7 tips to saving money this Thanksgiving
1. The best time to buy Holiday staple items is during the Holidays…that is when they will be on sale. However, other everyday items you will need to cook your meal most likely will not be on sale. Be sure to stock up on those items BEFORE the Holidays and you will save money on all of the food items you need to buy.
2. Wholesale stores will often put a free shopping pass in the newspaper around the Holidays which will enable you to shop at the store for 30 days without having purchased a yearly membership. Use it! Shop for staples such as milk, juice, flour, sugar and other baking items. If you cannot locate a free 30 day pass, shop with a friend who has a yearly membership.
3. If your family likes just the white meat of the turkey, or you have a small family to feed on Thanksgiving, but a turkey breast instead of the whole bird.
4. Save by purchasing generic ingredients as opposed to brand name.
5. Instead of buying a jar or pack of gravy (that is filled with preservatives), make your own! It may take a few extra minutes, but it is better for you and tastes better too.
6. Use the leftover turkey (bones) to make turkey stock. Freeze it for later use.
7. Check with your local grocery stores to see which ones offer a free turkey when you spend a certain amount of money at their store within a certain amount of time.
My advice: Most people will tell you to keep Thanksgiving simple and not to overcook…take a side or two off of the menu, yada, yada, yada. I say cook it up! You will have leftovers you can eat from for days after Thanksgiving!