Watch for promotions
A lot of times stores run promotions around the holidays. Buy your turkey get some of the sides free, or buy so many other items and get your turkey free.
You have to make sure you’re actually getting a good deal, though. Don’t get suckered into buying things you would have never bought to “save” money that you’re really not saving.
Make A Plan
Plan your holiday dinner out on paper, and then make your shopping list.
The key is sticking to your list when you get in the store. Don’t buy the things that aren’t on the list just because they look like their at a great price or you “might” need them.
Shop your pantry
Before heading to the store make sure to check your pantry. Most of the time you’ll be able to cross a few things off of your list because you already have it at home. If you have it there’s no sense in buying it.
Remember a lot of stores now price match that includes food, so sit down and go through your sales papers with your shopping list. If you see a lower price circle the item in the paper and write the store name on your shopping list. This will make it easier when you get to the checkout.
If your cooking for 10 don’t make enough to feed 50. Only make and buy what you need to feed the people that will be eating.
A good rule of thumb is 1.5 pounds of turkey per person. This will give you enough to feed your guests and enough for a little leftover for the next day.
Buy In Season
Make sure you buy things that are in season. They will be a whole lot cheaper. What’s in season right now?
and a lot more. You can go to SFMA.net to find out what else is in season!
Cook From Scratch
You would think buying something in the box would be cheaper, but it’s not! You get more bang for your buck and it tastes better if it’s homemade. Plus, what you don’t use you can use for regular dinner later in the week.
Balance is key
Find a balance between you desserts and side dishes. You don’t need an entire buffet of desserts to please your guest. I suggest making two desserts that give everyone a choice. You could even bake a few cookies for the kids.
If No One Eats It Don’t Cook It
If you know your family doesn’t eat yams don’t cook them. There is no sense in wasting money on food no one is going to eat just because it’s a holiday. I promise no one will miss them.
Bring Your Own Dish
A great way to save money is to ask family members to bring a side dish. You can still cook the main dishes, but you don’t have to spend the money or time worrying about the side dishes.
A great way to do this is to ask each family member what they are bringing and write it down. This way you know what they are making and what you need to make.
Drink Wise Not Expensive
If your wine drinker think about buying a boxed wine, you could save about 25 bucks this way.
Or maybe just skip the wine altogether and serve ice tea and Koolaid for the kids. (we’re from the south everyone loves ice tea)
Decorating Your Table
Check out Pinterest for easy DIY decorations. Usually, you can do it for either cheap or FREE.
Have your kids help out too! After all the holidays are for family.
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