15 Easy Ways To Host Thanksgiving on a Budget

Thanksgiving is a holiday where the average family spends hundreds of dollars and left overs go in the garbage can. You can save money and spend less by adding a few tips and tricks into your budget. Lets make this one day that you won't forget for all of the right reasons.

Thanksgiving is a time of mixed feelings and memories. For some it is a joyful time where grandma used to bake the best pies and mom would serve classic cups of coquito.

And for others it's a time of remembering all that your family doesn't have. Social media does nothing to help calm your urge for a cliche "normal" holiday and by the end of the day you're happy it's over.

Somewhere down the line, the true meaning of the holidays became distorted into how you can make the biggest meals or put the most Christmas gifts under the tree.

So if you've stumbled upon this post let me show you 15 tips and tricks to having a superb Thanksgiving dinner without breaking the bank. We're minimizing expensive items but maximizing the fun.

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Set a budget

Do you want to spend only $100? Are you looking for wiggle room in spending, but want to stay under $200? It's time to determine what you can afford to spend and how early you can start putting money away for it.

Get out your bank statements. Remaining money= Income - Bills
Look at what is left over and allocate certain funds to different categories (wants, savings, and/or debt)

Look at your income and make sure you can afford the budget you decided on. For those who are using public assistance, such as food stamps, avoid focusing only on Thanksgiving when shopping. There still is an entire month of groceries you need to buy.

Figure out the guest list

If 5 people say yes they can come, then plan to cook for that amount of guest. It saves everyone time and money.

This has always been important but with the coronavirus still lingering in the air, there are people who are too nice to deny your invitation. They'll accept and simply not show up.

Make a free E- Invitation or ask relatives are they coming and how many people they are bringing. Your tone and wording can help someone to open up about whether or not they feel comfortable attending.

Start shopping in advance

If you know tuna is used for your seafood salad and you see it on sale, pick it up. Store it away in your pantry, and now you have one more thing crossed off your list.

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Use what you have in your pantry

You know the rice you keep in the back of the shelf, or the box cake mix you never used but were determined to buy?