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. These 15 easy ways to host Thanksgiving on a budget will make this one day that you won't forget for all of the right reasons.

Thanksgiving on a Budget

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?


Thanksgiving on a budget

Now is the time to break it out, especially if you invite guest over for dinner. If you aren't a fan of it, chances are they will be, and now you have more room in your cabinet for things you'll actually use.


Hunt for sales


Family dollar has great affordable prices on canned goods and Walmart sells frozen vegetables for as low as $0.49.


Don't buy all of your ingredients from your local supermarket. Hit up vegetable stands, and walk the extra block to save a $1 or $2


Not everything has to be fresh


Supermarkets make certain ingredients more affordable around the holiday time. So if you wanted yams, and collard greens, even kale chances are you will find a better deal than normally.


But two bunches of greens can still cost you $8 depending on where you live whereas a canned vegetables will also be on sale but for less. Choosing between the two items can save you preparation time and money in the long run. Why spend all day in the kitchen if you don't have too?



Skip the left overs


Not really skip. But avoid cooking and planning to have food for several days. Cook for the amount of guest you have and allow there to be enough for lunch the next day.


Left overs are eaten up to 4 days [sometimes longer] and by the fourth day you're already tired of it. But because of how much time was spent cooking or the fear of wasting money, you keep eating.


Unless you're known for planning for 4 people and 6 others end up appearing at your door, there is no need to purposely make dinner like you're going to a family reunion.


If you're buying alcohol don't buy a lot


Instead of pouring everyone shots, make a punch. It'll replace the demand for hard liquor.


Punch will not only last longer but it will taste good too! An added bonus is that the juice, whether its packets of $0.35 kool aid or boxed Minute Maid, will be cheaper than several large bottles of any booze.


Grown up juice shouldn't break the bank either.



Aim for simple meals