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Thanksgiving Tips Part 1: A Budget-Friendly Dinner
Published: 11/17/2012

Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean giving up Thanksgiving traditions. There are simple ways to help cut the costs of holiday dinners. Read on – your wallet and your health will thank you! 

  1. Focus on vegetables. They are filling, nutritious and cost less than meat. Tomorrow’s Tip offers ideas for serving a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner – read it for some delicious vegetable-based meal ideas.
  2. Make it a potluck. If you are having family and friends over, assign each to bring an item. It will help keep your costs – and stress levels – manageable.
  3. Make your own dessert. You can make pies a few days ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate them, eliminating the need for a more expensive store-bought version.
  4. Use your leftovers. Turkey soup, potato pancakes, casseroles that combine some of the side dishes, cranberry sauce on whole grain toast for breakfast – there are plenty of ways to use traditional Thanksgiving leftovers.
  5. Calculate how much food you really need. The more food you make, the more it costs. If you aren’t a fan of leftovers, consider making just enough food to feed the number of people who will be eating.
  6. Clip coupons. Whether from your local paper or a website, there’s no downside to the cost-savings coupons offer. Many stores offer double or triple the value around the holidays, so do some homework and take advantage!

Don’t miss tomorrow’s Tip when we cover ways to make your Thanksgiving dinner vegetarian-friendly!

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