkey, taking roughly a fourth of the time. Even if a single chicken isn’t enough to feed a crowd, roasting two chickens is still less expensive than buying a 20-pound turkey.
Despite the fact that it may not appear so, I understand why turkey is served on Thanksgiving—it’s a show-stopper! However, a spectacular presentation does not necessitate the entire bird.
You can just buy turkey parts (such as the breasts or legs) and plate them as usual. You won’t have to carve it, which can be a disaster if you’ve never done it before (or, in my case, even if you have).
Plus, buying parts rather than a full bird is much less expensive. As an alternative to whole turkeys, several supermarkets sell bone-in breasts or leg quarters at this time of year.
Getting everyone engaged is the best way to host Thanksgiving on a budget. Sharing the culinary responsibility with all of your guests allows everyone to relax and enjoy the day, while also making it more economical.
Plus, because you never know what someone may bring, it’s a terrific opportunity to obtain a variety of various foods.
Free Watercolor Cactus Happy Thanksgiving Invitation Templates
Thanksgiving is a lovely event that deserves to be commemorated with a lavish meal. Turkey Day is a time to gather and offer gratitude for all that you have and are thankful for, from football to family, friends, and tasty recipes.
This year, instead of relying on word of mouth, send your relatives and friends our Free Watercolor Cactus Invitation Templates for Thanksgiving Party. Spend no time worrying about the language of your Thanksgiving invitations! You’ll be sending out invitations that make everyone grin with a little help from us in no time.
These designs are quite simple with the touch of Watercolor Cactus with a wide white background behind the purple rectangle. It’s a perfect choice to be included in your Thanksgiving party on a budget.
Are you curious how to get these templates?
If you’re wondering on how to download this template collection and what you should do next, please read and follow these following guides:
- Choose your template design
- Move your mouse pointer and Left-Click the template
- Wait for a while, a new page will be appeared
- Right-click the template and choose “save image as” to save it
- Locate where the file will be saved in your device and Enter
If the download process has finished, Open the file with either Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. Then insert your text or party information. Print the final draft on cardstock or any printing paper.
Thanksgiving is a time for good food, good friends, and good family. Please come out for a Thanksgiving feast with us.