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Thanksgiving dinner can be extremely expensive if you choose to take on the entire event by yourself. Check these 6 smart tips to save money on thanksgiving dinner and budget it under $80 for 8 people.
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Thanksgiving dinner can be extremely expensive if you choose to take on the entire event by yourself. There are several different ways you can cut corners financially and still prepare a meal fit for the pickiest eaters.
Here are 6 smart tips to save money on thanksgiving dinner and budget it under $80 for 8 people.
Choose Foods That Are in Season • Because Thanksgiving falls at the end of harvest season, you will have an abundance of fresh foods to choose from. • Fresh vegetables are also available at a low price.
Cook from Scratch • Make recipes from scratch. • Box meals are generally overpriced and lack nutritional value due to over-processing. • Foods made from scratch are cheaper, taste better and cost less than their store bought counterparts.
Opt for Canned or Frozen • In a pinch, use canned or frozen vegetables in your recipes. • They are already cooked and ready to go, and can cut preparation time by more than half. • They are also cheaper than buying fresh.
Buy a Supermarket Brand Turkey • They are less expensive but still have the same flavor as more expensive, brand name turkeys. • Getting more bird for your buck helps a lot when it comes to cutting costs, especially if you have more people than you accounted for when making the dinner.
Delegate Dishes • The biggest way to cut costs when it comes to a big meal is to have everyone bring a dish. • Have everyone let you know what they are bringing so you have a wide variety of dishes to choose from during the meal.
Make a Recipe Your Own • If you are following a recipe, you don’t have to use brand name items that are called for. • Substitute with your favorite brand or the cheapest one available. • Add different spices and include ingredients that add to the flavor or texture.