Thursday, November 11, 2010

Money Saving Tips of the Week #8

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here are a few tips that might help you reduce your holiday feast expenses.

*Accept help
When someone offers to help with holiday meal preparations, you might want to take them up on it. People often like to feel needed, and they may enjoy contributing a special dish to your holiday extravaganza. With seven or eight guests all bringing a dish of their own creation, you may be able to greatly reduce your food costs as well as make your guests feel involved and appreciated in the dinner preparations.

*Go to someone else’s for Thanksgiving
Maybe you’re tired of hosting Thanksgiving this year and want to leave it up to someone else for a change. This can be a nice change of pace, not to mention more relaxing and much cheaper. Instead of paying to feed the entire family and possibly friends as well, make a dish or two to contribute to the meal, maybe bring along a bottle of wine, and save yourself plenty of money in the process.

*Start preparations early
When you’re at the store, keep an eye out in advance for items you know you’ll need for Thanksgiving dinner. Buying ingredients (that will stay fresh until they are needed) when they are on sale can keep you from having to purchase them at the last minute when you have little choice but to pay full price.

*Reduce alcohol expenses
Depending on the types of friends and family you have, alcohol may or may not be a necessary evil involved in your holiday plans and preparations. Alcohol costs for such events can add up quickly, and be even more expensive, if not more so than the food you serve. If you feel alcohol is a requirement for your Thanksgiving, consider making a punch rather than serving straight liquor. A punch can make your booze go further and can mask a lower-priced liquor behind other flavors.

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