The holidays bring family, fun and stress to our lives every year. One of the biggest stressors can be money. Whether you worry about buying presents, decorations or food for a big Thanksgiving meal, stress can take a toll on the family because of money when it is supposed to be a joyous occasion. So, I am going to give you some helpful, and maybe not so helpful, tips for saving some money on your Thanksgiving meal this year.

  1. If you have picky eaters and are worried about having something for everything, well have a potluck instead! Have guests bring whatever they want to for dinner while you make the basics, so then you do not have to spend extra money to feed picky people.
  2. You do NOT have to cook the whole turkey! In fact, for those of us who do not like turkey, you do not even have to buy one! However, since there are not many of us who are probably coming to your Thanksgiving, just remember how much turkey you usually throw out every year and realize that is money wasted.
  3. Do you really need all those leftovers? Unless you will be having a Thanksgiving for one hundred people (which let’s be honest, most of us would done with people after that dinner), you probably do not need to make a meal for that many people. Yes, leftovers are great but honestly most of us will not eat them after 2 days so it is a waste of money.
  4. If you really want to save a lot of money, just don’t invite anyone to dinner or get invited to someone else’s house so you do not have to pay for food. Either way it is a win-win situation!
  5. Finally, just don’t invite me to your Thanksgiving. I will either eat all your food or try to help cook and burn all the food so then you have to buy more. Sorry!

Hopefully these tips for saving money help and if they do not at least you have your family there right? I mean who says families can be the most stressful things at Thanksgiving. Good luck!