Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Whether you’re planning to travel afar to see family, or celebrating right from your own home, there is a ton of work and planning that goes into a Thanksgiving meal. The preparation can be chaotic by itself, let alone the cost! The average American will spend about $50 on their Thanksgiving meal, but most of us probably spend much more. Don’t worry, I’m not about to suggest you forego Thanksgiving dinner to save a buck. However, there are many things you can do to celebrate Thanksgiving for less. Here are 4 ways to celebrate thanksgiving on a tight budget.
How to Celebrate Thanksgiving on a Tight Budget
Get creative with decorations
Many people like to add a few decorations to their home for Thanksgiving. Whether it’s a lovely centerpiece or a simple wreath for the front door, these items can be expensive. Consider finding decor items that can be used for the entire fall season, or make them yourself! The Dollar Store has great options for holiday decor as well.
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, make it a potluck
The bulk of the Thanksgiving meal cost tends to fall on the family hosting Thanksgiving. While it does make sense, this unfortunately puts the entire cost of the meal onto one family! Instead of dumping the financial burden on one family, make it into a potluck. A potluck Thanksgiving will lower the cost for everybody and allows everyone to take part in the cooking. Decide what each family, or person, will bring ahead of time and divide the cooking responsibility. I would suggest having the host handle the turkey to avoid the hassle of trying to transport such a large main dish.
Don’t be afraid to buy generic
There are a few duds out there when it comes to generic brands. However, there are some great steals out there that can save you money, as most generic brands come out of the same factories as the name brands. Many classic Thanksgiving staples can be found generic for 50% or more less. Plus, they taste just as good as their expensive counterparts.
Be on the lookout for sales
Retailers know when people will be shopping for certain items, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Many stores will put Thanksgiving items on sale during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Be sure to check store ads, and find the best deals. Two of the most common sales you’ll find are on turkey and ham. Usually, it’s some form of buy one get one free or discounted. Make sure to do the math and figure out if it really is a good deal.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and be around your loved ones. With a little planning, you can save money on your Thanksgiving without sacrificing any of the flavor or fun with your family.