Save Money Monday: Frugal Thanksgiving ideas
PennySaverUSA is proud to present the latest installment of Save Money Monday dedicated to frugal Thanksgiving ideas.
By any measure, Thanksgiving is a glorious holiday. It involves eating fabulous food, spending quality time with family and watching football. How can you beat that?
Perhaps the holiday’s only downfall is the cost required in cooking such a feast. Enter Save Money Monday’s frugal Thanksgiving ideas.
The Save Money Monday key to having an amazing feast on a budget is to go in with a plan. Figure out exactly what you want to make, which recipes you want to use and how many servings you need to prepare. This will enable you to strategically map out where to find the best deals for each item and ingredient.
It might seem obvious, but it can actually be somewhat tricky just deciding what to make for Thanksgiving. Turkey is a no-brainer, but what about stuffing? Is a ham necessary? Pecan pie, pumpkin pie or both? First you must answer those questions, before you even begin to think about using frugal Thanksgiving ideas to keep your feast under budget.
Once you’ve decided the menu, it’s time to figure out which recipes you want to use. Rather than buying a cook book, simply find an e-book online. MrFood.com is currently offering a free Thanksgiving e-Cookbook that should do the trick.
Now that you have all of your recipes, you are ready to implement our frugal Thanksgiving ideas:
- Make a list of all the items you need to purchase for your recipes.
- Go through your pantry to see which items you already have that can be used for your recipes.
- Do a web search for a coupon blogger in your area (some good ones are Southern Cali Saver in SoCal, Coupon Mamacita in Florida and The Frugal Find in Northern Cali) and take a look at their coupon matchups.
- Peruse PennySaverUSA.com’s online coupons section and try to find coupons for your grocery list.
- Scour your local PennySaver and your local newspaper for more sales and coupons you can use for your list.
- Enjoy an awesome Thanksgiving feast, while smiling at your bank statement!