The last two years, Ty and I have hosted Thanksgiving at our place. We gathered our friends who weren’t going home for the holiday, combined our family traditions, and enjoyed celebrating and being thankful together. These also happened to be our first two Thanksgivings as a married couple, so they will forever be remembered as special.
As fun as hosting can be, it does however come with some added expenses. To take the stress of money away from your Thanksgiving, here are some tricks I’ve learned along the way to save money on Thanksgiving!
How to Save Money on Thanksgiving
- Make it potluck style. Have each of your guests bring their favorite dish! This takes away stress from you as the host, both financially and emotionally, and also brings an element of fun to the meal. I love seeing what each person considers a traditional Thanksgiving dish! It also ensures that there will be at least one thing that everyone will eat.
- Cook the turkey. There are always crazy cheap turkey deals this time of year. Last year I paid $.48/lb for a 10 pound bird which means it cost me less than $5! Check your local store ads to see who’s got the best price (sometimes you can even get them free).
- Shop seasonally. If you decide to make more than just the turkey, opt for dishes that can be prepared with seasonal items. I’ve seen sweet potatoes for as low as $.29/lb and broccoli for as cheap as $.39/lb this time of year! Find a dish that you can make with ingredients that are on super sale.
- Have guests BYOB. The cost of alcohol adds up quickly. Consider offering a specialty cocktail, like this Bourbon Spiked Warm Apple Cider, but have guests bring anything else they’d like to indulge in.
- Decorate DIY style. Aren’t fall leaves the prettiest? Why not use them as decoration on your table! Last year I was inventive and used old paper towel rolls to make napkin rings with each guests’ name on them. Get creative!
- Head to the Dollar Store. The Dollar Store is the perfect place to pick up napkins, tinfoil, plastic baggies and containers for leftovers, and even cheap wine glasses! You can also usually find cute decorations if you’d like to add to your DIY foliage.
- Keep it simple. You don’t need to have the fanciest decorations or the biggest turkey to make this day special. Keep it simple; you’ll be more relaxed and more fully enjoy the day. After all, Thanksgiving is about friends, family, and being thankful.
To you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
What are your tips for saving money during Thanksgiving?
P.S. Don’t throw out those turkey bones; make this Homemade Turkey Stock!