The holidays are expensive. Â So very expensive, but they donât have to be. Â You may think I am kidding, but Iâm not. Â There are some really simple and really easy ways to save money during the holiday season that you can start implementing now, to make this your most budget-friendly holiday season yet.
So, letâs start with Thanksgiving. Â Here are 5 tricks to saving money on Thanksgiving dinner that you can start to work on now.
- Plan in advance. Â Start planning your Thanksgiving meal now. Â Talk to family and find out who will be hosting the holiday dinner and you may find out that you donât have to cook! Â If you are in charge of dinner, start planning your meal now so that you can start your shopping early.
- Start your shopping now. Â You have just over a month until Thanksgiving, that means that you are well within your timeframe that you can start shopping for your Thanksgiving groceries. Â No, you obviously donât want to buy your perishable items too early, but you can start buying your canned and frozen goods now. Â There are already lots of good deals out there. Â At my local supermarket, they had a sale on frozen, bagged cranberries for just $0.89. Â You can bet I bought those early. Â Also, keep your eyes out for canned veggies, and even frozen turkeys! Â Not only are you giving yourself more time to find deals, but it will be less out of pocket at once which is nice.
- Shop around. Â Starting in late October, you will start seeing lots of great holiday sales. Â Be sure to shop around and score deals where you can. Â Many stores even offer free or greatly reduced turkeys when you spend a specific amount of money on other groceries.
- Plan a potluck. Â Why not plan for your Thanksgiving feast to be a potluck? With everybody bringing something, everyone will save money. Â
- Skip the alcohol. Â Alcohol is expensive. Even a cheap bottle of wine will cost you $10+ (and one bottle of wine wonât cut it with a big guest list). Â If you simply choose to keep alcohol off of your holiday menu and you will find that you save quite a bit of money.