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5 Easy Ways to Spend Less This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s almost time for an entire day of food, family, and football! As you think about the upcoming festivities, do you wonder if it’s possible to make memories without breaking the bank? Good news! It’s very possible. Like your favorite recipes, a budget-friendly Turkey Day just requires a little advance planning. As old school football coaches like to say, “The separation is in the preparation.” Whether you’re hosting at home or hitting the road, here are five tips to keep your holiday spending under control:

  1. Think ahead. If you’re the one cooking the meal, plan your menu in advance and buy items when they go on sale. Many grocery stores will run specials on Thanksgiving favorites during the weeks leading up to the big day. Stocking up ahead of time can add up to significant savings.
  2. Encourage crowd participation. Planning a potluck gives everybody the chance to show off their culinary skills (or at least their exquisite taste in pre-packaged food). If you prepare the main dish and let others bring the sides, the cost can be shared and your Thanksgiving meal can be a delightful blend of everyone’s favorite recipes.
  3. Don’t overspend on decorations. With a little creativity and whole lot of Pinterest, dollar store decorations can be transformed into spectacular centerpieces. Don’t be pressured into dropping crazy amounts on trinkets that will spend the next 364 days in storage. If you really want to add some high-dollar decorations to your collection, after-Thanksgiving sales provide a fantastic opportunity to pick up next year’s pieces at a fraction of their original price.
  4. Don’t overspend on decorations. With a little creativity and whole lot of Pinterest, dollar store decorations can be transformed into spectacular centerpieces. Don’t be pressured into dropping crazy amounts on trinkets that will spend the next 364 days in storage. If you really want to add some high-dollar decorations to your collection, after-Thanksgiving sales provide a fantastic opportunity to pick up next year’s pieces at a fraction of their original price.
    • Pro Tip: If you’re shopping at a store that has its own gas station, check to see if they offer additional gasoline savings when you pay with a store gift card. If so, purchase a gift card in the store and use it to pay at the pump.
  5. Get creative with your travel plans too. Maybe you’ll spend Thanksgiving on the move instead of hosting friends and family at your home. Whether you’re taking to the skies or embarking on an epic road trip, advance planning can ease the stress and strain of traveling. In her recent U.S. News & World Report article, Liz Weiss shares 50 ideas to save money on your holiday travel. With so many travel tips, you’re bound to find a few that will save you some serious money this Thanksgiving!
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