We know what you’re thinking: one holiday at a time! We know you’re still in the final stages of planning your Halloween, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you’re hosting the holiday at your home this year, there are a lot of things to consider. With your entire family to feed, Thanksgiving may seem a little daunting and expensive. Fear not, AbbyBank is here to offer budget tips to help you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast!
Shop with a Plan
The first thing you need to know is how many people you’re shopping for. If you’re preparing the Thanksgiving meal, an accurate headcount is a must. Once you know how many people you’ll be feeding, it’s time to hit the grocery store. Next, you’ll need to create your menu. If you don’t know exactly what you’ll be serving, you’ll end up spending more money than you wanted.
Many local stores will offer coupons on Thanksgiving items, and when you’re planning for a large meal, every bit of savings counts. In addition to coupons, you can save money by buying generic products. Often, the only difference between the generic products and name-brand products is the price. Why should you pay more money for a bigger name when the generic product is virtually the same and can save you money? Finally, shop early, because Thanksgiving food items will become more expensive as we get closer to Thanksgiving.
Take Advantage of Leftovers
No matter how much planning you’ve put in, you’re going to have plenty of leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. You paid plenty for all that food, so don’t just throw it all away if it doesn’t get eaten during dinner. Depending on how many guests you have, your leftovers can feed your family for a few days or a week. Remember, each day you eat leftovers is a day you’re saving money on eating another dinner.