Thanksgiving is traditionally a day of sharing food, drink and conversation with family and friends. Unfortunately, over doing it can be pricey. According to a recent survey, the average household will spend just under $100 this Thanksgiving, excluding travel. Of course, this is only an estimate. If you add any extras like special desserts or alcohol, this estimate will increase. If you don’t want to overspend, the best thing to do is create a budget and game plan before shopping.
This holiday while you are considering the things you have to be thankful for, also consider these tips:
- Decide what kind of event you are having. Are you hosting the entire celebration, or could you ask guests to bring something to share? It is the holiday season and most will enjoy contributing. If you are a guest to an event, do not show up empty-handed.
- Create a budget and include what is most important. Does anyone really eat the cranberry sauce? Instead of fixing every dish, pick the most popular with your guests and fix those.
- Shop and compare prices; different stores will have specials.
- Many merchants will have promotions on whole turkeys. Keep an eye out for these promotions and take advantage of the savings.
- Be crafty and make your own decorations! Be creative using leaves, pinecones, pine sprigs or berries from your yard for centerpieces. These items can be discarded after the holidays and require no storage space.
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