Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

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Hosting Thanksgiving is an honor - but it’s also a big task to undertake. It takes a whole lot of time, preparation, and often times, a whole lot of money. You won’t have to take out a loan to have a great Thanksgiving this year, luckily, with some tips. Here’s some ways you can be smart about the holiday this year.
Stick With The Essentials
When it comes to how many dishes you’re going to serve, start with the essentials, and then branch out. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Additionally, this way, you’ll be sure to create high quality main courses, giving yourself more time to focus on the turkey and stuffing!
Create a Food Budget
Have a menu in mind, create a budget, and stick to it. Bring this list with you when you go to the grocery store, and don’t stray from it. We all can get a little wild and ambitious when we have grand plans, but it’s important to stick to a budget. You’ll end up saving money in the end, and you’ll have more than enough food to feed a village.
Have Potluck
While your pride may be saying you should cook everything yourself and be a holiday hero, sometimes, it’s just not possible. This is a holiday of giving, so it only makes sense that it’s okay to ask everyone to bring a part of the dinner. Share the costs, share the traditions, and get everyone involved!
Reuse Decorations
You don’t always need to buy new decorations to have a festive house. Use decorations from last year - you’re not the only one, and nobody will know the difference. If you truly do need to buy new decorations, make sure they’re reusable, so next year, you’ll be even more prepared than you were for the last one.
This year’s Thanksgiving is sure to be both a treat and a breeze. Your wallet will stay intact, and you’ll create new lasting memories and traditions with the ones you love. Thanksgiving dinner never tasted so good!

By: Tim Milles

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