Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is no need for expensive gifts and no stressing over what to buy people and whether they’ll like it. It’s just a day to spend quality time with family.
It’s too late to get a cheap Thanksgiving flight, (preparing for the holiday season is key to saving money), but if you left things to the last minute like my family, here are three things you can do to save.
1. Non-traditional dinner – If preparing food from scratch and spending all day in the kitchen is not your cup of tea, try simplifying the meal. Instead of preparing turkey, roast a chicken or Cornish game hens, or make something completely different. Go vegetarian for a day or make soup. Both options can be easy, delicious and are often very inexpensive.
2. Impromptu Potluck – Ask friends and family members to bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage for a potluck dinner. If the festivities are being held at your home, prepare the turkey or other main dish like duck, ham, or prime rib. This will get everyone involved and save you time, money and the hassle of preparing a complete meal for your guests. This is one of the easiest and most common ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner.
3. Make new traditions – Many of us already have traditions like going around the table and telling others what you are thankful for, but how about creating new traditions. This year, strengthen your family and community without spending a penny. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or food pantry. You’ll feed good from helping others and come away with a new understanding of how much you have in your life. If you cannot volunteer on Thanksgiving Day, consider helping out before or after the holiday.