Hosting Thanksgiving Day on a Budget

affordable thanksgiving dinner with familyIf you’re hosting a traditional Thanksgiving feast this year, you may be concerned about the cost. Here are some creative, budget-friendly suggestions to help keep costs in check:

1. Propose a Thanksgiving potluck dinner

Conserve money and energy by turning Thanksgiving into a potluck dinner opportunity. Each guest could be responsible for a particular category, such as a vegetable or a dessert, or each guest could contribute a surprise dish – or a combination. Regardless of what your guests contribute, your Thanksgiving meal will be fun, festive and unique, and the cost will be shared. To help you get started, here are a few potluck hosting suggestions.

2. If need be, borrow cookware and serving dishes

If you lack enough cookware or serving dishes or place settings, consider borrowing some from friends and family instead of buying new items. More than likely, your friends will be happy to accommodate, and you’ll save time and money.

3. Select budget-conscious recipes

Not every item on your menu need be expensive. Serve inexpensive side dishes, such as Chive Carrots (approximately 35 cents per serving) and Roasted Sweet and White Potatoes with Rosemary (approximately 25 cents per serving). Or, simplify your offerings by serving an all-in-one recipe, such as this one for Wild Rice Pilaf with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts. For additional budget-conscious recipe ideas, visit the Internet or your local library. Also, factor in your grocery store’s sale calendar to determine which ingredients might be less expensive, and when, and stop by the day’s special “sale” display section.

The fun of hosting a Thanksgiving meal shouldn’t be overshadowed by concern for the cost. After all, the purpose of Thanksgiving is to be grateful for what we have, no matter how limited, and not what we don’t have.

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