Thanksgiving On a Budget? How To Make It Happen
(UnitedHeadlines) – Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family and friends! Unfortunately, due to supply chain issues, inflation, and under-inflation wages, the Thanksgiving reunion may have to be smaller than usual this year. Fortunately, you can use the following tips to help you have an unforgettable holiday, even with a small budget.
Check the Dollar Store
Are you looking for Thanksgiving decorations? Your local dollar store is an excellent place to start your search. Last-minute grocery store purchases will cost twice as much and may have a smaller selection. If you don’t live near a dollar store, but near Target, they have beauty products for under $5. Five Below is another excellent source for inexpensive holiday decorations. The dollar store can help you get the items you need at a fraction of the cost.
Offer More Than One Selection of Meat
Turkey may be the traditional Thanksgiving protein, but many people want ham, chicken, or roast beef on Thanksgiving. If this happens in your family, you can save money by checking the prices and meat prices. Depending on how people like it, you may want some beef and ham for your dinner.
Join a Buy Nothing Group
There will be groups, usually organized on Facebook, for people to give and receive gifts in the community. This means you can take items you traditionally would throw out and give them to people in need in your community, and some save money by giving items away for free!
During the holidays, you’ll find people giving away holiday-related items. You’ll find many people posting Thanksgiving content the week before Thanksgiving. You can save money from free turkey to gravy boats and tenders by participating in these events. People donate food they didn’t eat or eat the next day, such as purchased food.
Host a Pot Luck Dinner
Is your family stretched a little thin? Plan with a potluck: everyone makes a dish and brings it. Discussions can be in person, or you can use Facebook or group chat to discuss what you’re bringing.
Are You Alone? Ask a Friend!
It can feel pretty bad to be lonely on the holidays, but the best way to save money and raise your spirits is to go to someone’s house for Thanksgiving, especially if you are alone. Friends will likely be happy to have you – and they won’t mind if you ask to join their table. Other people often don’t know that single people, widows, widowers, military spouses, and neighbors don’t want to be alone on the holidays.
It’s a good idea to bring a gift if you go somewhere else. If you want alcohol, consider non-alcoholic beverages for everyone to enjoy. You can ask questions about their delicious menus and make a difference, especially if you ask the locals. If they say they have enough to eat, consider a small gift. With the winter holidays just around the corner, it might be a good idea to stock up on items that look like Christmas tree decorations. For example, if Hallmark sells $8 for Disney ornaments, you can find cute and cute items at many stores for much less!
Use SNAP Benefits
Are you eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as food stamps? Thanksgiving meals include turkey, gravy, canned vegetables, and frozen dinners, and food stamps covers all of these items and more.
Participate in Friendsgiving
Want to spend time with a group of friends on nice weekends? If you are separated from your family, ask your friends for a Friendsgiving. Many friends hold Friendsgiving the day after Thanksgiving, bringing in leftovers and celebrating potluck style.
Finally, if you’re humble and need help, many organizations donate Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need. Pre-registration is usually required. Some people get food or other items for work, which they give to their families. Don’t hesitate to ask local organizations for help.
Enjoying Thanksgiving with your family and friends does not have to cost a fortune. Take advantage of the deals, be mindful if you have food stamps, and volunteer if all else fails.
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