Have a Thrifty Thanksgiving
For many, thanksgiving dinner is a treasured yearly event, but it can be stressful and expensive to prepare. It’s not hard to have a frugal celebration, however.
First, plan your meal down to the last detail. This gives you a chance to take advantage of sales in the weeks leading up to the holiday and even cook and freeze a few dishes ahead of time. Use this time to find pans and serving platters you will need, either by going through your cabinets, borrowing items from friends or family, or shopping at sales or thrift stores.
One way to split costs is to have a Thanksgiving potluck, where one person prepares the turkey and other provide side dishes and desserts. Even if you wish to cook most of the meal, don’t be afraid to ask others to bring specific items-whether it is food, drinks, silverware or even extra chairs. Most people will be happy to help.
Remember the this is a time to give thanks, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy simple, traditional foods. Don’t worry about impressing anyone with fancy ingredients or decorations. If you do decorate, seasonal accents such as acorns and leaves can often be found outside for free.