Learn how to save money on holiday meals so you can have more money for gifts.
The holidays are just around the corner and you may be wondering how to pull off that special meal without breaking the bank.
I’ve got some great ideas for you!
Make a Plan
It’s honestly one of my least favorite tasks, but creating a plan for what you’ll eat and what you’ll spend will save you money and stress. Knowing what you’ll be eating and the ingredients you need to purchase BEFORE you shop means you avoid impulse spending or buying items you don’t actually need.
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Before you head to the store be sure to check what you already have on hand. Chances are you’ve got several staples that you can incorporate into your holiday meals like chicken stock, frozen vegetables, spices, and flour. Make a list of what you currently have in the pantry, fridge and freezer so you don’t waste money by purchasing those items again.
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Do your shopping early enough that you can grab the best sale items while they’re available. Waiting until the last minute means you have less selection and may end up missing out on deals because they’ve all been purchased by other shoppers.
Focus on Sale Items
An easy way to save at the store is by primarily purchasing sale items. Plan your meals around in-season produce and the items that are “loss leaders” (super low-cost sale items) at your local stores. Typically in November you’ll find turkey, squashes, root vegetables, pomegranates and baking goods on sale.
Know What You Need
Make sure to purchase enough food for your family, but avoid over-purchasing unless you know you’ll use the food you’re purchasing. For turkey you can plan on one pound of meat per person, or a pound and a half per person if you want leftovers for sandwiches the next day.
You can also freeze leftover turkey to use later, but other dishes like mashed potatoes, don’t freeze particularly well so keep that in mind.
Ask for Help
Ask guests to bring side dishes and desserts, and ask your immediate family for help in the kitchen. Asking others to contribute will not only lighten your work load, but your financial investment as well.
Another way to cut costs is to invite friends to come later in the day or evening for a Thanksgiving dessert fest. Desserts are generally cheaper to prepare and you can still enjoy the company of your friends.
Holiday meals don’t have to break the bank. By using these simple tips you can feed your people and still have money leftover for gifts.
I’d love to hear how you save money on your holiday meals so leave a comment. 🙂
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