With so many people traveling over the next week to see their loved ones, many hosts may be worried about how things will go on Thanksgiving. Will you have everything ready in time? Will there be plenty of food? Can you afford it all?
Good news – with some proper planning, there are plenty of ways you can have a fantastic meal without going broke or stressing out.
Look for Local Deals
Before you make a run for supplies, check with all your local groceries and then scour their ads for deals. You may also want to see if you can apply coupons on top of the sales to further your savings.
If you’re willing to have a full fridge for a bit, go this weekend and avoid having to go through a gauntlet with last minute shoppers.
Share Food and Stories
For many cultures, food is a social occasion so tap into it with your meal. Ask your loved ones to bring their favorite side dish and why they chose it. Even if two people bring the same side, it’ll be fun to hear them recall cherished memories.
Big Party? Buy Bulk
If you’re expecting a ton of people in your home, save some money by picking up some of your ingredients at your local warehouse store (just make sure to get a final headcount before you do!).
Prepare Ahead of Time
Now that you have your ingredients, do yourself a huge favor and get everything set-up. Wash, cut, and chop your vegetables ahead of time. In fact you can go ahead and start cooking some of the dishes the day before. Your guest don’t have to know and you will have more time to catch up with them.
As for dishes, see if you can grab some for the crockpot like cornbread dressing, scalloped potatoes, and corn chowder.
Creative and Inexpensive Ways to Decorate
Unleash your inner Martha Stewart and get crafty with decorating your place. Head over to a craft store in the area and grab some supplies. If you need ideas, Pinterest has tons of boards you can explore.
Looking for even easier ways to dress up your home? Use seasonal items like colorful acorn squash, pumpkins, and festive pine cones. Not only can it be cheaper, but you can use some of your decor later in hearty stews when the temperatures drop even further.
I hope these tips help you spend more time with your loved ones and less time stressing in the kitchen.