Thanksgiving 2013: Give Thanks Without Breaking The Bank
We've come to that point in the year where the Super Bowl of Holidays is amongst us: Thanksgiving. And while you want to make sure you've got all the right trimmings with the turkey, it's important not to lose financial focus.
Here are some ideas on how you can save a few dollars this Thanksgiving. While many are quite obvious, it's a good reminder as we enter the holiday season.
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Stop Thinking Brand Name
While we all want the best for our Thanksgiving dinner, when it comes to the corn, green beans and stuffing, brand name isn't really that important. Take a good look at the off brands like Great Value (Walmart) for example before you buy. You'll probably save a lot of money on some of those items.
The objective is to make the turkey the most expensive thing on your list. Everything else should be "twos and fews."
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Have Each Family Member Bring A Dish
Believe it or not, this can be contagious. In my family, we're at the point to where everyone is known for a particular dish, from cakes to pies. Thanksgiving has become an culinary art explosion! When everyone pitches in to bring something to the home where Thanksgiving is celebrated, it helps the "holder of the turkey". This will make your budget close to non-existent.
Let's face it, this is the fastest part of the year. It's not long after we've eaten all of our Halloween candy that everyone starts to talk about holiday shopping and skips completely over Thanksgiving. Take advantage of the early holiday shopping deals and you can keep the turkey budget from burning your pocket. Besides, Black Friday 2013 isn't that far away.