Thrifty Thursday: Thanksgiving Dinner

thanksgiv-day.jpgThanksgiving is only a week away—can you believe it?  Do you have your Thanksgiving menu yet, or are you like me and wait until a day or two before Thanksgiving to start planning the meal?  I decided this year that I’m going to get a jump-start on my turkey-day plans and start working on my menu today.  Since I am a recent college graduate, I need to stick to a pretty slim budget.  That’s why this week’s Thrifty Thursday blog post will feature Thanksgiving eats.

  • Did you know that some stores offer free turkey promotions?  There are also other ways to snag a free turkey, 12 of which are detailed in this article.  If you are having a small gather or you don’t want to/know how to cook a whole bird, opt for turkey breasts or take a non-traditional route and cook up some turkey burgers.
  • Have a potluck.  Invite your friends to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish to pass at your Thanksgiving dinner.  This will save you money and cooking time, plus you’ll get to try a variety of recipes and your guests can share why they brought each dish and if it’s a family favorite, etc.  Each recipe could have an interesting backstory!
  • Skip on pre-made items from the grocery store and cook from scratch.  It may take you a little more time, but it will save you money.  Your guests will appreciate the time you took to put the meal together and you might even pick up new cooking techniques.
  • Feeling overwhelmed yet?  Use this Thanksgiving Calculator to avoid overbuying, although an ample amount of leftovers is a perk of Thanksgiving.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Which recipes will you be sure to make for your family?  Safe travels this Thanksgiving and have a Happy Turkey Day!


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