With holiday season fast-approaching, take a few pointers from Fairfield Funding about how to save some crucial extra money this Thanksgiving.
As you plan out your picturesque Thanksgiving spread this season, you should keep in mind that nearly 25% of all festive food will go to waste. With casseroles, stuffing, and turkeys still maintaining a solid presence at almost every Thanksgiving meal, there are many options that enable you and your family to enjoy your holidays without having to tighten your belts!
Consider plate size!
Not only does this option lend itself to healthier eating habits; smaller portions will go a lot further to feed more people. By limiting yourself to smaller portions every time you fill up your plate, you will undoubtedly eat less and have more leftovers to snack on in the days following Thanksgiving! Check out this site for more interesting statistics on plate size on portion control.
Buy your vegetables seasonally and locally.
Instead of heading out to your local chain supermarket to get that squash the casserole recipe calls for, do some research and check out your local farmers market. There are myriad benefits to buying locally including supporting your community, knowing the source of your food, and you can save up to 70% in comparison to large stores because you are cutting out all the middle men that large retail stores use to ship their products.
Think about a potluck!
The purpose of Thanksgiving is to share with your family, friends, and neighbors. What better way to be inclusive is there than to host a potluck Thanksgiving dinner? You can host all of your friends and neighbors that are unable to travel home, and all you have to do is provide one dish and the facilities in your home. This is a great way to reach out to others, make news friends, and importantly to save a large amount of money on food.
Plan for leftovers!
Regardless of how much planning you do for your respective Thanksgiving shin-dig, you will probably end up with a fair amount of leftovers. While the general rule of thumb is “better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it,” there are limits to just how prepared you can be. You should over-prepare, but have a plan in place for what you will do with your leftovers. One of our favorites is the “moist maker,” which gained a level of notoriety for it’s cameo in several episodes of Friends. The recipe is easy- simply make your leftover turkey sandwich in your preferred method, but before you put the two pieces together, you slide in a gravy-soaked slice of toast to add an extra savory kick to your otherwise plain sandwich. Trust us, it’s worth it.
Don’t forget to save on power.
With a large turkey in the oven, a table full of hot food, and a house full of guests, your living space will naturally be a bit warmer than normal. Save on your heating bill by turning the thermostat down a few degrees while everyone is milling around your house! Keep the atmosphere warm by lighting fall-themed and specially scented candles wherever your guests will congregate. Also, make sure to plug any and all drafts to avoid escaping heat and prevent any drafts.
With these tips in mind, you can easily save a few extra dollars this holiday season. Thanksgiving is just the beginning of this very costly time of year, so do whatever you can so you don’t find yourself having to pinch pennies towards the end of December! Have a happy Thanksgiving!