While everyone — or maybe just me — has been focused on Black Friday, there is a holiday happening in two days. If you haven’t already prepared for Thanksgiving by buying items for dinner or your decor as they’ve been on sale, you may have to work harder to cut costs.
Trim turkey costs. Choose one meat — Turkey is pretty much a requisite but lamb, ham and ribs are not.
Turkey is the one item you may be better off buying this week. Many stores put Turkeys on sale so comparison shop even at stores you may not typically frequent.
BJ’s Wholesale Club, for example, is offering $15 off Harvestland Purely All-Natural Turkey when you purchase four different items from a select group. This deal runs through tomorrow.
You can also save 30 or 40 percent buying a frozen turkey or try a recipe such as braised turkey legs so you don’t have to buy the entire bird.
Ask for help. Have your guests contribute dishes to help you keep costs down. Invite each guest to bring a certain type of dish such as appetizer, vegetable, etc.
Shop your pantry. See if you already have items you need for your recipes at home or if there are items you can substitute for other ingredients rather than buying more.
Shop store brands, smaller stores and ethnic markets. If you must buy additional ingredients, store brands generally offer the same quality as name brands but at a lower cost. Get last minute basic ingredients, spices and grains at smaller grocery stores or ethnic markets.
Go outside to get your decor. DIY decorations from nature are quick and will help you save money. Gather leaves, twigs and acorns to create a centerpiece. Turn drinking glasses or mismatched stemware upside down and top them with tea lights.
Use smaller plates. This one made me laugh, but really, we do eat a lot on Thanksgiving. Using smaller plates will trick guests into thinking they’ve had more to eat, while helping them avoid that Thanksgiving Day coma.
How are you keeping costs under control for Thanksgiving dinner?
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog