Thanksgiving dinner can put a hurtin’ on your wallet. Be mindful of your expenses by following these money-saving tips for turkey day.
It's okay to say ‘yes’ when someone asks to bring a dish, dessert or drink to Thanksgiving dinner. This will significantly lower your spend and also add some variety to the table.
Scan your kitchen before going to the grocery store to avoid doubling up on ingredients. You’ll be surprised with what you may already have available in your fridge or pantry.
Granny tip: Websites like Supercook will help you find recipes using the ingredients in your kitchen.
Get the ultimate deal by combining coupons, rewards and sales with discount gift cards. Gift Card Granny currently has cards for grocers including Publix, Safeway, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Purchase before inventory begins to dwindle for the holiday seasons.
Don’t let your leftovers go to waste! Find recipes that include multiple ingredients to repurpose your Thanksgiving meal. This turkey pot pie and turkey quiche are two of my favorites.
Granny tip: put a few helpings of Thanksgiving dinner in the freezer for a later date. This is a nice little fix for when you’re craving comfort food in the middle of winter.
Check online and the newspaper for coupons you can use towards your Thanksgiving dinner. Find locally-owned grocery stores that will double, or even triple, your coupons on certain days of the week.
Scan flyers weeks before to get the best deals for your dinner. Shop for non-perishable items and ingredients with a lengthy expiration date.
Granny tip: want fresh fruit and veggies for your Thanksgiving dinner? Shop local farmers’ markets and food co-ops for a fraction of the cost at a grocery store.
Haste makes waste. This is especially true when going to the grocery store without a list. Prepare ahead of time by double checking your pantry and reviewing recipes before your shopping trip.
Don’t toss those uncarved pumpkins and gourds in the garbage once Halloween ends. Instead recycle them to create a fall-themed centerpiece for your dinner table.
How do you cut corners for Thanksgiving dinner? Comment below with your tips.